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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6300 on: April 12, 2017, 07:23:53 AM »
There are cat subscription boxes too. Half of it is stuff for your cat, the other half is cat related jewelry and such.

I think cats know when you buy something for them specifically, because they ignore it completely. My cat only plays with stuff like packaging materials, a plastic fork, or a paper bag.

Kind of like our kids when they were younger... The toy is good but the box - now that has possibilities!!!

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« Reply #6301 on: April 12, 2017, 11:38:16 AM »
Atlanta is a disaster and an insult to everything MMM stands for. When WW3 comes, I hope it goes first.
Yup, pretty accurate. We live in a nice, fairly walkable suburb and I ride my bike as much as possible. But since it's metro Atlanta and I don't want to die, my options are fairly limited. The tide seems to be turning towards making towns more walking/biking friendly, but it's definitely for show and not for actual functionality.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6302 on: April 13, 2017, 08:44:30 AM »
Seriously, we like a vacation but we're not going broke to vacation.

So true.  It's amazing how many people don't understand this concept.  When my little sister was 18 she went with her boyfriend and his family on vacation in Florida.  They drove from Ohio, spent a week in Florida, and then a few hours into their drive back home their car broke down.  My mom called me panicking because apparently every single person on that trip had spent every dime they had to their name while on vacation and no one had any money to fix the car or get back home.  They were all calling everyone they knew to try and get enough money sent to them so they could fix the car and get home.  I couldn't believe they were even in that situation.  Craziness!

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6303 on: April 13, 2017, 09:04:35 AM »
Seriously, we like a vacation but we're not going broke to vacation.

So true.  It's amazing how many people don't understand this concept.  When my little sister was 18 she went with her boyfriend and his family on vacation in Florida.  They drove from Ohio, spent a week in Florida, and then a few hours into their drive back home their car broke down.  My mom called me panicking because apparently every single person on that trip had spent every dime they had to their name while on vacation and no one had any money to fix the car or get back home.  They were all calling everyone they knew to try and get enough money sent to them so they could fix the car and get home.  I couldn't believe they were even in that situation.  Craziness!

It's not that rare unfortunately. One of the habits I'm trying to train out of my daughter is spending every available cent and then withdrawing money from savings while she's out gallivanting, just to keep the party going a little bit longer. I foresee, for her, the exact kind of crisis you described one day because she just can't keep her hands off the emergency savings.

I think that for some people hedonic adaptation kicks in almost immediately, so that the treat they bought (or had given to them) for a special occasion becomes something they "need" just to feel normal. It does appear to run in families and the problem has been so intractable with my daughter that I'm starting to wonder whether there's a biochemical component. I'm looking at other things that appear to correlate.

For my data set, if you wouldn't mind: in the family that spent itself broke while on vacation, did you notice a great deal of addiction also?

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« Reply #6304 on: April 13, 2017, 09:14:04 AM »
It's not that rare unfortunately. One of the habits I'm trying to train out of my daughter is spending every available cent and then withdrawing money from savings while she's out gallivanting, just to keep the party going a little bit longer. I foresee, for her, the exact kind of crisis you described one day because she just can't keep her hands off the emergency savings.

I think that for some people hedonic adaptation kicks in almost immediately, so that the treat they bought (or had given to them) for a special occasion becomes something they "need" just to feel normal. It does appear to run in families and the problem has been so intractable with my daughter that I'm starting to wonder whether there's a biochemical component. I'm looking at other things that appear to correlate.

I agree that there seems to be a "nature" component (as opposed to "nurture") in how people handle delayed gratification and the hedonic treadmill. My brother and I grew up in the same house, watching and learning from thrifty working-class parents. By the time he was ten years old and collecting an allowance, my mother made him write down everything he spent money on because it seemed to evaporate out of his pockets as soon as he left the house. He's still like that. I went the other way - I'm pretty sure that my First Communion money is still in my bank account.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6305 on: April 13, 2017, 09:34:48 AM »
For my data set, if you wouldn't mind: in the family that spent itself broke while on vacation, did you notice a great deal of addiction also?

I can add to your dataset. Similar broke vacation situation, 3 people. #1 is an alcoholic & chain smokes, #2 has a house with WAY too much stuff and an apparent inability to get rid of it (but clean), and #3 smokes pot and I strongly suspect something else that isn't a candidate for legalization.

#1 and 3 are 1st cousins, 2 is a long time friend.From what I've heard 1 & 3 have quite a shit show of a family, with drugs, alcohol, and various petty theft. #2's immediate family has hoarding issues, extended seems normal. All three have a general "the world owes me because I'm specialllllllllllll" attitude and are generally rude and unlikable.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6306 on: April 13, 2017, 12:29:50 PM »
For my data set, if you wouldn't mind: in the family that spent itself broke while on vacation, did you notice a great deal of addiction also?

I'm not sure about the boyfriend's family but with boyfriend: yes.  He is (thankfully) now and ex and addicted to nicotine and pain pills.  My sister is also addicted to nicotine and it may not be an addiction but she smokes weed every day as well. 

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« Reply #6307 on: April 13, 2017, 01:23:17 PM »
I saw a friend from high school post a video about a summer camp for adults. I looked it up, apparently it was featured on Shark Tank and is a 3 day inclusive camp and rates are about $600 for it. I don't know if there are extras that are charged or what level of booze is provided (open bar at night), but it seems kinda silly...or perhaps brilliant?

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6308 on: April 13, 2017, 01:33:05 PM »
I saw a friend from high school post a video about a summer camp for adults. I looked it up, apparently it was featured on Shark Tank and is a 3 day inclusive camp and rates are about $600 for it. I don't know if there are extras that are charged or what level of booze is provided (open bar at night), but it seems kinda silly...or perhaps brilliant?

I think it sounds fun.  I'm leaning more "brilliant" than "silly".  $600 is reasonable for an all-inclusive 3 days anywhere.  The best deals you get in Mexico for a decent place are ~$1k for 5 or 6 nights. 

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6309 on: April 13, 2017, 01:34:24 PM »
I saw a friend from high school post a video about a summer camp for adults. I looked it up, apparently it was featured on Shark Tank and is a 3 day inclusive camp and rates are about $600 for it. I don't know if there are extras that are charged or what level of booze is provided (open bar at night), but it seems kinda silly...or perhaps brilliant?

There's an actual 4-day rock and roll fantasy camp where they get performing artists from bands that have either broken up or stopped touring, and campers pay to come and jam out. The 4-day camp culminates in a live performance with these older celebrities who are looking to still make a buck through music. No telling what it costs, but I suppose being able to say: "Yeah, I played live with Judas Priest once" might carry bragging rights somewhere. Or not.

I'm not sure what it costs.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6310 on: April 13, 2017, 01:38:12 PM »
I saw a friend from high school post a video about a summer camp for adults. I looked it up, apparently it was featured on Shark Tank and is a 3 day inclusive camp and rates are about $600 for it. I don't know if there are extras that are charged or what level of booze is provided (open bar at night), but it seems kinda silly...or perhaps brilliant?

So I just looked this up and it doesn't seem that bad... $600 for all meals, tons of alcohol(booze at three meals plus happy hour and late night), activities and accommodations. Tempted to send it on to my friends as reunion alternative... Clearly I am their target market.

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« Reply #6311 on: April 13, 2017, 02:06:46 PM »
I never understood the desire to go on vacation and feel like shit all day by drinking at all three meals.

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« Reply #6312 on: April 14, 2017, 01:37:00 AM »
I never understood the desire to go on vacation and feel like shit all day by drinking at all three meals.

I acknowledge that this is right for you. I never understood the desire to go on vacation and not have a drink when the opportunity presents itself.

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« Reply #6313 on: April 14, 2017, 03:58:59 AM »
I never understood the desire to go on vacation and feel like shit all day by drinking at all three meals.

I acknowledge that this is right for you. I never understood the desire to go on vacation and not have a drink when the opportunity presents itself.
+1

not everyone feels like shit when daydrinking - it's one of the perks I most look forward to come FIRE.

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« Reply #6314 on: April 16, 2017, 07:18:48 PM »
I never understood the desire to go on vacation and feel like shit all day by drinking at all three meals.

I acknowledge that this is right for you. I never understood the desire to go on vacation and not have a drink when the opportunity presents itself.
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not everyone feels like shit when daydrinking - it's one of the perks I most look forward to come FIRE.

ha ha. I stand corrected. Fair enough.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6315 on: April 17, 2017, 10:57:06 AM »

not everyone feels like shit when daydrinking - it's one of the perks I most look forward to come FIRE.

^^^this.
It wouldn't be so popular if it felt shitty for everyone. When I'm not juggling all these damn jobs, I have been known to pace myself and enjoy a mild buzz all day long - as long as it's in a safe, conducive environment.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6316 on: April 17, 2017, 11:07:31 AM »

not everyone feels like shit when daydrinking - it's one of the perks I most look forward to come FIRE.

^^^this.
It wouldn't be so popular if it felt shitty for everyone. When I'm not juggling all these damn jobs, I have been known to pace myself and enjoy a mild buzz all day long - as long as it's in a safe, conducive environment.
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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6317 on: April 17, 2017, 07:39:42 PM »
I finally have something to add!

Granted, it might not really count.  This is a friend of mine who has a decent job and had paid off $100k in student loans in 10 years.  Granted, she has another $100k to go, which is a sick amount of debt for her job.  She says she wishes that she just let it go and spent the $100k on travel and wasted it.

I'll let you all draw your own conclusions.  I really like this person, and I get her frustration.  But, the problem isn't the government or the IRS.  It's that she ran up $200k in debt going to college.
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« Reply #6318 on: April 17, 2017, 07:50:05 PM »
A college that didn't teach her the meaning of the word sarcasm, apparently.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6319 on: April 18, 2017, 12:32:26 AM »
We keep a kitchen thermometer around for checking the water temp for our coffee (if you're doing it the French press or cowboy method.) Ideal water temp is between 198-202 degrees. The machines can be so variable.
Thanks for the tip! I just give my boiling water 30 or 40 seconds to cool down but now I'll try measuring and see what I'm dealing with.
A few Christmases ago, I got a multi-temperature kettle from my parents. It does 70, 80, 90 and 100 and is totally awesome.

I'll never understand why people in Europe drink their coffee and tea so cold!

 Europe has the metric system, not cold coffee.



That's funny, I don't recall hearing about that Liberian that walked on the moon....

It's also funny because NASA is now using the metric system. :P

I wish the US would switch. It'd be a painful transition but the end result would be far superior.

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« Reply #6320 on: April 18, 2017, 01:00:01 AM »
I finally have something to add!

Granted, it might not really count.  This is a friend of mine who has a decent job and had paid off $100k in student loans in 10 years.  Granted, she has another $100k to go, which is a sick amount of debt for her job.  She says she wishes that she just let it go and spent the $100k on travel and wasted it.

I'll let you all draw your own conclusions.  I really like this person, and I get her frustration.  But, the problem isn't the government or the IRS.  It's that she ran up $200k in debt going to college.

No reward?

I presume she has a degree (fucking hope so after spending $200k). That's your reward, princess!

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« Reply #6321 on: April 18, 2017, 06:23:50 AM »
I finally have something to add!

Granted, it might not really count.  This is a friend of mine who has a decent job and had paid off $100k in student loans in 10 years.  Granted, she has another $100k to go, which is a sick amount of debt for her job.  She says she wishes that she just let it go and spent the $100k on travel and wasted it.

I'll let you all draw your own conclusions.  I really like this person, and I get her frustration.  But, the problem isn't the government or the IRS.  It's that she ran up $200k in debt going to college.

No reward?

I presume she has a degree (fucking hope so after spending $200k). That's your reward, princess!

I'm really sick of hearing how the poor have it so good. That's bullshit and everyone knows it. If it was so awesome to be an unemployed single mother of 12, why not do it yourself?

Also, the fact that you're not getting a tax refund is a GOOD THING. It means you didn't give the government a no-interest loan. It means you got your withholding right.

And she's getting the benefit of above-the-line deductibility of student loan interest. No other debt gets that benefit.

Cry me a freaking river.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6322 on: April 18, 2017, 07:09:16 AM »
So she doesn't know how withholdings and refunds work, great. Not sure if that's the message she was trying to send, but she sent it!

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6323 on: April 18, 2017, 07:59:42 AM »
A college that didn't teach her the meaning of the word sarcasm, apparently.

Here is a response from another friend, who went to the same college. Proof sarcasm was taught. The OP just didn't learn it.

She (OP) had an engineering degree and high-paying job to go with it. I have no idea why she can't figure out her own taxes or reason well enough to understand withholdings and stuff. She isn't stupid. At least not normally.

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« Reply #6324 on: April 18, 2017, 08:22:23 AM »
Never considered attending one of the state universities for vastly less money than $200K? Is her fancy pants alama mater degree helping her rake in a mega-salary?

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« Reply #6325 on: April 18, 2017, 11:51:42 AM »
There are cat subscription boxes too. Half of it is stuff for your cat, the other half is cat related jewelry and such.


Why do I find this so very funny --is it that there truth in it -- e.g., people that would buy a cat subscription are the ones most likely to want cat jewelry and swag?

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« Reply #6326 on: April 18, 2017, 12:42:05 PM »
There are cat subscription boxes too. Half of it is stuff for your cat, the other half is cat related jewelry and such.


Why do I find this so very funny --is it that there truth in it -- e.g., people that would buy a cat subscription are the ones most likely to want cat jewelry and swag?
Cat only wants to play with the box anyway...

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« Reply #6327 on: April 18, 2017, 01:19:10 PM »
There are cat subscription boxes too. Half of it is stuff for your cat, the other half is cat related jewelry and such.

I think cats know when you buy something for them specifically, because they ignore it completely. My cat only plays with stuff like packaging materials, a plastic fork, or a paper bag.

yeah i had the crazy cat lady box for 3 months. the treats for the cats are pretty good. my cats wrecked the new years toys. one was like a champagne bottle shaped catnip toy with curled ribbons - that was the most exciting week of their lives when they first got it. i can't wait to rotate it back into their floor toys later.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6328 on: April 19, 2017, 07:45:41 AM »
I guess by posting this it makes me the judgey friend, but in my defense I dont have kids either.

Pretty sure the person posting also has no savings in addition to their crap.

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« Reply #6329 on: April 19, 2017, 08:31:40 AM »
that's funny.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6330 on: April 19, 2017, 10:53:27 PM »
Saw this today.  [jaw drop]

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« Reply #6331 on: April 23, 2017, 01:22:58 AM »
I guess by posting this it makes me the judgey friend, but in my defense I dont have kids either.

Another comic I saw posted on facebook today that's along the same lines.


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« Reply #6332 on: April 25, 2017, 10:37:37 PM »
ahhh omg that's the best thing I have seen all week! lmao!

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« Reply #6333 on: April 26, 2017, 04:29:04 AM »
Saw this today.  [jaw drop]


I don't get how her the last braggy reply really flows into that thread but maybe she just wanted to mention her two fulllllllllly furnished houses?



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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6334 on: April 26, 2017, 08:31:05 AM »
Saw this today.  [jaw drop]


I don't get how her the last braggy reply really flows into that thread but maybe she just wanted to mention her two fulllllllllly furnished houses?

I always find it amusing when people brag about their material possessions on social media. Funny, nobody ever posts their credit card bills or 401K statements though.

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« Reply #6335 on: April 26, 2017, 09:33:58 AM »
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I always find it amusing when people brag about their material possessions on social media

Can I take a detour to brag about my lack of material possessions? :) I am posting stuff on Craigslist to prepare for an upcoming move and sold my couch set last weekend. I have all of this empty space in the house where a couch and loveseat used to sit and it feels so freeing! I can't wait to sell the guest bed and mattress, space heater, and my old bike. Wheeeeee

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6336 on: April 26, 2017, 09:39:07 PM »
Saw this today.  [jaw drop]


I don't get how her the last braggy reply really flows into that thread but maybe she just wanted to mention her two fulllllllllly furnished houses?

I always find it amusing when people brag about their material possessions on social media. Funny, nobody ever posts their credit card bills or 401K statements though.

For some reason, it seems more socially acceptable to brag about stuff than about money.

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« Reply #6337 on: April 26, 2017, 09:45:35 PM »
For some reason, it seems more socially acceptable to brag about stuff than about money.
Too fungible.

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« Reply #6338 on: April 26, 2017, 10:03:57 PM »
For some reason, it seems more socially acceptable to brag about stuff than about money.
Too fungible.

Off topic, but whenever I read "fungible" I think of mushrooms (Fungi) and how they are often one interconnected huge organism colony.   So one mushroom over here is really part of the the same mushroom over there.    Do you think that is where the term comes from?  (probably not).

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« Reply #6339 on: April 26, 2017, 10:09:53 PM »
For some reason, it seems more socially acceptable to brag about stuff than about money.
Too fungible.

Off topic, but whenever I read "fungible" I think of mushrooms (Fungi) and how they are often one interconnected huge organism colony.   So one mushroom over here is really part of the the same mushroom over there.    Do you think that is where the term comes from?  (probably not).
I think etyology is cool!  I googled it --  no?
Fungible is from "medieval Latin fungibilis, from fungi ‘perform, enjoy,’"
Fungus is "from Latin, perhaps related to Greek spongos, sphongos (see sponge)."

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« Reply #6340 on: April 27, 2017, 12:13:19 AM »
Fungus is "from Latin, perhaps related to Greek spongos, sphongos (see sponge)."

In my language,  the words for fungus, mushrooms and sponges are the same - "Svamp".

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« Reply #6341 on: April 28, 2017, 04:14:31 PM »
Fungus is "from Latin, perhaps related to Greek spongos, sphongos (see sponge)."

In my language,  the words for fungus, mushrooms and sponges are the same - "Svamp".

That sounds inconvenient when you're trying to get your kid to wash the dishes as you make mushroom pizza.

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« Reply #6342 on: April 28, 2017, 11:39:18 PM »
Saw this today.  [jaw drop]

I don't get how her the last braggy reply really flows into that thread but maybe she just wanted to mention her two fulllllllllly furnished houses?

The original post came from a relative on the other side of the country, so I don't know the braggart who replied. It was just weird to reply with that to a photo of my relatives family. And yes, I'm thinking she just wanted to brag about her houses, her furniture, the lake, and her ten TV's.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6343 on: April 29, 2017, 05:31:19 AM »
I have friend's that posted about a new car purchase. Large dual cab ute brand new of course. This is on top of previous new car purchases * 2, a boat, extensive home renovations, 2 kids in private school, and living in Sydney just in the last few years. Love them to bits but my oh my hip pocket hurts for them every post they make.

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« Reply #6344 on: April 29, 2017, 11:25:38 AM »
So co- worker of mine has two boys, 5 and 2, wife expecting  a 3rd who is a girl - so they are selling the car seat/stroller because it is a"boy" one and they need a "girl" one. ( Different colors!)

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« Reply #6345 on: April 29, 2017, 12:01:18 PM »
So co- worker of mine has two boys, 5 and 2, wife expecting  a 3rd who is a girl - so they are selling the car seat/stroller because it is a"boy" one and they need a "girl" one. ( Different colors!)

Ignoring that engendering genders to colours is illogical and a very modern invention, this confuses me. 'Boy' colours tend to be neutral: red, black, blue, pink, green, etc...Perhaps if they had two prior girls and only had fluffly unicorn princess decorated strollers, I could grasp this but it is hard for me to imagine a 'boyly' carseat and stroller.

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« Reply #6346 on: April 29, 2017, 12:17:45 PM »
They appear to be a teal blue. Boggles my mind.

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« Reply #6347 on: April 29, 2017, 12:34:29 PM »
They appear to be a teal blue. Boggles my mind.

Ha! I deliberately picked out a lot of teal baby things for our son so they'd be gender neutral. Guess I was wrong...

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6348 on: April 29, 2017, 01:50:30 PM »
They appear to be a teal blue. Boggles my mind.

Ha! I deliberately picked out a lot of teal baby things for our son so they'd be gender neutral. Guess I was wrong...

So wrong!  Teal is a mix of two obvious "boy colors" -- blue and green.  And the only acceptable colors for a girl are pink and purple.  Duh!  (/sarcasm)

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6349 on: April 29, 2017, 02:56:18 PM »
And two complete sets of crib bedding just went up. One in primary colors with owls and the the other blue and gray zigzags. When you are changing sheets in the middle of the night after the baby puked- does it really matter what color?