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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6550 on: July 31, 2017, 09:07:44 AM »
Oh good grief.  I have an Armstrong 80 (solid silver body, open holed, inline G, B foot), I'd sell for a couple hundred.  She's probably renting a used beginner model.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6551 on: July 31, 2017, 11:44:30 AM »
~65 year old man posted something last night along the lines of "Feeling Depressed: Looking at my retirement options and unless I die on the job there isn't a lot left for anybody including me!" Everyone piped up with suggestions from changing positions to something he enjoys more, looking at his true expenses, cutting back, etc. etc. he wasn't having any of it. I felt bad for him (he has some personal and health issues that definitely don't help the situation.), but then I kept scrolling, his previous post to that was a check in at starbucks enjoying a latte and a frap with his wife.

Made me go check mint to make sure I was still on track for potential FIRE (if I so choose in the future).

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« Reply #6552 on: July 31, 2017, 02:37:49 PM »
Oh good grief.  I have an Armstrong 80 (solid silver body, open holed, inline G, B foot), I'd sell for a couple hundred.  She's probably renting a used beginner model.

Got any trumpets?

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6553 on: July 31, 2017, 03:59:17 PM »
Nope, and just gave away the baritone and euphonium.  I'll melt the flute for the silver before I give it away ;-).

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6554 on: July 31, 2017, 05:18:49 PM »
Nope, and just gave away the baritone and euphonium.  I'll melt the flute for the silver before I give it away ;-).

Silver is $16.82 an ounce, sterling silver would be a bit less...

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« Reply #6555 on: July 31, 2017, 10:26:12 PM »
Saw this in a group I was in, when I  suggested that she could save $2000 a month ($3700-$1750) and would have enough for the holiday in 9 months I was ignored.

Most other people were suggesting different banks


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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6556 on: July 31, 2017, 11:33:32 PM »
Yeah, where is her $2000 a month going!?

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« Reply #6557 on: August 01, 2017, 02:28:18 AM »
Saw this in a group I was in, when I  suggested that she could save $2000 a month ($3700-$1750) and would have enough for the holiday in 9 months I was ignored.

Most other people were suggesting different banks

It's possible that she's using the term "living expenses" in a way that means "fixed expenses" - like rent and car payment, but not shopping or entertainment?

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« Reply #6558 on: August 01, 2017, 11:23:32 AM »
Oh good grief.  I have an Armstrong 80 (solid silver body, open holed, inline G, B foot), I'd sell for a couple hundred.  She's probably renting a used beginner model.

Oooh.  My 11 year old plays flute.  So far we just use the school one.

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« Reply #6559 on: August 01, 2017, 02:16:26 PM »
If your 11 year-old sticks with the flute I would recommend eventually buying him/her a personal instrument, and make it a good middle-of-the-road quality instrument. If you don't have a musical education to know the difference, enlist the help of the kid's teacher for recommendations. In my opinion (played piano since 5, flute since 5th grade, French horn since 10th) once you have surpassed the beginner level, it does make a difference to have a better instrument. They sound better, they play more easily, they teach the kid's ear what the sound is supposed to be like. On some instruments a higher-quality instrument may have features included that a beginner one doesn't. For example, a higher-quality horn will be double rather than single, on a flute you'll have the B-foot and open holes, both of which take some more skill and practice to master.

And for god's sake if you have a piano at home, get that thing tuned regularly!!

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6560 on: August 01, 2017, 08:46:36 PM »
That's how I ended up with the Armstrong, myself.  It was a high school upgrade from the beginner flute.  Played all through college, and later in a band that played for festivals for a few years (my dad played the baritone in the band, so it was a fun father/daughter thing).  He died in '04, so I haven't played since then.

Anyone want a nice flute?

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6561 on: August 01, 2017, 09:58:47 PM »
That's how I ended up with the Armstrong, myself.  It was a high school upgrade from the beginner flute.  Played all through college, and later in a band that played for festivals for a few years (my dad played the baritone in the band, so it was a fun father/daughter thing).  He died in '04, so I haven't played since then.

Anyone want a nice flute?

No, it's trumpet or bust.  Stop pushing your useless flute on us!

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6562 on: August 02, 2017, 09:31:14 AM »
A friend of mine posted about how she's renting to own a flute. It costs $900.

Unfortunately, this is 95% of band parents.

When I was a band teacher, we pushed the rentals hard (we even had a stack of contracts from the music store, and would take down credit card numbers), because it was the only way we could get these parents to sign up their kids.

Parents liked having the option of just cancelling the rental if their kid didn't want to continue on in 7th grade.  However, you could just as easily buy a used instrument, and then sell it again for the same price you paid, if your kid wanted to quit... but maybe only 1 family a year did that.

The music stores just rent out the same instruments every year, many have been rented or used before in the past.

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« Reply #6563 on: August 02, 2017, 09:41:31 AM »
That's how I ended up with the Armstrong, myself.  It was a high school upgrade from the beginner flute.  Played all through college, and later in a band that played for festivals for a few years (my dad played the baritone in the band, so it was a fun father/daughter thing).  He died in '04, so I haven't played since then.

Anyone want a nice flute?
We might!  Last summer he kept it up, and the school let us keep the flute.  This summer he turned it in. We were going to get lessons this summer, but summer got away with us with summer camps.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6564 on: August 02, 2017, 09:55:46 AM »
Parents liked having the option of just cancelling the rental if their kid didn't want to continue on in 7th grade.  However, you could just as easily buy a used instrument, and then sell it again for the same price you paid, if your kid wanted to quit... but maybe only 1 family a year did that.
Very much this.  I played the trombone and my parents did the rental thing for a year in 5th grade, then realized it was moronic (and that I was actually sticking with it) and bought me a $110 eBay starter trombone that was literally the same model (but an older revision) as the one I was renting and the one everyone else was still renting.  Then in high school I bought a $400 "nice" eBay trombone that got me through high school and college.

I sold the student trombone on Craigslist two years ago for $120, and the "nice" one last year for $375.  If I decide to pick trombone back up, I can always find another similar one.  (But first I need to make room in my house for a piano if I'm going to be getting back into music.)

Like most things, playing a brass instrument can be expensive, if you're stupid.  Lots of options to get 95% the instrument for 20% the cost.  Bassoons on the other hand...

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6565 on: August 02, 2017, 10:16:34 AM »
and bought me a $110 eBay starter trombone that was literally the same model (but an older revision)

As teachers, we had to be careful about encouraging ebay and used sales. I always included the disclaimer "You need to run the ad by us first".  Inevitably a few students a year would show up in August with ISOs (Instrument Shaped Objects) from eBay or Walmart or their Aunt's closet, that were really just unplayable.

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Like most things, playing a brass instrument can be expensive, if you're stupid.  Lots of options to get 95% the instrument for 20% the cost.  Bassoons on the other hand...

Exactly.   That's why schools will own bassoons, french horns, tubas, etc.  No cheap way to really buy these instruments. The reeds for bassoons and oboes are what getcha.  You can't save money by buying cheap reeds, and if you do, well, you're just going to sound awful.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6566 on: August 02, 2017, 10:37:50 AM »
and bought me a $110 eBay starter trombone that was literally the same model (but an older revision)

As teachers, we had to be careful about encouraging ebay and used sales. I always included the disclaimer "You need to run the ad by us first".  Inevitably a few students a year would show up in August with ISOs (Instrument Shaped Objects) from eBay or Walmart or their Aunt's closet, that were really just unplayable.
Yeah, I had the guidance of my private lessons teacher for both purchases to ensure they actually made sense.  If you're just some 11 year old derp on their own (or their parents), you won't know what to look for, like anything else.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6567 on: August 02, 2017, 10:44:19 AM »
Yeah, DD decided on the saxophone (much to our chagrin--we wish she would have chosen clarinet, but whatever).  The rental for a YAS-26 was something like $30/mo.  I bought a YAS-23 (same instrument, different finish, older) on ebay for a bit over $300.  The nice thing is that if she decides she doesn't want to continue, we'll be able to recover most of the cost.  Not so much for our son's xylophone... ugh.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6568 on: August 02, 2017, 03:55:05 PM »
I taught Strings to grade schoolers for 2 years. We had an odd collection of cellos and violins in a storage closet for anyone who we could encourage to join. We did have many parents opt to buy $100 violins from a manufacturer in China. They really had a decent sound for a student model! But I was pretty surprised how many parents bought them, knowing their kidlet would need to size up 2 or 3 times if they decided to stay with Strings. And at the end of the year there were additional instruments in our storage closet from families that left the school, but decided not to take Junior's violin with them.


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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6569 on: August 10, 2017, 09:09:06 PM »
Anti-mustachian in the sense that dental work costs money:

First post:  My teeth hate me. I've taken meticulous care of them all my life but they are falling apart. If you have good genetics in the teeth department, be thankful people! My mouth is getting damned spendy! Yes, I'm fully and completely complaining on social media right now.

Second post:  Finally trying this place. So yummy. An awesome afternoon pick-me-up!  [with a photo of a giant red smoothie...]


Me:  Facepalm.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6570 on: August 11, 2017, 07:02:51 AM »
Saw this in a group I was in, when I  suggested that she could save $2000 a month ($3700-$1750) and would have enough for the holiday in 9 months I was ignored.

Most other people were suggesting different banks

Where the hell is she going that is going to cost $18K???  And if you can't afford a vacation, do you really think you should be taking one that costs $18k?? But then again, #IDeserveIt and YOLO  ;)

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6571 on: August 11, 2017, 07:08:08 AM »
Anti-mustachian in the sense that dental work costs money:

First post:  My teeth hate me. I've taken meticulous care of them all my life but they are falling apart. If you have good genetics in the teeth department, be thankful people! My mouth is getting damned spendy! Yes, I'm fully and completely complaining on social media right now.

Second post:  Finally trying this place. So yummy. An awesome afternoon pick-me-up!  [with a photo of a giant red smoothie...]


Me:  Facepalm.

To be fair, I get the complaint, and she's not complaining about being broke or poor because of her teeth (at least in this post). If I don't floss meticulously, I get cavities. I know plenty of people who NEVER floss and have never had a cavity. I'm hoping my recent switch back to electric toothbrushes will help as well. I have so much metal in my mouth. I can't imagine what my teeth will be like in my 70s.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6572 on: August 11, 2017, 11:27:22 AM »
and bought me a $110 eBay starter trombone that was literally the same model (but an older revision)

As teachers, we had to be careful about encouraging ebay and used sales. I always included the disclaimer "You need to run the ad by us first".  Inevitably a few students a year would show up in August with ISOs (Instrument Shaped Objects) from eBay or Walmart or their Aunt's closet, that were really just unplayable.

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Like most things, playing a brass instrument can be expensive, if you're stupid.  Lots of options to get 95% the instrument for 20% the cost.  Bassoons on the other hand...

Exactly.   That's why schools will own bassoons, french horns, tubas, etc.  No cheap way to really buy these instruments. The reeds for bassoons and oboes are what getcha.  You can't save money by buying cheap reeds, and if you do, well, you're just going to sound awful.

I can see why.  My neighbor's daughter chose to play the trumpet.  These aren't exactly small.  Well, she lost it.  Meaning, she must have left it on the playground at school one day, and then it was gone.  Not in lost & found.  So, where?  I mean, it belonged to the district.  The case has the school/ district/ her name on it.  Washes off though (made me glad that my kid chose the flute, which fits in his backpack).

Anyway, neighbors had to replace it.  They bought a used one on Ebay, but it was in bad condition so they had to pay hundreds to get it fixed.

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« Reply #6573 on: August 11, 2017, 12:27:38 PM »

Exactly.   That's why schools will own bassoons, french horns, tubas, etc.  No cheap way to really buy these instruments. The reeds for bassoons and oboes are what getcha.  You can't save money by buying cheap reeds, and if you do, well, you're just going to sound awful.

Oh man, our schools didn't own any instruments.  It's why our orchestra had a ton of violin players and not bass players. Because if you chose bass you had to buy/rent two of them- one for home and one for school.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6574 on: August 13, 2017, 07:28:53 AM »
http://www.geekfill.com/2017/05/15/this-woman-was-arrested-for-stealing-a-case-of-water-bottles-and-this-was-her-husbands-response/

So this showed up on my Facebook feed.  It is actually about how someone got arrested for stealing bottled water from Whole Foods, but the important detail is they spend THIRTY THOUSAND DOLLARS a year at Whole Foods.  That is like 6x what my family of four spends a year on groceries at Aldi. 

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6575 on: August 13, 2017, 12:29:33 PM »
http://www.geekfill.com/2017/05/15/this-woman-was-arrested-for-stealing-a-case-of-water-bottles-and-this-was-her-husbands-response/

So this showed up on my Facebook feed.  It is actually about how someone got arrested for stealing bottled water from Whole Foods, but the important detail is they spend THIRTY THOUSAND DOLLARS a year at Whole Foods.  That is like 6x what my family of four spends a year on groceries at Aldi.
I've never shopped at Whole Foods, but given the reputation of their prices, $30k might be a reasonable budget for two people :P

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« Reply #6576 on: August 13, 2017, 01:11:15 PM »
http://www.geekfill.com/2017/05/15/this-woman-was-arrested-for-stealing-a-case-of-water-bottles-and-this-was-her-husbands-response/

So this showed up on my Facebook feed.  It is actually about how someone got arrested for stealing bottled water from Whole Foods, but the important detail is they spend THIRTY THOUSAND DOLLARS a year at Whole Foods.  That is like 6x what my family of four spends a year on groceries at Aldi.
I've never shopped at Whole Foods, but given the reputation of their prices, $30k might be a reasonable budget for two people :P

That's why we call it Whole Paycheck. I've gone there a few times for those one-off items that I don't feel like braving the Wegmans parking lot for.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6577 on: August 13, 2017, 02:08:25 PM »
http://www.geekfill.com/2017/05/15/this-woman-was-arrested-for-stealing-a-case-of-water-bottles-and-this-was-her-husbands-response/

So this showed up on my Facebook feed.  It is actually about how someone got arrested for stealing bottled water from Whole Foods, but the important detail is they spend THIRTY THOUSAND DOLLARS a year at Whole Foods.  That is like 6x what my family of four spends a year on groceries at Aldi.
Love it when people say "If I've done my math right (which I have)" when, in fact, they haven't.  $17K ($2,165.46 * 12 / 1.5 = $17,323.68) per year is still a tremendous amount to be spending on groceries for 2 people, but not quite as cringe-worthy as presented.  And doesn't detract from the hilarity of the letter or the ridiculousness of the situation.

Or the poster has more data than presented in the letter - but I mean, when you say "we spent this much during this 1.5 month span" and then "if we keep spending at this rate . . .", presumably the amount found follows from the data presented, right?


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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6578 on: August 13, 2017, 02:44:12 PM »
http://www.geekfill.com/2017/05/15/this-woman-was-arrested-for-stealing-a-case-of-water-bottles-and-this-was-her-husbands-response/

So this showed up on my Facebook feed.  It is actually about how someone got arrested for stealing bottled water from Whole Foods, but the important detail is they spend THIRTY THOUSAND DOLLARS a year at Whole Foods.  That is like 6x what my family of four spends a year on groceries at Aldi.
Love it when people say "If I've done my math right (which I have)" when, in fact, they haven't.  $17K ($2,165.46 * 12 / 1.5 = $17,323.68) per year is still a tremendous amount to be spending on groceries for 2 people, but not quite as cringe-worthy as presented.  And doesn't detract from the hilarity of the letter or the ridiculousness of the situation.

Or the poster has more data than presented in the letter - but I mean, when you say "we spent this much during this 1.5 month span" and then "if we keep spending at this rate . . .", presumably the amount found follows from the data presented, right?

May I correct your math?

Oct 8th-Nov 27th, is 50 days. Thus their spending average is as so: 365 / 50 = 7.3 * 2,165.46 = $15,807.86 per year.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6579 on: August 13, 2017, 03:03:25 PM »
http://www.geekfill.com/2017/05/15/this-woman-was-arrested-for-stealing-a-case-of-water-bottles-and-this-was-her-husbands-response/

So this showed up on my Facebook feed.  It is actually about how someone got arrested for stealing bottled water from Whole Foods, but the important detail is they spend THIRTY THOUSAND DOLLARS a year at Whole Foods.  That is like 6x what my family of four spends a year on groceries at Aldi.
Love it when people say "If I've done my math right (which I have)" when, in fact, they haven't.  $17K ($2,165.46 * 12 / 1.5 = $17,323.68) per year is still a tremendous amount to be spending on groceries for 2 people, but not quite as cringe-worthy as presented.  And doesn't detract from the hilarity of the letter or the ridiculousness of the situation.

Or the poster has more data than presented in the letter - but I mean, when you say "we spent this much during this 1.5 month span" and then "if we keep spending at this rate . . .", presumably the amount found follows from the data presented, right?

May I correct your math?

Oct 8th-Nov 27th, is 50 days. Thus their spending average is as so: 365 / 50 = 7.3 * 2,165.46 = $15,807.86 per year.
Please do - I didn't want to get too far into it, so I just went with 1.5 months, which the letter states somewhere in there.  Also, if we're nit-picking, some years have 366 days, so a better approximation is 365.25.  Of course that doesn't take into account years such as 1900 and 2100 where we skip a leap-year.  So, 365.25 is a good estimate for this couple, if we're talking-long-term spending (83 years to the next skipped leap year, so they may not even see 1 of those) but not necessarily the general case.  So now I get $15,818.69, rounded.
« Last Edit: August 13, 2017, 03:13:00 PM by dandarc »

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6580 on: August 13, 2017, 06:34:41 PM »
I didn't bother to do the math when I posted.  But still, wow.  $15k a year.  Two people?  That's nuts.  I'm going to venture a guess that their "grocery" shopping largely consists of prepared foods from the prepared foods section, since it averages out to over $6 per meal per person.  But with that level of non-thrift, it's probably safe to assume they also eat out 3-5 times a week, and likely spend an additional $150 a week that way, and probably average closer to $9/meal for their grocery food.  Or perhaps they cater a lot of dinner parties?  Still, mind blown.  Like I said, my family of 4 usually eats on $100-125 a week at Aldi, and we may spend an average of $25 a week on periodically eating out.  Which still puts us at the low end of thrifty per officially compiled statistics on how much American households spend on groceries. 

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6581 on: August 13, 2017, 08:08:02 PM »
http://www.geekfill.com/2017/05/15/this-woman-was-arrested-for-stealing-a-case-of-water-bottles-and-this-was-her-husbands-response/

So this showed up on my Facebook feed.  It is actually about how someone got arrested for stealing bottled water from Whole Foods, but the important detail is they spend THIRTY THOUSAND DOLLARS a year at Whole Foods.  That is like 6x what my family of four spends a year on groceries at Aldi.

Oh, this is an OLD story (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/whole-foods-security-bans-woman-for-mistakenly-taking-water-1.2877820), but still a fun one to re-read!

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6582 on: August 14, 2017, 07:28:20 AM »
http://www.geekfill.com/2017/05/15/this-woman-was-arrested-for-stealing-a-case-of-water-bottles-and-this-was-her-husbands-response/

So this showed up on my Facebook feed.  It is actually about how someone got arrested for stealing bottled water from Whole Foods, but the important detail is they spend THIRTY THOUSAND DOLLARS a year at Whole Foods.  That is like 6x what my family of four spends a year on groceries at Aldi.
Love it when people say "If I've done my math right (which I have)" when, in fact, they haven't.  $17K ($2,165.46 * 12 / 1.5 = $17,323.68) per year is still a tremendous amount to be spending on groceries for 2 people, but not quite as cringe-worthy as presented.  And doesn't detract from the hilarity of the letter or the ridiculousness of the situation.

Or the poster has more data than presented in the letter - but I mean, when you say "we spent this much during this 1.5 month span" and then "if we keep spending at this rate . . .", presumably the amount found follows from the data presented, right?

May I correct your math?

Oct 8th-Nov 27th, is 50 days. Thus their spending average is as so: 365 / 50 = 7.3 * 2,165.46 = $15,807.86 per year.
Please do - I didn't want to get too far into it, so I just went with 1.5 months, which the letter states somewhere in there.  Also, if we're nit-picking, some years have 366 days, so a better approximation is 365.25.  Of course that doesn't take into account years such as 1900 and 2100 where we skip a leap-year.  So, 365.25 is a good estimate for this couple, if we're talking-long-term spending (83 years to the next skipped leap year, so they may not even see 1 of those) but not necessarily the general case.  So now I get $15,818.69, rounded.

I quoted this whole thing just to say - I never knew we skipped leap years when it is divisible by 100 but not 400!!  That will be my fun fact of the week.  (I know, it's not very fun, is it?)

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6583 on: August 14, 2017, 12:28:29 PM »
Is anyone else getting sick of these billion dollar company's hiring out rent-a-cops that when they get into trouble, the company's response is to state "they aren't employees, we only contracted their services." At a NFL preseason game there was a video of a security guard punching a fan (who may have deserved it) and the NFL's team's response was "he was a contractor, not an employee."

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6584 on: August 14, 2017, 06:59:02 PM »
A facebook friend from high school has been posting pictures of his family eating at fancy/expensive/famous restaurants for the last week or so and everyone was commenting on the "celebration". I kept trying to figure out what exactly they were celebrating so lavishly. It was eventualy revealed that it was a his daughter's birthday. Her FIRST birthday. I didn't know babies liked raw oysters.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6585 on: August 15, 2017, 12:16:27 AM »
Is anyone else getting sick of these billion dollar company's hiring out rent-a-cops that when they get into trouble, the company's response is to state "they aren't employees, we only contracted their services." At a NFL preseason game there was a video of a security guard punching a fan (who may have deserved it) and the NFL's team's response was "he was a contractor, not an employee."

YES. And also other "contractors" - I had a delivery last week where the "self-employed contractor" working on behalf of the delivery company threw my parcel, which was wrapped in 'fragile' tape, over my 7ft back fence onto the concrete path. I complained. It's a "contractor". So I was like "Do you give them no training, then? No guidelines? No instructions? They just turn up knowing how to work for you?" No reply yet.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6586 on: August 15, 2017, 03:20:53 AM »
I didn't know babies liked raw oysters.

My kids enjoyed raw oysters from the age of 2.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6587 on: August 15, 2017, 04:08:24 AM »
Is anyone else getting sick of these billion dollar company's hiring out rent-a-cops that when they get into trouble, the company's response is to state "they aren't employees, we only contracted their services." At a NFL preseason game there was a video of a security guard punching a fan (who may have deserved it) and the NFL's team's response was "he was a contractor, not an employee."

YES. And also other "contractors" - I had a delivery last week where the "self-employed contractor" working on behalf of the delivery company threw my parcel, which was wrapped in 'fragile' tape, over my 7ft back fence onto the concrete path. I complained. It's a "contractor". So I was like "Do you give them no training, then? No guidelines? No instructions? They just turn up knowing how to work for you?" No reply yet.
That he is a contractor does not mean they can't throw them out on their backside. I've had similar experiences and complained to the Post and they informed me that this was a recurring offense so they cancelled his contract. I think it's weak and childish to hide behind the "it's a contractor" line, it means they don't take your seriously as a customer but also throws their own brand down the dumps. Appearently the excuse is worth less than the damage done to their brand...

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6588 on: August 15, 2017, 09:25:37 AM »
A facebook friend from high school has been posting pictures of his family eating at fancy/expensive/famous restaurants for the last week or so and everyone was commenting on the "celebration". I kept trying to figure out what exactly they were celebrating so lavishly. It was eventualy revealed that it was a his daughter's birthday. Her FIRST birthday. I didn't know babies liked raw oysters.

I thought it was generally understood that first birthday parties aren't for the kid, they're a celebration of the parents' success in keeping the kid alive for a year. :)

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6589 on: August 21, 2017, 11:51:23 AM »
From a FB group for Housing/jobs/etc.:
A $6,000 chair that you are paying to store?!?!?

Maybe the raw oysters were a jump start on baby #2?

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6590 on: August 21, 2017, 12:03:48 PM »
A facebook friend from high school has been posting pictures of his family eating at fancy/expensive/famous restaurants for the last week or so and everyone was commenting on the "celebration". I kept trying to figure out what exactly they were celebrating so lavishly. It was eventualy revealed that it was a his daughter's birthday. Her FIRST birthday. I didn't know babies liked raw oysters.

I thought it was generally understood that first birthday parties aren't for the kid, they're a celebration of the parents' success in keeping the kid alive for a year. :)

And a way to show off your affluence at the same time!

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6591 on: August 21, 2017, 06:47:00 PM »
Friend of a friend posted "Last night I thought I heard water running, and figured I'd check on it in the morning".

Uh, yeah.  The next morning he found that a pipe in the crawl space had been spraying water up into his insulation all night.

Unexpected running water is pretty high on my list of "things you don't wait to investigate".

I was just about to leave the house for a few days, heard water running, then ran out =side to shut off the whole house water. Main line blew under the slab. Had it happened after I left I would have had a very bad problem to fix upon my return.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6592 on: August 21, 2017, 08:50:31 PM »
From a FB group for Housing/jobs/etc.:
A $6,000 chair that you are paying to store?!?!?

I'm curious what the $6,000 chair looks like.  And, I'm sorry, but those $569 shelves are hideous :-D

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6593 on: August 22, 2017, 12:54:56 AM »
From a FB group for Housing/jobs/etc.:
A $6,000 chair that you are paying to store?!?!?

I'm curious what the $6,000 chair looks like.  And, I'm sorry, but those $569 shelves are hideous :-D

I also like the way they request: "NO SCAMMERS" like that is going to stop people. Is this a thing that I've missed? It reads the same as "No Burglars" on a locked door.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6594 on: August 22, 2017, 11:04:46 AM »
From a FB group for Housing/jobs/etc.:
A $6,000 chair that you are paying to store?!?!?

I'm curious what the $6,000 chair looks like.  And, I'm sorry, but those $569 shelves are hideous :-D

I also like the way they request: "NO SCAMMERS" like that is going to stop people. Is this a thing that I've missed? It reads the same as "No Burglars" on a locked door.
If anything, it screams the opposite.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6595 on: August 22, 2017, 12:09:34 PM »
From a FB group for Housing/jobs/etc.:
A $6,000 chair that you are paying to store?!?!?

I'm curious what the $6,000 chair looks like.  And, I'm sorry, but those $569 shelves are hideous :-D

There are apparently a lot of choices for chairs at that price.
https://www.google.com/search?q=%246,000+chair&source=univ&tbm=shop&tbo=u&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwja4fvkt-vVAhUL_IMKHWnqA38QsxgIKQ&biw=1440&bih=791

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6596 on: August 22, 2017, 01:27:02 PM »
From a FB group for Housing/jobs/etc.:
A $6,000 chair that you are paying to store?!?!?

I'm curious what the $6,000 chair looks like.  And, I'm sorry, but those $569 shelves are hideous :-D

Obligatory

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6597 on: August 22, 2017, 07:49:38 PM »
From a FB group for Housing/jobs/etc.:
A $6,000 chair that you are paying to store?!?!?

I'm curious what the $6,000 chair looks like.  And, I'm sorry, but those $569 shelves are hideous :-D

I also like the way they request: "NO SCAMMERS" like that is going to stop people. Is this a thing that I've missed? It reads the same as "No Burglars" on a locked door.
If anything, it screams the opposite.

People who fall for outrageous scams tend to be hilariously oblivious to scams even existing. Even after they occur. A comment like that may detour scammers who just want the easiest fish. (This is why Ethiopian princes or super male vitality organic vitamins have such outlandous stories with typos and malformed paragraphs. They want to filter out anyone who has even an inkling of sensibility. This is James Veitch's conclusion.)

While we are on this subject, I follow the Personal Finance stackexchange and this one particular scam always generates new questions in my mind: https://money.stackexchange.com/questions/67941/scam-or-real-a-woman-from-facebook-apparently-needs-my-bank-account-to-send-mon
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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6598 on: August 22, 2017, 09:54:53 PM »
...snip.... A comment like that may detour scammers who just want the easiest fish. (This is why Ethiopian princes or super male vitality organic vitamins have such outlandous stories with typos and malformed paragraphs. They want to filter out anyone who has even an inkling of sensibility. This is James Veitch's conclusion.)

I'm still bummed that I threw out an actual Nigerian prince bank scam fax. 
It might have had collector value :-). 
   
 I never thought of the egregious typos as a scam/ scum/ cream of the stupid crop filter.
Somehow I admire the scammer that realized this.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6599 on: August 23, 2017, 08:54:10 AM »
A classmate recently purchased a fixer-uper (and it is seriously a fixer upper) in a small town 1500 miles away from our school (yes, really, 1500 miles). Currently she lives apart from her husband due to him having his job on the other side of the state. So in addition to our pricey tuition, they're maintaining two separate households of expenses already. She has a leased car, but I guess thank goodness she comes from money because daddy pays for her rent and lease payment... because someone in their 20s with a gainfully employed spouse definitely needs money from mommy and daddy still.

I'm still wondering who on earth purchases a house 1500 miles away when you still have a year of schooling to go. I think they have some family in the area, and its in a location where her husband could get a job, but her job prospects would likely be slim. Right now she's in that area working on an internship.

And I highly doubt its a fix and flip or fix and rent situation- she's posted about all of the renovations they're going to do to make it exactly how they want it.

But seriously - what the heck?