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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #7600 on: July 09, 2018, 09:23:00 AM »
She just bought a cold brew coffee maker.

Wait, cold brew coffee machines are a thing? I thought you just ground coffee, poured cold water over it, and chucked it in the fridge overnight.

I saw a cold brew machine and recommended it to a co-worker (who can not drink hot-brew coffee for medical reasons, acid). Trying to find it again I see there are many links to what about to a jar and filter. This was not one of those. It was basically a centrifuge that spins the grounds to extract the coffee, in about 5 minutes. That way if she forgets to make it at home she could make some in the office, or in the afternoons. It was about $30 on amazon, but i can't find it again. There are some for 70 if you search.... =(

I don't drink coffee myself. I brew lots of tea. and a dirty little secret is you can use tea bags more than once, heck I've used some 4+ times. Sometimes adding a second bag as the first weakens.  This is actually a more traditional way of brewing with whole leaves called Gong Fu. I don't know if the same thing can be done with coffee grounds.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #7601 on: July 09, 2018, 05:21:53 PM »
The pointers and squatters referenced here are the people who are going to use the bathrooms, not the facilities themselves. (ie: Male = pointer; Female = squatter)

It might also be phrased that way to be more accepting to transgender people. Heck, I know cis men who prefer to sit to pee.

It works for trans ladies. If you are using the ladies room and dressed like a lady, I feel that good manners is to sit to pee. But trans dudes presumably still need to sit, so might be offended by the wording.

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« Reply #7602 on: July 10, 2018, 07:30:56 AM »
But trans dudes presumably still need to sit, so might be offended by the wording.

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« Reply #7603 on: July 15, 2018, 02:46:56 AM »
So today I had the typical facebook look at my new car post.  This time my friend posted a picture of her new Jeep Renegade, in a different color from her old Jeep Renegade that she got 3 years ago.  At least she admitted that she "likes new cars and cannot lie."  But of course everyone was Congratulations.

I see this a lot. About a year back friend of mine put a post up of his gigantic truck and it got hundreds of likes and congratulations. I am not a car person, so these things don't compute with me. I'm thinking to myself, gee I'll bet the dealer had a party that night with his commission.

Another friend has been staying in Paris this past week with his girlfriend (been seeing the happy snaps in my feed). They must have forgot what day of the week it was and got an email from the airline saying they'd missed their flight.

$5,000 later and flying via a couple of strange out-of-the way stopovers they made it back to Sydney this evening.

They both have to go to work tomorrow. At no point did either of them figure they were late.... the mind boggles sometimes.

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« Reply #7604 on: July 15, 2018, 03:33:15 AM »
Wow Marty - that is amazing.  I can imagine missing a train or flight within Europe that probably cost less than a hundred euros but $5000 - no way!

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« Reply #7605 on: July 15, 2018, 04:33:50 AM »
Wow, missing your flight from France to Australia is no small thing. I'm always hyper cautious around my flight times/days. On the other hand, once a few girls asked me very surprised "So you've never missed a flight?!". Eh, no? Once it was close, but that was not my fault (taxi driver got stopped by police + traffic jam). They had slept through their flight that morning and had booked another one. I'm still amazed if I think about it.

Regarding cars:
One of my best friends is in a pretty sad situation where her partner literally broke up with her on the day he got the keys for his house (where they were supposed to live together). Ofcourse she's totally heartbroken about it. So what did she do? She bought herself a car because she didn't have to spend money on furniture anytime soon anyways. Note; she's just graduated uni and doesn't have a job yet. She also told me she wanted to work parttime. Now I'm all pro-parttime, but she didn't seem to realize that getting a mortgage on a parttime job with her salary prospects wasn't ever going to happen in the market that's she's in.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #7606 on: July 15, 2018, 09:46:07 AM »
Another friend has been staying in Paris this past week with his girlfriend (been seeing the happy snaps in my feed). They must have forgot what day of the week it was and got an email from the airline saying they'd missed their flight.

$5,000 later and flying via a couple of strange out-of-the way stopovers they made it back to Sydney this evening.

They both have to go to work tomorrow. At no point did either of them figure they were late.... the mind boggles sometimes.

Wow, that is an astonishing lack of awareness!  I cannot fathom losing track of time so badly that I forget what day it is and miss a flight home from Europe!  A $5,000 loss for that mistake has gotta hurt.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #7607 on: July 15, 2018, 11:14:35 AM »
Another friend has been staying in Paris this past week with his girlfriend (been seeing the happy snaps in my feed). They must have forgot what day of the week it was and got an email from the airline saying they'd missed their flight.

$5,000 later and flying via a couple of strange out-of-the way stopovers they made it back to Sydney this evening.

They both have to go to work tomorrow. At no point did either of them figure they were late.... the mind boggles sometimes.

Wow, that is an astonishing lack of awareness!  I cannot fathom losing track of time so badly that I forget what day it is and miss a flight home from Europe!  A $5,000 loss for that mistake has gotta hurt.

I can only assume drugs were involved.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #7608 on: July 15, 2018, 11:54:23 AM »
I have never missed a flight, but will admit that once get to the airport only to find I'd accidentally booked my flight for the following month, rather than the day I'd intended to travel.  I needed to travel that day, so it cost me some $$$ to get my mistake straightened out.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #7609 on: July 15, 2018, 11:58:35 AM »
I.... wonder if this thread can be archived so those of us who once posted stop seeing it in the "new responses" list?

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #7610 on: July 15, 2018, 04:26:08 PM »
I.... wonder if this thread can be archived so those of us who once posted stop seeing it in the "new responses" list?

The only ways I know to do that are to delete all your posts in the thread, or to switch to using the "Notify" function instead of the "New Responses" function.  I chose the latter.  Instructions in the link, if you want to try it.

https://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/forum-information-faqs/suggestion-for-new-rulefaq-to-optimize-use-of-forum/msg1864906/#msg1864906

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #7611 on: July 16, 2018, 03:12:54 PM »
re flights:  I was doing 2-3 week stints in Europe for work years back and will admit to nearly blanking on the return a few times.  Never missed the flight but there were a few "oh shit I fly tomorrow" moments late in the evening.  You can just get into a rhythm of eating/working/sleeping where the day of the week does not matter.  Maybe it is like finals during university where dates and times dont really matter; all you care about is that the physics final is in 39 hours and calc final is 11 hours after that - I did forget my moms Bday a few times because of this :-(
But granted I have never come even close to doing this on personal travel...

ender - just stop clicking on the link.  I stopped following the "over heard at work" thread this way.  has worked fine.  but is maybe not the most elegant solution.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #7612 on: July 16, 2018, 03:50:44 PM »
France to Australia - it is quite easy, to mix up as the calendar dates change as you fly.   If you think you are landing on "Friday", and that you therefore have to board one day before, then you end up missing your flight that left on "Wednesday".

I once booked the wrong greyhound bus for my DH.  He needed to get to work Monday.   Wanted to take the Saturday night bus, for the 10 hour trip home, clean up, and be ready for work monday morning.

I kept checking all the routes and finally booked him an express bus that left at 12:06am Saturday night.  Except, 12:06am Saturday actually happens on FRIDAY night, don't you know, and he missed it, and the Saturday night bus was sold out of seats all the way to the destination when he went to board just before midnight.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #7613 on: July 16, 2018, 06:28:52 PM »
France to Australia - it is quite easy, to mix up as the calendar dates change as you fly.   If you think you are landing on "Friday", and that you therefore have to board one day before, then you end up missing your flight that left on "Wednesday".

I once booked the wrong greyhound bus for my DH.  He needed to get to work Monday.   Wanted to take the Saturday night bus, for the 10 hour trip home, clean up, and be ready for work monday morning.

I kept checking all the routes and finally booked him an express bus that left at 12:06am Saturday night.  Except, 12:06am Saturday actually happens on FRIDAY night, don't you know, and he missed it, and the Saturday night bus was sold out of seats all the way to the destination when he went to board just before midnight.

Gotta be careful with order of month/day when flying to other countries.  mm/dd/yy is common in the US, whereas dd/mm/yy is more common in other countries IME

it's not always clear on the web site, especially smaller airlines with terrible IT
« Last Edit: July 16, 2018, 06:31:16 PM by dragoncar »

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #7614 on: July 16, 2018, 08:29:49 PM »
YYYY-MM-DD or GTFO

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #7615 on: July 16, 2018, 09:09:17 PM »
YYYY-MM-DD or GTFO

Definitely the best. I use this to sort computer files since it is the only way to get things to list in chronological order.

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« Reply #7616 on: July 16, 2018, 09:35:44 PM »
YYYY-MM-DD or GTFO

Definitely the best. I use this to sort computer files since it is the only way to get things to list in chronological order.

Backend vs. UI developers

For files, yeah YYYY-MM-DD - Really long awesome description.egg

But for web queries?  Way to piss off your users.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #7617 on: July 16, 2018, 10:48:13 PM »
YYYY-MM-DD or GTFO

Definitely the best. I use this to sort computer files since it is the only way to get things to list in chronological order.

Backend vs. UI developers

For files, yeah YYYY-MM-DD - Really long awesome description.egg

But for web queries?  Way to piss off your users.
Humans are the worst users. I'll quit before I'm forced to cater to those bastards.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #7618 on: July 17, 2018, 05:47:43 AM »
YYYY-MM-DD or GTFO

Definitely the best. I use this to sort computer files since it is the only way to get things to list in chronological order.

Backend vs. UI developers

For files, yeah YYYY-MM-DD - Really long awesome description.egg

But for web queries?  Way to piss off your users.
Humans are the worst users. I'll quit before I'm forced to cater to those bastards.

Have had to resort to YYYY-MON-DD since dummies confuse YYYY-MM-DD with YYYY-DD-MM.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #7619 on: July 17, 2018, 11:36:57 AM »
YYYY-MM-DD or GTFO
Relevant XKCD:


DD/MM/YYYY (or DD.MM.YYYY as is the default in Germany) is not good. MM/DD/YYYY is insanity. That is like saying the number 547 is to be understood as "5*10 + 4*1 + 7*100"

Also, "friday night" is not a concept that I understand since it is not well-defined. Every night is part of two days. So in my opinion it should be the night "from friday to saturday".

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #7620 on: July 17, 2018, 12:07:46 PM »
Also, "friday night" is not a concept that I understand since it is not well-defined. Every night is part of two days. So in my opinion it should be the night "from friday to saturday".

So wouldn't "Friday night" refer to the portion of that night that takes place on Friday, as opposed to the portion that takes place on Saturday morning (or for that matter, the portion of Friday that takes place earlier in the day)?

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #7621 on: July 17, 2018, 12:19:27 PM »
"Hey bro, what day is it?"

"Year 2018, july the 17th"

"fuck off, wierdo"

"Does not compute, robot has no genitalia"

"fight me"

"don't make me sort you into ascending alphabetical order"
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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #7622 on: July 17, 2018, 09:39:28 PM »
DD/MM/YYYY (or DD.MM.YYYY as is the default in Germany) is not good. MM/DD/YYYY is insanity. That is like saying the number 547 is to be understood as "5*10 + 4*1 + 7*100"
Right, everyone knows the right way to say 547 is five hundred seven and forty.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #7623 on: July 17, 2018, 10:09:18 PM »
Well, in French (French French at least, not Belgian French) 95 is « four-twenty fifteen » and other such fun things. :)

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« Reply #7624 on: July 18, 2018, 05:09:25 AM »
Well, in French (French French at least, not Belgian French) 95 is ę four-twenty fifteen Ľ and other such fun things. :)

We're indeed using the "ninety-five" (nonante-cinq) form over here.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #7625 on: July 18, 2018, 11:18:45 AM »
Well, in French (French French at least, not Belgian French) 95 is ę four-twenty fifteen Ľ and other such fun things. :)

We're indeed using the "ninety-five" (nonante-cinq) form over here.

When did "quatre-vingts" die out?

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« Reply #7626 on: July 18, 2018, 02:48:54 PM »
Well, in French (French French at least, not Belgian French) 95 is ę four-twenty fifteen Ľ and other such fun things. :)

We're indeed using the "ninety-five" (nonante-cinq) form over here.

When did "quatre-vingts" die out?

quatre-vingt isn't used anymore? What's used for eighty then? Wow I'm getting old if my high school French is no longer up to date!

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« Reply #7627 on: July 18, 2018, 03:06:28 PM »
Well, in French (French French at least, not Belgian French) 95 is ę four-twenty fifteen Ľ and other such fun things. :)

We're indeed using the "ninety-five" (nonante-cinq) form over here.

When did "quatre-vingts" die out?

quatre-vingt isn't used anymore? What's used for eighty then? Wow I'm getting old if my high school French is no longer up to date!

As you might notice, the poster is Belgian-French

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« Reply #7628 on: July 18, 2018, 04:16:22 PM »
As you might notice, the poster is Belgian-French

I did notice, actually; I just wasn't aware that Belgian-French differed from French-French. I was actually in both Belgium and France back in April and was able to get by for the most part with my mediocre high school French. I'm going to have to google the number differences now.

Sorry to have derailed...to get back on track here's a minor Overheard on Facebook:

My friend from high school who doesn't make the best financial choices and always has to buy STUFF posted this morning. She leaves for Sweden tomorrow (really hoping her parents paid for the trip as they usually do since she does not have the money, which is another matter entirely) and tagged me and another friend saying she is going to the ABBA museum and what did we want from the gift shop. (We loved ABBA in high school...). She knows I'm not into "stuff" and trying to minimize and be frugal, so my response was "just take a picture of yourself there for me". It's nice and thoughtful of her, but she is always going to be an over-consumer. :(


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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #7629 on: July 18, 2018, 06:17:22 PM »
Well, in French (French French at least, not Belgian French) 95 is ę four-twenty fifteen Ľ and other such fun things. :)

We're indeed using the "ninety-five" (nonante-cinq) form over here.

When did "quatre-vingts" die out?

quatre-vingt isn't used anymore? What's used for eighty then? Wow I'm getting old if my high school French is no longer up to date!


Pointing out that quatre-vingt LITERALLY means four-twenty...  :)

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #7630 on: July 18, 2018, 07:52:38 PM »
Well, in French (French French at least, not Belgian French) 95 is ę four-twenty fifteen Ľ and other such fun things. :)

We're indeed using the "ninety-five" (nonante-cinq) form over here.

When did "quatre-vingts" die out?

quatre-vingt isn't used anymore? What's used for eighty then? Wow I'm getting old if my high school French is no longer up to date!


Pointing out that quatre-vingt LITERALLY means four-twenty...  :)

It's why the French people are so happy and why they take such long vacations.

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« Reply #7631 on: July 18, 2018, 09:16:53 PM »
Pretty much unrelated side comment: our house number is 420 and our next door neighbor smokes pot all the time. It can get annoying having to close my windows to keep my babies from breathing in secondhand smoke. He has a lot of time on his hands though because he is retired. :-)

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« Reply #7632 on: July 19, 2018, 07:43:57 AM »
So I don't spend much time on Facebook anymore, and thus have not had anything to post in quite some time... but this gem rolled across my Facebook this morning.... it is pretty amazing.

Friend posts how she has spent the last 10 years digging out of the mountain of debt that she had gotten herself under at one point, now she is going to celebrate.  This makes sense to me, celebrate success right?

So I meander over to her profile to see if I could see what shenanigans she got up to.  A post that is labeled two hours later has her sitting in her brand new, financed, dodge ram 1500.  So to celebrate getting out of debt, she got into more debt on a clown car.

SMH

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #7633 on: July 19, 2018, 08:45:50 AM »
Yeah but she put the old debt to rest, this is new debt. Entirely different! ;)

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« Reply #7634 on: July 19, 2018, 08:49:40 AM »
So I don't spend much time on Facebook anymore, and thus have not had anything to post in quite some time... but this gem rolled across my Facebook this morning.... it is pretty amazing.

Friend posts how she has spent the last 10 years digging out of the mountain of debt that she had gotten herself under at one point, now she is going to celebrate.  This makes sense to me, celebrate success right?

So I meander over to her profile to see if I could see what shenanigans she got up to.  A post that is labeled two hours later has her sitting in her brand new, financed, dodge ram 1500.  So to celebrate getting out of debt, she got into more debt on a clown car.

SMH

Oh Geeze.  It's really hard to believe someone would do that. Unless "digging out of the mountain of debt" means consolidating it and rolling over one vehicle loan to another.

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« Reply #7635 on: July 19, 2018, 09:33:40 AM »
So I don't spend much time on Facebook anymore, and thus have not had anything to post in quite some time... but this gem rolled across my Facebook this morning.... it is pretty amazing.

Friend posts how she has spent the last 10 years digging out of the mountain of debt that she had gotten herself under at one point, now she is going to celebrate.  This makes sense to me, celebrate success right?

So I meander over to her profile to see if I could see what shenanigans she got up to.  A post that is labeled two hours later has her sitting in her brand new, financed, dodge ram 1500.  So to celebrate getting out of debt, she got into more debt on a clown car.

SMH

Oh Geeze.  It's really hard to believe someone would do that. Unless "digging out of the mountain of debt" means consolidating it and rolling over one vehicle loan to another.

Periodically guys come in with a new truck and brag about how they had the car dealer sweating. How they wanted the new truck while trading the old truck that still isnít paid off and keep their payments the same. Iíve tried to tell them the car dealer is more interested in financing the new vehicle to you to keep you in payments forever. This is met with resistance. Then I get the following excuses

Our 5 year old vehicle had 50k miles on it and we need something reliable

Youíll always have a car payment thatís just a fact of life

I wanted to trade the old vehicle off while it was still worth something

These are the same guys that get upset when they donít get called in for overtime work. Iíve given up they can live paycheck to paycheck and complain the whole time they are doing it lol

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« Reply #7636 on: July 19, 2018, 11:37:59 AM »
So I don't spend much time on Facebook anymore, and thus have not had anything to post in quite some time... but this gem rolled across my Facebook this morning.... it is pretty amazing.

Friend posts how she has spent the last 10 years digging out of the mountain of debt that she had gotten herself under at one point, now she is going to celebrate.  This makes sense to me, celebrate success right?

So I meander over to her profile to see if I could see what shenanigans she got up to.  A post that is labeled two hours later has her sitting in her brand new, financed, dodge ram 1500.  So to celebrate getting out of debt, she got into more debt on a clown car.

SMH

Oh Geeze.  It's really hard to believe someone would do that. Unless "digging out of the mountain of debt" means consolidating it and rolling over one vehicle loan to another.

Periodically guys come in with a new truck and brag about how they had the car dealer sweating. How they wanted the new truck while trading the old truck that still isnít paid off and keep their payments the same. Iíve tried to tell them the car dealer is more interested in financing the new vehicle to you to keep you in payments forever. This is met with resistance. Then I get the following excuses

Our 5 year old vehicle had 50k miles on it and we need something reliable

Youíll always have a car payment thatís just a fact of life

I wanted to trade the old vehicle off while it was still worth something

These are the same guys that get upset when they donít get called in for overtime work. Iíve given up they can live paycheck to paycheck and complain the whole time they are doing it lol

These are all ridiculous excuses of course, but that last one makes me short circuit. "But, it's not, you still... Math!"

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« Reply #7637 on: July 19, 2018, 11:41:11 AM »
My dear friend who is otherwise really smart got into credit card debt. He and his wife started using YNAB and wiped it out by sticking to an budget. I was really proud of them and hoping that once it was gone they would then start saving that extra monthly cash flow.
Nope, he said they are now spending it all on a leased electric vehicle. ~sigh~
He has also mentioned he would like to upgrade their housing from the 2/2 condo they currently have as the kids get bigger. I mentioned something casual about using the next several years to save up for a down payment and he admitted that they don’t do that, their plan was to just hope money appeared somehow.

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« Reply #7638 on: July 19, 2018, 11:48:29 AM »
So wishing is a valid adult strategy? I had no idea...

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« Reply #7639 on: July 19, 2018, 11:56:57 AM »
So wishing is a valid adult strategy? I had no idea...

Well, I don't waste my wishes on silly stuff I can actually get myself. I use my wishes for things like super powers.

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« Reply #7640 on: July 19, 2018, 11:57:22 AM »
So wishing is a valid adult strategy? I had no idea...
For me it is. Every night at bedtime I cross my fingers and wish for a peaceful night’s sleep with no kiddos waking up and screaming. :)

Admittedly, I do a lot less wishing when it comes to my finances.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #7641 on: July 19, 2018, 02:44:38 PM »
So I don't spend much time on Facebook anymore, and thus have not had anything to post in quite some time... but this gem rolled across my Facebook this morning.... it is pretty amazing.

Friend posts how she has spent the last 10 years digging out of the mountain of debt that she had gotten herself under at one point, now she is going to celebrate.  This makes sense to me, celebrate success right?

So I meander over to her profile to see if I could see what shenanigans she got up to.  A post that is labeled two hours later has her sitting in her brand new, financed, dodge ram 1500.  So to celebrate getting out of debt, she got into more debt on a clown car.

SMH

Oh Geeze.  It's really hard to believe someone would do that. Unless "digging out of the mountain of debt" means consolidating it and rolling over one vehicle loan to another.

Periodically guys come in with a new truck and brag about how they had the car dealer sweating. How they wanted the new truck while trading the old truck that still isnít paid off and keep their payments the same. Iíve tried to tell them the car dealer is more interested in financing the new vehicle to you to keep you in payments forever. This is met with resistance. Then I get the following excuses

Our 5 year old vehicle had 50k miles on it and we need something reliable

Youíll always have a car payment thatís just a fact of life

I wanted to trade the old vehicle off while it was still worth something

These are the same guys that get upset when they donít get called in for overtime work. Iíve given up they can live paycheck to paycheck and complain the whole time they are doing it lol

These are all ridiculous excuses of course, but that last one makes me short circuit. "But, it's not, you still... Math!"

That one is my favorite too!! As I said before these guys beg and plead for overtime. Then when they actually get some they complain cause itís ďtaxed at a higher rateĒ. I tried dispelling that myth once... never again lol

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #7642 on: July 19, 2018, 10:18:10 PM »
So I don't spend much time on Facebook anymore, and thus have not had anything to post in quite some time... but this gem rolled across my Facebook this morning.... it is pretty amazing.

Friend posts how she has spent the last 10 years digging out of the mountain of debt that she had gotten herself under at one point, now she is going to celebrate.  This makes sense to me, celebrate success right?

So I meander over to her profile to see if I could see what shenanigans she got up to.  A post that is labeled two hours later has her sitting in her brand new, financed, dodge ram 1500.  So to celebrate getting out of debt, she got into more debt on a clown car.

SMH

Oh Geeze.  It's really hard to believe someone would do that. Unless "digging out of the mountain of debt" means consolidating it and rolling over one vehicle loan to another.

Periodically guys come in with a new truck and brag about how they had the car dealer sweating. How they wanted the new truck while trading the old truck that still isnít paid off and keep their payments the same. Iíve tried to tell them the car dealer is more interested in financing the new vehicle to you to keep you in payments forever. This is met with resistance. Then I get the following excuses

Our 5 year old vehicle had 50k miles on it and we need something reliable

Youíll always have a car payment thatís just a fact of life

I wanted to trade the old vehicle off while it was still worth something

These are the same guys that get upset when they donít get called in for overtime work. Iíve given up they can live paycheck to paycheck and complain the whole time they are doing it lol

These are all ridiculous excuses of course, but that last one makes me short circuit. "But, it's not, you still... Math!"

That one is my favorite too!! As I said before these guys beg and plead for overtime. Then when they actually get some they complain cause itís ďtaxed at a higher rateĒ. I tried dispelling that myth once... never again lol

If your profile didn't say KS, i'd swear we were coworkers. I hear that all the time about the overtime. Killing themselves for it and doing nothing of consequence with it. Just new cars, cruises, expensive trips to mediocre parts of the world where they "live large" on the resort, and stupid club style events with coworkers with dumb dj names, for people who are way too old for that shit.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #7643 on: July 20, 2018, 07:27:55 AM »
The pointers and squatters referenced here are the people who are going to use the bathrooms, not the facilities themselves. (ie: Male = pointer; Female = squatter)

It might also be phrased that way to be more accepting to transgender people. Heck, I know cis men who prefer to sit to pee.

 Ya, I doubt that, I saw these labels over 40 years ago in a hunting lodge type building.
 I think PC thinking has gone too far when these labels need to be explained!
Accepting different is fine, but you should still know the anatomical difference between
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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #7644 on: July 20, 2018, 02:16:19 PM »
I hear that all the time about the overtime. Killing themselves for it and doing nothing of consequence with it.

Ah, this reminded me of a co-worker from long ago.  He had been working there a long time and I was a snot-nosed "summer worker" kid, May-August. He told me he squirreled away every dime from overtime pay and if I ever had the chance I should do the same. It wasn't a lucrative gig but it was unionized and for the times, it paid pretty good for an office non-managerial job, and the OT opportunities were usually plentiful (maybe another 10-18 hours/week, equal to roughly a 30-35% pay boost on average if you worked it all (and he did, for many years).

When he turned 58, he gave his 2 week notice and left. Never said he was retiring, just that he was quitting.  In those days there was no concept of ER. What were people saying? He must have gotten some terrible illness, had a mental breakdown, some scandal must have happened and made him move away, all kinds of fanciful thoughts.

I found out from friends-of-friends that he actually did simply ER, powered by those years of saved OT pay (and his pension).  But he never told co-workers he was actually retiring. It would have make their heads explode, that kind of thing just couldn't happen to a Joe Six-pack. Who could imagine someone would voluntarily walk away from a job when you're making the highest salary of your career?

It was the first I ever heard (or imagined) it was conceivable that one might not need to work to age 65.

But thinking of the other people in the office, he made the right move in not saying he was retiring early. They would have been bitter and resentful and probably accuse him of criminal activity.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #7645 on: July 21, 2018, 07:25:28 PM »
I am really disappointed. Devastated even. I hate picking on mustachians but this cut deep for whatever reason.

On the Mustache Australia FB page of all places. Someone put up a screen cap of their TV showing the Tour De France with the caption "Ever since I discovered mustachianism I love watching this" (paraphrased). I clicked "Like" on that post.

I shit you not the first comment was "what does this have to do with MMM?"

I mean really.

BIKES BIKES BIKES BIKES BIKES BIKES BIKES

As far as the eye can see!!!

Sometimes I shake my head and wonder.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #7646 on: July 21, 2018, 10:15:55 PM »
Those bikes probably cost $10-20k each, so I don't think the link is that obvious.

For me the TDF is a reminder that almost any hobby or lifestyle choice can be expensive if you let it.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #7647 on: July 22, 2018, 05:24:33 AM »
The TdF bears the same relationship to cycling for commuting as Formula One does to driving for commuting.


Most racing is inherently anti-frugal. You run, ride or drive in circles, coming back to where you started. Nothing could better symbolise the modern consumerist economy than a competition in who can spend vast amounts of energy and money to go nowhere the fastest.
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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #7648 on: July 22, 2018, 01:55:48 PM »
Racing has been a good force for the development of new tech that eventually filters down to normal consumer options.  I would expect that Formula E and that Pikes Peak electric are using tech that will find there way into cars I will buy (second hand) in future years.  No doubt that conspicuous consumption plays a part in the early version of the consumer tech but I am not to opposed to letting others pay for the development costs of my stuff :-)

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #7649 on: July 23, 2018, 08:29:02 AM »

Our 5 year old vehicle had 50k miles on it and we need something reliable

Youíll always have a car payment thatís just a fact of life

I wanted to trade the old vehicle off while it was still worth something

These are the same guys that get upset when they donít get called in for overtime work. Iíve given up they can live paycheck to paycheck and complain the whole time they are doing it lol

I had a friend fall for this recently.  He traded in his 4 or 5 year old car because it had 98,000 KM on it or something like that, so the salesman convinced him that he should trade it in now (towards a new car of course) while "it has maximum value, before it hits 100,000 KMs.  Of course the car he was trading in wasn't paid off, so the payments were conveniently added to the new car loan!  Yay!!  *Facepam*