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Re: The MMM I Don't Get It thread...
« Reply #450 on: September 05, 2017, 12:12:30 PM »
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« Reply #451 on: September 05, 2017, 02:45:20 PM »
Tattoos.

I know people's tattoos are very important to them, and I support everyone's right to decorate their bodies however they wish. To me, they look like stickers that your kid stuck all over your body. I've never seen a tattoo that I thought enhanced the body they were on or looked better than plain skin.
I especially don't get tattoos in places where you can't see them yourself, like on your back.

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« Reply #452 on: September 06, 2017, 05:54:18 AM »
Despite having lived in Quebec for 4+ years this is one social tradition I'm still not comfortable with ("la bise"). I learned (through some embarassing encounters) that you're not actually supposed to touch your lips on the other person's cheek most of hte time, but rather 'air kiss' just below their ear. I'm always confused about which side I'm supposed to start with and based on the person, our familiarity and the situation you might 'kiss' on only one side or both.  Given that I run in social circles with a lot of international students it becomes even more uncertain. For example, a group of about ten of us met for a departmental meeting. About a third were from Quebec, a third from Euroupe and a few from the US and one Japanese. Commence cheek-kissing, until two Americans wind up greeting each other uncertain of whether to shake hands or kiss their cheek.  And the Japanese student seems to prefer to do neither.  Fun!

I grew up in a very English part of Quebec and also learned this as an adult.  It is like meeting someone on the street, you sort of watch their body and eyes to see where they are heading and dodge appropriately.   ;-)    I've never seen someone do it for departmental meetings, though, or even shake hands at departmental meetings.  It is more for people you haven't seen in a while.  Like at conferences. 

Warning, if we ever meet, we are doing this.

...look forward to it.  Since living here I've gone through the routine probably a hundred times.  Just not my cup of tea, and I always feel self conscious about it.  It's all part of being in a different culture.
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« Reply #453 on: September 07, 2017, 02:25:54 PM »
Tattoos.

I know people's tattoos are very important to them, and I support everyone's right to decorate their bodies however they wish. To me, they look like stickers that your kid stuck all over your body. I've never seen a tattoo that I thought enhanced the body they were on or looked better than plain skin.
I especially don't get tattoos in places where you can't see them yourself, like on your back.

I have no problem with tattoos that are well-drawn, particularly ones that are significant or meaningful to a person.

But I will admit to rolling my eyes at the people who obviously picked some random twenty-dollar piece of flash off of the wall and said "GIVE ME THAT!" just so they could say they have a tattoo.

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« Reply #454 on: September 07, 2017, 04:12:51 PM »
Tattoos.

I know people's tattoos are very important to them, and I support everyone's right to decorate their bodies however they wish. To me, they look like stickers that your kid stuck all over your body. I've never seen a tattoo that I thought enhanced the body they were on or looked better than plain skin.
I especially don't get tattoos in places where you can't see them yourself, like on your back.

I have no problem with tattoos that are well-drawn, particularly ones that are significant or meaningful to a person.

But I will admit to rolling my eyes at the people who obviously picked some random twenty-dollar piece of flash off of the wall and said "GIVE ME THAT!" just so they could say they have a tattoo.

When I was in the Navy my friends were getting large tattoos.  One night we went out and got trashed.  They said they would pay for my tattoo.  I woke up with a pair of lips on my ass.  I guess they guy charged me double ($20 instead of $10) because he had to work on my ass.



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« Reply #455 on: September 12, 2017, 11:29:05 AM »
I don't get most comedy.  I mean...I get it and understand the joke, and more often than not, people provide a "witty commentary" and then want a response out of me.  Appropriate responses (as far as I can tell from watching other people) are laughs or chuckles and head nods.  For some reason, that is just not the response that comes most naturally to me.  I prefer a slight nod with a look of "I understand what you did, but don't want to expend the energy to provide false feedback".

There is some comedy that makes me laugh out loud and will get me giggling for minutes at a time.  But it is generally not anything anyone would ever say anywhere around me or at work.   
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« Reply #456 on: September 12, 2017, 04:33:52 PM »
I don't get why unsubscribing from some emails is not an instant process.  It may take up to ten business days to process the request?  Bullshit! You have the technology, stop it now!

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« Reply #457 on: September 12, 2017, 04:41:13 PM »
I don't get why unsubscribing from some emails is not an instant process.  It may take up to ten business days to process the request?  Bullshit! You have the technology, stop it now!

My guess is that the requests are processed instantly but the 10 days is to cover themselves regarding privacy legislation.

My company migrated from one bulk email platform to another earlier this year, and it was a long procsess, not because of roll-out - that was basically flicking a switch - but because it involved handling personal data. We've already copped one $60,000 fine for a privacy breach (before my time) so they take it very seriously.

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« Reply #458 on: September 12, 2017, 05:08:52 PM »
My guess is that the requests are processed instantly but the 10 days is to cover themselves regarding privacy legislation.

That's exactly why its 10 days where I am. Realistically the processing time is somewhere between a minute and 24 hours ($50b company, dozens of data silos and legacy systems that potentially need to have the opt out preference pushed to it).

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« Reply #459 on: September 12, 2017, 06:38:57 PM »
Tattoos.

Agreed. 

I get it if you plan a career in porn, or as a cage fighter.  In those cases, tattoos are almost an occupational requirement.

But I don't understand why they are so popular, especially with millennials, who don't plan a career that involves kicking someone in the face.  And not just with the "loser" types, who used to get tattoos when I was young, but even with college educated young people.

My nephew is one of those college educated millennials who thought getting a bunch of ridiculous tattoos was a good idea.  His dad (my brother) thought it was a okay, the kid was just "expressing himself."  I told them it wasn't a good idea, because having a snake head on the side of your neck isn't really sending the right message to potential employers.  They thought I was being "judgmental and old fashioned."

Cause "everyone's getting tattoos now."  Well, okay, maybe "everyone" in your age group is. 

But it's unlikely that your job interview will be with a 23-year old tatted-up hipster. 

It's probably going to be with a middle aged, conservative professional.  Some "old" judgmental a-hole like me.

Five months after graduating with a business degree, and he's working part time in the same sandwich shop he worked at in HS.  He complains that he doesn't know how he's going to pay off his loans.

He can't understand why he's having trouble finding a decent job. After all, he's got a business degree (yeah, him and 50,000 other guys who DON'T have tattoos, or who at least had the sense to get them somewhere that they wouldn't show).

I just roll my eyes when he said that 'cause "told ya so" would probably just be cruel at this point.

He'll probably end up having to pay for laser tattoo removal in 10 years, too, because having the name of some (by then long dead) rock band tattooed across his knuckles probably won't seem so "cool" when he's 35 or 40.


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« Reply #460 on: September 12, 2017, 06:44:46 PM »
Tattoos.

Agreed. 

I get it if you plan a career in porn, or as a cage fighter.  In those cases, tattoos are almost an occupational requirement.

But I don't understand why they are so popular, especially with millennials, who don't plan a career that involves kicking someone in the face.  And not just with the "loser" types, who used to get tattoos when I was young, but even with college educated young people.

My nephew is one of those college educated millennials who thought getting a bunch of ridiculous tattoos was a good idea.  His dad (my brother) thought it was a okay, the kid was just "expressing himself."  I told them it wasn't a good idea, because having a snake head on the side of your neck isn't really sending the right message to potential employers.  They thought I was being "judgmental and old fashioned."

Cause "everyone's getting tattoos now."  Well, okay, maybe "everyone" in your age group is. 

But it's unlikely that your job interview will be with a 23-year old tatted-up hipster. 

It's probably going to be with a middle aged, conservative professional.  Some "old" judgmental a-hole like me.

Five months after graduating with a business degree, and he's working part time in the same sandwich shop he worked at in HS.  He complains that he doesn't know how he's going to pay off his loans.

He can't understand why he's having trouble finding a decent job. After all, he's got a business degree (yeah, him and 50,000 other guys who DON'T have tattoos, or who at least had the sense to get them somewhere that they wouldn't show).

I just roll my eyes when he said that 'cause "told ya so" would probably just be cruel at this point.

He'll probably end up having to pay for laser tattoo removal in 10 years, too, because having the name of some (by then long dead) rock band tattooed across his knuckles probably won't seem so "cool" when he's 35 or 40.

My students had the same attitude when I told them that they needed to dress professionally for job interviews.  And trips to external research facilities - please dress up a notch, not down, respect that they were nice enough to let us visit.  Even for field work, the day you are going through some place's facility is the day you wear your clean clothes you saved just for that day.
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« Reply #461 on: September 12, 2017, 06:53:42 PM »
Tattoos.

Agreed. 

I get it if you plan a career in porn, or as a cage fighter.  In those cases, tattoos are almost an occupational requirement.

But I don't understand why they are so popular, especially with millennials, who don't plan a career that involves kicking someone in the face.  And not just with the "loser" types, who used to get tattoos when I was young, but even with college educated young people.

My nephew is one of those college educated millennials who thought getting a bunch of ridiculous tattoos was a good idea.  His dad (my brother) thought it was a okay, the kid was just "expressing himself."  I told them it wasn't a good idea, because having a snake head on the side of your neck isn't really sending the right message to potential employers.  They thought I was being "judgmental and old fashioned."

Cause "everyone's getting tattoos now."  Well, okay, maybe "everyone" in your age group is. 

But it's unlikely that your job interview will be with a 23-year old tatted-up hipster. 

It's probably going to be with a middle aged, conservative professional.  Some "old" judgmental a-hole like me.

Five months after graduating with a business degree, and he's working part time in the same sandwich shop he worked at in HS.  He complains that he doesn't know how he's going to pay off his loans.

He can't understand why he's having trouble finding a decent job. After all, he's got a business degree (yeah, him and 50,000 other guys who DON'T have tattoos, or who at least had the sense to get them somewhere that they wouldn't show).

I just roll my eyes when he said that 'cause "told ya so" would probably just be cruel at this point.

He'll probably end up having to pay for laser tattoo removal in 10 years, too, because having the name of some (by then long dead) rock band tattooed across his knuckles probably won't seem so "cool" when he's 35 or 40.

My students had the same attitude when I told them that they needed to dress professionally for job interviews.  And trips to external research facilities - please dress up a notch, not down, respect that they were nice enough to let us visit.  Even for field work, the day you are going through some place's facility is the day you wear your clean clothes you saved just for that day.

There was a departmental conference at my university where one of the graduate students gave a 15 minute talk dressed in r a t-shirt with a picture of a rooster and the words "stop staring at my cock". Pauline Marios was there.  It triggered some lengthy interdepartmental discussions.
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Re: The MMM I Don't Get It thread...
« Reply #462 on: September 13, 2017, 07:43:42 AM »
Tattoos.

Agreed. 

I get it if you plan a career in porn, or as a cage fighter.  In those cases, tattoos are almost an occupational requirement.

But I don't understand why they are so popular, especially with millennials, who don't plan a career that involves kicking someone in the face.  And not just with the "loser" types, who used to get tattoos when I was young, but even with college educated young people.

My nephew is one of those college educated millennials who thought getting a bunch of ridiculous tattoos was a good idea.  His dad (my brother) thought it was a okay, the kid was just "expressing himself."  I told them it wasn't a good idea, because having a snake head on the side of your neck isn't really sending the right message to potential employers.  They thought I was being "judgmental and old fashioned."

Cause "everyone's getting tattoos now."  Well, okay, maybe "everyone" in your age group is. 

But it's unlikely that your job interview will be with a 23-year old tatted-up hipster. 

It's probably going to be with a middle aged, conservative professional.  Some "old" judgmental a-hole like me.

Five months after graduating with a business degree, and he's working part time in the same sandwich shop he worked at in HS.  He complains that he doesn't know how he's going to pay off his loans.

He can't understand why he's having trouble finding a decent job. After all, he's got a business degree (yeah, him and 50,000 other guys who DON'T have tattoos, or who at least had the sense to get them somewhere that they wouldn't show).

I just roll my eyes when he said that 'cause "told ya so" would probably just be cruel at this point.

He'll probably end up having to pay for laser tattoo removal in 10 years, too, because having the name of some (by then long dead) rock band tattooed across his knuckles probably won't seem so "cool" when he's 35 or 40.

My students had the same attitude when I told them that they needed to dress professionally for job interviews.  And trips to external research facilities - please dress up a notch, not down, respect that they were nice enough to let us visit.  Even for field work, the day you are going through some place's facility is the day you wear your clean clothes you saved just for that day.

There was a departmental conference at my university where one of the graduate students gave a 15 minute talk dressed in r a t-shirt with a picture of a rooster and the words "stop staring at my cock". Pauline Marios was there.  It triggered some lengthy interdepartmental discussions.

I understand the argument that how you dress should reflect your respect for the people you're talking to.  I just don't entirely buy it for most jobs (although sure, if you're in a customer facing position or meeting with a client then you should probably dress up).  In my experience (as a software engineer), the people who are most concerned with how folks dress are the ones without the skills to do their work properly . . . so they try to make up for their lack of ability by being hard-asses about things that are unimportant.

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« Reply #463 on: September 13, 2017, 08:05:10 AM »

I understand the argument that how you dress should reflect your respect for the people you're talking to.  I just don't entirely buy it for most jobs (although sure, if you're in a customer facing position or meeting with a client then you should probably dress up).  In my experience (as a software engineer), the people who are most concerned with how folks dress are the ones without the skills to do their work properly . . . so they try to make up for their lack of ability by being hard-asses about things that are unimportant.

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Meh, as a graduate student who first studied in California (where some of the brightest professors look homeless most of the time) I tend to fall in the middle of this argument. I get that appearances are important to many and despite all efforts we judge people heavily on first contact.  But I also don't believe that ties and suits are necessary under most circumstances. My daily non-field wardrobe could be described as 'business casual'.  In my world that makes me better dressed than about 80% of the people around me (small effort, 80% of the result).

Which brings me to 'things I don't get' - suits at sporting events, particularly coaches and commentators.  Are we here to watch a bunch of athletes challenge one another for fun and prizes while we spectators sit around in jeans and sweatpants drinking beer, or are we here to discuss business?  Sadly, the NFL appears to be all business these days.
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Re: The MMM I Don't Get It thread...
« Reply #464 on: September 13, 2017, 09:50:04 AM »
Thankfully my current workplace is a toned down business casual, which means I can wear jeans. Technically polos are banned, but you can get away with wearing those, too.

Our director normally has on sneakers and a cubs shirt.

I do not get leggings/yoga pants (those are the same thing, right?), or people that go outside in pajamas. Just....what?

We have some guys that wear ties to work on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I don't get them, either. Ties are terrible torture devices.
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« Reply #465 on: September 13, 2017, 10:48:29 AM »


We have some guys that wear ties to work on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I don't get them, either. Ties are terrible torture devices.

Ties.  Yeah, I think that came up earlier upthread.  I don't get them.  To me they always look silly, not fashionable.  Like the talking primate found some brightly colored fabric and wrapped it around his neck.  Tucked into a suit they are ok... sans jacket they just flap around and get in the way.  My inner 3 year old just wants to yank on ties.
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« Reply #466 on: September 13, 2017, 11:24:08 AM »
Thankfully my current workplace is a toned down business casual, which means I can wear jeans. Technically polos are banned, but you can get away with wearing those, too.

Our director normally has on sneakers and a cubs shirt.

I do not get leggings/yoga pants (those are the same thing, right?), or people that go outside in pajamas. Just....what?

We have some guys that wear ties to work on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I don't get them, either. Ties are terrible torture devices.

When I became an officer a few of us needed a lecture on no longer dressing like college students. We went to a work-related dinner and a couple of us (not me) wore denim shorts and flip flops.  Our business casual is a collared shirt and slacks.  The Marines are better at this than the Army in that during their Officer Candidate School their authorized civilian dress is collared shirt, khaki pants, loafers, and that's it.  I spent a year working at a Marine base and was reminded early to go out and buy more shirts.

In the "I don't get" dress code, I don't get "active wear."  It's a marketing term to describe wearing gym clothes as normal dress.  It makes my eye twitch when I see someone wearing work out clothes when it's obvious the gym is not in their schedule for the day.  For men it tends to be very loose fitting shirts (it looks like the sleeves and half the deltoid area is cut out) and for women it's various types of tight-fitting or stretchy materials, loose fitting shirt like men, and/or visible sports bras.

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« Reply #467 on: September 13, 2017, 11:35:39 AM »

When I became an officer a few of us needed a lecture on no longer dressing like college students. We went to a work-related dinner and a couple of us (not me) wore denim shorts and flip flops.  Our business casual is a collared shirt and slacks.  The Marines are better at this than the Army in that during their Officer Candidate School their authorized civilian dress is collared shirt, khaki pants, loafers, and that's it.  I spent a year working at a Marine base and was reminded early to go out and buy more shirts.

I like the military's interpretation of "civilian dress" - even without the haircut and posture you an pick those guys and gals out of a crowd in about 2 seconds.
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« Reply #468 on: September 13, 2017, 01:02:51 PM »


We have some guys that wear ties to work on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I don't get them, either. Ties are terrible torture devices.

Ties.  Yeah, I think that came up earlier upthread.  I don't get them.  To me they always look silly, not fashionable.  Like the talking primate found some brightly colored fabric and wrapped it around his neck.  Tucked into a suit they are ok... sans jacket they just flap around and get in the way.  My inner 3 year old just wants to yank on ties.
A female coworker once described ties as "just a giant arrow pointing at your junk" and now I can't not see that every time.

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« Reply #469 on: September 13, 2017, 04:03:31 PM »

When I became an officer a few of us needed a lecture on no longer dressing like college students. We went to a work-related dinner and a couple of us (not me) wore denim shorts and flip flops.  Our business casual is a collared shirt and slacks.  The Marines are better at this than the Army in that during their Officer Candidate School their authorized civilian dress is collared shirt, khaki pants, loafers, and that's it.  I spent a year working at a Marine base and was reminded early to go out and buy more shirts.

I like the military's interpretation of "civilian dress" - even without the haircut and posture you an pick those guys and gals out of a crowd in about 2 seconds.
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And sorry Travis but I live in "active wear" (which I just call clothes). I think its the uniform of choice for active early retirees. You'll see someday ;-).
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« Reply #470 on: September 13, 2017, 05:11:13 PM »
In the "I don't get" dress code, I don't get "active wear."  It's a marketing term to describe wearing gym clothes as normal dress.  It makes my eye twitch when I see someone wearing work out clothes when it's obvious the gym is not in their schedule for the day.  For men it tends to be very loose fitting shirts (it looks like the sleeves and half the deltoid area is cut out) and for women it's various types of tight-fitting or stretchy materials, loose fitting shirt like men, and/or visible sports bras.

I'll see your "active wear" and raise you "pajamas in public." Just stop. Effing get dressed before you leave the house.

And sorry guys, but the "sleeves and half the deltoid area is cut out" look is not good, even at the gym. Either wear a shirt or don't.


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« Reply #471 on: September 13, 2017, 05:36:32 PM »
In the "I don't get" dress code, I don't get "active wear."  It's a marketing term to describe wearing gym clothes as normal dress.  It makes my eye twitch when I see someone wearing work out clothes when it's obvious the gym is not in their schedule for the day.  For men it tends to be very loose fitting shirts (it looks like the sleeves and half the deltoid area is cut out) and for women it's various types of tight-fitting or stretchy materials, loose fitting shirt like men, and/or visible sports bras.

I'll see your "active wear" and raise you "pajamas in public." Just stop. Effing get dressed before you leave the house.

And sorry guys, but the "sleeves and half the deltoid area is cut out" look is not good, even at the gym. Either wear a shirt or don't.

You guys can pry my yoga pants and co. from my cold dead legs.  The year spandex began to be incorporated into pants was A Great Year.  It amazes me how many uncomfortable pairs of pants I had to wear for most of my life, as contrasted with all the comfortable pants that I currently wear. 

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« Reply #472 on: September 13, 2017, 06:26:45 PM »
You guys can pry my yoga pants and co. from my cold dead legs. 

No thanks. You can keep them.

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« Reply #473 on: September 13, 2017, 06:40:35 PM »
In the "I don't get" dress code, I don't get "active wear."  It's a marketing term to describe wearing gym clothes as normal dress.  It makes my eye twitch when I see someone wearing work out clothes when it's obvious the gym is not in their schedule for the day.

I'll see your "active wear" and raise you "pajamas in public." Just stop. Effing get dressed before you leave the house.

And sorry guys, but the "sleeves and half the deltoid area is cut out" look is not good, even at the gym. Either wear a shirt or don't.

You guys can pry my yoga pants and co. from my cold dead legs.  The year spandex began to be incorporated into pants was A Great Year.  It amazes me how many uncomfortable pairs of pants I had to wear for most of my life, as contrasted with all the comfortable pants that I currently wear.

I don't get why some people don't get active wear. It's flattering, durable, and most of all comfortable. Yes, it's casual, but if I'm not at work or at a fancy social occasion, I see no problem with being casually dressed.

And Travis, how in the world do you know at a glance whether someone has gone/is planning to go to the gym?

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« Reply #474 on: September 13, 2017, 06:44:38 PM »
In the "I don't get" dress code, I don't get "active wear."  It's a marketing term to describe wearing gym clothes as normal dress.  It makes my eye twitch when I see someone wearing work out clothes when it's obvious the gym is not in their schedule for the day.  For men it tends to be very loose fitting shirts (it looks like the sleeves and half the deltoid area is cut out) and for women it's various types of tight-fitting or stretchy materials, loose fitting shirt like men, and/or visible sports bras.

I'll see your "active wear" and raise you "pajamas in public." Just stop. Effing get dressed before you leave the house.

And sorry guys, but the "sleeves and half the deltoid area is cut out" look is not good, even at the gym. Either wear a shirt or don't.

You guys can pry my yoga pants and co. from my cold dead legs.  The year spandex began to be incorporated into pants was A Great Year.  It amazes me how many uncomfortable pairs of pants I had to wear for most of my life, as contrasted with all the comfortable pants that I currently wear.
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Re: The MMM I Don't Get It thread...
« Reply #475 on: September 13, 2017, 06:47:31 PM »
I don't get why some people don't get active wear. It's flattering...

No, on most people it's not at all flattering. With skin-tight pants, I don't need to show that level of detail to the world, nor do I care to see it on many other people.

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Re: The MMM I Don't Get It thread...
« Reply #476 on: September 13, 2017, 06:51:53 PM »
Reflecting on a couple of other currently active threads, I don't get why some posters get totally worked up arguing about paying off or not paying off a mortgage that isn't even theirs. The argument has been made on this forum a thousand times. If someone wants to brag about having a paid off mortgage, f%$#ing let them brag. Not your monkeys, not your circus, and you don't always have to be right.

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« Reply #477 on: September 13, 2017, 07:29:42 PM »
In the "I don't get" dress code, I don't get "active wear."  It's a marketing term to describe wearing gym clothes as normal dress.  It makes my eye twitch when I see someone wearing work out clothes when it's obvious the gym is not in their schedule for the day.

I'll see your "active wear" and raise you "pajamas in public." Just stop. Effing get dressed before you leave the house.

And sorry guys, but the "sleeves and half the deltoid area is cut out" look is not good, even at the gym. Either wear a shirt or don't.

You guys can pry my yoga pants and co. from my cold dead legs.  The year spandex began to be incorporated into pants was A Great Year.  It amazes me how many uncomfortable pairs of pants I had to wear for most of my life, as contrasted with all the comfortable pants that I currently wear.

I don't get why some people don't get active wear. It's flattering, durable, and most of all comfortable. Yes, it's casual, but if I'm not at work or at a fancy social occasion, I see no problem with being casually dressed.

And Travis, how in the world do you know at a glance whether someone has gone/is planning to go to the gym?

Because I see them on their way to school, work, or doing mundane things like buying groceries.  A couple years ago I ran into a woman who was picking up her child from daycare wearing those tight pants that stop at your calves, a tight moisture-wicking top and jacket - and assorted jewelry and full makeup.  It didn't make any sense to me that she could be either coming from or heading to the gym based on this ensemble.

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Re: The MMM I Don't Get It thread...
« Reply #478 on: September 13, 2017, 08:06:11 PM »
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Because I see them on their way to school, work, or doing mundane things like buying groceries.  A couple years ago I ran into a woman who was picking up her child from daycare wearing those tight pants that stop at your calves, a tight moisture-wicking top and jacket - and assorted jewelry and full makeup.  It didn't make any sense to me that she could be either coming from or heading to the gym based on this ensemble.

Travis, I dont know dude, I have seen women in the early morning with full makeup swimming laps so I have long ago stopped trying to figure such things out.
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« Reply #479 on: September 14, 2017, 08:55:36 AM »
I try to avoid wearing workout clothes at places where other moms congregate, precisely because of the assumption that "activewear" is "momwear". However, that's not always possible, particularly when I'm going to my kids' schools as part of my bike commute.

Whether or not someone is or is not going to a gym just isn't something you can tell from looking at them. I suspect that the first comment was about people who are overweight, but there are plenty of overweight people at my gym, and good for them. The comment about makeup and jewelry is another red herring; plenty of women (1) workout in full makeup or (2) just really like wearing jewelry. Not what I would do, but it's not hurting anyone else.
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Re: The MMM I Don't Get It thread...
« Reply #480 on: September 14, 2017, 09:14:41 AM »
A female coworker once described ties as "just a giant arrow pointing at your junk" and now I can't not see that every time

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Re: The MMM I Don't Get It thread...
« Reply #481 on: September 14, 2017, 09:31:30 AM »
Reflecting on a couple of other currently active threads, I don't get why some posters get totally worked up arguing about paying off or not paying off a mortgage that isn't even theirs. The argument has been made on this forum a thousand times. If someone wants to brag about having a paid off mortgage, f%$#ing let them brag. Not your monkeys, not your circus, and you don't always have to be right.

One of those "face-punch" things. It'd be like me bragging about how I get a sweet deal at Starbucks and only have to pay $3/coffee instead of $6/coffee things.

I get the frustration, paying off your mortgage doesn't seem Mustachian, since there are better things you could be doing with your money. I suppose it's far better than the average family swimming in mountains of debt or my FIL having a second mortgage, though....

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Re: The MMM I Don't Get It thread...
« Reply #482 on: September 14, 2017, 10:32:37 AM »
Travis, I dont know dude, I have seen women in the early morning with full makeup swimming laps so I have long ago stopped trying to figure such things out.

Speaking of things I don't get... wearing makeup to work out.  Or really, wearing makeup in general.  So much work, for something that matters so little.  I've long since stopped wearing makeup for anything except special occasions.

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Re: The MMM I Don't Get It thread...
« Reply #483 on: September 14, 2017, 12:07:00 PM »
Reflecting on a couple of other currently active threads, I don't get why some posters get totally worked up arguing about paying off or not paying off a mortgage that isn't even theirs. The argument has been made on this forum a thousand times. If someone wants to brag about having a paid off mortgage, f%$#ing let them brag. Not your monkeys, not your circus, and you don't always have to be right.

One of those "face-punch" things. It'd be like me bragging about how I get a sweet deal at Starbucks and only have to pay $3/coffee instead of $6/coffee things.
I think being happy about owning your own shelter, one of the basic human needs, outright after making years of payments is a little different than bragging about some extraneous purchase that took you less than 10 minutes to earn in your day to day job and is instantly consumed.

Sure, some dollars could be optimized in many situations a little differently but paying off debt is still a win in the grand scheme.

If someone says they've been able to invest $x instead of making extra payments on their mortgage, this is also a win.  I would wish kudos on that person as well (and not facepunch them if I felt they hadn't invested in the right things).

Celebrate the wins.  If you want to offer an alternative for someone to optimize, politely suggest that and see if they're interested but overall if someone if bursting at the seems with happiness about some big milestone, don't piss in their cornflakes.  Bear in mind less than 50% of most minorities in the US (all except Asian) own a house, so being able to own a house let alone pay off a mortgage could be a first in their family or circles and could mean a lot (i.e. non-pecuniary utility).

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« Reply #484 on: September 14, 2017, 12:28:38 PM »
(i.e. non-pecuniary utility).

Ooooo, are we playing "Spot the Attorney"? ;)

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Re: The MMM I Don't Get It thread...
« Reply #485 on: September 14, 2017, 01:32:53 PM »
(i.e. non-pecuniary utility).

Ooooo, are we playing "Spot the Attorney"? ;)
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Re: The MMM I Don't Get It thread...
« Reply #486 on: September 14, 2017, 02:28:46 PM »
Reflecting on a couple of other currently active threads, I don't get why some posters get totally worked up arguing about paying off or not paying off a mortgage that isn't even theirs. The argument has been made on this forum a thousand times. If someone wants to brag about having a paid off mortgage, f%$#ing let them brag. Not your monkeys, not your circus, and you don't always have to be right.

One of those "face-punch" things. It'd be like me bragging about how I get a sweet deal at Starbucks and only have to pay $3/coffee instead of $6/coffee things.
I think being happy about owning your own shelter, one of the basic human needs, outright after making years of payments is a little different than bragging about some extraneous purchase that took you less than 10 minutes to earn in your day to day job and is instantly consumed.

Sure, some dollars could be optimized in many situations a little differently but paying off debt is still a win in the grand scheme.

If someone says they've been able to invest $x instead of making extra payments on their mortgage, this is also a win.  I would wish kudos on that person as well (and not facepunch them if I felt they hadn't invested in the right things).

Celebrate the wins.  If you want to offer an alternative for someone to optimize, politely suggest that and see if they're interested but overall if someone if bursting at the seems with happiness about some big milestone, don't piss in their cornflakes.  Bear in mind less than 50% of most minorities in the US (all except Asian) own a house, so being able to own a house let alone pay off a mortgage could be a first in their family or circles and could mean a lot (i.e. non-pecuniary utility).

I suppose that's true, but it's not quite the Mustachian way of looking at things. Like, if my end goal is to pay off my mortgage, I could do that pretty quickly by not investing in my 401(k)....

If people really want to celebrate, hey, more power to them, but other posters are going to get frustrated because it's usually not the value-maximizing move. Maybe I'm just a little sore because this topic comes up in my household every so often, though. :P

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Re: The MMM I Don't Get It thread...
« Reply #487 on: September 15, 2017, 06:31:08 PM »
I don't get why some people don't get active wear. It's flattering...

No, on most people it's not at all flattering. With skin-tight pants, I don't need to show that level of detail to the world, nor do I care to see it on many other people.

Agree to disagree?
I'm not overweight, but I do have varicose veins from years of working  on my feet. Yoga pants hide some ropy-looking veins for the win.
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Re: The MMM I Don't Get It thread...
« Reply #488 on: September 17, 2017, 06:36:36 AM »
Travis, I dont know dude, I have seen women in the early morning with full makeup swimming laps so I have long ago stopped trying to figure such things out.

Speaking of things I don't get... wearing makeup to work out.  Or really, wearing makeup in general.  So much work, for something that matters so little.  I've long since stopped wearing makeup for anything except special occasions.

Having experienced Irma and no power for awhile it makes me appreciate my no-makeup stance even more.  It's nice to be able to wipe your face off without ruining your face lol :).  I don't get wearing it while working out or swimming either.

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Re: The MMM I Don't Get It thread...
« Reply #489 on: September 17, 2017, 11:30:37 PM »
I don't get why some people don't get active wear. It's flattering...

No, on most people it's not at all flattering. With skin-tight pants, I don't need to show that level of detail to the world, nor do I care to see it on many other people.

Agree to disagree?

If you look good naked, you look good in yoga pants. :) Not going to prove it, you'll just have to trust me.

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Re: The MMM I Don't Get It thread...
« Reply #490 on: September 17, 2017, 11:35:41 PM »

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I don't get why some people don't get active wear. It's flattering, durable, and most of all comfortable. Yes, it's casual, but if I'm not at work or at a fancy social occasion, I see no problem with being casually dressed.

And Travis, how in the world do you know at a glance whether someone has gone/is planning to go to the gym?
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Because I see them on their way to school, work, or doing mundane things like buying groceries.  A couple years ago I ran into a woman who was picking up her child from daycare wearing those tight pants that stop at your calves, a tight moisture-wicking top and jacket - and assorted jewelry and full makeup.  It didn't make any sense to me that she could be either coming from or heading to the gym based on this ensemble.
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You can't tell from that. It's pretty common for me to wear jewelry or makeup to the gym, if I'm planning to go to work or a social occasion before/afterwards. A necklace/earrings/ring isn't a big obstacle to working out. Much of the time, it's easier to leave the jewelry or makeup on than to go to the effort of taking it off.

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Re: The MMM I Don't Get It thread...
« Reply #491 on: September 18, 2017, 03:51:32 PM »
I don't get why some people don't get active wear. It's flattering...

No, on most people it's not at all flattering. With skin-tight pants, I don't need to show that level of detail to the world, nor do I care to see it on many other people.

Agree to disagree?

If you look good naked, you look good in yoga pants. :) Not going to prove it, you'll just have to trust me.

And most women look surprisingly good in them a few pounds under and over the 'look great naked' window. Because spandex is awesome.

Now, you know what clothing trend really IS unflattering? Jeans (spandex element optional) with the butt pockets placed too low.  I no longer buy jeans...but there was a 15 year period in the 2000s where it was nearly impossible to find jeans that flattered my ass, even when it was as high and tight as a gymnast's.  I guess it was because low rider and hip cut jeans were in, and no manufacturer seemed to understand that you could just raise the pockets and make them a little smaller, and the jeans would be flattering to the butt.  Instead, all the jean manufacturers just set the pockets at the same distance from the dropped waist, so that they disappeared into the thigh crease.  SO UGLY. 

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Re: The MMM I Don't Get It thread...
« Reply #492 on: September 18, 2017, 11:52:42 PM »
Authors using "sex" to refer to genitalia ("he put his hand on my sex" etc.). Why? There are so many great words for penis and vagina, including penis and vagina.
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Re: The MMM I Don't Get It thread...
« Reply #493 on: September 19, 2017, 05:51:19 AM »
Authors using "sex" to refer to genitalia ("he put his hand on my sex" etc.). Why? There are so many great words for penis and vagina, including penis and vagina.
Lol, I agree, and I get annoyed at the use of vagina when really one means vulva or pudenda or mons or clit or bush or other fun fuzzy words. The vagina is the interior, one cannot put one's hands ON it, in it, sure. Just found the German for clitoris and it's my new fave: der Kitzler. What's Japanese for some of these words?
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« Reply #494 on: September 19, 2017, 06:37:52 AM »
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Lol, I agree, and I get annoyed at the use of vagina when really one means vulva or pudenda or mons or clit or bush or other fun fuzzy words. The vagina is the interior, one cannot put one's hands ON it, in it, sure. Just found the German for clitoris and it's my new fave: der Kitzler. What's Japanese for some of these words?

No one knows, the kanji is always blurred out.
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« Reply #495 on: September 19, 2017, 07:02:10 AM »
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Lol, I agree, and I get annoyed at the use of vagina when really one means vulva or pudenda or mons or clit or bush or other fun fuzzy words. The vagina is the interior, one cannot put one's hands ON it, in it, sure. Just found the German for clitoris and it's my new fave: der Kitzler. What's Japanese for some of these words?

No one knows, the kanji is always blurred out.

LOL, just went through my Japanese slang book and there are 5, two-column layout pages of words for vagina/vulva. Lots of shellfish slang, but I like momo meaning "peach."

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Re: The MMM I Don't Get It thread...
« Reply #496 on: September 19, 2017, 07:12:02 AM »
I don't get why people like Beyoncé.

You don't have to -- she's clearly not making music for you.

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Re: The MMM I Don't Get It thread...
« Reply #497 on: September 19, 2017, 09:52:55 AM »
and what's the deal with all the mattress stores?
If I figure it out, I'll tell you.  About a year ago, I found myself walking out of a store in a strip mall right next to a Mattress Firm.  I then looked across the street... and saw another Mattress Firm.  I don't get it.

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Re: The MMM I Don't Get It thread...
« Reply #498 on: September 19, 2017, 10:25:07 AM »
and what's the deal with all the mattress stores?
If I figure it out, I'll tell you.  About a year ago, I found myself walking out of a store in a strip mall right next to a Mattress Firm.  I then looked across the street... and saw another Mattress Firm.  I don't get it.

money laundering?

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Re: The MMM I Don't Get It thread...
« Reply #499 on: September 19, 2017, 11:35:45 AM »
and what's the deal with all the mattress stores?
If I figure it out, I'll tell you.  About a year ago, I found myself walking out of a store in a strip mall right next to a Mattress Firm.  I then looked across the street... and saw another Mattress Firm.  I don't get it.

money laundering?

Funny, I thought I read this link here, but here ya go:

http://freakonomics.com/podcast/mattress-store-bubble/