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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #7900 on: September 04, 2020, 11:34:45 AM »
I gave the guy behind the counter at Costco a pretty red, white and blue piece of paper and he handed me back a bunch of dull green papers. Does anyone remember what I can exchange dull green papers for?

The executive membership earned us a whopping  2 dollars and some odd cents above its premium over the past year. But hey, where else am I going to get 3% these days?
You just need to spend more at Costco, lol. I hope you straight-up cashed that rebate check. If you spend it on merch you don't get the rebate on the items you are buying. Cash the whole check, then follow Slicey's instructions..

Typically around here it's much faster to go through one of the checkout lines with a single, low-cost item - pay with the rebate check, get the rest back as change.

How is that faster?  You can just cash the whole check at any costco check out line.  Pay your entire order with your card, then in a separate transaction cash the check and get the entire check amount as change. 

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« Reply #7901 on: September 04, 2020, 11:55:26 AM »
I gave the guy behind the counter at Costco a pretty red, white and blue piece of paper and he handed me back a bunch of dull green papers. Does anyone remember what I can exchange dull green papers for?

The executive membership earned us a whopping  2 dollars and some odd cents above its premium over the past year. But hey, where else am I going to get 3% these days?
You just need to spend more at Costco, lol. I hope you straight-up cashed that rebate check. If you spend it on merch you don't get the rebate on the items you are buying. Cash the whole check, then follow Slicey's instructions..

Typically around here it's much faster to go through one of the checkout lines with a single, low-cost item - pay with the rebate check, get the rest back as change.

How is that faster?  You can just cash the whole check at any costco check out line.  Pay your entire order with your card, then in a separate transaction cash the check and get the entire check amount as change.

Not around here - you have to go to customer service unless you use it for a purchase (which they try to talk you out of, as noted above). When the cc rewards come, they even set up portable counters to take up the burden. You have to stand in one line to get your stuff and a separate line to get your cash. At least yesterday there wasn't a line at customer service.

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« Reply #7902 on: September 04, 2020, 11:59:07 AM »
Oh that's odd.  I've always been able to redeem it at the normal register in a separate transaction. 

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« Reply #7903 on: September 04, 2020, 01:48:38 PM »
Oh that's odd.  I've always been able to redeem it at the normal register in a separate transaction.
It depends on how big your check is and how much cash they have in the drawer. Our Costco is a Top-10 busy store. They do all three options. Checkout, dedicated checkstand (typically the last one), and member service.

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« Reply #7904 on: September 05, 2020, 01:48:11 AM »
Germany is so boring! If we get money from Aunt Merkel it just lands in our bank accounts and that is it.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #7905 on: September 05, 2020, 02:25:51 AM »
My problem for the day is Iíve read this whole discussion about Costco and have absolutely no idea what yíall are talking about.  Never been to Costco and donít know what a rebate check is.  Iím mildly wondering if I SHOULD know what these things are, or if I can/should keep drifting forward in life without that knowledge . . .

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« Reply #7906 on: September 05, 2020, 05:22:50 AM »
My problem for the day is Iíve read this whole discussion about Costco and have absolutely no idea what yíall are talking about.  Never been to Costco and donít know what a rebate check is.  Iím mildly wondering if I SHOULD know what these things are, or if I can/should keep drifting forward in life without that knowledge . . .

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« Reply #7907 on: September 05, 2020, 07:05:35 AM »
My problem for the day is Iíve read this whole discussion about Costco and have absolutely no idea what yíall are talking about.  Never been to Costco and donít know what a rebate check is.  Iím mildly wondering if I SHOULD know what these things are, or if I can/should keep drifting forward in life without that knowledge . . .

It depends on what you eat, how much you eat, and how close you are to a Costco. The membership costs money, the membership with rewards costs even more. So if it isn't going to save you money on a regular basis, keep drifting.

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« Reply #7908 on: September 05, 2020, 07:39:52 AM »
We are FIREd and don't have dental insurance anymore (haven't for over a year), though DH has kept the same dentist. 

DH wanted to see if his dental appointment was still on due to COVID and they hadn't called to confirm or tell him if there was a special song and dance to be seen. 

When he called the auto message had two option Insurance A or Insurance B and that was it.  He randomly picked one, but then couldn't get any further.  No way to get to a person. 

So it looks like he will be finding a new dentist.

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« Reply #7909 on: September 05, 2020, 08:20:40 AM »
My problem for the day is Iíve read this whole discussion about Costco and have absolutely no idea what yíall are talking about.  Never been to Costco and donít know what a rebate check is.  Iím mildly wondering if I SHOULD know what these things are, or if I can/should keep drifting forward in life without that knowledge . . .

It depends on what you eat, how much you eat, and how close you are to a Costco. The membership costs money, the membership with rewards costs even more. So if it isn't going to save you money on a regular basis, keep drifting.

I found absolutely nothing of worth to myself at Costco that I couldn't get at Aldi for cheaper or the same price (looking for groceries primarily). I think it's a bit of a racket, myself. But I also might not have the same shopping preferences as others who do find value in it. I also found that Aldi had similar prices per item/pound/etc while not requiring me to stock up on a years' worth of that item at a time, which saves me space in my refrigerator/pantry and reduces likelihood of spoilage.

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« Reply #7910 on: September 05, 2020, 08:35:02 AM »
My problem for the day is Iíve read this whole discussion about Costco and have absolutely no idea what yíall are talking about.  Never been to Costco and donít know what a rebate check is.  Iím mildly wondering if I SHOULD know what these things are, or if I can/should keep drifting forward in life without that knowledge . . .

It depends on what you eat, how much you eat, and how close you are to a Costco. The membership costs money, the membership with rewards costs even more. So if it isn't going to save you money on a regular basis, keep drifting.

I found absolutely nothing of worth to myself at Costco that I couldn't get at Aldi for cheaper or the same price (looking for groceries primarily). I think it's a bit of a racket, myself. But I also might not have the same shopping preferences as others who do find value in it. I also found that Aldi had similar prices per item/pound/etc while not requiring me to stock up on a years' worth of that item at a time, which saves me space in my refrigerator/pantry and reduces likelihood of spoilage.

I did a four store price book when Aldi's and another discount store opened near us. It lead me to divide our shopping between Costco and a regular grocery store.

Of course, around here just the gas will save you more than the membership. There is one place on the other side of town that I can sometimes get it cheaper with the grocery points, but that only helps if I am going to that part of town. anyway. Even the military gas is sometimes more expensive, but folks choose it because they get to stick it to the man. Which seems an odd attitude for the military...

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« Reply #7911 on: September 05, 2020, 10:55:49 AM »
Of course, around here just the gas will save you more than the membership. There is one place on the other side of town that I can sometimes get it cheaper with the grocery points, but that only helps if I am going to that part of town. anyway. Even the military gas is sometimes more expensive, but folks choose it because they get to stick it to the man. Which seems an odd attitude for the military...
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« Reply #7912 on: September 05, 2020, 11:15:52 AM »
My problem for the day is Iíve read this whole discussion about Costco and have absolutely no idea what yíall are talking about.  Never been to Costco and donít know what a rebate check is.  Iím mildly wondering if I SHOULD know what these things are, or if I can/should keep drifting forward in life without that knowledge . . .

It depends on what you eat, how much you eat, and how close you are to a Costco. The membership costs money, the membership with rewards costs even more. So if it isn't going to save you money on a regular basis, keep drifting.

I found absolutely nothing of worth to myself at Costco that I couldn't get at Aldi for cheaper or the same price (looking for groceries primarily). I think it's a bit of a racket, myself. But I also might not have the same shopping preferences as others who do find value in it. I also found that Aldi had similar prices per item/pound/etc while not requiring me to stock up on a years' worth of that item at a time, which saves me space in my refrigerator/pantry and reduces likelihood of spoilage.
I would sell a sibling or two to have an aldi here. Never heard back from corporate.

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« Reply #7913 on: September 05, 2020, 11:29:58 AM »
Oh that's odd.  I've always been able to redeem it at the normal register in a separate transaction.

Yep, as noted - my local Costco does not like to cash out the check at the normal register. You have to go to a separate register (possibly waiting for a cashier) - then wait for a red vest to come validate the check.

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« Reply #7914 on: September 05, 2020, 12:18:29 PM »
My problem for the day is Iíve read this whole discussion about Costco and have absolutely no idea what yíall are talking about.  Never been to Costco and donít know what a rebate check is.  Iím mildly wondering if I SHOULD know what these things are, or if I can/should keep drifting forward in life without that knowledge . . .

It depends on what you eat, how much you eat, and how close you are to a Costco. The membership costs money, the membership with rewards costs even more. So if it isn't going to save you money on a regular basis, keep drifting.

I found absolutely nothing of worth to myself at Costco that I couldn't get at Aldi for cheaper or the same price (looking for groceries primarily). I think it's a bit of a racket, myself. But I also might not have the same shopping preferences as others who do find value in it. I also found that Aldi had similar prices per item/pound/etc while not requiring me to stock up on a years' worth of that item at a time, which saves me space in my refrigerator/pantry and reduces likelihood of spoilage.

I did a four store price book when Aldi's and another discount store opened near us. It lead me to divide our shopping between Costco and a regular grocery store.


Interesting.  We did the same thing a few years ago -- four store price book -- that led us to divide between Aldi and Trader Joe's.   I'm overdue for updating the prices, so I may go over to Costco and see what's in there.   I suspect I'll end up like @maisymouser and decide to skip it (the idea of having to buy huge quantities isn't appealing) but I'll keep an open mind. 

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« Reply #7915 on: September 05, 2020, 02:29:45 PM »

I would sell a sibling or two to have an aldi here. Never heard back from corporate.

You need better siblings! That's your MPP, right?  ;)

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« Reply #7916 on: September 05, 2020, 03:02:29 PM »
My problem for the day is Iíve read this whole discussion about Costco and have absolutely no idea what yíall are talking about.  Never been to Costco and donít know what a rebate check is.  Iím mildly wondering if I SHOULD know what these things are, or if I can/should keep drifting forward in life without that knowledge . . .

It depends on what you eat, how much you eat, and how close you are to a Costco. The membership costs money, the membership with rewards costs even more. So if it isn't going to save you money on a regular basis, keep drifting.

I found absolutely nothing of worth to myself at Costco that I couldn't get at Aldi for cheaper or the same price (looking for groceries primarily). I think it's a bit of a racket, myself. But I also might not have the same shopping preferences as others who do find value in it. I also found that Aldi had similar prices per item/pound/etc while not requiring me to stock up on a years' worth of that item at a time, which saves me space in my refrigerator/pantry and reduces likelihood of spoilage.

I did a four store price book when Aldi's and another discount store opened near us. It lead me to divide our shopping between Costco and a regular grocery store.


Interesting.  We did the same thing a few years ago -- four store price book -- that led us to divide between Aldi and Trader Joe's.   I'm overdue for updating the prices, so I may go over to Costco and see what's in there.   I suspect I'll end up like @maisymouser and decide to skip it (the idea of having to buy huge quantities isn't appealing) but I'll keep an open mind.

I went to our local Costco a couple of times with a friend, but when Trader Joe's opened in town I realized I could get comparably priced cheese and nuts (our two big-ticket items) for about the same price without having to buy vast quantities.

I would actually buy flour and beans in vast quantities if I could get what I want (organic black beans, white whole wheat flour, or at least ub white, and crushed canned tomatoes) but our Costco doesn't stock those items. Fortunately, I can pick them up at quite reasonable prices from stores that are closer.

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« Reply #7917 on: September 05, 2020, 07:07:48 PM »
My problem for the day is Iíve read this whole discussion about Costco and have absolutely no idea what yíall are talking about.  Never been to Costco and donít know what a rebate check is.  Iím mildly wondering if I SHOULD know what these things are, or if I can/should keep drifting forward in life without that knowledge . . .

It depends on what you eat, how much you eat, and how close you are to a Costco. The membership costs money, the membership with rewards costs even more. So if it isn't going to save you money on a regular basis, keep drifting.

I found absolutely nothing of worth to myself at Costco that I couldn't get at Aldi for cheaper or the same price (looking for groceries primarily). I think it's a bit of a racket, myself. But I also might not have the same shopping preferences as others who do find value in it. I also found that Aldi had similar prices per item/pound/etc while not requiring me to stock up on a years' worth of that item at a time, which saves me space in my refrigerator/pantry and reduces likelihood of spoilage.

I did a four store price book when Aldi's and another discount store opened near us. It lead me to divide our shopping between Costco and a regular grocery store.


Interesting.  We did the same thing a few years ago -- four store price book -- that led us to divide between Aldi and Trader Joe's.   I'm overdue for updating the prices, so I may go over to Costco and see what's in there.   I suspect I'll end up like @maisymouser and decide to skip it (the idea of having to buy huge quantities isn't appealing) but I'll keep an open mind.

There's a quarterly price book available online.  Obviously, the prices aren't exactly the same in every warehouse, but it can give you a general idea:

https://practical-stewardship.com/food/costco-quarterly-natural-organic-price-list-update/

Plenty of stuff in there that is no deal at all.  Very little is what you would call overpriced, though, since Costco typically has a maximum markup of 15%.

I've been buying less and less at Costco since I discovered a restaurant supply store down the street from Costco and hit that first (although plenty of stuff at the supply store is legitimately overpriced and you have to know what not to buy).

Also alternate with Trader Joe's.
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« Reply #7918 on: September 05, 2020, 09:03:00 PM »
I would actually buy flour and beans in vast quantities if I could get what I want (organic black beans, white whole wheat flour, or at least ub white, and crushed canned tomatoes) but our Costco doesn't stock those items. Fortunately, I can pick them up at quite reasonable prices from stores that are closer.
I'm surprised your Costco doesn't stock these - they only have the unbleached white flour at mine but we get those three items routinely! I wouldn't have expected regional variation on DRY STAPLES.

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« Reply #7919 on: September 06, 2020, 02:29:02 AM »
I would actually buy flour and beans in vast quantities if I could get what I want (organic black beans, white whole wheat flour, or at least ub white, and crushed canned tomatoes) but our Costco doesn't stock those items. Fortunately, I can pick them up at quite reasonable prices from stores that are closer.
I'm surprised your Costco doesn't stock these - they only have the unbleached white flour at mine but we get those three items routinely! I wouldn't have expected regional variation on DRY STAPLES.

There's definitely a difference even between nearby cities.  One time I went to the one slightly farther out and was surprised to see a lawnmower and sliding glass door for sale.

My Costco doesn't usually carry dry beans, but flour and rice are mostly available.

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« Reply #7920 on: September 08, 2020, 11:56:50 PM »
A bestselling book I just saw featured in a list of library offerings is titled Fierce, Free and full of FIRE.

My MPP: Seeing the word FIRE in large print, all caps and automatically reading it as an acronym.

My other MPP: Feeling let down upon realizing it's not.

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« Reply #7921 on: September 09, 2020, 05:45:19 AM »
Oh that's odd.  I've always been able to redeem it at the normal register in a separate transaction.

Yep, as noted - my local Costco does not like to cash out the check at the normal register. You have to go to a separate register (possibly waiting for a cashier) - then wait for person in a red vest to come validate the check.
FTFY

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« Reply #7922 on: September 09, 2020, 08:23:27 AM »
Oh that's odd.  I've always been able to redeem it at the normal register in a separate transaction.

Yep, as noted - my local Costco does not like to cash out the check at the normal register. You have to go to a separate register (possibly waiting for a cashier) - then wait for person in a red vest to come validate the check.
FTFY

Nothing wrong with metonymy.

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« Reply #7923 on: September 09, 2020, 09:20:55 AM »
Oh that's odd.  I've always been able to redeem it at the normal register in a separate transaction.

Yep, as noted - my local Costco does not like to cash out the check at the normal register. You have to go to a separate register (possibly waiting for a cashier) - then wait for person in a red vest to come validate the check.
FTFY

Nope. That's not the terminology used in my Costco, thus it is an incorrect "correction".

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« Reply #7924 on: September 09, 2020, 01:01:38 PM »
Oh that's odd.  I've always been able to redeem it at the normal register in a separate transaction.

Yep, as noted - my local Costco does not like to cash out the check at the normal register. You have to go to a separate register (possibly waiting for a cashier) - then wait for person in a red vest to come validate the check.
FTFY

Nope. That's not the terminology used in my Costco, thus it is an incorrect "correction".
My brother has worked for Costco for almost thirty years. They're known for treating their people well. I suspect if they say it, it's said jokingly, by individuals. It is not their corporate culture. The people who wear red vests are Supervisors and paid accordingly. No member should treat them as a "vest" instead of a person. Therefore, I do not stand corrected. No need for you or anyone to treat a hard working person who busts tail* during a pandemic so that you and your family can get the things you need like anything less that a full human being.

Did you touch a nerve? You bet your ass you did. I am grateful for every single person I see working in any store anywhere during this pandemic. I don't hesitate to look them in the eye and thank them. At Costco, every single person wears a name badge. Look at it. Greet them and thank them by name. You'd be surprised at the results.

Fun fact: at Costco when the pandemic began, all employees over 65 were told to stay home with pay. Anyone younger who had compromised immune systems (as my brother does) were given the option of working or staying home with pay. My brother knew his job was important, so he has continued to work through the pandemic. Costco has been very accommodating about shifting his duties so he has minimal member contact. This means he goes to work at two in the morning. I think he's a hero in his own small way, but to you he and his colleagues are "red vests". /end rant

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« Reply #7925 on: September 09, 2020, 01:13:45 PM »
I think he's a hero in his own small way, but to you he and his colleagues are "red vests". /end rant

I consider the whole Costco team to be heroes, but certain functions can only be performed by the ones wearing a red vest. There is nothing dehumanizing about the use of metonymy in this case, because we are distinguishing between humans all being treated humanly (YAY COSTCO!) but with different functions, rather than using functions to dehumanize the individuals.

And yes, when I went today for both a return and to report two items being double scanned, I was told "I can do the return, but you'll have to go over to the red vest for the refund of the other items."
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« Reply #7926 on: September 09, 2020, 01:34:37 PM »
Costco also took the boneheaded decision to force their corporate workforce to report to the office for weeks, ďin solidarity with employees in the storesĒ. They got a lot of deserved flak for that in the Seattle metro area.

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« Reply #7927 on: September 09, 2020, 01:39:06 PM »
Dicey, get over it. I know the names of half the employees at my Costco without looking at nametags and have been friendly/polite with most of them for years - not just during the pandemic.

"Red vest" is a reference to a specific job function, not devaluing them as people. It's a term routinely used by the front-line employees. Typically they don't need a specific person - anyone with a red vest has approval authority.

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« Reply #7928 on: September 09, 2020, 05:24:13 PM »
Dicey, get over it. I know the names of half the employees at my Costco without looking at nametags and have been friendly/polite with most of them for years - not just during the pandemic.

"Red vest" is a reference to a specific job function, not devaluing them as people. It's a term routinely used by the front-line employees. Typically they don't need a specific person - anyone with a red vest has approval authority.
I do a volunteer gig and I wear a vest. I am also a significant donor to the same program. It cracks me up that people look at the vest and not the face. When I greet them by name, because we actually know each other, it throws them every time.

Calling a human being a "red vest" as you did struck me as casually dehumanizing. I checked with my brother. He says they say "Ask for the person in a red vest." or "Look for someone in a red vest." Or, "Let me get someone who can help you" if they can't. People are not vests. Sounds like his Costco is a much nicer place to work than the one you have experience at.

Nothing to get over, IMO. Just a different point of view.

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« Reply #7929 on: September 09, 2020, 05:52:49 PM »
Dicey, get over it. I know the names of half the employees at my Costco without looking at nametags and have been friendly/polite with most of them for years - not just during the pandemic.

"Red vest" is a reference to a specific job function, not devaluing them as people. It's a term routinely used by the front-line employees. Typically they don't need a specific person - anyone with a red vest has approval authority.

I guess itís probably a little like only black people being allowed to use the n word.  Does anyone object when 911 dispatch says they are going to send a black and white to your location?  Does anyone object to The ďwhite coat investorĒ blog name?  Seriously asking... I always figured those Were in-joke references among colleagues.

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« Reply #7930 on: September 09, 2020, 10:08:09 PM »
Dicey, get over it. I know the names of half the employees at my Costco without looking at nametags and have been friendly/polite with most of them for years - not just during the pandemic.

"Red vest" is a reference to a specific job function, not devaluing them as people. It's a term routinely used by the front-line employees. Typically they don't need a specific person - anyone with a red vest has approval authority.

I guess itís probably a little like only black people being allowed to use the n word.  Does anyone object when 911 dispatch says they are going to send a black and white to your location?  Does anyone object to The ďwhite coat investorĒ blog name?  Seriously asking... I always figured those Were in-joke references among colleagues.

I disagree, and think it's much more practical. None of those are in-jokes, they're descriptors. Police cars are painted black and white. Doctors wear white lab coats.

They can't say "go talk to Stan or Charlie or Hank", because you don't know who Stan or Charlie or Hank are. So instead they do the obvious thing: point out the people that can help by the identifying marks they're wearing. And if you have to give the same instruction to people 50 different times a day, very quickly "Any of our wonderful human employees wearing a red vest can help you" becomes "Go talk to a red vest".

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« Reply #7931 on: September 10, 2020, 12:46:26 AM »


I disagree

Then I guess that just makes you another notch on my belt

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« Reply #7932 on: September 10, 2020, 01:03:21 AM »
You know it's gone too far when they are called Red Shirts.

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« Reply #7933 on: September 10, 2020, 01:46:21 AM »
You know it's gone too far when they are called Red Shirts.
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« Reply #7934 on: September 10, 2020, 07:38:46 AM »
A bestselling book I just saw featured in a list of library offerings is titled Fierce, Free and full of FIRE.

My MPP: Seeing the word FIRE in large print, all caps and automatically reading it as an acronym.


Me too!  I do get excited when I see it around.   Turns out, it is usually gym or workout related which is far less exciting....

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« Reply #7935 on: September 10, 2020, 10:33:42 AM »
MPP - mega pet peeve:

I have been working 43-45 hours/week for the last 3 weeks. This has cut down into my exercise time.

Team lead is on vacation this week and responsibilities fall on me, so I'm on track to hit 48H for this week.

Told my director I don't like this, I will be cutting back my hours as I need to focus on my health and also on studying for new industry certifications, which employer wants me to get and will pay for.

Also told him I don' t like Friday afternoon technical meetings on the new short-term contract, and that I will not attend them after Sept 30. Mentioned that working with this developer is a royal PITA and I hope to not be on the contract when it renews on Oct 1.

I don't like working over 40 hours/week.

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« Reply #7936 on: September 10, 2020, 02:30:08 PM »
Dicey, get over it. I know the names of half the employees at my Costco without looking at nametags and have been friendly/polite with most of them for years - not just during the pandemic.

"Red vest" is a reference to a specific job function, not devaluing them as people. It's a term routinely used by the front-line employees. Typically they don't need a specific person - anyone with a red vest has approval authority.

I guess itís probably a little like only black people being allowed to use the n word.  Does anyone object when 911 dispatch says they are going to send a black and white to your location?  Does anyone object to The ďwhite coat investorĒ blog name?  Seriously asking... I always figured those Were in-joke references among colleagues.

Must be a slow news day if this is the peak of our concerns...

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« Reply #7937 on: September 10, 2020, 06:34:23 PM »
Is this a MPP?

I have been getting 2 produce box deliveries (local CSA-type things), because, well, I can afford it, and I live in California.  It's delicious and fresh and the stuff lasts forever.  It costs a little bit more than the grocery store, but about the same as the farmer's market.  One of them originally delivered to our school and the school would get a cut.

Well, I think it might be COVID related, but the one farm/company has decided to expand their services because suddenly, a lot of people wanted produce delivery.  They also added groceries (rice, beans, etc). 

So...they moved my delivery day so that they could better group deliveries when they doubled their number of deliveries.  Fine.

But in the last few weeks, they have had a few weeks when the "add ons" were not available (because they moved me to later in the week, and ran out). Fine, but they forgot to refund me.  I have to actually check.

Last week, I only got half the items.  It took 3 emails to get a response, and they finally said they'd refund me.  Apparently, they gave me the essentials box, not the family box.

This week, I checked and they haven't refunded me.  They also haven't charged me for this week.  Well...they also didn't deliver my box (or the add ons).  Apparently this week they migrated to the new system?  I dunno because I can't get INTO the new system.  I think I'm just going to have to cancel.  It was nice while it lasted because otherwise, we run out of produce mid-week and it saves me a grocery trip.  It's nice to be able to afford to support a local farm, but it literally has eaten up hours of my time the last couple of weeks.

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« Reply #7938 on: September 13, 2020, 05:00:32 PM »
Okay, here's a facepunch worthy MPP. Last night, in the middle of the night, I got a "Thank You for Another Year!" from Rent the Runway. I've rented gowns for formal events from them a couple of times and been pleased with the results. Apparently I must not have unchecked a box somewhere in the last rental process, way back in 2018. So now I have a "renewal" for $32.42.

Fortunately, I don't keep my inbox too tidy. A quick search revealed a "Help! Your CC is expired", followed by a renewal notice a year ago (WTF?), followed by today's surprise. I distinctly remember calling them to cancel it last year when I got the CC expiry notice. Since I haven't received a single other email from them, I'm somewhat surprised. Normally, they're constantly sending shit about new arrivals, your "free" birthday "gift", etc. So I've wasted $64.84. Not a big deal in the grand scheme of things, but somehow I just know that cancelling this is going to be a giant PITA. I hope I'm wrong.

And should I have seen it on my CC bill? Sure, but DH pays all the bills. (Love that man!) As long as nothing's way cray-cray out of my normal range, he doesn't question anything I spend. Oops.

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« Reply #7939 on: September 13, 2020, 06:17:59 PM »
Okay, here's a facepunch worthy MPP. Last night, in the middle of the night, I got a "Thank You for Another Year!" from Rent the Runway. I've rented gowns for formal events from them a couple of times and been pleased with the results. Apparently I must not have unchecked a box somewhere in the last rental process, way back in 2018. So now I have a "renewal" for $32.42.

Fortunately, I don't keep my inbox too tidy. A quick search revealed a "Help! Your CC is expired", followed by a renewal notice a year ago (WTF?), followed by today's surprise. I distinctly remember calling them to cancel it last year when I got the CC expiry notice. Since I haven't received a single other email from them, I'm somewhat surprised. Normally, they're constantly sending shit about new arrivals, your "free" birthday "gift", etc. So I've wasted $64.84. Not a big deal in the grand scheme of things, but somehow I just know that cancelling this is going to be a giant PITA. I hope I'm wrong.

And should I have seen it on my CC bill? Sure, but DH pays all the bills. (Love that man!) As long as nothing's way cray-cray out of my normal range, he doesn't question anything I spend. Oops.

Rent the runway?  I'll file that under travel

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« Reply #7940 on: September 13, 2020, 08:53:10 PM »
Okay, here's a facepunch worthy MPP. Last night, in the middle of the night, I got a "Thank You for Another Year!" from Rent the Runway. I've rented gowns for formal events from them a couple of times and been pleased with the results. Apparently I must not have unchecked a box somewhere in the last rental process, way back in 2018. So now I have a "renewal" for $32.42.

Fortunately, I don't keep my inbox too tidy. A quick search revealed a "Help! Your CC is expired", followed by a renewal notice a year ago (WTF?), followed by today's surprise. I distinctly remember calling them to cancel it last year when I got the CC expiry notice. Since I haven't received a single other email from them, I'm somewhat surprised. Normally, they're constantly sending shit about new arrivals, your "free" birthday "gift", etc. So I've wasted $64.84. Not a big deal in the grand scheme of things, but somehow I just know that cancelling this is going to be a giant PITA. I hope I'm wrong.

And should I have seen it on my CC bill? Sure, but DH pays all the bills. (Love that man!) As long as nothing's way cray-cray out of my normal range, he doesn't question anything I spend. Oops.

Rent the runway?  I'll file that under travel

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« Reply #7941 on: September 17, 2020, 04:23:19 AM »
In windows there are security settings that have to be set correctly to get the camera and microphone to work with zoom and other web apps.    You'll have to google it.

I worked as IT help desk support for a small biz for 18 years alongside many other job titles, so I don't really need the "google it" level of advice... but thanks anyway. I did try to set the settings correctly, but it didn't do what it was supposed to and I didn't have a lot of time to figure it out pre-meeting (and I haven't needed it since). I'll give it another shot at some point before actually spending money on something.

Knowing me, I probably unchecked the option to include a webcam when I ordered it to save $7... :-P  Who knew we'd all be spending our lives in video conferences in 2020.

Reminds me of all the DOD contractor laptops i've seen where they paid someone to take the camera out... I wonder if they had to pay someone to put some of them back in this year...

Not DOD, but within DHS.  Pre Covid, we had limited non blue line access with our laptops.  No video and only 10% of the work force could be use it at the same time.  Miraculously over the course of a weekend in March the system was upgrade so we could massively work from home and use video too.  Which mean the CIOís office had the solution already and somebody kept saying we donít need to do that.

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« Reply #7942 on: September 17, 2020, 04:38:10 AM »
Dicey, get over it. I know the names of half the employees at my Costco without looking at nametags and have been friendly/polite with most of them for years - not just during the pandemic.

"Red vest" is a reference to a specific job function, not devaluing them as people. It's a term routinely used by the front-line employees. Typically they don't need a specific person - anyone with a red vest has approval authority.

I guess itís probably a little like only black people being allowed to use the n word.  Does anyone object when 911 dispatch says they are going to send a black and white to your location?  Does anyone object to The ďwhite coat investorĒ blog name?  Seriously asking... I always figured those Were in-joke references among colleagues.

I disagree, and think it's much more practical. None of those are in-jokes, they're descriptors. Police cars are painted black and white. Doctors wear white lab coats.

They can't say "go talk to Stan or Charlie or Hank", because you don't know who Stan or Charlie or Hank are. So instead they do the obvious thing: point out the people that can help by the identifying marks they're wearing. And if you have to give the same instruction to people 50 different times a day, very quickly "Any of our wonderful human employees wearing a red vest can help you" becomes "Go talk to a red vest".

 Um our cop cars are Blue (state and City) or White and gold/tan (county). Iíve never heard of a car being called a black and white.

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« Reply #7943 on: September 17, 2020, 05:54:49 AM »
Dicey, get over it. I know the names of half the employees at my Costco without looking at nametags and have been friendly/polite with most of them for years - not just during the pandemic.

"Red vest" is a reference to a specific job function, not devaluing them as people. It's a term routinely used by the front-line employees. Typically they don't need a specific person - anyone with a red vest has approval authority.

I guess itís probably a little like only black people being allowed to use the n word.  Does anyone object when 911 dispatch says they are going to send a black and white to your location?  Does anyone object to The ďwhite coat investorĒ blog name?  Seriously asking... I always figured those Were in-joke references among colleagues.

I disagree, and think it's much more practical. None of those are in-jokes, they're descriptors. Police cars are painted black and white. Doctors wear white lab coats.

They can't say "go talk to Stan or Charlie or Hank", because you don't know who Stan or Charlie or Hank are. So instead they do the obvious thing: point out the people that can help by the identifying marks they're wearing. And if you have to give the same instruction to people 50 different times a day, very quickly "Any of our wonderful human employees wearing a red vest can help you" becomes "Go talk to a red vest".

 Um our cop cars are Blue (state and City) or White and gold/tan (county). Iíve never heard of a car being called a black and white.

Ours are black and white but generally called police cars or cop cars. 

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« Reply #7944 on: September 17, 2020, 06:36:36 AM »
Um our cop cars are Blue (state and City) or White and gold/tan (county). Iíve never heard of a car being called a black and white.
The saying goes back quite a few decades, to a time when police cars were traditionally black and white--black on the front and rear thirds, and white for the passenger compartment.

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« Reply #7945 on: September 17, 2020, 09:18:40 AM »
Dicey, get over it. I know the names of half the employees at my Costco without looking at nametags and have been friendly/polite with most of them for years - not just during the pandemic.

"Red vest" is a reference to a specific job function, not devaluing them as people. It's a term routinely used by the front-line employees. Typically they don't need a specific person - anyone with a red vest has approval authority.

I guess itís probably a little like only black people being allowed to use the n word.  Does anyone object when 911 dispatch says they are going to send a black and white to your location?  Does anyone object to The ďwhite coat investorĒ blog name?  Seriously asking... I always figured those Were in-joke references among colleagues.

I disagree, and think it's much more practical. None of those are in-jokes, they're descriptors. Police cars are painted black and white. Doctors wear white lab coats.

They can't say "go talk to Stan or Charlie or Hank", because you don't know who Stan or Charlie or Hank are. So instead they do the obvious thing: point out the people that can help by the identifying marks they're wearing. And if you have to give the same instruction to people 50 different times a day, very quickly "Any of our wonderful human employees wearing a red vest can help you" becomes "Go talk to a red vest".

 Um our cop cars are Blue (state and City) or White and gold/tan (county). Iíve never heard of a car being called a black and white.
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« Reply #7947 on: September 17, 2020, 11:51:57 PM »
MPP: at some point this summer I finally found some of my preferred toilet paper in the local drugstore for a decent price - not the package I usually buy (double rolls) but the "mega" size rolls. Well, who cares, right? Except I just found out that the mega sized rolls don't fit on my toilet paper holder, properly or balanced atop it. And my tiny apartment bathroom doesn't really have anywhere to put it because every available surface is used for storage or is not a good place to put it (liable to be knocked over/get wet/etc.).

I refuse to buy a new toilet paper holder, obviously. And I can't possibly get rid of the toilet paper and buy something that works in my bathroom, because that would be wasteful. I'm thinking about using the plunger handle as a stand-up toilet roll holder.

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« Reply #7948 on: September 18, 2020, 12:58:54 AM »
@Dollar Slice would something like this work?  I wonder if it could be diy-ed with odds and ends? 

Or ye old bend a hanger and hook it onto a command hook?


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« Reply #7949 on: September 18, 2020, 01:57:30 AM »
MPP: at some point this summer I finally found some of my preferred toilet paper in the local drugstore for a decent price - not the package I usually buy (double rolls) but the "mega" size rolls. Well, who cares, right? Except I just found out that the mega sized rolls don't fit on my toilet paper holder, properly or balanced atop it. And my tiny apartment bathroom doesn't really have anywhere to put it because every available surface is used for storage or is not a good place to put it (liable to be knocked over/get wet/etc.).

I refuse to buy a new toilet paper holder, obviously. And I can't possibly get rid of the toilet paper and buy something that works in my bathroom, because that would be wasteful. I'm thinking about using the plunger handle as a stand-up toilet roll holder.


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