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Re: Overheard at Work 2
« Reply #3550 on: July 27, 2022, 09:27:18 PM »
TIL at work that there is an even more expensive super cooling/heating travel coffee mug with a handle that costs $100 and has a waiting list. To be clear, they cost about $20 on their website, but you can buy them from resellers on the web for $100 if you just cannot wait to be parted from your money.

https://www.stanley1913.com/products/adventure-quencher-travel-tumbler-40-oz
Sounds like a good business opportunity. It shows as 40 dollar though.

Yup, most of the prices are ridiculous and most of the styles are sold out. Hence the $100 price on Amazon on similar

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Re: Overheard at Work 2
« Reply #3551 on: July 28, 2022, 10:50:20 AM »
Talking with a coworker yesterday about how he is deciding if to get a new van or not.  He has like 5 kids plus him and his wife so has a ligit use for a big van but he was saying that buying a new one would save him 2k$ per year in gas.  I replied that that alone would buy two of the ebikes commute with most days a week.  He is moderately money smart but there is only so far you can go with a family that big.  I think he has looked at smaller commuter cars and his wife that drives further uses one but he takes the kids to day care, and the both make enough to be worth working.

https://www.canoo.com/

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« Reply #3552 on: July 28, 2022, 11:40:16 AM »
Talking with a coworker yesterday about how he is deciding if to get a new van or not.  He has like 5 kids plus him and his wife so has a ligit use for a big van but he was saying that buying a new one would save him 2k$ per year in gas.  I replied that that alone would buy two of the ebikes commute with most days a week.  He is moderately money smart but there is only so far you can go with a family that big.  I think he has looked at smaller commuter cars and his wife that drives further uses one but he takes the kids to day care, and the both make enough to be worth working.

https://www.canoo.com/

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Re: Overheard at Work 2
« Reply #3553 on: July 29, 2022, 01:26:40 PM »
Talking with a coworker yesterday about how he is deciding if to get a new van or not.  He has like 5 kids plus him and his wife so has a ligit use for a big van but he was saying that buying a new one would save him 2k$ per year in gas.  I replied that that alone would buy two of the ebikes commute with most days a week.  He is moderately money smart but there is only so far you can go with a family that big.  I think he has looked at smaller commuter cars and his wife that drives further uses one but he takes the kids to day care, and the both make enough to be worth working.
Was he talking about a Toyota Sienna, which is hybrid-only?  It's about time Toyota came out with a hybrid minivan.  It's too bad they came out with such an awful one, though.

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Re: Overheard at Work 2
« Reply #3554 on: July 29, 2022, 01:40:17 PM »
I despair of the design of the Toyota Sienna. If I wanted a child-killing front blind spot in the style of SUVs, I would buy an SUV.

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Re: Overheard at Work 2
« Reply #3555 on: July 29, 2022, 02:03:21 PM »
Talking with a coworker yesterday about how he is deciding if to get a new van or not.  He has like 5 kids plus him and his wife so has a ligit use for a big van but he was saying that buying a new one would save him 2k$ per year in gas.  I replied that that alone would buy two of the ebikes commute with most days a week.  He is moderately money smart but there is only so far you can go with a family that big.  I think he has looked at smaller commuter cars and his wife that drives further uses one but he takes the kids to day care, and the both make enough to be worth working.
Was he talking about a Toyota Sienna, which is hybrid-only?  It's about time Toyota came out with a hybrid minivan.  It's too bad they came out with such an awful one, though.

Dont recall which van he was talking about.  Will see if I see a new Sienna in the parking lot soon.


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« Reply #3556 on: July 31, 2022, 06:45:48 PM »
Talking with a coworker yesterday about how he is deciding if to get a new van or not.  He has like 5 kids plus him and his wife so has a ligit use for a big van but he was saying that buying a new one would save him 2k$ per year in gas.  I replied that that alone would buy two of the ebikes commute with most days a week.  He is moderately money smart but there is only so far you can go with a family that big.  I think he has looked at smaller commuter cars and his wife that drives further uses one but he takes the kids to day care, and the both make enough to be worth working.
Was he talking about a Toyota Sienna, which is hybrid-only?  It's about time Toyota came out with a hybrid minivan.  It's too bad they came out with such an awful one, though.

What’s a good option?  I know Chrysler has a plug in hybrid but I don’t expect that to last two decades like my accord.  The odyssey doesn’t even have a hybrid option though

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Re: Overheard at Work 2
« Reply #3557 on: July 31, 2022, 06:56:42 PM »
Talking with a coworker yesterday about how he is deciding if to get a new van or not.  He has like 5 kids plus him and his wife so has a ligit use for a big van but he was saying that buying a new one would save him 2k$ per year in gas.  I replied that that alone would buy two of the ebikes commute with most days a week.  He is moderately money smart but there is only so far you can go with a family that big.  I think he has looked at smaller commuter cars and his wife that drives further uses one but he takes the kids to day care, and the both make enough to be worth working.
Was he talking about a Toyota Sienna, which is hybrid-only?  It's about time Toyota came out with a hybrid minivan.  It's too bad they came out with such an awful one, though.
What’s a good option?  I know Chrysler has a plug in hybrid but I don’t expect that to last two decades like my accord.  The odyssey doesn’t even have a hybrid option though
Well, that's my frustration.  I'd be quite happy with a hybrid version of a 3rd-gen (2006-2010) Odyssey--all the practicality, utility, and reliability of that generation (and lack of froo-froo electronics), plus the efficiency of the hybrid drivetrain.  But even Honda has joined all the other automakers in encrusting vehicles with tens of thousands of dollars of sensors and cameras and electronics in the more recent generations..

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Re: Overheard at Work 2
« Reply #3558 on: August 18, 2022, 09:24:27 AM »
What do you do with co-workers who always want to ask you about money stuff, but never actually consider your advice?  I have a co-worker, who thankfully I don't have to interact with on a daily basis, that always wants to talk about the stock market.  She's mostly gambling on individual stocks without knowing much about them other than what the talking heads on TV tell her.  For example, she told me the other day that her Microsoft Teams stock was doing well.  I don't look at individual stocks a whole lot, but I'm pretty sure that's not actually a thing.  I think she's talking about TEAM (Atlassian), but definitely specified that it's not MSFT.  I've recommended A Simple Path to Wealth several times, but it goes in one ear and out the other because she's excited about the latest hot tip she's gotten. 

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Re: Overheard at Work 2
« Reply #3559 on: August 18, 2022, 09:45:54 AM »
What do you do with co-workers who always want to ask you about money stuff, but never actually consider your advice?  I have a co-worker, who thankfully I don't have to interact with on a daily basis, that always wants to talk about the stock market.  She's mostly gambling on individual stocks without knowing much about them other than what the talking heads on TV tell her.  For example, she told me the other day that her Microsoft Teams stock was doing well.  I don't look at individual stocks a whole lot, but I'm pretty sure that's not actually a thing.  I think she's talking about TEAM (Atlassian), but definitely specified that it's not MSFT.  I've recommended A Simple Path to Wealth several times, but it goes in one ear and out the other because she's excited about the latest hot tip she's gotten.

Same thing I do with folks who want to tell me how their sports team is doing: smile, nod, maybe mutter congratulations.

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Re: Overheard at Work 2
« Reply #3560 on: August 18, 2022, 09:49:39 AM »
What do you do with co-workers who always want to ask you about money stuff, but never actually consider your advice?  I have a co-worker, who thankfully I don't have to interact with on a daily basis, that always wants to talk about the stock market.  She's mostly gambling on individual stocks without knowing much about them other than what the talking heads on TV tell her.  For example, she told me the other day that her Microsoft Teams stock was doing well.  I don't look at individual stocks a whole lot, but I'm pretty sure that's not actually a thing.  I think she's talking about TEAM (Atlassian), but definitely specified that it's not MSFT.  I've recommended A Simple Path to Wealth several times, but it goes in one ear and out the other because she's excited about the latest hot tip she's gotten.

Same thing I do with folks who want to tell me how their sports team is doing: smile, nod, maybe mutter congratulations.


Yup, exactly. These kinds of people don't actually want advice (even if they frame it that way). They just want to socialize and feel validated.

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Re: Overheard at Work 2
« Reply #3561 on: August 18, 2022, 09:51:03 AM »
What do you do with co-workers who always want to ask you about money stuff, but never actually consider your advice?  I have a co-worker, who thankfully I don't have to interact with on a daily basis, that always wants to talk about the stock market.  She's mostly gambling on individual stocks without knowing much about them other than what the talking heads on TV tell her.  For example, she told me the other day that her Microsoft Teams stock was doing well.  I don't look at individual stocks a whole lot, but I'm pretty sure that's not actually a thing.  I think she's talking about TEAM (Atlassian), but definitely specified that it's not MSFT.  I've recommended A Simple Path to Wealth several times, but it goes in one ear and out the other because she's excited about the latest hot tip she's gotten.

This was my dad. I simply say that I don't invest in individual stocks, only indexed mutual funds. Then I don't engage about it, which makes it no fun for them. ;)

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Re: Overheard at Work 2
« Reply #3562 on: August 18, 2022, 10:55:51 AM »
Look a stock up that doubled (or more) recently and tell your coworker you bought it and sold it with this big profit, and all you needed to do was putting in a random ISIN.

If coworker asks how you know that it would do that, answer: The same way as your advisors, they didn't.

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Re: Overheard at Work 2
« Reply #3563 on: August 18, 2022, 11:42:31 AM »
What do you do with co-workers who always want to ask you about money stuff, but never actually consider your advice?  I have a co-worker, who thankfully I don't have to interact with on a daily basis, that always wants to talk about the stock market.  She's mostly gambling on individual stocks without knowing much about them other than what the talking heads on TV tell her.  For example, she told me the other day that her Microsoft Teams stock was doing well.  I don't look at individual stocks a whole lot, but I'm pretty sure that's not actually a thing.  I think she's talking about TEAM (Atlassian), but definitely specified that it's not MSFT.  I've recommended A Simple Path to Wealth several times, but it goes in one ear and out the other because she's excited about the latest hot tip she's gotten.

I tell them I use index funds. Tell them to go research and come back with more Qs to help further. They don't come back.

TBH, most of these loudmouths are buying these "trending" stocks because FOMO YOLO syndrome, ZERO logical thinking, or reading any book from the Bogleheads recommended lists.

Don't invest anything in loudmouths, zero ROI.

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Re: Overheard at Work 2
« Reply #3564 on: August 18, 2022, 12:07:38 PM »
What do you do with co-workers who always want to ask you about money stuff, but never actually consider your advice?  I have a co-worker, who thankfully I don't have to interact with on a daily basis, that always wants to talk about the stock market.  She's mostly gambling on individual stocks without knowing much about them other than what the talking heads on TV tell her.  For example, she told me the other day that her Microsoft Teams stock was doing well.  I don't look at individual stocks a whole lot, but I'm pretty sure that's not actually a thing.  I think she's talking about TEAM (Atlassian), but definitely specified that it's not MSFT.  I've recommended A Simple Path to Wealth several times, but it goes in one ear and out the other because she's excited about the latest hot tip she's gotten.

Same thing I do with folks who want to tell me how their sports team is doing: smile, nod, maybe mutter congratulations.

That's exactly how I manage with all my coworkers who are deeply into crypto and meme stock.

I don't really mention to anyone I'm investing but I'm sure if I did they'd think I was crazy for investing in index funds in central-bank-controlled Euro's. These people expect collapse of the entire financial system tomorrow.

Well, if the whole financial system and capitalism collapse, the value of my index funds isn't going to be the biggest worry. Looking back we came pretty close to the whole Eurozone and financial system collapsing a decade ago and no one really remembers that. I am absolutely aware and possibly more knowledgable than them about everything that could go wrong, but if it all does collapse, does your crypto isn't going to save you.

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Re: Overheard at Work 2
« Reply #3565 on: August 18, 2022, 12:16:40 PM »
@Imma I'm curious if any of your coworkers invested in one of the crypto Ponzi schemes that have been in the news lately (Terra, Celsius, etc) and if they've talked about any losses.

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« Reply #3566 on: August 18, 2022, 12:46:41 PM »
@Imma I'm curious if any of your coworkers invested in one of the crypto Ponzi schemes that have been in the news lately (Terra, Celsius, etc) and if they've talked about any losses.

I actually don't pay attention to the details because I'm so annoyed inside but trying to act appropriately on the outside, but they all talk about their massive gains all the time. Not sure why any of them are still working  .... ;-).

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« Reply #3567 on: August 18, 2022, 12:49:59 PM »
@Imma I'm curious if any of your coworkers invested in one of the crypto Ponzi schemes that have been in the news lately (Terra, Celsius, etc) and if they've talked about any losses.

I actually don't pay attention to the details because I'm so annoyed inside but trying to act appropriately on the outside, but they all talk about their massive gains all the time. Not sure why any of them are still working  .... ;-).

DH has a colleague that talks just as much about how he spends it. Seems to be the it must be better because I spent more type. It is never about the deal he got.

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Re: Overheard at Work 2
« Reply #3568 on: September 01, 2022, 01:10:32 PM »
Talking to a coworker today and retirement came up.  Coworker is 57 and said he can retire in 9 years which is when he gets full SS.  He said he should have his brand new 34 ft RV trailer and brand new Ford F350 paid off by then.  He makes ok money but that is a huge purchase at that age, in my opinion.   I wish him the best.

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« Reply #3569 on: September 01, 2022, 03:25:49 PM »
Talking to a coworker today and retirement came up.  Coworker is 57 and said he can retire in 9 years which is when he gets full SS.  He said he should have his brand new 34 ft RV trailer and brand new Ford F350 paid off by then.  He makes ok money but that is a huge purchase at that age, in my opinion.   I wish him the best.

In 9 years neither the RV nor the F350 will be "brand new" so they'll need to be replaced.  Rinse and repeat.

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« Reply #3570 on: September 02, 2022, 11:32:23 AM »
Talking to a coworker today and retirement came up.  Coworker is 57 and said he can retire in 9 years which is when he gets full SS.  He said he should have his brand new 34 ft RV trailer and brand new Ford F350 paid off by then.  He makes ok money but that is a huge purchase at that age, in my opinion.   I wish him the best.

In 9 years neither the RV nor the F350 will be "brand new" so they'll need to be replaced.  Rinse and repeat.

I was thinking the same thing!

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Re: Overheard at Work 2
« Reply #3571 on: September 13, 2022, 10:11:25 AM »
just overheard:
not a co-worker, but someone who sits 2 desks away in cube-ish/open seating land. In a phone convo, he tells someone that he drives a huge truck, and between gas and tolls, his round trip costs about $27. Per day. Which is why he works mostly from home. But his boss, who I used to work with, told me the whole team is coming back to work full time in the office since COVID is over, and the special projects this guy was working on are coming to an end.
I need to stock up on popcorn kernels. going to melt some good NZ salted butter for drizzling on freshly popped.

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« Reply #3572 on: September 13, 2022, 10:27:37 AM »
fresh one this morning

CW1: got a ticket and a warning yesterday. Warning for speeding, but she wrote me a ticket for not wearing a seatbelt. Unmarked State Trooper.

CW2: uh, seatbelts are really easy to wear...

CW1: I don't like belts, and I don't like seatbelts. I did wear it the rest of the trip. The ticket was $135.

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« Reply #3573 on: September 13, 2022, 11:14:25 AM »
fresh one this morning

CW1: got a ticket and a warning yesterday. Warning for speeding, but she wrote me a ticket for not wearing a seatbelt. Unmarked State Trooper.

CW2: uh, seatbelts are really easy to wear...

CW1: I don't like belts, and I don't like seatbelts. I did wear it the rest of the trip. The ticket was $135.

Until recently I didn't realize there were people who still didn't wear seatbelts. Then I moved to the south and saw people holding their baby on the front seat.

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« Reply #3574 on: September 13, 2022, 11:19:30 AM »
fresh one this morning

CW1: got a ticket and a warning yesterday. Warning for speeding, but she wrote me a ticket for not wearing a seatbelt. Unmarked State Trooper.

CW2: uh, seatbelts are really easy to wear...

CW1: I don't like belts, and I don't like seatbelts. I did wear it the rest of the trip. The ticket was $135.

Until recently I didn't realize there were people who still didn't wear seatbelts. Then I moved to the south and saw people holding their baby on the front seat.

To own the libs.

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« Reply #3575 on: September 13, 2022, 11:23:21 AM »
just overheard:
not a co-worker, but someone who sits 2 desks away in cube-ish/open seating land. In a phone convo, he tells someone that he drives a huge truck, and between gas and tolls, his round trip costs about $27. Per day. Which is why he works mostly from home. But his boss, who I used to work with, told me the whole team is coming back to work full time in the office since COVID is over, and the special projects this guy was working on are coming to an end.
I need to stock up on popcorn kernels. going to melt some good NZ salted butter for drizzling on freshly popped.

  Have a co-worker with a big truck daily driver who has been lamenting high gas prices and saying he needs to buy an efficient commuter for around $4K. Only honda or toyota though, because reasons.  I comb the local auto for-sale ads pretty often, and mentioned to him several likely candidates locally, both honda/ toyota and other makes.

I've since stopped suggesting anything.  As he hasn't actually looked at any used vehicles.
    Really i think he just likes complaining about the cost of gas, because he came into a decent inheritance some time ago - but the priority seems to be outfitting a baby granddaughters room with California closets organizers, and other things an amercian baby can't live without apparently, to the tune of $4K+ recently...

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Re: Overheard at Work 2
« Reply #3576 on: September 13, 2022, 11:31:08 AM »
fresh one this morning

CW1: got a ticket and a warning yesterday. Warning for speeding, but she wrote me a ticket for not wearing a seatbelt. Unmarked State Trooper.

CW2: uh, seatbelts are really easy to wear...

CW1: I don't like belts, and I don't like seatbelts. I did wear it the rest of the trip. The ticket was $135.

Until recently I didn't realize there were people who still didn't wear seatbelts. Then I moved to the south and saw people holding their baby on the front seat.

To own the libs.


You know, when I used to live in a country where the typical city driving speed was 15 miles an hour in bumper to bumper traffic, and where I always sat in the back, I never bothered with seatbelts. Never had a problem in 30 years.


Then I moved to the US and experienced US freeway driving in the South. It put the fear of God into me. When I last visited my home country, I got nervous whenever I didn't use the seatbelt, even as a passenger in the back, riding along in slow city traffic.
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Re: Overheard at Work 2
« Reply #3577 on: September 13, 2022, 12:03:41 PM »
I recently transferred agencies within the federal government. New agency doesn't pay for parking at the office. Not a big deal--there's a free parking garage an 8 minute walk away (half a mile).

I learned that nearly all of my coworkers instead opt for the $10 surface lot next to our office building. $10 a day 2-5 days in the office per week. "That walk from the free garage will feel a lot longer when it's wintertime," I was told.

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« Reply #3578 on: September 13, 2022, 12:17:01 PM »
I learned that nearly all of my coworkers instead opt for the $10 surface lot next to our office building. $10 a day 2-5 days in the office per week. "That walk from the free garage will feel a lot longer when it's wintertime," I was told.
...Which is why they're paying $10/day in the summer?

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« Reply #3579 on: September 13, 2022, 12:26:58 PM »
I recently transferred agencies within the federal government. New agency doesn't pay for parking at the office. Not a big deal--there's a free parking garage an 8 minute walk away (half a mile).

I learned that nearly all of my coworkers instead opt for the $10 surface lot next to our office building. $10 a day 2-5 days in the office per week. "That walk from the free garage will feel a lot longer when it's wintertime," I was told.

Don't most federal agencies offer some kind of mass transit benefits?  Mine will pay most of the cost a vanpool if you can find enough riders.  I've heard of others that will subsidize metro passes.

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Re: Overheard at Work 2
« Reply #3580 on: September 13, 2022, 12:28:27 PM »
I recently transferred agencies within the federal government. New agency doesn't pay for parking at the office. Not a big deal--there's a free parking garage an 8 minute walk away (half a mile).

I learned that nearly all of my coworkers instead opt for the $10 surface lot next to our office building. $10 a day 2-5 days in the office per week. "That walk from the free garage will feel a lot longer when it's wintertime," I was told.

For $10 a day, you can find a better vice.

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Re: Overheard at Work 2
« Reply #3581 on: September 13, 2022, 07:12:10 PM »
I recently transferred agencies within the federal government. New agency doesn't pay for parking at the office. Not a big deal--there's a free parking garage an 8 minute walk away (half a mile).

I learned that nearly all of my coworkers instead opt for the $10 surface lot next to our office building. $10 a day 2-5 days in the office per week. "That walk from the free garage will feel a lot longer when it's wintertime," I was told.

Don't most federal agencies offer some kind of mass transit benefits?  Mine will pay most of the cost a vanpool if you can find enough riders.  I've heard of others that will subsidize metro passes.

Yup! I take advantage of the transit subsidy, but I can't really blame my coworkers for not using transit to get to work. I just happen to live within bicycling range of one of the only frequent and reliable bus lines in the area. Even then, my bus commute is 20 minutes slower than driving a personal car. The Detroit area has abysmal public transit.

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Re: Overheard at Work 2
« Reply #3582 on: September 13, 2022, 10:38:41 PM »
just overheard:
not a co-worker, but someone who sits 2 desks away in cube-ish/open seating land.

You’re as picky as my old (non)coworker.  We were at the same company and hung out a lot.  But we didn’t literally work together.  One time someone asked how we knew each other and I said “oh we used to work at xxx together” and he got all huffy “WE DIDNT WORK TOGETHER WE WERE IN DIFFERENT DEPARTMENTS”

AITA?

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Re: Overheard at Work 2
« Reply #3583 on: September 14, 2022, 04:14:28 AM »
I recently transferred agencies within the federal government. New agency doesn't pay for parking at the office. Not a big deal--there's a free parking garage an 8 minute walk away (half a mile).

I learned that nearly all of my coworkers instead opt for the $10 surface lot next to our office building. $10 a day 2-5 days in the office per week. "That walk from the free garage will feel a lot longer when it's wintertime," I was told.

Don't most federal agencies offer some kind of mass transit benefits?  Mine will pay most of the cost a vanpool if you can find enough riders.  I've heard of others that will subsidize metro passes.

Only if there is mass transit.  So yes in big cities.  But not in small to midsized ones.

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Re: Overheard at Work 2
« Reply #3584 on: September 14, 2022, 05:07:14 AM »
I recently transferred agencies within the federal government. New agency doesn't pay for parking at the office. Not a big deal--there's a free parking garage an 8 minute walk away (half a mile).

I learned that nearly all of my coworkers instead opt for the $10 surface lot next to our office building. $10 a day 2-5 days in the office per week. "That walk from the free garage will feel a lot longer when it's wintertime," I was told.

Don't most federal agencies offer some kind of mass transit benefits?  Mine will pay most of the cost a vanpool if you can find enough riders.  I've heard of others that will subsidize metro passes.

Only if there is mass transit.  So yes in big cities.  But not in small to midsized ones.

I live in a small, rural area where public transportation is non-existent at best.  If I can find enough people going in the same general direction, work will pay up to ~$135 per month per person to rent a van for a vanpool.  It's not ideal, but it would beat the 15k miles a year that I commute to work.  I haven't been able to find a suitable ride yet, unfortunately.

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Re: Overheard at Work 2
« Reply #3585 on: September 14, 2022, 08:28:35 AM »
I recently transferred agencies within the federal government. New agency doesn't pay for parking at the office. Not a big deal--there's a free parking garage an 8 minute walk away (half a mile).

I learned that nearly all of my coworkers instead opt for the $10 surface lot next to our office building. $10 a day 2-5 days in the office per week. "That walk from the free garage will feel a lot longer when it's wintertime," I was told.

For $10 a day, you can find a better vice.
Maybe I should open an ice cream truck there... I just can't decide if the garage or the $10 parking lot is more liekly to produce customers.

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Re: Overheard at Work 2
« Reply #3586 on: September 14, 2022, 07:52:45 PM »
just overheard:
not a co-worker, but someone who sits 2 desks away in cube-ish/open seating land.

You’re as picky as my old (non)coworker.  We were at the same company and hung out a lot.  But we didn’t literally work together.  One time someone asked how we knew each other and I said “oh we used to work at xxx together” and he got all huffy “WE DIDNT WORK TOGETHER WE WERE IN DIFFERENT DEPARTMENTS”

AITA?

NTA. You were being polite, plus you hung out with that co-worker.

I'm not picky; just stating facts. At my customer site, we have assigned seating (miltary/gov thing). But only one person sitting around me is my co-worker. The other 8 in my row have nothing to do with the department I'm in. We don't interact. One of those 8 is an ex-co-worker but a classic brown noser and bus thrower ever since he moved from being a fed contractor to a gov civilian. I don't talk to him, unless he asks a question.
My family bumped into Brown Noser & family at a supermarket; I introduced him as person who sits next to me. Wife asked if we worked together. I said no, he sits next to me, we don't work on anything remotely related. He said the same thing of me to his wife. Just stated facts and moved on.

Brown Noser also had money woes when gas hit $5/gal this year. He decided to change his schedule to come to work at 4am instead of 6am; this way he has very minimal red light stops and reduces idling his souped up lifted truck. But then his boss and co-workers are looking for him all afternoon when he's gone home. His wife is a college instructor and they eat out every night or get takeaway, despite renovating a huge kitchen. He's wondering why their daughter has been told she's overweight by the doc. He talks a lot about his family to his boss over video calls, and the folks in my and adjacent rows have a case of TMI. Sometimes his boss' boss comes over and tells him to stop yapping and get working. Oh the joys of being a gov civilian.

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Re: Overheard at Work 2
« Reply #3587 on: September 14, 2022, 08:47:07 PM »
I recently transferred agencies within the federal government. New agency doesn't pay for parking at the office. Not a big deal--there's a free parking garage an 8 minute walk away (half a mile).

I learned that nearly all of my coworkers instead opt for the $10 surface lot next to our office building. $10 a day 2-5 days in the office per week. "That walk from the free garage will feel a lot longer when it's wintertime," I was told.

Don't most federal agencies offer some kind of mass transit benefits?  Mine will pay most of the cost a vanpool if you can find enough riders.  I've heard of others that will subsidize metro passes.

Only if there is mass transit.  So yes in big cities.  But not in small to midsized ones.

I live in a small, rural area where public transportation is non-existent at best.  If I can find enough people going in the same general direction, work will pay up to ~$135 per month per person to rent a van for a vanpool.  It's not ideal, but it would beat the 15k miles a year that I commute to work.  I haven't been able to find a suitable ride yet, unfortunately.

I used to work at a public agency with an even better incentive. If you rode your bike (my choice) or commuted, you got extra vacation time. It totaled 2 extra days per year. So, I got to be outside and get exercise every day, and I got more time off!

I was one of a tiny handful that took advantage of the benefit.

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Re: Overheard at Work 2
« Reply #3588 on: September 27, 2022, 02:55:58 PM »
Co-worker1: Getting the boat taken out of the water and back in storage next week before the frost hits. 
Co-worker2: How many days did you get out on the boat this season?
Co-worker: Actually none the water was low this year and my depth sensor needs fixing, the gas prices were really high this year... hoping next season to really enjoy it and take it out a lot more.

I can't help but think about all the cash my co-worker is throwing into this money pit on the water! All for the pleasure of spending even more money on maintenance and replacement parts.
  • $ to have his large boat put into the water
  • $$$ for mooring all summer
  • $ to pull the boat out
  • $$ to get the boat winterized
  • $$$ for winter storage
There is insurance and gas on top of that. My co-worker should have listened to Felix Dennis.


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Re: Overheard at Work 2
« Reply #3589 on: September 27, 2022, 03:30:51 PM »
Co-worker1: Getting the boat taken out of the water and back in storage next week before the frost hits. 
Co-worker2: How many days did you get out on the boat this season?
Co-worker: Actually none the water was low this year and my depth sensor needs fixing, the gas prices were really high this year... hoping next season to really enjoy it and take it out a lot more.

I can't help but think about all the cash my co-worker is throwing into this money pit on the water! All for the pleasure of spending even more money on maintenance and replacement parts.
  • $ to have his large boat put into the water
  • $$$ for mooring all summer
  • $ to pull the boat out
  • $$ to get the boat winterized
  • $$$ for winter storage
There is insurance and gas on top of that. My co-worker should have listened to Felix Dennis.



Yep. We had sailboats for a while, and the last one we had was on a lake that took us about 20 minutes to get to. At the end of the second summer we had it there, we realized the cost per sailing hour ended up just way too exorbitant to justify keeping it. So we sold the boat. I know DH sometimes wishes we still had it, but I do not.

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Re: Overheard at Work 2
« Reply #3590 on: October 04, 2022, 07:51:00 AM »
I benefit from my MiL being committed to the boating project. She has owned the boat for years, and springs for a lot of the cost. I'm trying to get better about showing up with cash for tips, etc., when she has them dock her boat, but i'm not the best about this.

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Re: Overheard at Work 2
« Reply #3591 on: October 04, 2022, 08:15:05 AM »
My DH and FIL had/have boats at a marina 2 hours away.  It's a beautiful place, but the drive is a killer.  We used to go all the time, and camp on the boat almost every weekend.  It had been a long time since then and both really need to be sold.  But not my circus, not my monkeys.  I've got plenty of monkeys of my own that have to be wrangled right now.

 

Wow, a phone plan for fifteen bucks!