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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14400 on: August 11, 2016, 01:55:01 PM »
I have two.

First one was yesterday when several coworkers and I went out socially after work. We attended a AAA baseball game that was fun and relatively cheap. Afterwards we went to my bosses new house and had drinks. Not being a drinker I have very little knowledge of brands and types. Two coworkers were bragging about the smooth whiskey the boss provided costing $200 a bottle (they went through 2 while we were there). I almost gagged on my water.

The other one is someone who I commute with but works in another part of the organization. He is 63, no wife or kids. He has been renting the same place for 34 years currently for $600 a month. The owner recently sold and he received notice that his rent will be increased to $900 a month which for around here is still cheap. I know he makes pretty good money (~70k) but says he can't afford the increase. He has commented in the past that he doesn't save anything and buys what he wants. He is considering taking the new landlord to court on a technicality to delay the rent increase.

You'd die at my best friends whiskey collection (seriously it's up to a few hundred bottles), 200 is a fairly cheap high end bottle, some bottles are a grand or more.  Not my cup of tea, and this guy is pretty mustachian in other realms, but his yearly whiskey tour routinely puts a multi thousand dollar hit in his budget.  He scored a few bottles of Pappy last year, invited everyone over for some, it was good, I wouldn't pay the price for it though.

Buffalo Trace, made at the same distillery as Pappy, and costs $25/fifth.

Or Eagle Rare is the next step up for $35 if you're feeling spendy.  Buffalo Trace is my favorite bourbon hands down, regardless of price, but I'll admit my experience only extends to about $60-70/bottle, haven't had the really $$$ stuff.

Not a fan of Buffalo Trace, which is why I haven't sought out pappy's.

I'm a big fan of Mitcher's, which reminds me a lot of Woodford Reserve, only slightly... better somehow. Maybe I should have my wife blind pour me some of both, they could be the same for all I know.

On the lower end from that I like Very Old Barton and Old Fitzgerald, both of which are difficult to find in Chicagoland, so I go towards the more anti-mustachian bourbons like the WR and Mitchers.

All four of these posts have me salivating right now.

You know you're a functional alcoholic when...

I've been lookwarm on bourbons until this Friday. I went over to a friend's house with a few cigars that someone had given me. We smoke them on his porch while sipping Maker's Mark and wow did it really hit the spot.

Any recommendations for a few inexpensive bottles to try, or anything I should know? Or anything you recommend for a first bottle?

Great thing about bourbons is that you can buy great bottles for well under $50 all day long.

Try:
-Buffalo Trace
-Eagle Rare
-Knob Creek (and KC Single Barrel)
-Jim Beam Black (shockingly good for like $20)
-Maker's 46
-Four Roses
-Templton Rye is pretty good

And there are plenty more.

Don't forget about Wild Turkey.  Its about $20 for a bottle of the 101.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14401 on: August 11, 2016, 02:16:41 PM »
I hate tequila. Don't force it on yourself if you don't like it; if you need a mixer to like it, go for the mixer.


That's a good point, my entire life I would drink tequila with a mix or other things, never straight. That is until I tried a Guatemalan tequila that completely blew my mind. I'm somewhat tempted to buy a bottle, it's like $40.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14402 on: August 11, 2016, 02:25:15 PM »
I have two.

First one was yesterday when several coworkers and I went out socially after work. We attended a AAA baseball game that was fun and relatively cheap. Afterwards we went to my bosses new house and had drinks. Not being a drinker I have very little knowledge of brands and types. Two coworkers were bragging about the smooth whiskey the boss provided costing $200 a bottle (they went through 2 while we were there). I almost gagged on my water.

The other one is someone who I commute with but works in another part of the organization. He is 63, no wife or kids. He has been renting the same place for 34 years currently for $600 a month. The owner recently sold and he received notice that his rent will be increased to $900 a month which for around here is still cheap. I know he makes pretty good money (~70k) but says he can't afford the increase. He has commented in the past that he doesn't save anything and buys what he wants. He is considering taking the new landlord to court on a technicality to delay the rent increase.

You'd die at my best friends whiskey collection (seriously it's up to a few hundred bottles), 200 is a fairly cheap high end bottle, some bottles are a grand or more.  Not my cup of tea, and this guy is pretty mustachian in other realms, but his yearly whiskey tour routinely puts a multi thousand dollar hit in his budget.  He scored a few bottles of Pappy last year, invited everyone over for some, it was good, I wouldn't pay the price for it though.

Buffalo Trace, made at the same distillery as Pappy, and costs $25/fifth.

Or Eagle Rare is the next step up for $35 if you're feeling spendy.  Buffalo Trace is my favorite bourbon hands down, regardless of price, but I'll admit my experience only extends to about $60-70/bottle, haven't had the really $$$ stuff.

Not a fan of Buffalo Trace, which is why I haven't sought out pappy's.

I'm a big fan of Mitcher's, which reminds me a lot of Woodford Reserve, only slightly... better somehow. Maybe I should have my wife blind pour me some of both, they could be the same for all I know.

On the lower end from that I like Very Old Barton and Old Fitzgerald, both of which are difficult to find in Chicagoland, so I go towards the more anti-mustachian bourbons like the WR and Mitchers.

All four of these posts have me salivating right now.

You know you're a functional alcoholic when...

I've been lookwarm on bourbons until this Friday. I went over to a friend's house with a few cigars that someone had given me. We smoke them on his porch while sipping Maker's Mark and wow did it really hit the spot.

Any recommendations for a few inexpensive bottles to try, or anything I should know? Or anything you recommend for a first bottle?

Great thing about bourbons is that you can buy great bottles for well under $50 all day long.

Try:
-Buffalo Trace
-Eagle Rare
-Knob Creek (and KC Single Barrel)
-Jim Beam Black (shockingly good for like $20)
-Maker's 46
-Four Roses
-Templton Rye is pretty good

And there are plenty more.

Don't forget about Wild Turkey.  Its about $20 for a bottle of the 101.

Thanks for the advice, I would like to stay around $30 and under for the time being because I'm newish to bourbon and I fundamentally believe that as you upgrade the level of your poison your enjoyment doesn't change, it's just the cost and snobbish factor that does. I regret being a beer snob as it costs me more to get the same enjoyment as my warehouse manger gets off a Coors Light.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14403 on: August 11, 2016, 03:06:19 PM »
MGO

Eagle rare...hands down, it's about 35 a bottle here, it's our go to, a great quality for the price for a beginner bottle.

In regards to Buffalo Trace vs Pappy.   WORLDS and WORLDS and WORLDS apart, you'd never know they were from the same place.  Pappy is hands down the best bourbon I've had in my life, both the 20 and the 23 year are great (and thanks to best friends hobby I've now had several hundred brands, I bring the food, he does a tasting party).  However it's next to impossible to get without paying the highly inflated online price of about 2k.  Seriously, our liquor store got robbed last year on Pappy delivery day, dude didn't take money, he stuck them up for their 2 bottles they were alloted.  Best friend got it in some back woods liquor store that had been stiffed on their initial allotment, he had to help unload an entire truck to get it at liquor store price. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14404 on: August 11, 2016, 05:46:47 PM »
I have two.

First one was yesterday when several coworkers and I went out socially after work. We attended a AAA baseball game that was fun and relatively cheap. Afterwards we went to my bosses new house and had drinks. Not being a drinker I have very little knowledge of brands and types. Two coworkers were bragging about the smooth whiskey the boss provided costing $200 a bottle (they went through 2 while we were there). I almost gagged on my water.

The other one is someone who I commute with but works in another part of the organization. He is 63, no wife or kids. He has been renting the same place for 34 years currently for $600 a month. The owner recently sold and he received notice that his rent will be increased to $900 a month which for around here is still cheap. I know he makes pretty good money (~70k) but says he can't afford the increase. He has commented in the past that he doesn't save anything and buys what he wants. He is considering taking the new landlord to court on a technicality to delay the rent increase.

You'd die at my best friends whiskey collection (seriously it's up to a few hundred bottles), 200 is a fairly cheap high end bottle, some bottles are a grand or more.  Not my cup of tea, and this guy is pretty mustachian in other realms, but his yearly whiskey tour routinely puts a multi thousand dollar hit in his budget.  He scored a few bottles of Pappy last year, invited everyone over for some, it was good, I wouldn't pay the price for it though.

Buffalo Trace, made at the same distillery as Pappy, and costs $25/fifth.

Or Eagle Rare is the next step up for $35 if you're feeling spendy.  Buffalo Trace is my favorite bourbon hands down, regardless of price, but I'll admit my experience only extends to about $60-70/bottle, haven't had the really $$$ stuff.

Not a fan of Buffalo Trace, which is why I haven't sought out pappy's.

I'm a big fan of Mitcher's, which reminds me a lot of Woodford Reserve, only slightly... better somehow. Maybe I should have my wife blind pour me some of both, they could be the same for all I know.

On the lower end from that I like Very Old Barton and Old Fitzgerald, both of which are difficult to find in Chicagoland, so I go towards the more anti-mustachian bourbons like the WR and Mitchers.

All four of these posts have me salivating right now.

You know you're a functional alcoholic when...

I've been lookwarm on bourbons until this Friday. I went over to a friend's house with a few cigars that someone had given me. We smoke them on his porch while sipping Maker's Mark and wow did it really hit the spot.

Any recommendations for a few inexpensive bottles to try, or anything I should know? Or anything you recommend for a first bottle?

Blanton's.  Not the cheapest but at around $55 a bottle it's not super high end.  And boy is it good!

Whistle Pig also makes a great rye.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14405 on: August 12, 2016, 09:07:52 AM »
Why the hell is everyone talking about bottles?

buy a handle of the stuff it's not like bourbon goes bad...

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14406 on: August 12, 2016, 10:02:14 AM »
Why the hell is everyone talking about bottles?

buy a handle of the stuff it's not like bourbon goes bad...

1: The handle isn't always the best deal 
2: I like to experiment with a lot of it. I am not willing to buy a handle if I don't know if I'll like it
3: My favorite bottom shelf brand doesn't come in a handle, at least around me
4: I don't drink it that fast. I've moved with one particular handle 3 times now (College, landlord sold place, new job)
5: It is a pain to pour from some handles. This was a big issue for my grandpa in his old age; we'd buy him the little flask sized ones and pour from the handle into that.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14407 on: August 12, 2016, 01:51:10 PM »
I have two.

First one was yesterday when several coworkers and I went out socially after work. We attended a AAA baseball game that was fun and relatively cheap. Afterwards we went to my bosses new house and had drinks. Not being a drinker I have very little knowledge of brands and types. Two coworkers were bragging about the smooth whiskey the boss provided costing $200 a bottle (they went through 2 while we were there). I almost gagged on my water.

The other one is someone who I commute with but works in another part of the organization. He is 63, no wife or kids. He has been renting the same place for 34 years currently for $600 a month. The owner recently sold and he received notice that his rent will be increased to $900 a month which for around here is still cheap. I know he makes pretty good money (~70k) but says he can't afford the increase. He has commented in the past that he doesn't save anything and buys what he wants. He is considering taking the new landlord to court on a technicality to delay the rent increase.

You'd die at my best friends whiskey collection (seriously it's up to a few hundred bottles), 200 is a fairly cheap high end bottle, some bottles are a grand or more.  Not my cup of tea, and this guy is pretty mustachian in other realms, but his yearly whiskey tour routinely puts a multi thousand dollar hit in his budget.  He scored a few bottles of Pappy last year, invited everyone over for some, it was good, I wouldn't pay the price for it though.

Buffalo Trace, made at the same distillery as Pappy, and costs $25/fifth.

Or Eagle Rare is the next step up for $35 if you're feeling spendy.  Buffalo Trace is my favorite bourbon hands down, regardless of price, but I'll admit my experience only extends to about $60-70/bottle, haven't had the really $$$ stuff.

Not a fan of Buffalo Trace, which is why I haven't sought out pappy's.

I'm a big fan of Mitcher's, which reminds me a lot of Woodford Reserve, only slightly... better somehow. Maybe I should have my wife blind pour me some of both, they could be the same for all I know.

On the lower end from that I like Very Old Barton and Old Fitzgerald, both of which are difficult to find in Chicagoland, so I go towards the more anti-mustachian bourbons like the WR and Mitchers.

All four of these posts have me salivating right now.

You know you're a functional alcoholic when...

I've been lookwarm on bourbons until this Friday. I went over to a friend's house with a few cigars that someone had given me. We smoke them on his porch while sipping Maker's Mark and wow did it really hit the spot.

Any recommendations for a few inexpensive bottles to try, or anything I should know? Or anything you recommend for a first bottle?

Blanton's.  Not the cheapest but at around $55 a bottle it's not super high end.  And boy is it good!

Whistle Pig also makes a great rye.

Damn, I didn't mean to turn this thread over to the drunks. :)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14408 on: August 12, 2016, 04:16:25 PM »
Man, I need a drink.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14409 on: August 12, 2016, 04:57:29 PM »
Why the hell is everyone talking about bottles?

buy a handle of the stuff it's not like bourbon goes bad...

1: The handle isn't always the best deal 
2: I like to experiment with a lot of it. I am not willing to buy a handle if I don't know if I'll like it
3: My favorite bottom shelf brand doesn't come in a handle, at least around me
4: I don't drink it that fast. I've moved with one particular handle 3 times now (College, landlord sold place, new job)
5: It is a pain to pour from some handles. This was a big issue for my grandpa in his old age; we'd buy him the little flask sized ones and pour from the handle into that.


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14410 on: August 13, 2016, 12:22:11 PM »

Damn, I didn't mean to turn this thread over to the drunks. :)

  "Not that there's anything wrong with that."

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14411 on: August 13, 2016, 05:52:09 PM »

Buffalo Trace, made at the same distillery as Pappy, and costs $25/fifth.

Or Eagle Rare is the next step up for $35 if you're feeling spendy.  Buffalo Trace is my favorite bourbon hands down, regardless of price, but I'll admit my experience only extends to about $60-70/bottle, haven't had the really $$$ stuff.

I really enjoyed the Buffalo Trace rye, I got an >80% full bottle for free. Left over from an in-store tasting.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14412 on: August 13, 2016, 06:58:55 PM »
I like to be under blankets when I sleep, so I need to keep it a little cooler than ideal on the other levels to keep it comfy on the bedroom level.

FWIW, I also find it much easier to get to sleep when there's a heavy feeling blanket on top of me, but really didn't want to waste all that energy in the summer.  I got a cheap heavy rope net and spread it out over the sheets.  Under the sheet it feels like you're sleeping under a big comforter, but it traps almost no heat at all.

Genius!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14413 on: August 13, 2016, 09:34:10 PM »
I haven't overheard anything good at work this weekend, but I wanted to post just so there's another recent post that isn't about #%@!ing bourbon. ;)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14414 on: August 13, 2016, 11:38:20 PM »
I haven't overheard anything good at work this weekend, but I wanted to post just so there's another recent post that isn't about #%@!ing bourbon. ;)

You do realize that your post was about bourbon...

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14415 on: August 14, 2016, 06:38:21 AM »
I haven't overheard anything good at work this weekend, but I wanted to post just so there's another recent post that isn't about #%@!ing bourbon. ;)

You do realize that your post was about bourbon...

Technically their post was about that many of the posts have been about bourbon.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14416 on: August 14, 2016, 02:43:43 PM »
Rick: "Your story had me a little confused. Or maybe it was the bourbon."

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14417 on: August 14, 2016, 05:47:51 PM »
I think I've decided on Buffalo Trace.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14418 on: August 15, 2016, 03:13:59 AM »
Overheard with friends:

Friend: "Any book recommendations? I know you like to read."

Me: "I've recently enjoyed x y and z"

Friend: "Great. Where do you buy your books from? I never know where is the best place?"

Me: "Oh I don't buy fiction, I get them at the library."

Friend: "Yeah, but I read in bed. I don't like the idea of something someone else has touched in my bed."

Me: ........................? (Yeah, mainly I was trying to think up dirty jokes, but I was actually left speechless).

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14419 on: August 15, 2016, 03:35:39 AM »
Overheard with friends:

Friend: "Any book recommendations? I know you like to read."

Me: "I've recently enjoyed x y and z"

Friend: "Great. Where do you buy your books from? I never know where is the best place?"

Me: "Oh I don't buy fiction, I get them at the library."

Friend: "Yeah, but I read in bed. I don't like the idea of something someone else has touched in my bed."

Me: ........................? (Yeah, mainly I was trying to think up dirty jokes, but I was actually left speechless).

"Was your wife a virgin when you met her?"

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14420 on: August 15, 2016, 04:00:11 AM »
A colleague who is single and paying minimal rent in a house their parents own and struggling to make ends meet discovered on the weekend that their sibling earns less than them, is paying a mortgage, raising two kids, supporting a stay at home parent and is getting by just fine.

Hopefully this is the moment when they realise the problem isn't the world or that they are not paid enough but the problem is them and their spending.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14421 on: August 15, 2016, 04:59:12 AM »

"Was your wife a virgin when you met her?"

I did actually come up with that one (well, husband) but actually, they're high school sweethearts, so I actually think they both were!

Points for being consistent, I guess?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14422 on: August 15, 2016, 05:01:58 AM »

"Was your wife a virgin when you met her?"

I did actually come up with that one (well, husband) but actually, they're high school sweethearts, so I actually think they both were!

Points for being consistent, I guess?

And here I was hoping that it'd be a teachable moment...

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14423 on: August 15, 2016, 06:32:02 AM »
Overheard with friends:

Friend: "Any book recommendations? I know you like to read."

Me: "I've recently enjoyed x y and z"

Friend: "Great. Where do you buy your books from? I never know where is the best place?"

Me: "Oh I don't buy fiction, I get them at the library."

Friend: "Yeah, but I read in bed. I don't like the idea of something someone else has touched in my bed."

Me: ........................? (Yeah, mainly I was trying to think up dirty jokes, but I was actually left speechless).

"Was your wife a virgin when you met her?"

... Newsflash: bookstore employees have touched new books.

Also, gawd, I wish men like this would talk more when you first meet them. It'd save a lot of time.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14424 on: August 15, 2016, 06:58:29 AM »
I did explain that books are made in factories, travel in shipping containers, get unloaded by some Saturday kid who's probably been to the loo and not washed his hands, then picked his nose... not to mentioned fondled by shoppers, scanned by the shop assistant etc.

Apparently that is fine, library germs are not. Interestingly the friend in question would happily read library books elsewhere in the home... just not in bed. I wish we had a 'mind-boggled' emoticon.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14425 on: August 15, 2016, 07:01:41 AM »
A colleague who is single and paying minimal rent in a house their parents own and struggling to make ends meet discovered on the weekend that their sibling earns less than them, is paying a mortgage, raising two kids, supporting a stay at home parent and is getting by just fine.

Hopefully this is the moment when they realise the problem isn't the world or that they are not paid enough but the problem is them and their spending.

I'll bet their problem suddenly becomes that the country gives too many tax breaks to married people with kids.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14426 on: August 15, 2016, 07:27:11 AM »
I finally joined the fun!

Overheard at my wife's work:
CW and his wife are buying their first house and are moving in a week or so.  They went to a pet store/breeder, his wife fell in love with a purebred dog (didn't hear what kind).  CW figures it'll be about $800... Nope.  $2,500. 

CW objects because they can't afford it, but she reeeeeally wants it, so they finance it.

Not sure what the rate or duration is, but hopefully they're not completely caught off guard by home and dog maintenance costs.
« Last Edit: August 15, 2016, 07:34:23 AM by Rogue »

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14427 on: August 15, 2016, 07:32:06 AM »
A colleague who is single and paying minimal rent in a house their parents own and struggling to make ends meet discovered on the weekend that their sibling earns less than them, is paying a mortgage, raising two kids, supporting a stay at home parent and is getting by just fine.

Hopefully this is the moment when they realise the problem isn't the world or that they are not paid enough but the problem is them and their spending.

I'll bet their problem suddenly becomes that the country gives too many tax breaks to married people with kids.

And right he would be. As a single person with a child making an above average wage (and over 2x the average person my age), I'd make the argument that my country gives too much to people with children. ;)

I finally joined fun!

Overheard at my wife's work:
CW and his wife are buying their first house and are moving in a week or so.  They went to a pet store/breeder, his wife fell in love with a purebred dog (didn't hear what kind).  CW figures it'll be about $800... Nope.  $2,500. 

CW objects because they can't afford it, but she reeeeeally wants it, so they finance it.

Not sure what the rate or duration is, but hopefully they're not completely caught off guard by home and dog maintenance costs.


I like animals, a lot. But the price of some of these things cause an ache in my heart. Hundreds a year for food/healthcare/doggy daycare. Thousands for some people if they move far away from their job and buy an expensive, large house to have pets.

Not to be offensive but I have a feeling that many people get so obsessed and ignore prices for pets because they don't have children; but children can be cheaper than pets. (Going back to my above writing in this post, last year because of the messed up system I actually made $265.78/month net from having a child. Not including child support, it was 265.36$/month.)
« Last Edit: August 15, 2016, 07:43:13 AM by kayvent »

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14428 on: August 15, 2016, 08:11:28 AM »
Overheard with friends:

Friend: "Any book recommendations? I know you like to read."

Me: "I've recently enjoyed x y and z"

Friend: "Great. Where do you buy your books from? I never know where is the best place?"

Me: "Oh I don't buy fiction, I get them at the library."

Friend: "Yeah, but I read in bed. I don't like the idea of something someone else has touched in my bed."

Me: ........................? (Yeah, mainly I was trying to think up dirty jokes, but I was actually left speechless).

"That's what s/he said."

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« Reply #14429 on: August 15, 2016, 08:41:52 AM »
Overheard with friends:

Friend: "Any book recommendations? I know you like to read."

Me: "I've recently enjoyed x y and z"

Friend: "Great. Where do you buy your books from? I never know where is the best place?"

Me: "Oh I don't buy fiction, I get them at the library."

Friend: "Yeah, but I read in bed. I don't like the idea of something someone else has touched in my bed."

Me: ........................? (Yeah, mainly I was trying to think up dirty jokes, but I was actually left speechless).

"Was your wife a virgin when you met her?"

... Newsflash: bookstore employees have touched new books.

Also, gawd, I wish men like this would talk more when you first meet them. It'd save a lot of time.
I did explain that books are made in factories, travel in shipping containers, get unloaded by some Saturday kid who's probably been to the loo and not washed his hands, then picked his nose... not to mentioned fondled by shoppers, scanned by the shop assistant etc.

Apparently that is fine, library germs are not. Interestingly the friend in question would happily read library books elsewhere in the home... just not in bed. I wish we had a 'mind-boggled' emoticon.

Bringing the foam back to overheard at work: this is actually a thing I encountered ALL THE TIME when working at a bookstore. People would bring their books up to the cash register and not let me touch them, but would hold them up while I scanned them.

It was kinda annoying, because it was harder to ring up, and they inevitably went to the wrong bar code first (our system could only read the one that was programmed with the ISBN, not the one for big-box stores). But it was hilarious because the cashiers were inevitably the cleanest employees. Dear customer, do you have any idea what our receiving employees or morning stockers are like? (And I was a stocker for awhile!)

That doesn't even touch the problems with other customers! Seinfeld lied to you; there is absolutely no way to track a book that's been in the bathroom, nor would we care.

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« Reply #14430 on: August 15, 2016, 09:01:13 AM »
Seriously shocked at how many people are precious about their books!

I last worked retail in 1998, and I scanned everything brought to the till. Can anyone with more recent experience confirm whether customers are funny about staff touching things other than books, or is it limited specifically to things people will be using in bed?!

I guess self-checkout must be popular with germaphobes. They have to touch the screen though, oh no, best get the hand sanitiser out!

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« Reply #14431 on: August 15, 2016, 11:04:35 AM »
I finally joined the fun!

Overheard at my wife's work:
CW and his wife are buying their first house and are moving in a week or so.  They went to a pet store/breeder, his wife fell in love with a purebred dog (didn't hear what kind).  CW figures it'll be about $800... Nope.  $2,500. 

CW objects because they can't afford it, but she reeeeeally wants it, so they finance it.

Not sure what the rate or duration is, but hopefully they're not completely caught off guard by home and dog maintenance costs.
Finance... a dog. Okay, I LOVE dogs. I want a dog some women my age want a baby (but am not at a stage in my life where dog ownership is responsible). But why go into debt for a dog? There are millions of dogs that need homes that you could get for nearly free!


Although I guess on the plus side, maybe being in dog debt will prevent them from dumping the dog if they get tired of it--which happens to many impulse-buy dogs.

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« Reply #14432 on: August 15, 2016, 11:33:01 AM »
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Finance... a dog. Okay, I LOVE dogs. I want a dog some women my age want a baby (but am not at a stage in my life where dog ownership is responsible). But why go into debt for a dog? There are millions of dogs that need homes that you could get for nearly free!

Although I guess on the plus side, maybe being in dog debt will prevent them from dumping the dog if they get tired of it--which happens to many impulse-buy dogs.
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I agree, I can't fathom buying a purebreed unless you really have a specific need (showing them or pedigree is that important to you), and would never consider it if I couldn't even afford the purchase price because costs only go up from there.

Nothing wrong with have a furr-baby ;-).

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« Reply #14433 on: August 15, 2016, 11:41:42 AM »
I finally joined the fun!

Overheard at my wife's work:
CW and his wife are buying their first house and are moving in a week or so.  They went to a pet store/breeder, his wife fell in love with a purebred dog (didn't hear what kind).  CW figures it'll be about $800... Nope.  $2,500. 

CW objects because they can't afford it, but she reeeeeally wants it, so they finance it.

Not sure what the rate or duration is, but hopefully they're not completely caught off guard by home and dog maintenance costs.
Finance... a dog. Okay, I LOVE dogs. I want a dog some women my age want a baby (but am not at a stage in my life where dog ownership is responsible). But why go into debt for a dog? There are millions of dogs that need homes that you could get for nearly free!


Although I guess on the plus side, maybe being in dog debt will prevent them from dumping the dog if they get tired of it--which happens to many impulse-buy dogs.

Reminds me of my youthful naivety. Granted I grew up in rural area, but I had no idea people just gave up dogs. In my mind all the dogs at shelters were strays or new puppies. I was probably 20 before I realized in horror that some people just get rid of their dog!

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« Reply #14434 on: August 15, 2016, 12:23:11 PM »
I finally joined the fun!

Overheard at my wife's work:
CW and his wife are buying their first house and are moving in a week or so.  They went to a pet store/breeder, his wife fell in love with a purebred dog (didn't hear what kind).  CW figures it'll be about $800... Nope.  $2,500. 

CW objects because they can't afford it, but she reeeeeally wants it, so they finance it.

Not sure what the rate or duration is, but hopefully they're not completely caught off guard by home and dog maintenance costs.
Finance... a dog. Okay, I LOVE dogs. I want a dog some women my age want a baby (but am not at a stage in my life where dog ownership is responsible). But why go into debt for a dog? There are millions of dogs that need homes that you could get for nearly free!


Although I guess on the plus side, maybe being in dog debt will prevent them from dumping the dog if they get tired of it--which happens to many impulse-buy dogs.

Reminds me of my youthful naivety. Granted I grew up in rural area, but I had no idea people just gave up dogs. In my mind all the dogs at shelters were strays or new puppies. I was probably 20 before I realized in horror that some people just get rid of their dog!

You're lucky - we keep getting asshats from the city who drive to our rural area to dump off dogs that they no longer want. If they're lucky, they're found by someone who adopts them.

Otherwise, well... how many pampered house pets do YOU think know how to survive in the wild? We find them half-starved, half-feral, and full of worms, assuming they've evaded the coyotes and wolves, and the local vet will put them down at cost if you manage to catch them and bring 'em in, because at that point there's not much else to be done.

Let's just say that the past 30 years of seeing minimum 2-3 dogs who fit that description every year have given me a really jaded view of human affection for dogs. Asshats.

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« Reply #14435 on: August 15, 2016, 01:21:55 PM »
I did explain that books are made in factories, travel in shipping containers, get unloaded by some Saturday kid who's probably been to the loo and not washed his hands, then picked his nose... not to mentioned fondled by shoppers, scanned by the shop assistant etc.

Apparently that is fine, library germs are not. Interestingly the friend in question would happily read library books elsewhere in the home... just not in bed. I wish we had a 'mind-boggled' emoticon.

As a licensed germaphobe, there's a pretty big difference between someone touching the cover (which is easily cleaned) and dozens of people touching every single page of the book. Most of the paper in a new book will be untouched by human hands

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« Reply #14436 on: August 15, 2016, 02:03:00 PM »
I did explain that books are made in factories, travel in shipping containers, get unloaded by some Saturday kid who's probably been to the loo and not washed his hands, then picked his nose... not to mentioned fondled by shoppers, scanned by the shop assistant etc.

Apparently that is fine, library germs are not. Interestingly the friend in question would happily read library books elsewhere in the home... just not in bed. I wish we had a 'mind-boggled' emoticon.

As a licensed germaphobe, there's a pretty big difference between someone touching the cover (which is easily cleaned) and dozens of people touching every single page of the book. Most of the paper in a new book will be untouched by human hands

Sometimes when I check out a hard-cover library book, if it looks kinda old or icky, I will cover it with a paper bag, like how we used to do as kids covering school textbooks.  And I get a little cringe when I get to a page that looks dirty, but then I just don't touch the page there.  I don't feel physical anxiety over the shipper, stocker, cashier, etc.  I realize this line-drawing is nonsensical, but I am just doing what alleviates my anxiety, which is not escalating and not hindering my life's enjoyment.

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« Reply #14437 on: August 15, 2016, 03:08:29 PM »
I did explain that books are made in factories, travel in shipping containers, get unloaded by some Saturday kid who's probably been to the loo and not washed his hands, then picked his nose... not to mentioned fondled by shoppers, scanned by the shop assistant etc.

Apparently that is fine, library germs are not. Interestingly the friend in question would happily read library books elsewhere in the home... just not in bed. I wish we had a 'mind-boggled' emoticon.

As a licensed germaphobe, there's a pretty big difference between someone touching the cover (which is easily cleaned) and dozens of people touching every single page of the book. Most of the paper in a new book will be untouched by human hands

so then you must love the digital age where paper books are no longer necessary and i still have no idea why they are still even published.

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« Reply #14438 on: August 15, 2016, 03:21:40 PM »
so then you must love the digital age where paper books are no longer necessary and i still have no idea why they are still even published.

Because people like me will keep buying them

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« Reply #14439 on: August 15, 2016, 03:32:05 PM »
I did explain that books are made in factories, travel in shipping containers, get unloaded by some Saturday kid who's probably been to the loo and not washed his hands, then picked his nose... not to mentioned fondled by shoppers, scanned by the shop assistant etc.

Apparently that is fine, library germs are not. Interestingly the friend in question would happily read library books elsewhere in the home... just not in bed. I wish we had a 'mind-boggled' emoticon.

As a licensed germaphobe, there's a pretty big difference between someone touching the cover (which is easily cleaned) and dozens of people touching every single page of the book. Most of the paper in a new book will be untouched by human hands

so then you must love the digital age where paper books are no longer necessary and i still have no idea why they are still even published.

Yes.  I don't personally have a problem with library books besides the inconvenience of physical medium.  But I can understand the reasoning for why library books are more gross than "new" books.

P.S. Does anyone else keep their kindle in a ziplock bag to keep it safe from germs and pool water?

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« Reply #14440 on: August 15, 2016, 03:45:09 PM »

P.S. Does anyone else keep their kindle in a ziplock bag to keep it safe from germs and pool water?
I use a ziplock back for my phone when I'm going to a place/situation where it might get wet, but never for reasons of germs

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« Reply #14441 on: August 15, 2016, 03:49:42 PM »
P.S. Does anyone else keep their kindle in a ziplock bag to keep it safe from germs and pool water?

I keep a plastic bag under the bathroom sink specifically for bathtub reading purposes.

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« Reply #14442 on: August 15, 2016, 04:13:21 PM »
My supervisor wants to buy a throne for her dining room table.  Everyone else would have to sit in a regular chair.  This little gem she showed me is only $900:




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« Reply #14443 on: August 15, 2016, 04:52:18 PM »
In fairness, $900 sounds like a not terrible deal on a throne.


Still stupid.

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« Reply #14444 on: August 15, 2016, 05:20:18 PM »

so then you must love the digital age where paper books are no longer necessary and i still have no idea why they are still even published.


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #14445 on: August 15, 2016, 06:05:36 PM »
Overheard at my wife's work:
CW and his wife are buying their first house and are moving in a week or so.  They went to a pet store/breeder, his wife fell in love with a purebred dog (didn't hear what kind).  CW figures it'll be about $800... Nope.  $2,500. 

I'm all for having dogs and I have even had a rescue pure bread dog (beautiful and loving fluffball but not that smart).  There are some things I will even pay $2500 for, however I will not pay $2500 for something that eats its own poop, if given the chance.

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« Reply #14446 on: August 15, 2016, 07:27:00 PM »
Overheard at my wife's work:
CW and his wife are buying their first house and are moving in a week or so.  They went to a pet store/breeder, his wife fell in love with a purebred dog (didn't hear what kind).  CW figures it'll be about $800... Nope.  $2,500. 

I'm all for having dogs and I have even had a rescue pure bread dog (beautiful and loving fluffball but not that smart).  There are some things I will even pay $2500 for, however I will not pay $2500 for something that eats its own poop, if given the chance.

The upfront cost of that 2500 dog is very small compared to the cost of owning it for years afterwards. If all dogs cost 2500 to buy upfront we'd have less getting dumped in rural areas.

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« Reply #14447 on: August 15, 2016, 07:43:27 PM »
Overheard at my wife's work:
CW and his wife are buying their first house and are moving in a week or so.  They went to a pet store/breeder, his wife fell in love with a purebred dog (didn't hear what kind).  CW figures it'll be about $800... Nope.  $2,500. 

I'm all for having dogs and I have even had a rescue pure bread dog (beautiful and loving fluffball but not that smart).  There are some things I will even pay $2500 for, however I will not pay $2500 for something that eats its own poop, if given the chance.

The upfront cost of that 2500 dog is very small compared to the cost of owning it for years afterwards. If all dogs cost 2500 to buy upfront we'd have less getting dumped in rural areas.

The purebreeds are a minefield of health issues. Breeds of dogs aren't separate species but inbreeding gone crazy.

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« Reply #14448 on: August 16, 2016, 02:46:54 AM »
[ I have even had a rescue pure bread dog

Does a pure bread dog go moldy after a few months?

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« Reply #14449 on: August 16, 2016, 03:56:35 AM »
On the topic of dogs. Overheard a co worker talking about their friend. $15k on 3 nights in dog hospital and the dog died.