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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6000 on: December 18, 2014, 07:58:33 AM »
LOL, as someone who used excel a lot from 1997 till now, I HATED the update to the interface. But man, as I use it more and more, I love it. So many options are much easier to get at once you know where they're at. It's just hard for me since I have ~15 years of re-programming to do.

Any significant interface change is going to do that. I don't know how many forum readers are Linux users, but I went through the same thing when GNOME 3 was released; the entire desktop interface changed from the previous version. I hated it for a couple of weeks until all of my old muscle memory could be replaced.

Maybe I'm weird but I loved the change. I even like Unity! I would prefer that they quit bloating things, though, that 3D shit was just unnecessary. Don't like Mint, though, just installed it on my brother's laptop and it was an 8 hour ordeal to get xorg.conf, the wireless mouse, and the dual monitor thing is buggy (mdm.conf is poorly documented as far as I can tell.)

Does anyone else hate Mint.com's new look? What an eyesore!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6001 on: December 18, 2014, 08:33:48 AM »
I still use office 2003.  And office 2007.  And office 2010.  It's annoying as hell that they redesign the interface every time.  I have no compatibility issues, and as far as I can tell the math and english language haven't changed, and they haven't added any practical functions, just shuffled it around to give me a headache and make themselves more money.

I think that the ribbon is really handy and if you hadn't learned it a different way, you'd be fine with it. They've integrated the ribbon idea into a ton of products, even SharePoint.

And their graphs/charts/pivottable stuff is awesome. Again, totally different, but so many of the items that I used to have to click through about 6 menus are right on the ribbon now.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6002 on: December 18, 2014, 08:42:13 AM »
I have a older coworker who changed her hours to part-time. We have a lot of processes with lots of people involved from beginning to end, and this coworker is at the end of it, so any mistakes made earlier usually land on her and she has to research, call, email, confront, beg, etc to get things fixed before she can actually do her job.

She doesn't "act" busy (as discussed on another forum topic), she is genuinely working hard the whole day. She is a perfectionist and takes things to heart way too often. I brought her some more paperwork during an especially busy time and almost brought her to tears placing it on her desk.

At least once a week she says "I'm going to get fired over this"(for something she can't fix), or when she's frustrated off-handedly says that she's going to quit.  She never does.

But what kills me is that she can!

Her husband works and makes much more than she does. They don't NEED her income for anything! Not even to pay for unnecessary status-consumption!

Even worse, her husband doesn't actually need to work either! He qualifies already for his company's retirement package. They could retire RIGHT NOW.

I just don't get it. The job sucks. And yet she lets a new manager come in and tell her she needs to go back to full-time. She should be writing a story on the "Epic FU Stories" thread but sadly, she may be here until she dies.

(Note:  I have carefully placed my comment outside the quote, so if it appears inside, I don't know what the heck I'm doing wrong.)

Have you told her this?  Are you sure she doesn't have "hidden" obligations (grandchildren depending on her, etc.) that you don't know about?  You don't have to quiz her or be inappropriate, but  have you asked her something like "It seems like this job is really hard on you-- I get the impression that you don't need it for the money.  What's keeping you from walking out the door?"  And then if she says that she could but she doesn't want to, just remind her that if she knows she doesn't need the job, she is in a position of power. 

I call it the "one bad day" club.  I'm more-or-less in it at this point (except-- and it's a powerful exception-- I need the excellent health insurance provided by my employer), and it's a comfort to know that I could walk away any day, if things get to be too much.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6003 on: December 18, 2014, 11:26:29 AM »
LOL, as someone who used excel a lot from 1997 till now, I HATED the update to the interface. But man, as I use it more and more, I love it. So many options are much easier to get at once you know where they're at. It's just hard for me since I have ~15 years of re-programming to do.

Any significant interface change is going to do that. I don't know how many forum readers are Linux users, but I went through the same thing when GNOME 3 was released; the entire desktop interface changed from the previous version. I hated it for a couple of weeks until all of my old muscle memory could be replaced.

Maybe I'm weird but I loved the change. I even like Unity! I would prefer that they quit bloating things, though, that 3D shit was just unnecessary. Don't like Mint, though, just installed it on my brother's laptop and it was an 8 hour ordeal to get xorg.conf, the wireless mouse, and the dual monitor thing is buggy (mdm.conf is poorly documented as far as I can tell.)

Does anyone else hate Mint.com's new look? What an eyesore!

Yes, tried Mint 17.1 MATE and Cinnamon. Horrible. Went back to Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6004 on: December 18, 2014, 11:29:14 AM »
Does anyone else hate Mint.com's new look? What an eyesore!


I'm not a huge fan of the recent mint.com change.  I'll be grumpy and say that the new background is too white.  I also really dislike that you can't log in from the initial site, that you have to click "log in" to get there.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6005 on: December 18, 2014, 11:37:07 AM »

Maybe I'm weird but I loved the change. I even like Unity! I would prefer that they quit bloating things, though, that 3D shit was just unnecessary. Don't like Mint, though, just installed it on my brother's laptop and it was an 8 hour ordeal to get xorg.conf, the wireless mouse, and the dual monitor thing is buggy (mdm.conf is poorly documented as far as I can tell.)

Does anyone else hate Mint.com's new look? What an eyesore!

I had trouble with the dual monitor thing, too, until I switched to the Xfce version of Mint. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6006 on: December 18, 2014, 12:51:08 PM »
The hell? Mint 17 mate looks hardly different from mint 14 mate. Windows 8 is fine once you get over their stupid icon startup crap, and 8.1 is better. Macs work fine. Pretty much any major linux distro works fine, though I'm not a fan of the ubuntu UI. New office works fine, even if sometimes you need to google where options got moved.

Adapt or die, old schmucks. Or go back to full-screen terminal. It works great, why do we need windows? Get a nice ras pi and sit in text mode.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6007 on: December 18, 2014, 12:58:52 PM »
It's not the adapting part everyone hates, it's the unnecessary need to constantly adapt.  I'm all for adapting if it actually improves performance or functionality. Not so much when it doesn't.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6008 on: December 18, 2014, 01:07:05 PM »
The hell? Mint 17 mate looks hardly different from mint 14 mate. Windows 8 is fine once you get over their stupid icon startup crap, and 8.1 is better. Macs work fine. Pretty much any major linux distro works fine, though I'm not a fan of the ubuntu UI. New office works fine, even if sometimes you need to google where options got moved.

Adapt or die, old schmucks. Or go back to full-screen terminal. It works great, why do we need windows? Get a nice ras pi and sit in text mode.

Whine whine whine...

As much as I prefer working in a terminal to clicking about sometimes useless menus, I think we all know the advantages of a good GUI.

It's not the look I hate about mint (though I do have other personal preferences, LXDE tickles my own fancy) it is the hours I spent editing config files to get his peripherals working. That bug with the dual monitors is stupid, has been around for years. - mdm.conf was nowhere near well enough documented. Working to get the right xinput command for his mouse was a big pain too.

It was great until he decided to do something other than open it up and use a web browser.

Change is frequently not well executed. Talk to me about "adapting" to PulseAudio when it first came out! For the most part, though, software gets better (if more bloated) over time, albeit with missteps.

Going way out of bounds for an overheard at work thread, I think. Whatever. [/foams over]


I had trouble with the dual monitor thing, too, until I switched to the Xfce version of Mint. 

Is there a package he can point apt-get towards to automatically set that up on his current install?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6009 on: December 18, 2014, 01:16:07 PM »
One of my coworkers just bought a Tesla. I don't know much about his financial situation, other than that he's an upper-level engineer who probably makes $150-200k, so it's possible this was a well thought out, responsible purchase... but I doubt it.

However, he took us all for short rides around the parking garage today and man, that is the coolest, most futuristic car I've ever seen.
I know the sticker price makes it patently ridiculous to anyone living even remotely MMM-ish, but Tesla gets a pass from me. Their current offerings are but a step toward their well-publicized goal of making electric transportation affordable for the masses within a few years. And the vastly lower cost of operation of even the current high-end cars can actually put TCO below that of average-priced family vehicles within 5 years of purchase. There's an often-cited case study where the Model S came out ahead of a Honda Odyssey that quickly.
Since most of our nation is not going to start biking to work any time soon, I'm all for replacing idling gas-guzzlers with silent, minimally polluting AC induction motors, and I'm not the only one who would consider spending (significantly) more on a car just to be part of making that happen. FIRE is a high priority, but it does get weighed against other things.
At least he's not like my retired NCO friend, who is only still working so he can pay for his $80,000 Audi coupe that gets 14mpg (on a 60-mile RT commute in shitty traffic). For that much money he could at least have an S85 and never buy gas again :P
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6010 on: December 18, 2014, 01:20:04 PM »
Oh man, a friend tells me the brand new high-end SUV he picked me up in is (a) leased, (b) gets 17 mpg, and (c) sits in the driveway most of the time because they just got it for loading up and getting out of town on weekends.  In the same conversation, he admits to being $7K in credit card debt, to his live-in girlfriend (with whom he shares the leased SUV) having a shitload of high-interest student loan debt, and to only saving 5% in his company 401k.  I talked to him subtly about various MMM principles, and the following day sent him the MMM "Start Here" page, saying, hey man, this is that shockingly simple math thing I was telling you about . . .

I hope it opens his eyes a bit.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6011 on: December 18, 2014, 01:21:26 PM »
The hell? Mint 17 mate looks hardly different from mint 14 mate. Windows 8 is fine once you get over their stupid icon startup crap, and 8.1 is better. Macs work fine. Pretty much any major linux distro works fine, though I'm not a fan of the ubuntu UI. New office works fine, even if sometimes you need to google where options got moved.

Adapt or die, old schmucks. Or go back to full-screen terminal. It works great, why do we need windows? Get a nice ras pi and sit in text mode.

Whine whine whine...

Given my profession, "sysVinit vs systemd" is something I've actually overheard at work. But it's not really comical in a financial manner.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6012 on: December 18, 2014, 01:32:08 PM »
New office works fine, even if sometimes you need to google where options got moved.

Hilarious.  You just said "this company's product works just fine, as long as you use their competitor's product to figure it out." 

[/foams over]

Hardly.  Have you actually been reading this thread?


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6013 on: December 18, 2014, 01:35:10 PM »
[/foams over]

Hardly.  Have you actually been reading this thread?

I have posted embarrassingly often to this thread. Can't say I've read the whole thing, came on board somewhere around page 40.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6014 on: December 18, 2014, 02:00:18 PM »
Them:  Honestly one of the smartest things I've heard of doing when you have an extra $50 is to buy a $50 grocery store gift card.  If, when you're going paycheck to paycheck, you have some extra cash on hand, it's a great idea.  Then you won't starve when you're strapped for cash.

For people who always spend their whole paycheck or never know where their money goes, it's a method of forced savings--putting $50 aside in a form that they won't just blow. So it isn't a terrible idea, although a much better idea would be to stop living paycheck to paycheck.

Yep, it's a smart idea, just like buying a length of cast-iron pipe is a smart idea if you frequently stick your dick in a wood-chipper.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6015 on: December 18, 2014, 02:02:19 PM »
Oh man, a friend tells me the brand new high-end SUV he picked me up in is (a) leased, (b) gets 17 mpg, and (c) sits in the driveway most of the time because they just got it for loading up and getting out of town on weekends.  In the same conversation, he admits to being $7K in credit card debt, to his live-in girlfriend (with whom he shares the leased SUV) having a shitload of high-interest student loan debt, and to only saving 5% in his company 401k.  I talked to him subtly about various MMM principles, and the following day sent him the MMM "Start Here" page, saying, hey man, this is that shockingly simple math thing I was telling you about . . .

I hope it opens his eyes a bit.
I typed up an email to a coworker last week with the start here link and the shockingly simple math link.  Ultimately I decided she was not worthy so I deleted it.  The search continues.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6016 on: December 18, 2014, 02:27:07 PM »
I call it the "one bad day" club.  I'm more-or-less in it at this point (except-- and it's a powerful exception-- I need the excellent health insurance provided by my employer), and it's a comfort to know that I could walk away any day, if things get to be too much.

I'm also in the "one bad day" club. I'm not FI yet, but I'm finally in a position where if I decided to quit on the spot, We'd make it all right. My current supervisor is bad enough that I expect that day sooner than later.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6017 on: December 18, 2014, 02:35:23 PM »
I co-founded a 3-member LLC in April to buy rental property. Partner #2 is an awesome guy but behind the saving curve - he and DW surely clear at least 200k but nice things eat nearly all of it (in AL... somehow). I've accumulated a pile of miscellaneous $5 and $10 receipts for rental supplies, and after a $97 recore job this week, I mentioned I was adding it all up to pull a payment (thinking, maximize LLC deductions for the tax year).
Response: "Oh, for Christmas, right?"
I hadn't even budgeted for the income - just been too damn busy to work it into my projections. Oddly though, the $200 or so in question pretty much covers our holiday season expenses.
BTW, since I just started posting after a long lurk... I'm a recovering compulsive spender, and this site is the best damn thing to happen to me all year. I'm surrounded by candidates for this thread and looking forward to many more bouts of hilarity.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6018 on: December 18, 2014, 02:39:54 PM »
I co-founded a 3-member LLC in April to buy rental property. Partner #2 is an awesome guy but behind the saving curve - he and DW surely clear at least 200k but nice things eat nearly all of it (in AL... somehow). I've accumulated a pile of miscellaneous $5 and $10 receipts for rental supplies, and after a $97 recore job this week, I mentioned I was adding it all up to pull a payment (thinking, maximize LLC deductions for the tax year).
Response: "Oh, for Christmas, right?"
I hadn't even budgeted for the income - just been too damn busy to work it into my projections. Oddly though, the $200 or so in question pretty much covers our holiday season expenses.
BTW, since I just started posting after a long lurk... I'm a recovering compulsive spender, and this site is the best damn thing to happen to me all year. I'm surrounded by candidates for this thread and looking forward to many more bouts of hilarity.

Welcome to the forum. $200 for Christmas is pretty impressive for a newbie.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6019 on: December 18, 2014, 03:01:48 PM »
I've been holding a bunch of these while catching up on reading.
I have a really cool co-worker (he's one of the reasons I'll probably stay at my job a little longer than I need to) who just refinanced his house to pay off his truck and all but $16K of credit card debt. Yeah, that's just what's left. They both work, total probably over 100K and not super-extravagant by most standards, so they aren't struggling (he just reiterated that it's not paycheck-to-paycheck), but I don't think they're saving anything. I may have talked him into sending 5% to TSP (maximize match) when he goes federal next month, but we'll see.
CW drives a lifted Nissan Titan to work, alone, and gives me shit in a good-natured way for not doing the same; his wife has an FJ Cruiser (midsize SUV). 1-2 small kids sometimes ride along. I guess the FJ is getting old (looks fine to me...) because he told me the other day they were thinking about buying a new Tahoe!
After the obligatory facepalm, I pointed out that it was a six-figure lifetime commitment and I think the idea has fallen by the wayside... but gawd...

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6020 on: December 18, 2014, 03:08:14 PM »
Welcome to the forum. $200 for Christmas is pretty impressive for a newbie.
Thanks!
I've had years where individual presents to each of my immediate family members ran more than that, but I was bored, lonely, and making six figures in a cheap town. Really, my family did a lot to start me out on the right foot... we're all pretty reasonable and good at math.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6021 on: December 18, 2014, 03:57:10 PM »
Them:  Honestly one of the smartest things I've heard of doing when you have an extra $50 is to buy a $50 grocery store gift card.  If, when you're going paycheck to paycheck, you have some extra cash on hand, it's a great idea.  Then you won't starve when you're strapped for cash.

For people who always spend their whole paycheck or never know where their money goes, it's a method of forced savings--putting $50 aside in a form that they won't just blow. So it isn't a terrible idea, although a much better idea would be to stop living paycheck to paycheck.

Yep, it's a smart idea, just like buying a length of cast-iron pipe is a smart idea if you frequently stick your dick in a wood-chipper.

Really, I don't see how waiving an iron pipe in your left hand prevents the on-going wood-chipper safety issue...   /sarcasm.

Buying a grocery card is almost identical to advice to putting the $50 onto your debt.... especially for those people in bankruptcy or with credit issues, that have no outstanding debt, and no credit room, but live paycheck to paycheck.  The original advice was to sock it away against your future needs, so you don't spend it on consumerist items...
Could be worse.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6022 on: December 18, 2014, 04:09:36 PM »
To multiple people in the last dozen posts: Mint.com is different from the Linux Mint Distribution.  That might clear up some of your confusion.  :)
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« Reply #6023 on: December 18, 2014, 04:48:22 PM »
To multiple people in the last dozen posts: Mint.com is different from the Linux Mint Distribution.  That might clear up some of your confusion.  :)

Really rebs?  Way to ruin the joke.

Skunk started out obviously juxtaposing the two, and everyone else seemed to follow suit by studiously discussing them separately in the same posts.  I was rather enjoying it, actually.

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« Reply #6024 on: December 18, 2014, 04:51:52 PM »
My bad.

We are two former teachers who accumulated a bunch of real estate, retired at 29, and now travel the world full time with two kids.
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« Reply #6025 on: December 18, 2014, 05:48:28 PM »
To multiple people in the last dozen posts: Mint.com is different from the Linux Mint Distribution.  That might clear up some of your confusion.  :)

What ever happened to good old version numbers?  You know, so people could immediately identify the newer version?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6026 on: December 18, 2014, 06:48:33 PM »
What ever happened to good old version numbers?  You know, so people could immediately identify the newer version?

Were you around for any of the epic "Why should I run Linux kernel 2.2.x when 2.3 exists?" conversations back in the day?

Version numbers have juuuuust enough strange use cases to make them unreliable without additional research.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6027 on: December 18, 2014, 07:10:16 PM »
Don't even get me started on gcc version numbers...

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« Reply #6028 on: December 18, 2014, 07:10:47 PM »
What ever happened to good old version numbers?  You know, so people could immediately identify the newer version?

Were you around for any of the epic "Why should I run Linux kernel 2.2.x when 2.3 exists?" conversations back in the day?

Version numbers have juuuuust enough strange use cases to make them unreliable without additional research.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6029 on: December 18, 2014, 09:52:02 PM »
No I don't run Linux because it's crap.  Solaris 4lyfe!  I mean open Solaris.  I mean open Indiana... Oh nevermind

Oracle now releases a version of Solaris 11 that's actually free for personal use at least, though it's not open source.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6030 on: December 19, 2014, 07:58:41 AM »

Yep, it's a smart idea, just like buying a length of cast-iron pipe is a smart idea if you frequently stick your dick in a wood-chipper.

great fkng line, and I'm totally stealing it for future use!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6031 on: December 19, 2014, 08:27:25 AM »

Yep, it's a smart idea, just like buying a length of cast-iron pipe is a smart idea if you frequently stick your dick in a wood-chipper.

great fkng line, and I'm totally stealing it for future use!

This line is so fkng great indeed!

But I rushed to buy a cast-iron pipe just in case of my dick get stuck anywhere :/

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« Reply #6032 on: December 19, 2014, 08:52:15 AM »
To multiple people in the last dozen posts: Mint.com is different from the Linux Mint Distribution.  That might clear up some of your confusion.  :)

Damn it, why'd you have to say anything. I was about to go and swap the two out back and forth in the same paragraph.

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« Reply #6033 on: December 19, 2014, 01:24:23 PM »
Asked a coworker what he was up to for the weekend. He told me that he was actually going on vacation the next week.

When I pressed for details, I learned that he was flying across the country to Portland OR to go car shopping with his 30-yo married daughter and buy her a car!

We're in engineering, and I'm sure he makes decent money, but wow. Way to set your daughter up to succeed on her own.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6034 on: December 19, 2014, 05:31:18 PM »
On the way home from work I saw THREE cars with bows on them.  My first instinct was to assume they're Christmas gifts, but I'm going to give people the benefit of the doubt this time and assume they're just being festive. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6035 on: December 19, 2014, 05:53:08 PM »
On the way home from work I saw THREE cars with bows on them.  My first instinct was to assume they're Christmas gifts, but I'm going to give people the benefit of the doubt this time and assume they're just being festive.

Yep, likely festive. Some folks here put a wreath on the front grill.


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6036 on: December 19, 2014, 06:47:54 PM »
Well, I got called a "minimalist" at work today. It actually hurt more than I thought. My mental strength just isn't what I thought it was. I have had to defend myself before or deflect some thing before, but this one hurt because it was nonchalant and not actually spoken directly to me.

(Enough complainy pants)

We got paid our end of the year bonuses today. Same coworker mentioned above says he is going to go rob his bank. (We had a good year within our company.) He also complained over lunch all the bs extra taxes taken out on bonuses. I have tried explaining before that you get that money back anyway based on your actual income and federal tax brackets, but it falls on deaf ears. I guess I am just the happy little minimalist.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6037 on: December 19, 2014, 06:54:51 PM »
I had three people ask me today if I thought we were going to get our yearly bonuses, since today is payday. They were all extremely upset that we didn't get them after the day was over. I thought about asking why they were so upset, but I'm sure they expected that money today and had made plans to spend it for Christmas.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6038 on: December 19, 2014, 07:12:48 PM »
Well, I got called a "minimalist" at work today. It actually hurt more than I thought. My mental strength just isn't what I thought it was. I have had to defend myself before or deflect some thing before, but this one hurt because it was nonchalant and not actually spoken directly to me.

(Enough complainy pants)

We got paid our end of the year bonuses today. Same coworker mentioned above says he is going to go rob his bank. (We had a good year within our company.) He also complained over lunch all the bs extra taxes taken out on bonuses. I have tried explaining before that you get that money back anyway based on your actual income and federal tax brackets, but it falls on deaf ears. I guess I am just the happy little minimalist.

I'd have looked them IN THE EYE, and said: "DAMN STRAIGHT"! Then keep looking at them without saying another word until they slinked off...

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6039 on: December 19, 2014, 08:14:16 PM »

Yep, it's a smart idea, just like buying a length of cast-iron pipe is a smart idea if you frequently stick your dick in a wood-chipper.

great fkng line, and I'm totally stealing it for future use!

This line is so fkng great indeed!

But I rushed to buy a cast-iron pipe just in case of my dick get stuck anywhere :/

If it gets stuck somewhere (I.e. Cannot extra ate), then you need a crowbar.
If you are sticking it somewhere hazardous (i.e., wood chipper line of fire), then you need th cast iron pipe.

Man, it´s getting worst. Maybe I should carry both (crow bar & cast iron pipe) just in case. And Maybe a fork if I have a zipper issue.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6040 on: December 20, 2014, 12:44:16 AM »
On the way home from work I saw THREE cars with bows on them.  My first instinct was to assume they're Christmas gifts, but I'm going to give people the benefit of the doubt this time and assume they're just being festive.

That makes me think of this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fl5kwJ7eJSo

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6041 on: December 20, 2014, 06:04:16 AM »
I had three people ask me today if I thought we were going to get our yearly bonuses, since today is payday. They were all extremely upset that we didn't get them after the day was over. I thought about asking why they were so upset, but I'm sure they expected that money today and had made plans to spend it for Christmas.

I mentioned to a CW that our salary is usually in the bank around 10pm the night before pay day (found out by chance and now I start my money shuffle a day early :) ). Next thing she's on the phone to her mother who also works with us and they're arranging to meet outside Asda at 10pm............ Is it wrong of me to sort of hope they get to the till with shed loads of junk food (which is what they live on) and can't pay for it?

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Man, it´s getting worst. Maybe I should carry both (crow bar & cast iron pipe) just in case. And Maybe a fork if I have a zipper issue.
And some local anesthetic?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6042 on: December 20, 2014, 06:08:13 AM »
On the way home from work I saw THREE cars with bows on them.  My first instinct was to assume they're Christmas gifts, but I'm going to give people the benefit of the doubt this time and assume they're just being festive.

Yep, likely festive. Some folks here put a wreath on the front grill.


I've never seen this before! But we get snow here, so plush decorations would only last one year.

With a parking ticket?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6043 on: December 20, 2014, 07:57:53 AM »
In Québec, there is volunteers doing this with their car for drunk driver in the office party period (nov.-déc.) Called "Red Nose Opération" (Rudolph operation)
« Last Edit: December 20, 2014, 08:00:58 AM by Le Barbu »

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6044 on: December 20, 2014, 08:43:51 AM »
On the way home from work I saw THREE cars with bows on them.  My first instinct was to assume they're Christmas gifts, but I'm going to give people the benefit of the doubt this time and assume they're just being festive.

Yep, likely festive. Some folks here put a wreath on the front grill.


I've never seen this before! But we get snow here, so plush decorations would only last one year.

With a parking ticket?

With a license plate in the window because the car lives in a front license plate state and you'd hate to ruin the lines of an M3 with a front plate. (Not mocking, it's a beautiful car!)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6045 on: December 20, 2014, 09:56:52 AM »
I'm a bit of a latecomer to this thread as a first poster on page one hundred whatever, but I can relate a mindblowing story from my fish boat days.

In the mid-90s I worked on trawlers off the West Coast of Canada.  Year round, very dangerous but very high income potential (more or less exactly the same as the guys on 'the Deadliest Catch').  It only took me a couple of years to know that it was not a future for me, in part because of the constant danger, but also I could never find a happy man working on any of the boats.

So towards the end of my life on fish boats (I left after ~3 years) I ended up on a 'freezer trip' on one of the biggest boats on the coast.  What that means is a 4-8 week trip offshore, basically the boat has freezers so you stay at sea until the boat is full.  This boat was huge and co-owned by 8 fellows, all of whom were on it at the time.

Here's the thing.  The boat and license were worth a combined $10 Million, maybe as much as $15 Million.  These guys spent >300 days/year offshore on the thing, with each other, for decades.  On average I think they all made about $200K/year, with good and bad years.  All of them were divorced (of course - who would stay married to a chronic absentee?).  Every one of them was a millionaire just in the value of their share of boat and license, not to mention what they may or may not have saved over the years (when would they spend money?).

So these guys all hated their jobs, hated each other, and hated their lives.  At that time there was a big shakeup going on in the offshore fleet, and they could have sold out for >$1.5 Million each easily.  But the very notion of giving up being fishermen and living on shore was not even in the equation.  Every one of them was miserable and rich, and could see no way out of that situation.

A month after I got off that boat I went back to college.  As far as I know they are still out there.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6046 on: December 20, 2014, 11:42:33 AM »
So, I finally have a story.  My supervisor took a bunch of us out to lunch at a nice sushi place, and somehow money came up in the conversation.  One of the fellows said something like "even if you got a million dollars you couldn't retire - the interest isn't enough to live on and with the way inflation is, it'll be worth less and less as time goes on".  So I asked him how much interest he figured you'd get, and he said 'about 50k yearly'.  So I asked him how much he was living on per year.  He didn't answer, but here's the punchline; we're all engineering grad students (masters or PhD).  NONE of us are making over 20K per year, except the prof.  Take away tuition and I'd be surprised if we're clearing 12K (of course almost no taxes...).  This guy doesn't own a car and lives with roommates to save money.  But somehow he hasn't figured out the logic here.  Hilarious.  On the plus side, when I finish, I figure I can live a posh life on 20k per year...

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6047 on: December 20, 2014, 11:53:48 AM »
So, I finally have a story.  My supervisor took a bunch of us out to lunch at a nice sushi place, and somehow money came up in the conversation.  One of the fellows said something like "even if you got a million dollars you couldn't retire - the interest isn't enough to live on and with the way inflation is, it'll be worth less and less as time goes on".  So I asked him how much interest he figured you'd get, and he said 'about 50k yearly'.  So I asked him how much he was living on per year.  He didn't answer, but here's the punchline; we're all engineering grad students (masters or PhD).  NONE of us are making over 20K per year, except the prof.  Take away tuition and I'd be surprised if we're clearing 12K (of course almost no taxes...).  This guy doesn't own a car and lives with roommates to save money.  But somehow he hasn't figured out the logic here.  Hilarious.  On the plus side, when I finish, I figure I can live a posh life on 20k per year...

That's a perfect teachable moment.  If he's at that stage in life, he's clearly just parroting things he's heard about it not being enough to live on.. so you can tell him that, believe it or not, that 40-50k annually is enough (and in fact, is what the median household lives on).
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6048 on: December 20, 2014, 11:58:11 AM »
So, I finally have a story.  My supervisor took a bunch of us out to lunch at a nice sushi place, and somehow money came up in the conversation.  One of the fellows said something like "even if you got a million dollars you couldn't retire - the interest isn't enough to live on and with the way inflation is, it'll be worth less and less as time goes on".  So I asked him how much interest he figured you'd get, and he said 'about 50k yearly'.  So I asked him how much he was living on per year.  He didn't answer, but here's the punchline; we're all engineering grad students (masters or PhD).  NONE of us are making over 20K per year, except the prof.  Take away tuition and I'd be surprised if we're clearing 12K (of course almost no taxes...).  This guy doesn't own a car and lives with roommates to save money.  But somehow he hasn't figured out the logic here.  Hilarious.  On the plus side, when I finish, I figure I can live a posh life on 20k per year...

That's a perfect teachable moment.  If he's at that stage in life, he's clearly just parroting things he's heard about it not being enough to live on.. so you can tell him that, believe it or not, that 40-50k annually is enough (and in fact, is what the median household lives on).

Not to mention he seems to think retirement income consists of living off of dividends from a money market account.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #6049 on: December 20, 2014, 01:21:02 PM »
No one goes to grad school in engineering expecting to earn only average. It would make no sense given the sacrifice in years and long hours.

Anyway an engineering grad student currently living on 20k still has plenty of time to get his financial house in order. No reason to be worried just yet.