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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #18250 on: August 14, 2017, 01:12:48 PM »
I hear ya. It's hard to move once you have a family. That's why I wanna move as much as I can when I'm free and mobile. I turned down an offer in Luxembourg a while ago because I signed up my current job first. Maybe it's time to reconnect with them.
You didn't miss on much. Luxembourg is incredibly boring and superficial. Nobody has ever moved to Luxembourg for any reason other than work or lowering their tax liability.

Source: close relatives who are actively plotting their escape.

I am surprised by all the negative stories about Luxembourg and the Channel Islands. They are popular tourist destinations, you'd expect they would at least offer something in the way of entertainment.

If I had the opportunity, I'd certainly try Luxembourg. The city of Luxembourg is similar in size to my own city and I certainly enjoy it over here. And as Luxembourg is right in the heart of Europe, you can easily travel to other cities for the weekend if you're really bored.  But honestly, outside of work I don't really do much. I'm an introvert. I clean my house, cook nice meals, cycle around on a sunny day, when it's rainy I'll read a book or watch Netflix. Maybe I should seriously look for an expat job ...

Chiming in here, and I'll add that Luxembourg sucks! Was dating someone that was working there and went there to visit her and tried to enjoy my time there but after a day we left and got a hotel room in Paris to actually enjoy ourselves.

I very nearly went there a few years back when I was staying in Trier. I wanted to cycle to Luxembourg but it never happened. Sounds like I didn't miss out on much? Trier is lovely though.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #18251 on: August 14, 2017, 01:24:25 PM »
I hear ya. It's hard to move once you have a family. That's why I wanna move as much as I can when I'm free and mobile. I turned down an offer in Luxembourg a while ago because I signed up my current job first. Maybe it's time to reconnect with them.
You didn't miss on much. Luxembourg is incredibly boring and superficial. Nobody has ever moved to Luxembourg for any reason other than work or lowering their tax liability.

Source: close relatives who are actively plotting their escape.

I am surprised by all the negative stories about Luxembourg and the Channel Islands. They are popular tourist destinations, you'd expect they would at least offer something in the way of entertainment.

If I had the opportunity, I'd certainly try Luxembourg. The city of Luxembourg is similar in size to my own city and I certainly enjoy it over here. And as Luxembourg is right in the heart of Europe, you can easily travel to other cities for the weekend if you're really bored.  But honestly, outside of work I don't really do much. I'm an introvert. I clean my house, cook nice meals, cycle around on a sunny day, when it's rainy I'll read a book or watch Netflix. Maybe I should seriously look for an expat job ...

Chiming in here, and I'll add that Luxembourg sucks! Was dating someone that was working there and went there to visit her and tried to enjoy my time there but after a day we left and got a hotel room in Paris to actually enjoy ourselves.

I very nearly went there a few years back when I was staying in Trier. I wanted to cycle to Luxembourg but it never happened. Sounds like I didn't miss out on much? Trier is lovely though.

Well, No place would be worse off than an offshore island in terms of being bored. Besides, I will get paid well and have easy access to other parts of the Europe. I don't party, drink, or go clubbing so no need to be in the heart of NYC. High salary and easy access to other places in Europe is a win-win to me. I know cost of living will be high but I'm used to it now. Believe me, I'm living in the most expensive city on earth right now so every other place would be considered "cheaper".

There was another offer in Frankfurt but I would get paid much less though. i.e. hurt my FI

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #18252 on: August 14, 2017, 01:50:45 PM »
I hear ya. It's hard to move once you have a family. That's why I wanna move as much as I can when I'm free and mobile. I turned down an offer in Luxembourg a while ago because I signed up my current job first. Maybe it's time to reconnect with them.
You didn't miss on much. Luxembourg is incredibly boring and superficial. Nobody has ever moved to Luxembourg for any reason other than work or lowering their tax liability.

Source: close relatives who are actively plotting their escape.

I am surprised by all the negative stories about Luxembourg and the Channel Islands. They are popular tourist destinations, you'd expect they would at least offer something in the way of entertainment.

If I had the opportunity, I'd certainly try Luxembourg. The city of Luxembourg is similar in size to my own city and I certainly enjoy it over here. And as Luxembourg is right in the heart of Europe, you can easily travel to other cities for the weekend if you're really bored.  But honestly, outside of work I don't really do much. I'm an introvert. I clean my house, cook nice meals, cycle around on a sunny day, when it's rainy I'll read a book or watch Netflix. Maybe I should seriously look for an expat job ...

Chiming in here, and I'll add that Luxembourg sucks! Was dating someone that was working there and went there to visit her and tried to enjoy my time there but after a day we left and got a hotel room in Paris to actually enjoy ourselves.

I very nearly went there a few years back when I was staying in Trier. I wanted to cycle to Luxembourg but it never happened. Sounds like I didn't miss out on much? Trier is lovely though.

Well, No place would be worse off than an offshore island in terms of being bored. Besides, I will get paid well and have easy access to other parts of the Europe. I don't party, drink, or go clubbing so no need to be in the heart of NYC. High salary and easy access to other places in Europe is a win-win to me. I know cost of living will be high but I'm used to it now. Believe me, I'm living in the most expensive city on earth right now so every other place would be considered "cheaper".
What is the "most expensive city on earth"?  I googled it and clicked on the top three links.  I found three different answers--Singapore, Hong Kong, and Zurich. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #18253 on: August 14, 2017, 05:44:46 PM »
Quote from: Paul der Krake link=topic=2540.msg1659596#msg1659596
Luxembourg is incredibly boring and superficial. Nobody has ever moved to Luxembourg for any reason other than work or lowering their tax liability.

Source: close relatives who are actively plotting their escape.

You have close relatives in Luxembourg? Cool. My dad was actually 100% Luxembourgish - all of his great-grandparents emigrated from Luxembourg to the US in the mid-19th century. I've never been there, so I can't comment on how exciting it is.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #18254 on: August 14, 2017, 06:03:09 PM »
Quote from: Paul der Krake link=topic=2540.msg1659596#msg1659596
Luxembourg is incredibly boring and superficial. Nobody has ever moved to Luxembourg for any reason other than work or lowering their tax liability.

Source: close relatives who are actively plotting their escape.

You have close relatives in Luxembourg? Cool. My dad was actually 100% Luxembourgish...

Is that really the descriptor? Not Luxembourgers?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #18255 on: August 14, 2017, 06:03:31 PM »
Mgosam what was so bad about Luxembourg? Just curious.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #18256 on: August 14, 2017, 08:25:49 PM »
Quote from: Paul der Krake link=topic=2540.msg1659596#msg1659596
Luxembourg is incredibly boring and superficial. Nobody has ever moved to Luxembourg for any reason other than work or lowering their tax liability.

Source: close relatives who are actively plotting their escape.

You have close relatives in Luxembourg? Cool. My dad was actually 100% Luxembourgish...

Is that really the descriptor? Not Luxembourgers?

Luxembourger is the noun, so saying "my dad was 100% Luxembourger" seems ungrammatical. Luxembourgish is the adjective that describes stuff from Luxembourg (including the language), so that seemed like a better choice. But I'm happy to be corrected.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #18257 on: August 15, 2017, 02:44:08 AM »
Quote from: Paul der Krake link=topic=2540.msg1659596#msg1659596
Luxembourg is incredibly boring and superficial. Nobody has ever moved to Luxembourg for any reason other than work or lowering their tax liability.

Source: close relatives who are actively plotting their escape.

I used a have a Dutch colleague who wanted to emigrate to Luxembourg, because it was his favorite country to be in. People are different.
I experienced the city as chaotic with traffic when I was there for a week some years ago.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #18258 on: August 15, 2017, 05:49:07 AM »
I hear ya. It's hard to move once you have a family. That's why I wanna move as much as I can when I'm free and mobile. I turned down an offer in Luxembourg a while ago because I signed up my current job first. Maybe it's time to reconnect with them.
You didn't miss on much. Luxembourg is incredibly boring and superficial. Nobody has ever moved to Luxembourg for any reason other than work or lowering their tax liability.

Source: close relatives who are actively plotting their escape.

I am surprised by all the negative stories about Luxembourg and the Channel Islands. They are popular tourist destinations, you'd expect they would at least offer something in the way of entertainment.

If I had the opportunity, I'd certainly try Luxembourg. The city of Luxembourg is similar in size to my own city and I certainly enjoy it over here. And as Luxembourg is right in the heart of Europe, you can easily travel to other cities for the weekend if you're really bored.  But honestly, outside of work I don't really do much. I'm an introvert. I clean my house, cook nice meals, cycle around on a sunny day, when it's rainy I'll read a book or watch Netflix. Maybe I should seriously look for an expat job ...

Chiming in here, and I'll add that Luxembourg sucks! Was dating someone that was working there and went there to visit her and tried to enjoy my time there but after a day we left and got a hotel room in Paris to actually enjoy ourselves.

I very nearly went there a few years back when I was staying in Trier. I wanted to cycle to Luxembourg but it never happened. Sounds like I didn't miss out on much? Trier is lovely though.

Well, No place would be worse off than an offshore island in terms of being bored. Besides, I will get paid well and have easy access to other parts of the Europe. I don't party, drink, or go clubbing so no need to be in the heart of NYC. High salary and easy access to other places in Europe is a win-win to me. I know cost of living will be high but I'm used to it now. Believe me, I'm living in the most expensive city on earth right now so every other place would be considered "cheaper".
What is the "most expensive city on earth"?  I googled it and clicked on the top three links.  I found three different answers--Singapore, Hong Kong, and Zurich.

Guess there are different reports on this topic. My source is from The crazy tourist & Numbeo. By the way, most surveys don't even include the city where I currently live. Here is a nice comparison by me:

1. Singapore

Average price of a loaf of bread: $3.55

Average price of a bottle of wine: $23.68

Average price of a liter of gas: $1.44

My city

Average price of a loaf of bread: $6.50

Average price of a bottle of wine: $25

Average price of a liter of gas: $2.10

It is VERY expensive if not the most expensive. If I move to Luxembourg, I can go to Germany for shopping, geographic arbitrage is the key.
 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #18259 on: August 15, 2017, 07:49:05 AM »
What is the "most expensive city on earth"?  I googled it and clicked on the top three links.  I found three different answers--Singapore, Hong Kong, and Zurich.

Guess there are different reports on this topic. My source is from The crazy tourist & Numbeo.

So... Zurich?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #18260 on: August 15, 2017, 08:50:02 AM »
Quote from: Paul der Krake link=topic=2540.msg1659596#msg1659596
Luxembourg is incredibly boring and superficial. Nobody has ever moved to Luxembourg for any reason other than work or lowering their tax liability.

Source: close relatives who are actively plotting their escape.

You have close relatives in Luxembourg? Cool. My dad was actually 100% Luxembourgish...

Is that really the descriptor? Not Luxembourgers?

Luxembourger is the noun, so saying "my dad was 100% Luxembourger" seems ungrammatical. Luxembourgish is the adjective that describes stuff from Luxembourg (including the language), so that seemed like a better choice. But I'm happy to be corrected.

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Legally, all citizens of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg are considered to be Luxembourgers per Luxembourgish law, although a distinct ethnic identification is espoused and promoted. The corresponding adjective is "Luxembourgish"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luxembourgers

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« Reply #18261 on: August 15, 2017, 05:12:43 PM »
Two colleagues spent quite a while yesterday discussing how much they will need to cut back in retirement, listing all the things that they won't be able to afford to do.

One said will have to give up her expensive shampoo.

I googled the brand. $115/litre! For shampoo. Then another $115 for conditioner.

She also said she won't be able to afford to keep colouring her hair.

She is over 60 now and needs to dye it to cover up the greys, which is fair enough. But then she said she's had her hair dyed every six weeks since she was 20, changing from brown to blonde to red, etc.

Retiring one day was obviously the last thing on her mind when she was forking out that money, but colouring it unnecessarily for all those years only to reluctantly acknowledge you won't be able to maintain it in retirement? What a waste.

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« Reply #18262 on: August 15, 2017, 08:42:35 PM »
Two colleagues spent quite a while yesterday discussing how much they will need to cut back in retirement, listing all the things that they won't be able to afford to do.

One said will have to give up her expensive shampoo.

I googled the brand. $115/litre! For shampoo. Then another $115 for conditioner.

She also said she won't be able to afford to keep colouring her hair getting her hair coloured.

She is over 60 now and needs to dye it to cover up the greys, which is fair enough. But then she said she's had her hair dyed every six weeks since she was 20, changing from brown to blonde to red, etc.

Retiring one day was obviously the last thing on her mind when she was forking out that money, but colouring it unnecessarily for all those years only to reluctantly acknowledge you won't be able to maintain it in retirement? What a waste.

I have trouble believing she can't afford the cost of dye, it's like what 10 bucks a box?

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« Reply #18263 on: August 15, 2017, 10:25:23 PM »
Two colleagues spent quite a while yesterday discussing how much they will need to cut back in retirement, listing all the things that they won't be able to afford to do.

One said will have to give up her expensive shampoo.

I googled the brand. $115/litre! For shampoo. Then another $115 for conditioner.

She also said she won't be able to afford to keep colouring her hair getting her hair coloured.

She is over 60 now and needs to dye it to cover up the greys, which is fair enough. But then she said she's had her hair dyed every six weeks since she was 20, changing from brown to blonde to red, etc.

Retiring one day was obviously the last thing on her mind when she was forking out that money, but colouring it unnecessarily for all those years only to reluctantly acknowledge you won't be able to maintain it in retirement? What a waste.

I have trouble believing she can't afford the cost of dye, it's like what 10 bucks a box?

It is, but she didn't mention any plan to do that. Then again, when she inherited some money she had a face-lift rather than put the money towards her mortgage so, vanity at all costs.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #18264 on: August 16, 2017, 08:02:51 AM »
Two colleagues spent quite a while yesterday discussing how much they will need to cut back in retirement, listing all the things that they won't be able to afford to do.

One said will have to give up her expensive shampoo.

I googled the brand. $115/litre! For shampoo. Then another $115 for conditioner.

I was about to come to her defense and say that nice shampoo is a cheap luxury--but holy cow, that ain't cheap. I was thinking my wife's approx. 2 liter bottle of nice shampoo that costs about $12.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #18265 on: August 16, 2017, 08:34:14 AM »
Two colleagues spent quite a while yesterday discussing how much they will need to cut back in retirement, listing all the things that they won't be able to afford to do.

One said will have to give up her expensive shampoo.

I googled the brand. $115/litre! For shampoo. Then another $115 for conditioner.

I was about to come to her defense and say that nice shampoo is a cheap luxury--but holy cow, that ain't cheap. I was thinking my wife's approx. 2 liter bottle of nice shampoo that costs about $12.
Wow, holy shit.  Though my own perspective of shampoo/conditioner is warped due to being a 26 year old dude with a receding hairline.  Even $115/liter shampoo would probably still cost me less than $100/year.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #18266 on: August 16, 2017, 10:04:27 AM »

One said will have to give up her expensive shampoo.

I googled the brand. $115/litre! For shampoo. Then another $115 for conditioner.



I swear this pricing of ridiculous crap, is an intelligence test for people with too much money. Back in the 80-90s, I had a distant relative that was a member of the yacht owners and private island crowd. She made skin care products that were only marketed in very high end locations around the globe. She had a high volume cosmetics manufacturer produce drums of the crap, at a cost of a few bucks a gallon, and had it packaged into fancy bottles. These were marketed in a well produced displays explaining that they were ONLY available to very exclusive people, and only at the finest of locations. The implication being that, it was NEVER available in any place the commoners would have access. So, back then, you could go to any discount store and grab an eight ounce squeeze tube of the same stuff (labeled as generic, or house brand, skin moisturizer) for $3, or buy one OZ. while staying on some Greek island, for $30. We used to get the crap for free, and at that price, it was so unforgettable that it typically ended up in the trash, since nobody in the house bothered to use it.  It was nothing but a very profitable operation, based on the PT Barnum school of marketing.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #18267 on: August 16, 2017, 12:07:27 PM »
Two coworkers forking out dinero $$...but its a GREAT DEAL!!! for new great big trucks with bells and whistles....LEASING, 18000kms/yr... $260/month... Nope not construction workers, not lawn care guys ... office workers...SO of one of the guys was worried about the parking garage and how to make the turns  ... sigh... though I suppose my not really mustachian mini van isn't any better ... but I do walk to work or ride my bike when I can! 
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #18268 on: August 16, 2017, 01:53:14 PM »
Not really overheard, but conversation with my old boss (an avid cyclist who on the whole seems pretty sensible with money) about the new job I'm taking which is a lot closer to where I live (12 miles each way instead of 27).

Me - I was thinking it might actually be possible to do that commute by bike. I could get a nice wee hybrid with a decent amount of gears and some road tyres. What do you think?

Him - Well road tyres make a big difference, but you know you could buy a car for maybe 150 a month

Me - ???


I think he maybe actually recognises that I'd be doing it mainly to save money and was trying to help by making me aware that I could drive a nice new safe car for just one low, easily affordable, monthly payment.
I already have use of a car (my boyfriend and I share 1 car and I currently use it to commute at least 90% of the time), why on earth would I want a new one?
Facepalm.


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #18269 on: August 16, 2017, 02:22:44 PM »

One said will have to give up her expensive shampoo.

I googled the brand. $115/litre! For shampoo. Then another $115 for conditioner.



I swear this pricing of ridiculous crap, is an intelligence test for people with too much money. Back in the 80-90s, I had a distant relative that was a member of the yacht owners and private island crowd. She made skin care products that were only marketed in very high end locations around the globe. She had a high volume cosmetics manufacturer produce drums of the crap, at a cost of a few bucks a gallon, and had it packaged into fancy bottles. These were marketed in a well produced displays explaining that they were ONLY available to very exclusive people, and only at the finest of locations. The implication being that, it was NEVER available in any place the commoners would have access. So, back then, you could go to any discount store and grab an eight ounce squeeze tube of the same stuff (labeled as generic, or house brand, skin moisturizer) for $3, or buy one OZ. while staying on some Greek island, for $30. We used to get the crap for free, and at that price, it was so unforgettable that it typically ended up in the trash, since nobody in the house bothered to use it.  It was nothing but a very profitable operation, based on the PT Barnum school of marketing.

On the same note a few years back a well known label came out with "the best face cream ever!" made from .... drum roll please... snail slime  priced at over 40euros for a little tiny jar ...

You couldn't pay ME any amount to put snail slime on my face blech.... my hubby and I had a laugh about it though.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #18270 on: August 16, 2017, 03:55:19 PM »

One said will have to give up her expensive shampoo.

I googled the brand. $115/litre! For shampoo. Then another $115 for conditioner.



I swear this pricing of ridiculous crap, is an intelligence test for people with too much money. Back in the 80-90s, I had a distant relative that was a member of the yacht owners and private island crowd. She made skin care products that were only marketed in very high end locations around the globe. She had a high volume cosmetics manufacturer produce drums of the crap, at a cost of a few bucks a gallon, and had it packaged into fancy bottles. These were marketed in a well produced displays explaining that they were ONLY available to very exclusive people, and only at the finest of locations. The implication being that, it was NEVER available in any place the commoners would have access. So, back then, you could go to any discount store and grab an eight ounce squeeze tube of the same stuff (labeled as generic, or house brand, skin moisturizer) for $3, or buy one OZ. while staying on some Greek island, for $30. We used to get the crap for free, and at that price, it was so unforgettable that it typically ended up in the trash, since nobody in the house bothered to use it.  It was nothing but a very profitable operation, based on the PT Barnum school of marketing.

I remember a story similar. The details are fuzzy though. I can't remember the brand or where I saw/read it. A certain makeup brand was trying to break into the market at an affordable but still expensive range (like Revlon or loreal compared to the $2 brands). Couldn't make a mark so they repackaged the exact same product into fancy packaging, rebranded and launched in department stores for premium prices. Sales increased dramatically. People are strange.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #18271 on: August 16, 2017, 04:35:23 PM »
A 70-year-old man still works at my plant even though he could have retired years ago. Has a pension and a 401k but won't quit because his ex-wife will get half his pension. Half of his pension is WAY more than anyone on this forum needs to FIRE -- not to mention the 401k, a paid off mortgage etc. I thought how sad that someone is so bitter that they'd rather work until they die than retire. Seems absolutely insane to me.
Guy at my last job had a deal go sideways for a severance package around 2008.  He stayed at the company into his 70s to "get what he was owed."

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #18272 on: August 16, 2017, 04:56:05 PM »
Two colleagues spent quite a while yesterday discussing how much they will need to cut back in retirement, listing all the things that they won't be able to afford to do.

One said will have to give up her expensive shampoo.

I googled the brand. $115/litre! For shampoo. Then another $115 for conditioner.

I was about to come to her defense and say that nice shampoo is a cheap luxury--but holy cow, that ain't cheap. I was thinking my wife's approx. 2 liter bottle of nice shampoo that costs about $12.

Bingo. Mine is about $12/litre but I only buy it when it's half price.

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« Reply #18273 on: August 16, 2017, 04:56:41 PM »
A 70-year-old man still works at my plant even though he could have retired years ago. Has a pension and a 401k but won't quit because his ex-wife will get half his pension. Half of his pension is WAY more than anyone on this forum needs to FIRE -- not to mention the 401k, a paid off mortgage etc. I thought how sad that someone is so bitter that they'd rather work until they die than retire. Seems absolutely insane to me.
Guy at my last job had a deal go sideways for a severance package around 2008.  He stayed at the company into his 70s to "get what he was owed."

Wow, he sure showed them.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #18274 on: August 16, 2017, 09:19:32 PM »
This is technically a "seen just after I left work" post but it's close enough, and I had to share...

I was on the subway and I noticed a guy next to me had this crazy-looking leather dog-shaped ... manbag? Briefcase? Bag. It looked well-worn and made of solid black leather, but it was shaped (in a very detailed way) like a little dachshund. So funny. And he was the last guy you would ever think to carry something so funny/silly, dressed in plain black pants, black T-shirt, black All-Stars, and had a slightly 'tough guy' look to him. Anyway, I sneaked a pic for a friend of mine who is crazy about dachshunds and we were joking about how I should have offered him $50 for it or something, because she wants it so bad. So I googled to see if you could buy them somewhere and HOLY SHIT THEY COST $2600. It's some crazy high-end designer thing. WTAF!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #18275 on: August 16, 2017, 09:34:42 PM »
This is technically a "seen just after I left work" post but it's close enough, and I had to share...

I was on the subway and I noticed a guy next to me had this crazy-looking leather dog-shaped ... manbag? Briefcase? Bag. It looked well-worn and made of solid black leather, but it was shaped (in a very detailed way) like a little dachshund. So funny. And he was the last guy you would ever think to carry something so funny/silly, dressed in plain black pants, black T-shirt, black All-Stars, and had a slightly 'tough guy' look to him. Anyway, I sneaked a pic for a friend of mine who is crazy about dachshunds and we were joking about how I should have offered him $50 for it or something, because she wants it so bad. So I googled to see if you could buy them somewhere and HOLY SHIT THEY COST $2600. It's some crazy high-end designer thing. WTAF!

I had to Google and click too, so now guess what ads I get?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #18276 on: August 17, 2017, 05:47:16 AM »
This is technically a "seen just after I left work" post but it's close enough, and I had to share...

I was on the subway and I noticed a guy next to me had this crazy-looking leather dog-shaped ... manbag? Briefcase? Bag. It looked well-worn and made of solid black leather, but it was shaped (in a very detailed way) like a little dachshund. So funny. And he was the last guy you would ever think to carry something so funny/silly, dressed in plain black pants, black T-shirt, black All-Stars, and had a slightly 'tough guy' look to him. Anyway, I sneaked a pic for a friend of mine who is crazy about dachshunds and we were joking about how I should have offered him $50 for it or something, because she wants it so bad. So I googled to see if you could buy them somewhere and HOLY SHIT THEY COST $2600. It's some crazy high-end designer thing. WTAF!

I had to Google and click too, so now guess what ads I get?

I had to google this nonsense too (used incognito mode - thanks for the tip).  Oh holy fuck!  I have never seen anything so ridiculous as the advertisement for that bag at Barney's.  It looks like the dude is carrying around a little dog doll. New level of weird.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #18277 on: August 17, 2017, 06:17:18 AM »
This is technically a "seen just after I left work" post but it's close enough, and I had to share...

I was on the subway and I noticed a guy next to me had this crazy-looking leather dog-shaped ... manbag? Briefcase? Bag. It looked well-worn and made of solid black leather, but it was shaped (in a very detailed way) like a little dachshund. So funny. And he was the last guy you would ever think to carry something so funny/silly, dressed in plain black pants, black T-shirt, black All-Stars, and had a slightly 'tough guy' look to him. Anyway, I sneaked a pic for a friend of mine who is crazy about dachshunds and we were joking about how I should have offered him $50 for it or something, because she wants it so bad. So I googled to see if you could buy them somewhere and HOLY SHIT THEY COST $2600. It's some crazy high-end designer thing. WTAF!

I had to Google and click too, so now guess what ads I get?

I had to google this nonsense too (used incognito mode - thanks for the tip).  Oh holy fuck!  I have never seen anything so ridiculous as the advertisement for that bag at Barney's.  It looks like the dude is carrying around a little dog doll. New level of weird.
TIL tough guys and their money are easily parted.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #18278 on: August 17, 2017, 06:42:10 AM »
This is technically a "seen just after I left work" post but it's close enough, and I had to share...

I was on the subway and I noticed a guy next to me had this crazy-looking leather dog-shaped ... manbag? Briefcase? Bag. It looked well-worn and made of solid black leather, but it was shaped (in a very detailed way) like a little dachshund. So funny. And he was the last guy you would ever think to carry something so funny/silly, dressed in plain black pants, black T-shirt, black All-Stars, and had a slightly 'tough guy' look to him. Anyway, I sneaked a pic for a friend of mine who is crazy about dachshunds and we were joking about how I should have offered him $50 for it or something, because she wants it so bad. So I googled to see if you could buy them somewhere and HOLY SHIT THEY COST $2600. It's some crazy high-end designer thing. WTAF!

I had to Google and click too, so now guess what ads I get?

http://Https://www.adguard.com
And I think that would be a manpurse :D

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #18279 on: August 17, 2017, 07:33:04 AM »
This is technically a "seen just after I left work" post but it's close enough, and I had to share...

I was on the subway and I noticed a guy next to me had this crazy-looking leather dog-shaped ... manbag? Briefcase? Bag. It looked well-worn and made of solid black leather, but it was shaped (in a very detailed way) like a little dachshund. So funny. And he was the last guy you would ever think to carry something so funny/silly, dressed in plain black pants, black T-shirt, black All-Stars, and had a slightly 'tough guy' look to him. Anyway, I sneaked a pic for a friend of mine who is crazy about dachshunds and we were joking about how I should have offered him $50 for it or something, because she wants it so bad. So I googled to see if you could buy them somewhere and HOLY SHIT THEY COST $2600. It's some crazy high-end designer thing. WTAF!

I had to Google and click too, so now guess what ads I get?

I had to google this nonsense too (used incognito mode - thanks for the tip).  Oh holy fuck!  I have never seen anything so ridiculous as the advertisement for that bag at Barney's.  It looks like the dude is carrying around a little dog doll. New level of weird.
TIL tough guys and their money are easily parted.


Lookatmeism at its finest.

If it had been a female carrying a dog shaped bag it wouldn't have been as unusual. If it had been a flamboyant gay guy it would also not be unusual. No, this was someone looking for attention and basing his happiness on people's reactions to his bag. He saw you take that picture, oh yes he did.

Or he just really liked the bag and using it brought him joy?

Maybe. But $2600 for a bag? Facepunch!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #18280 on: August 17, 2017, 08:48:12 AM »
Lookatmeism at its finest.

If it had been a female carrying a dog shaped bag it wouldn't have been as unusual. If it had been a flamboyant gay guy it would also not be unusual. No, this was someone looking for attention and basing his happiness on people's reactions to his bag. He saw you take that picture, oh yes he did.

Or he just really liked the bag and using it brought him joy?

I hope so :-) It looked very well-worn so it is either a much-beloved frequently-used item, or he got it used. I was just astonished that someone in the world at some point in time had paid that much for a leather dog.

This being NYC, you would have to be way weirder than that for people to actively pay attention to you on the subway.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #18281 on: August 17, 2017, 09:12:45 AM »
This is technically a "seen just after I left work" post but it's close enough, and I had to share...

I was on the subway and I noticed a guy next to me had this crazy-looking leather dog-shaped ... manbag? Briefcase? Bag. It looked well-worn and made of solid black leather, but it was shaped (in a very detailed way) like a little dachshund. So funny. And he was the last guy you would ever think to carry something so funny/silly, dressed in plain black pants, black T-shirt, black All-Stars, and had a slightly 'tough guy' look to him. Anyway, I sneaked a pic for a friend of mine who is crazy about dachshunds and we were joking about how I should have offered him $50 for it or something, because she wants it so bad. So I googled to see if you could buy them somewhere and HOLY SHIT THEY COST $2600. It's some crazy high-end designer thing. WTAF!
I saw dog shaped leather bags all over Rome this summer. They were cute, but for a 10 year old girl, not a grown man. And they were cheap. Less than 20 euros.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #18282 on: August 17, 2017, 12:19:38 PM »
This is technically a "seen just after I left work" post but it's close enough, and I had to share...

I was on the subway and I noticed a guy next to me had this crazy-looking leather dog-shaped ... manbag? Briefcase? Bag. It looked well-worn and made of solid black leather, but it was shaped (in a very detailed way) like a little dachshund. So funny. And he was the last guy you would ever think to carry something so funny/silly, dressed in plain black pants, black T-shirt, black All-Stars, and had a slightly 'tough guy' look to him. Anyway, I sneaked a pic for a friend of mine who is crazy about dachshunds and we were joking about how I should have offered him $50 for it or something, because she wants it so bad. So I googled to see if you could buy them somewhere and HOLY SHIT THEY COST $2600. It's some crazy high-end designer thing. WTAF!

I had to Google and click too, so now guess what ads I get?

I had to google this nonsense too (used incognito mode - thanks for the tip).  Oh holy fuck!  I have never seen anything so ridiculous as the advertisement for that bag at Barney's.  It looks like the dude is carrying around a little dog doll. New level of weird.
TIL tough guys and their money are easily parted.


Lookatmeism at its finest.

If it had been a female carrying a dog shaped bag it wouldn't have been as unusual. If it had been a flamboyant gay guy it would also not be unusual. No, this was someone looking for attention and basing his happiness on people's reactions to his bag. He saw you take that picture, oh yes he did.

Isn't is a little vain to assume that total stranger is doing something just to get YOUR attention?  Maybe it's true, but that bag is totally cute.  Maybe he likes it.  I'm not saying it's Mustachian to buy a $2,600 bag!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #18283 on: August 17, 2017, 02:25:35 PM »
I found a bug on their web site...  There is a "." missing between $26 and 00.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #18284 on: August 17, 2017, 05:00:40 PM »
In the lift at work this morning...

Girl A: Cute bag! Is it new?

Girl B: Thanks! I wanted it for so long and kept waiting for it to come here but it didn't, so I gave up and imported it. It only cost me an extra $600!

Girl A:That's so good!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #18285 on: August 17, 2017, 05:26:02 PM »
In the lift at work this morning...

Girl A: Cute bag! Is it new?

Girl B: Thanks! I wanted it for so long and kept waiting for it to come here but it didn't, so I gave up and imported it. It only cost me an extra $600!

Girl A:That's so good!

I weep for the future.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #18286 on: August 17, 2017, 05:42:38 PM »
In the lift at work this morning...

Girl A: Cute bag! Is it new?

Girl B: Thanks! I wanted it for so long and kept waiting for it to come here but it didn't, so I gave up and imported it. It only cost me an extra $600!

Girl A:That's so good!

I weep for the future.

These people are why Social Security has to exist.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #18287 on: August 17, 2017, 06:00:12 PM »
I found a bug on their web site...  There is a "." missing between $26 and 00.

No way. A price like 26.00 can't exist. It would have to be 25.99.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #18288 on: August 17, 2017, 06:22:43 PM »
Girl B: Thanks! I wanted it for so long and kept waiting for it to come here but it didn't, so I gave up and imported it. It only cost me an extra $600!

Not an insane $600 for a bag, but an additional $600 in fees for a bag of unknown price.... Holy sh....

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #18289 on: August 18, 2017, 07:44:17 AM »
Girl B: Thanks! I wanted it for so long and kept waiting for it to come here but it didn't, so I gave up and imported it. It only cost me an extra $600!

Not an insane $600 for a bag, but an additional $600 in fees for a bag of unknown price.... Holy sh....
probably not fees but important taxes, most of it.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #18290 on: August 18, 2017, 04:13:26 PM »
Girl B: Thanks! I wanted it for so long and kept waiting for it to come here but it didn't, so I gave up and imported it. It only cost me an extra $600!

Not an insane $600 for a bag, but an additional $600 in fees for a bag of unknown price.... Holy sh....
probably not fees but important taxes, most of it.

Then there are those less important taxes...

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #18291 on: August 18, 2017, 08:45:41 PM »
Had a conversation with someone at work yesterday.   The person wanted to know about my vacation.  Or brag about their FitBit.  Or complain about money.  Of all three.  I made my best effort to commiserate.

She: "How was your vacation?" 
Me: "Great, we went camping and I let the phone battery completely drain." 
She: (lack of comprehension) "Okay..., did you do something interesting?" 
Me: "Yeah, some high altitude trekking." 
She: (comprehension returning "Sounds awesome.  How high did you get?". 
Me:  "Dunno, on the topo map it looked like around 11,500 feet."
She: "You have a FitBit, right?  It would give you all of this great information about your pace and heart rate, and stuff."
Me: "I'm kinda old-fashioned on the fitness thing.  Going up was a bit challenging, but the views more than compensated for the effort."
She:  "But a FitBit would really help you.  I have increased my daily steps since I got mine.  Did you take any pictures?"
Me: "Sure did, took some time bracketing my shots; my camera tends to overexpose, but I put it on full manual and got much better color saturation with under exposition by one F-stop."
She: "Whaa? Like, your iPhone?"
Me:  "No, my DSLR.  It's kinda heavy, but totally worth it for the close-ups with wide aperture setting.  But enough about me.  What have you been up to lately?"
She: "We went to Disneyland, and it was way too crowded, and the lines were long, and the kids had to pee, and now have to pay off all those credit cards, and we are, like, totally broke.  I couldn't believe how expensive the t-shirts were."
Me: "Sounds rough.  Say what, I've got a meeting in a couple of minutes.  Shall we take a look at your selfies tomorrow?"

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #18292 on: August 18, 2017, 09:07:15 PM »
Quote from: Gone_Hiking link=topic=2540.msg1665663#msg1665663 date=????
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Me: "Sounds rough.  Say what, I've got a meeting in a couple of minutes.  Shall we take a look at your selfies tomorrow?"

Always the right answer.   Next to Wally of Dilbert fame, you are my hero.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #18293 on: August 19, 2017, 09:09:36 AM »
I hear ya. It's hard to move once you have a family. That's why I wanna move as much as I can when I'm free and mobile. I turned down an offer in Luxembourg a while ago because I signed up my current job first. Maybe it's time to reconnect with them.
You didn't miss on much. Luxembourg is incredibly boring and superficial. Nobody has ever moved to Luxembourg for any reason other than work or lowering their tax liability.

Source: close relatives who are actively plotting their escape.

I am surprised by all the negative stories about Luxembourg and the Channel Islands. They are popular tourist destinations, you'd expect they would at least offer something in the way of entertainment.

If I had the opportunity, I'd certainly try Luxembourg. The city of Luxembourg is similar in size to my own city and I certainly enjoy it over here. And as Luxembourg is right in the heart of Europe, you can easily travel to other cities for the weekend if you're really bored.  But honestly, outside of work I don't really do much. I'm an introvert. I clean my house, cook nice meals, cycle around on a sunny day, when it's rainy I'll read a book or watch Netflix. Maybe I should seriously look for an expat job ...

Chiming in here, and I'll add that Luxembourg sucks! Was dating someone that was working there and went there to visit her and tried to enjoy my time there but after a day we left and got a hotel room in Paris to actually enjoy ourselves.

I very nearly went there a few years back when I was staying in Trier. I wanted to cycle to Luxembourg but it never happened. Sounds like I didn't miss out on much? Trier is lovely though.

Well, No place would be worse off than an offshore island in terms of being bored. Besides, I will get paid well and have easy access to other parts of the Europe. I don't party, drink, or go clubbing so no need to be in the heart of NYC. High salary and easy access to other places in Europe is a win-win to me. I know cost of living will be high but I'm used to it now. Believe me, I'm living in the most expensive city on earth right now so every other place would be considered "cheaper".

There was another offer in Frankfurt but I would get paid much less though. i.e. hurt my FI
I know a young woman who grew up in Luxemburg because both her parents work there. It is boring. And easy access, well, if you do not mind driving a couple of hours .... Shopping can be done just over the border because there are a few places just across the border catering to the Luxemburgers who also like to arbitrage their groceries but any decent city is at least a couple of hours from Luxemburg City. The pay is great, housing is expensive ...

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #18294 on: August 22, 2017, 11:31:21 AM »
Overheard just now:  "Yeah, I saw the total eclipse yesterday.  I kind of want my money back."

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #18295 on: August 22, 2017, 03:52:29 PM »
Overheard just now:  "Yeah, I saw the total eclipse yesterday.  I kind of want my money back."

I've heard several stupid comments about the eclipse. If it's not your deal that's fine but some people  (myself included) thought it was pretty cool. I don't go around talking about how stupid Christmas is even though I hate it. It all goes back to if you don't have something nice to say...

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« Reply #18296 on: August 22, 2017, 04:53:03 PM »
I have a coworker who's very close to retirement.    Tthe other day, I overheard her ask "Wait, what's the difference between a defined benefit pension and a defined contribution pension?   And which one do we have?"

Siiiigh.   I could almost understand it if she were a youngster just starting out, but this is important stuff that is going to affect her REALLY soon!

I will see your uniformed coworkers and I'll raise you....

I had a coworker ask me recently if I thought it would be worthwhile for them to enroll in the company offered 401k.  This coworker is in their mid 40s and has been at the company for 15 years.

Another coworker overheard us and asked, completely sincerely, "wait, do we have to sign up for it?  I never did and they take money out of my paycheck for it every month."   Apparently this coworker was under the impression that the 'benefits' category in their paystub referred to their 401K.  I had to break the news that it was money they were paying for their health insurance.  That coworker has been at the company for over 7 years. 

I have been at this company for a significantly shorter time than both of them and enrolled in the 401K the day my paperwork went through.

Wow, just wow. Insane.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #18297 on: August 23, 2017, 05:45:21 AM »
Girl B: Thanks! I wanted it for so long and kept waiting for it to come here but it didn't, so I gave up and imported it. It only cost me an extra $600!

Not an insane $600 for a bag, but an additional $600 in fees for a bag of unknown price.... Holy sh....
Not as insane as the $6000 chair that came up in the Overheard on Facebook thread a couple days ago ...

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #18298 on: August 23, 2017, 07:31:14 AM »
I have a coworker who's very close to retirement.    Tthe other day, I overheard her ask "Wait, what's the difference between a defined benefit pension and a defined contribution pension?   And which one do we have?"

Siiiigh.   I could almost understand it if she were a youngster just starting out, but this is important stuff that is going to affect her REALLY soon!

I will see your uniformed coworkers and I'll raise you....

I had a coworker ask me recently if I thought it would be worthwhile for them to enroll in the company offered 401k.  This coworker is in their mid 40s and has been at the company for 15 years.

Another coworker overheard us and asked, completely sincerely, "wait, do we have to sign up for it?  I never did and they take money out of my paycheck for it every month."   Apparently this coworker was under the impression that the 'benefits' category in their paystub referred to their 401K.  I had to break the news that it was money they were paying for their health insurance.  That coworker has been at the company for over 7 years. 

I have been at this company for a significantly shorter time than both of them and enrolled in the 401K the day my paperwork went through.

Wow, just wow. Insane.

I work in HR and the level of illiteracy surrounding pensions is astonishing. Our firm makes a (very) generous 10% non-contributory provision towards our UK pension, which is higher than equivalent firms and much better than the norm. However we need to give employees the option to opt out. An employee recently did this and I came back to question, "You do know this is free money?" He explained he didn't know what it meant so he chose to opt out anyway, but would like to opt back in.

I also see the payroll deductions that employees make towards their own pensions and have done in a number of other companies - I reckon that only ~5% of employees are contributing towards their own retirement. Genuinely terrifying.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #18299 on: August 23, 2017, 10:03:21 AM »
I work in HR and the level of illiteracy surrounding pensions is astonishing. Our firm makes a (very) generous 10% non-contributory provision towards our UK pension, which is higher than equivalent firms and much better than the norm. However we need to give employees the option to opt out. An employee recently did this and I came back to question, "You do know this is free money?" He explained he didn't know what it meant so he chose to opt out anyway, but would like to opt back in.

I also see the payroll deductions that employees make towards their own pensions and have done in a number of other companies - I reckon that only ~5% of employees are contributing towards their own retirement. Genuinely terrifying.

Every additional day I'm alive on this plant, my faith in humanity diminishes just a little. How some people are able to even wipe their own ass with their limited mental horsepower is incredible to me.