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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3050 on: June 26, 2014, 07:09:42 AM »
My mother was the queen of the Jell-O salad:  favorite ingredients - Cool-Whip, canned pineapple and miniature marshmallows.

I love this stuff!  My grandmother used to make a cranberry ring for thanksgiving every year, it had cranberries, crushed pineapple, nuts, and some other stuff in it, it's my absolute favorite way to eat cranberries.   But then I love Jello.  As someone mentioned, aspics are made with unflavored gelatin.  These days we mostly associate gelatins with sweet dishes, but they can make good savory dishes as well.

This whole side thread, however, reminds me of the jello mold from Christmas Vacation.  With the cat food on top.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3051 on: June 26, 2014, 09:01:45 AM »
If they look unappetizing to you, think how they'd look if you hadn't had a lot to eat that week.

I wouldn't think twice. Everything tastes better when you're super hungry.

Sounds like your mom was a very early implementer of mustachianism. Good for her.

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« Reply #3052 on: June 26, 2014, 03:51:02 PM »
We grew up poor.  These jellos were our desserts, plus th they used up the older vegetables rather than waste them.  Green jello with celery and olives was a treat.  I didn't like the tomato jello with vegetables, though.

Umm, how about eating the JELLO as a treat?! Vegetables and jello... gross.

Did you guys ever consider it might be a bit rude to call something gross that another person explicitly explained was a treat for them growing up? When did we become a bunch of foodie snobs around here?

Well people like different things so.... no?  I think bananas are gross, but I'm sure someone had them as a treat growing up.  Is anyone here offended?

To derail the derail, did you know that the bananas we eat aren't the same ones your grandparents ate? The world used to eat the Gros Michel cultivar, which was reportedly more sweet and flavorful than bananas today. (Gros Michel simply meaning "Big Mike," which is an awesome name for a banana.)

But being a monoculture, the lack of genetic diversity left it susceptible to disease. In the early half of the 20th century, Panama disease nearly wiped out the cultivar altogether. It inspired the 1923 novelty song, "Yes, We Have No Bananas." By the 50s you couldn't get a goddamn banana nowheres.

Enter the shitty Cavendish banana, the world's runner-up. It's a banana only a mother could love. (My mom loves Cavendish bananas.) It's a little starchier and more bitter than the Gros Michel, but don't worry about that, because the chief selling point of the Cavendish is that you can grow it when your entire Gros Michel plantation is wiped out by marauding fungus.

And, I should note, with humanity having not learned a goddamn thing from Panama disease, Cavendish is another monoculture, with the singular cultivar representing around 50% of all the bananas grown in the entire world, leaving it vulnerable for a single disease or pest to wipe out the world's entire banana supply in short order, again.

(I learned all this from Michael Pollan, this is me plugging his books.)

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« Reply #3053 on: June 26, 2014, 04:35:18 PM »
[...]

And, I should note, with humanity having not learned a goddamn thing from Panama disease, Cavendish is another monoculture, with the singular cultivar representing around 50% of all the bananas grown in the entire world, leaving it vulnerable for a single disease or pest to wipe out the world's entire banana supply in short order, again.

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I've definitely read that the cavendishes are on their way out, too. It would be great if the US started importing and distributing a wider variety of banana cultivars. The store by my bf's apt has baby bananas (which are a different cultivar) and they're pretty dang delicious. ...but you can't find them where I live. Sadface.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3054 on: June 26, 2014, 04:52:00 PM »
And, I should note, with humanity having not learned a goddamn thing from Panama disease, Cavendish is another monoculture, with the singular cultivar representing around 50% of all the bananas grown in the entire world, leaving it vulnerable for a single disease or pest to wipe out the world's entire banana supply in short order, again.
Enter Tropical Race 4...

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« Reply #3055 on: June 26, 2014, 05:15:34 PM »
For those who like the pictures of Jello salads, you gotta check out James Lilek's Gallery of Regrettable Food.

Enjoy!

http://www.lileks.com/institute/gallery/

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3056 on: June 26, 2014, 05:27:26 PM »
We grew up poor.  These jellos were our desserts, plus th they used up the older vegetables rather than waste them.  Green jello with celery and olives was a treat.  I didn't like the tomato jello with vegetables, though.

Umm, how about eating the JELLO as a treat?! Vegetables and jello... gross.

Did you guys ever consider it might be a bit rude to call something gross that another person explicitly explained was a treat for them growing up? When did we become a bunch of foodie snobs around here?

Well people like different things so.... no?  I think bananas are gross, but I'm sure someone had them as a treat growing up.  Is anyone here offended?

To derail the derail, did you know that the bananas we eat aren't the same ones your grandparents ate? The world used to eat the Gros Michel cultivar, which was reportedly more sweet and flavorful than bananas today. (Gros Michel simply meaning "Big Mike," which is an awesome name for a banana.)

But being a monoculture, the lack of genetic diversity left it susceptible to disease. In the early half of the 20th century, Panama disease nearly wiped out the cultivar altogether. It inspired the 1923 novelty song, "Yes, We Have No Bananas." By the 50s you couldn't get a goddamn banana nowheres.

Enter the shitty Cavendish banana, the world's runner-up. It's a banana only a mother could love. (My mom loves Cavendish bananas.) It's a little starchier and more bitter than the Gros Michel, but don't worry about that, because the chief selling point of the Cavendish is that you can grow it when your entire Gros Michel plantation is wiped out by marauding fungus.

And, I should note, with humanity having not learned a goddamn thing from Panama disease, Cavendish is another monoculture, with the singular cultivar representing around 50% of all the bananas grown in the entire world, leaving it vulnerable for a single disease or pest to wipe out the world's entire banana supply in short order, again.

(I learned all this from Michael Pollan, this is me plugging his books.)

Sweeter and more flavor?  No thanks.  I'm cool with plantains, though, because they aren't so mushy or sweet.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3057 on: June 26, 2014, 05:33:35 PM »
Went to lunch with two coworkers…. my supervisors son was looking for furniture for bedroom was going to be $2k which I thought was high… his girlfriend said $2k was to cheap and he needed to spend atleast $8k for a bedroom set.




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« Reply #3058 on: June 26, 2014, 05:48:33 PM »
Went to lunch with two coworkers…. my supervisors son was looking for furniture for bedroom was going to be $2k which I thought was high… his girlfriend said $2k was to cheap and he needed to spend atleast $8k for a bedroom set.
Yeesh, our whole 3 bedroom, 1600sqf house was furnished for under $2k...

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« Reply #3059 on: June 26, 2014, 06:41:47 PM »
Went to lunch with two coworkers…. my supervisors son was looking for furniture for bedroom was going to be $2k which I thought was high… his girlfriend said $2k was to cheap and he needed to spend atleast $8k for a bedroom set.

Wonder if the type who would spend $8k on a "bedroom suite" would also be the type to be bothered if they found out that they're considered super unstylish and outdated in the decor world?    I'm thinking they would be....sucks to be them, then.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3060 on: June 27, 2014, 08:50:20 AM »
Wonder if the type who would spend $8k on a "bedroom suite" would also be the type to be bothered if they found out that they're considered super unstylish and outdated in the decor world?    I'm thinking they would be....sucks to be them, then.

What a bunch of chumps. :)

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« Reply #3061 on: June 27, 2014, 09:38:27 AM »
Went to lunch with two coworkers…. my supervisors son was looking for furniture for bedroom was going to be $2k which I thought was high… his girlfriend said $2k was to cheap and he needed to spend atleast $8k for a bedroom set.

What do people mean when they say "need to spend at  least "X" amount of money? I've never understood this because each person has a different idea of what they need for that space and there will always be a plethora of options with ranging prices for these items.

$8,000 for a bedroom set...no thanks.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3062 on: June 27, 2014, 09:47:57 AM »
Went to lunch with two coworkers…. my supervisors son was looking for furniture for bedroom was going to be $2k which I thought was high… his girlfriend said $2k was to cheap and he needed to spend atleast $8k for a bedroom set.

What do people mean when they say "need to spend at  least "X" amount of money? I've never understood this because each person has a different idea of what they need for that space and there will always be a plethora of options with ranging prices for these items.

$8,000 for a bedroom set...no thanks.
I don't think I have 8k invested into all of the belongings in my house! Insane in the membrane.

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« Reply #3063 on: June 27, 2014, 10:11:24 AM »
Neither have I, but I guess you could get some pretty cool furniture for 8k assuming you have some sense of style as well. I've personally never cared too much about that kind of stuff.

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« Reply #3064 on: June 27, 2014, 10:13:44 AM »
those banana factoids were super interesting. thanks Sonorous Epithet!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3065 on: June 27, 2014, 10:23:36 AM »
This girl came from big money and never worked a day in her life from what I was told.   Heard she is a ex now.  Good move on that guys part.


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3066 on: June 27, 2014, 03:04:24 PM »
I'm at a work function with a young BigLaw associate; we work in Midtown Manhattan on Park Ave.  He makes 160k or more.   Because partnership prospects are terrible, I make an off-hand comment that you just have to save as much as you can while you still have a job.  He mentions that he doesn't understand how people save money.  I'm confused (I save 60-70% of my salary) and it turns out that for Manhattan, his rent is dirt cheap.  So I get really confused.

Me: Okay. . . . .  So what do you spend it on?
Him: Man, we work on Park Avenue, everything is hella expensive.
Me: Right; I agree. So what do you spend it on?
Him: Man, I must spend $50-60 a day just on food, minimum.   Have you ever been to Dishes??[a local to-go lunch place that is hella expensive].  I mean, you get lunch and it is $26.
Me: Yeah.  Dishes is hella expensive.  But you know what isn't hella expensive?  The food cart right next to Dishes.
Him: Come on man, we make 6-figures.  I'm not eating at a freaking food cart.
Me (to myself): [If you live like you make 6-figures, and you make 6-figures, of course you are never going to save any money.  Simple, simple math.]

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« Reply #3067 on: June 27, 2014, 03:14:44 PM »
I'm at a work function with a young BigLaw associate; we work in Midtown Manhattan on Park Ave.  He makes 160k or more.   Because partnership prospects are terrible, I make an off-hand comment that you just have to save as much as you can while you still have a job.  He mentions that he doesn't understand how people save money.  I'm confused (I save 60-70% of my salary) and it turns out that for Manhattan, his rent is dirt cheap.  So I get really confused.

Me: Okay. . . . .  So what do you spend it on?
Him: Man, we work on Park Avenue, everything is hella expensive.
Me: Right; I agree. So what do you spend it on?
Him: Man, I must spend $50-60 a day just on food, minimum.   Have you ever been to Dishes??[a local to-go lunch place that is hella expensive].  I mean, you get lunch and it is $26.
Me: Yeah.  Dishes is hella expensive.  But you know what isn't hella expensive?  The food cart right next to Dishes.
Him: Come on man, we make 6-figures.  I'm not eating at a freaking food cart.
Me (to myself): [If you live like you make 6-figures, and you make 6-figures, of course you are never going to save any money.  Simple, simple math.]

But the food carts in Manhattan are freakin' bomb!  Hallal trucks for the win.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3068 on: June 27, 2014, 03:17:34 PM »
I'm at a work function with a young BigLaw associate; we work in Midtown Manhattan on Park Ave.  He makes 160k or more.   Because partnership prospects are terrible, I make an off-hand comment that you just have to save as much as you can while you still have a job.  He mentions that he doesn't understand how people save money.  I'm confused (I save 60-70% of my salary) and it turns out that for Manhattan, his rent is dirt cheap.  So I get really confused.

Me: Okay. . . . .  So what do you spend it on?
Him: Man, we work on Park Avenue, everything is hella expensive.
Me: Right; I agree. So what do you spend it on?
Him: Man, I must spend $50-60 a day just on food, minimum.   Have you ever been to Dishes??[a local to-go lunch place that is hella expensive].  I mean, you get lunch and it is $26.
Me: Yeah.  Dishes is hella expensive.  But you know what isn't hella expensive?  The food cart right next to Dishes.
Him: Come on man, we make 6-figures.  I'm not eating at a freaking food cart.
Me (to myself): [If you live like you make 6-figures, and you make 6-figures, of course you are never going to save any money.  Simple, simple math.]


I can't imagine $26 on a to-go lunch.  As a former biglaw associate, I found that ironically, when you worked crazy long hours, you spent little (no time, and firm offered cafe dinner if you worked past 8) and billed lots (making you more apt to keep your job in a down ecomony).  When you weren't busy working, you had more time to spend money and were more apt to lose your job in a down economy. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3069 on: June 27, 2014, 03:22:34 PM »
I'm at a work function with a young BigLaw associate; we work in Midtown Manhattan on Park Ave.  He makes 160k or more.   Because partnership prospects are terrible, I make an off-hand comment that you just have to save as much as you can while you still have a job.  He mentions that he doesn't understand how people save money.  I'm confused (I save 60-70% of my salary) and it turns out that for Manhattan, his rent is dirt cheap.  So I get really confused.

Me: Okay. . . . .  So what do you spend it on?
Him: Man, we work on Park Avenue, everything is hella expensive.
Me: Right; I agree. So what do you spend it on?
Him: Man, I must spend $50-60 a day just on food, minimum.   Have you ever been to Dishes??[a local to-go lunch place that is hella expensive].  I mean, you get lunch and it is $26.
Me: Yeah.  Dishes is hella expensive.  But you know what isn't hella expensive?  The food cart right next to Dishes.
Him: Come on man, we make 6-figures.  I'm not eating at a freaking food cart.
Me (to myself): [If you live like you make 6-figures, and you make 6-figures, of course you are never going to save any money.  Simple, simple math.]


I can't imagine $26 on a to-go lunch.  As a former biglaw associate, I found that ironically, when you worked crazy long hours, you spent little (no time, and firm offered cafe dinner if you worked past 8) and billed lots (making you more apt to keep your job in a down ecomony).  When you weren't busy working, you had more time to spend money and were more apt to lose your job in a down economy.

I also mentioned to him later the thing about if you were there after 8pm you could order Seamlessweb on the firm.... he didn't seem to think this substantially affected his budget.

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« Reply #3070 on: June 27, 2014, 03:48:24 PM »
I'm at a work function with a young BigLaw associate; we work in Midtown Manhattan on Park Ave.  He makes 160k or more.   Because partnership prospects are terrible, I make an off-hand comment that you just have to save as much as you can while you still have a job.  He mentions that he doesn't understand how people save money.  I'm confused (I save 60-70% of my salary) and it turns out that for Manhattan, his rent is dirt cheap.  So I get really confused.

Me: Okay. . . . .  So what do you spend it on?
Him: Man, we work on Park Avenue, everything is hella expensive.
Me: Right; I agree. So what do you spend it on?
Him: Man, I must spend $50-60 a day just on food, minimum.   Have you ever been to Dishes??[a local to-go lunch place that is hella expensive].  I mean, you get lunch and it is $26.
Me: Yeah.  Dishes is hella expensive.  But you know what isn't hella expensive?  The food cart right next to Dishes.
Him: Come on man, we make 6-figures.  I'm not eating at a freaking food cart.
Me (to myself): [If you live like you make 6-figures, and you make 6-figures, of course you are never going to save any money.  Simple, simple math.]

Example of somebody who is apparently book smart, but not life smart.

The best breakfast tacos in my city are at the gas station next door (literally, there was a contest for breakfast tacos and they won). $1.50 for two tacos that fill you up for hours. I try not to make a habit of it because it's still $1.50 gone, but it's dumb to look down on yummy food because you think you're too fancy to consume it.

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« Reply #3071 on: June 27, 2014, 04:22:15 PM »
I'm at a work function with a young BigLaw associate; we work in Midtown Manhattan on Park Ave.  He makes 160k or more.   Because partnership prospects are terrible, I make an off-hand comment that you just have to save as much as you can while you still have a job.  He mentions that he doesn't understand how people save money.  I'm confused (I save 60-70% of my salary) and it turns out that for Manhattan, his rent is dirt cheap.  So I get really confused.

Me: Okay. . . . .  So what do you spend it on?
Him: Man, we work on Park Avenue, everything is hella expensive.
Me: Right; I agree. So what do you spend it on?
Him: Man, I must spend $50-60 a day just on food, minimum.   Have you ever been to Dishes??[a local to-go lunch place that is hella expensive].  I mean, you get lunch and it is $26.
Me: Yeah.  Dishes is hella expensive.  But you know what isn't hella expensive?  The food cart right next to Dishes.
Him: Come on man, we make 6-figures.  I'm not eating at a freaking food cart.
Me (to myself): [If you live like you make 6-figures, and you make 6-figures, of course you are never going to save any money.  Simple, simple math.]

There must be more to it than food spending if the rent is cheap. 60$ for food every day is only 22k a year. A lot but not budget breaking from 100k+ net income.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3072 on: June 27, 2014, 04:54:41 PM »
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Went to lunch with two coworkers…. my supervisors son was looking for furniture for bedroom was going to be $2k which I thought was high… his girlfriend said $2k was to cheap and he needed to spend atleast $8k for a bedroom set.

I'm still trying to digest this . . . glad she is an ex-girlfriend now.

I just go the most beautiful modern Danish bedroom furniture you've ever seen for $400 off of Craigslist.  Perfect condition.  You see, rich spendthrift girlfriends like to redecorate, and I am happy to take their leftovers.

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« Reply #3073 on: June 27, 2014, 10:01:22 PM »
Mostly, until age 18 months they cannot keep themselves occupied at all. And even after that, they are content to play independently for a few minutes UNTIL they see you in the kitchen trying to DO something.
Our daughter was content to play with the pots & pans on the floor while we started a crockpot or defrosted leftovers in the microwave.

As soon as she could stand on a counter stepstool we started her on mixing ingredients.  By the time she was six years old she could make her own meal, and by the time she was eight years old she could make the family dinner.  She was rarely interested in cooking dinner for us more than once or twice a month, but she really enjoyed taking charge of desserts and birthday cakes.  When she was home for college senior break with her friends, they cooked every dinner for us (from Pinterest recipes) and even ran the BBQ grill.

"Training" someone always takes longer than doing it yourself, but the time spent making a meal together during her small-kid years was less than the sum of the time spent trying to make a meal while she was tugging at our legs for attention.
My eight year old likes to help cook...er...he wants to "experiment" which usually means mixing a bunch of stuff together that don't actually make edible food.  I'm hoping that changes soon.

The almost 2 year old is thrilled to drop the banana in the blender for the morning smoothie and then push the button. It's something!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3074 on: June 28, 2014, 10:20:47 AM »
I'm at a work function with a young BigLaw associate; we work in Midtown Manhattan on Park Ave.  He makes 160k or more.   Because partnership prospects are terrible, I make an off-hand comment that you just have to save as much as you can while you still have a job.  He mentions that he doesn't understand how people save money.  I'm confused (I save 60-70% of my salary) and it turns out that for Manhattan, his rent is dirt cheap.  So I get really confused.

Me: Okay. . . . .  So what do you spend it on?
Him: Man, we work on Park Avenue, everything is hella expensive.
Me: Right; I agree. So what do you spend it on?
Him: Man, I must spend $50-60 a day just on food, minimum.   Have you ever been to Dishes??[a local to-go lunch place that is hella expensive].  I mean, you get lunch and it is $26.
Me: Yeah.  Dishes is hella expensive.  But you know what isn't hella expensive?  The food cart right next to Dishes.
Him: Come on man, we make 6-figures.  I'm not eating at a freaking food cart.
Me (to myself): [If you live like you make 6-figures, and you make 6-figures, of course you are never going to save any money.  Simple, simple math.]

There must be more to it than food spending if the rent is cheap. 60$ for food every day is only 22k a year. A lot but not budget breaking from 100k+ net income.

Yeah there must be.  The only other thing he mentioned is that since he is often running late he takes cabs to work most days.  (I'm not convinced this is actually faster).

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« Reply #3075 on: June 29, 2014, 12:18:38 AM »
I'm at a work function with a young BigLaw associate; we work in Midtown Manhattan on Park Ave.  He makes 160k or more.   Because partnership prospects are terrible, I make an off-hand comment that you just have to save as much as you can while you still have a job.  He mentions that he doesn't understand how people save money.  I'm confused (I save 60-70% of my salary) and it turns out that for Manhattan, his rent is dirt cheap.  So I get really confused.

Me: Okay. . . . .  So what do you spend it on?
Him: Man, we work on Park Avenue, everything is hella expensive.
Me: Right; I agree. So what do you spend it on?
Him: Man, I must spend $50-60 a day just on food, minimum.   Have you ever been to Dishes??[a local to-go lunch place that is hella expensive].  I mean, you get lunch and it is $26.
Me: Yeah.  Dishes is hella expensive.  But you know what isn't hella expensive?  The food cart right next to Dishes.
Him: Come on man, we make 6-figures.  I'm not eating at a freaking food cart.
Me (to myself): [If you live like you make 6-figures, and you make 6-figures, of course you are never going to save any money.  Simple, simple math.]

There must be more to it than food spending if the rent is cheap. 60$ for food every day is only 22k a year. A lot but not budget breaking from 100k+ net income.

Yeah there must be.  The only other thing he mentioned is that since he is often running late he takes cabs to work most days.  (I'm not convinced this is actually faster).

I'm sure there's more to it than food spending.  Food spending is merely indicative of ALL spending choices.  Uh oh, got a stain on my shirt.  Better go buy a new one next door.

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« Reply #3076 on: June 29, 2014, 01:53:05 AM »
In my previous role, there was a ~30 year old engineer reporting to me.  From what I could tell, he was strictly in this job for the money and had little interest in anything we were doing.  For example, I'd try to problem-solve with him - you know, so we'd get the benefit of  two heads working on the problem and so he'd have buy-in to whatever solution made the most sense.  I quickly discovered he had zero interest in exploring what was going on and just kind of passed the time with me.  Then, after a while, irritated, he would ask me what I wanted him to do.  So, I would pick a solution and tell him. 

Anyway, one day I walked over to his desk to ask him where some docs were stored on the network, and I noticed a shiny glossy brochure of BMWs open on his desk. I said something like, "oh, what's this?"  He got this far away look in his eyes and said, "this is what I'm saving up for."   

Now, in the country I live in, foreign cars are CRAZY EXPENSIVE.  A BMW that would cost $50k in the US would cost $100-$150k here.  Add to that the fact that engineers here make 1/5 to 1/3 the salary of US engineers and you have one seriously long slog to what?  A status mobile?  Then what?


(this is supposed to be a gif of Homer backing away slowly into the hedge, but the animation doesn't seem to play... hmm).


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« Reply #3077 on: June 29, 2014, 10:32:03 AM »
In my previous role, there was a ~30 year old engineer reporting to me.  From what I could tell, he was strictly in this job for the money and had little interest in anything we were doing...

...Add to that the fact that engineers here make 1/5 to 1/3 the salary of US engineers and you have one seriously long slog to what?  A status mobile?  Then what?

god, people are just so weird.

I'm at a work function with a young BigLaw associate; we work in Midtown Manhattan on Park Ave.  He makes 160k or more.   Because partnership prospects are terrible, I make an off-hand comment that you just have to save as much as you can while you still have a job.  He mentions that he doesn't understand how people save money.  I'm confused (I save 60-70% of my salary) and it turns out that for Manhattan, his rent is dirt cheap.  So I get really confused.

Me: Okay. . . . .  So what do you spend it on?
Him: Man, we work on Park Avenue, everything is hella expensive.
Me: Right; I agree. So what do you spend it on?
Him: Man, I must spend $50-60 a day just on food, minimum.   Have you ever been to Dishes??[a local to-go lunch place that is hella expensive].  I mean, you get lunch and it is $26.
Me: Yeah.  Dishes is hella expensive.  But you know what isn't hella expensive?  The food cart right next to Dishes.
Him: Come on man, we make 6-figures.  I'm not eating at a freaking food cart.
Me (to myself): [If you live like you make 6-figures, and you make 6-figures, of course you are never going to save any money.  Simple, simple math.]


okay, I had to google this Dishes place... is this it?

http://www.dishestogo.com/admin/imageuploads/Files/TodaySpecial.pdf

because if so, I... don't get it. who the fuck wants a "hot" entree served at room temperature? especially moroccan stewed salmon?!? it's not like you can heat that shit up at work! plus also there's a typo in "pluots." judging so hard right now. LOL

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3078 on: June 30, 2014, 10:11:26 AM »
First Person: "Hey, so how are you and your boyfriend liking your new apartment?" (nothing wrong with that, you should take some level of pride in where you live)

Second Person: "OMG, it's awesome! Our first place was only about 800 square feet. This place is like 1,100!" (wonder what the price tag is on a centrally-located 1,100 sq. ft. apartment)

FP: "That's awesome! Yeah, sometimes my boyfriend and I are like, 'Hey, we have a freaking foyer! You know? Since it's just us two and we have all that space [previously mentioned 4 br], we will actually call [each other] to find out where the other person is." (this actually stung to hear it)

SP: "I know, it feels like we've moved from a third world country to America! Hahaha" (face palm)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3079 on: June 30, 2014, 10:26:10 AM »
I could not fathom living with only one other person in a 4 bedroom house.  I hope they have a lot of pinball machines to fill up all that space and run an arcade every night that pays the rent.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3080 on: June 30, 2014, 10:36:18 AM »
I could not fathom living with only one other person in a 4 bedroom house.  I hope they have a lot of pinball machines to fill up all that space and run an arcade every night that pays the rent.

I couldn't either, that sounds awful and lonely.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3081 on: June 30, 2014, 10:43:35 AM »
The pinball machines could make it fun.  But those things pump out a lot of heat when there's a bunch, so you'd need a good HVAC system to not roast.

Seriously though, we've got currently six (four plus two visiting) people and four dogs in a 1400 square foot house with no basement (and a good sized fenced yard), and we have more than enough space for anything we've ever wanted to do.  500 square feet for four people and three dogs though was pretty tight, yet doable.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3082 on: June 30, 2014, 11:37:31 AM »
My parents have a house with 6 rooms plus a kitchen just for themselves and any visitors. Doesn't really feel all that large... They usually keep the third floor locked and heat it only enough for pipes not to freeze. It's all mine when I come to visit. :)


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3083 on: June 30, 2014, 11:38:06 AM »
Seriously though, we've got currently six (four plus two visiting) people and four dogs in a 1400 square foot house with no basement (and a good sized fenced yard), and we have more than enough space for anything we've ever wanted to do.  500 square feet for four people and three dogs though was pretty tight, yet doable.

For a week every winter, and sometimes in the summer, my parents have 7 people (2 parents, 3 daughters, 2 boyfriends) in around 1300-1500 sf (2br+"den" (serves as guest br)+1.5 bath) It's cozy and communal and fun. :) We don't spend much time at home anyway, and when we do it's in the kitchen/dining (cooking, playing games, watching movies, etc)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3084 on: June 30, 2014, 02:08:33 PM »
I could not fathom living with only one other person in a 4 bedroom house.  I hope they have a lot of pinball machines to fill up all that space and run an arcade every night that pays the rent.

I am one person living with 2 dogs in a 3-bedroom. Now, in my defense, there are no houses in my city with less than 3 bedrooms. None. It's suburbia or bust. The apartments are not less expensive. A one-bedroom in a non-dirty, functioning, safe apartment complex is upwards of $1000. And with two dogs, I wanted a yard of some sort. You can't get that in apartments or condos here (there are no townhouses).

I'm not saying that's the case with the co-worker and his/her 4-bedroom house, but in my case, I either took a 3-bedroom that was actually cheaper than my previous apartment, or I stayed miserable in my previous apartment (which was falling apart and had dirty common areas, all for the low price of $1000 per month).

I admit it's too much space for me. I don't need the office area, but the guest bedroom has come in handy.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3085 on: June 30, 2014, 03:01:38 PM »
I was recently told by my boss that I would need at least $6 million to retire. He went on to say that "$250,000 a year would be a comfortable income." I just nodded.

They are all going to be surprised as hell when I pull the plug within a year. Suckas!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3086 on: June 30, 2014, 03:27:54 PM »
I was recently told by my boss that I would need at least $6 million to retire. He went on to say that "$250,000 a year would be a comfortable income." I just nodded.

They are all going to be surprised as hell when I pull the plug within a year. Suckas!

I have clients complain to me all the time about how much it's going to take to retire.  Usually it ends with "I'll just work till I drop dead".  I don't know if it's sad or disgusting.   

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3087 on: June 30, 2014, 03:32:44 PM »
I was recently told by my boss that I would need at least $6 million to retire. He went on to say that "$250,000 a year would be a comfortable income." I just nodded.

They are all going to be surprised as hell when I pull the plug within a year. Suckas!

I'm actually impressed that someone as deluded as your boss is actually aware of the SWR. But shit, $250K is merely a comfortable income?! I would be FI in 3 years with that kind of salary!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3088 on: June 30, 2014, 03:38:23 PM »
I was recently told by my boss that I would need at least $6 million to retire. He went on to say that "$250,000 a year would be a comfortable income." I just nodded.

They are all going to be surprised as hell when I pull the plug within a year. Suckas!

I'm actually impressed that someone as deluded as your boss is actually aware of the SWR. But shit, $250K is merely a comfortable income?! I would be FI in 3 years with that kind of salary!

Less than $250k a year? And have two wait TWO years between BMW leases? Why, next you'll be telling me to re-gild my urinal in mere 12 Carat gold. TWELVE CARATS! LIKE SOME DICKENSIAN URCHIN! I'd rather be dead!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3089 on: June 30, 2014, 04:52:39 PM »
I was recently told by my boss that I would need at least $6 million to retire. He went on to say that "$250,000 a year would be a comfortable income." I just nodded.

They are all going to be surprised as hell when I pull the plug within a year. Suckas!

I'm actually impressed that someone as deluded as your boss is actually aware of the SWR. But shit, $250K is merely a comfortable income?! I would be FI in 3 years with that kind of salary!

Less than $250k a year? And have two wait TWO years between BMW leases? Why, next you'll be telling me to re-gild my urinal in mere 12 Carat gold. TWELVE CARATS! LIKE SOME DICKENSIAN URCHIN! I'd rather be dead!

Ahahahaha! I know, the mind boggles!

Honestly tho, I have a hard time fathoming how people spend $250K a year.

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« Reply #3090 on: June 30, 2014, 04:56:35 PM »
Honestly tho, I have a hard time fathoming how people spend $250K a year.
Funding their pensions! How else?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3091 on: June 30, 2014, 05:08:43 PM »
Quote from: Sonorous Epithet
Less than $250k a year? And have two wait TWO years between BMW leases? Why, next you'll be telling me to re-gild my urinal in mere 12 Carat gold. TWELVE CARATS! LIKE SOME DICKENSIAN URCHIN! I'd rather be dead!

I see what you did there.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3092 on: June 30, 2014, 05:21:26 PM »
I was recently told by my boss that I would need at least $6 million to retire. He went on to say that "$250,000 a year would be a comfortable income." I just nodded.

They are all going to be surprised as hell when I pull the plug within a year. Suckas!

I would have immediately asked for a raise to $250,000 income from my boss. ;-)

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« Reply #3093 on: June 30, 2014, 05:33:19 PM »
I'm actually impressed that someone as deluded as your boss is actually aware of the SWR. But shit, $250K is merely a comfortable income?! I would be FI in 3 years with that kind of salary!

My boss is actually quite good at investing. When it comes to spending though… He lives outside of LA and is actively looking for a house in Malibu. He has 4 daughters, all of which are in acting school. I'm actually surprised he can do it all on $250k/yr.

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« Reply #3094 on: June 30, 2014, 05:35:04 PM »
I would have immediately asked for a raise to $250,000 income from my boss. ;-)

Unfortunately our salary is determined by our union contract.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3095 on: July 01, 2014, 10:33:37 AM »
"I love buying advance tickets to stuff.  Since the money is already spent, by the time the show rolls around, it's like a perk, free show!"

Uhh, yeah, that's not quite how it works...

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3096 on: July 01, 2014, 10:54:33 AM »
My supervisor took her family out to dinner. When the bill came, she attempted to pay with her credit card, which was declined. She then used our department travel credit card to pay the bill. The internal fund manager identified this charge and questioned supervisor about it. The supervisor attempted to get the department to pay for her family dinner since her husband is out of work (he has a prescription drug addiction). A fund manager external to the department continued questioning this expense, refusing to approve payment for it, and the supervisor tried to get the internal fund manager to lie for her so that the supervisor would not have to repay the department for her family's restaurant meal. The internal fund manager informed department director of the situation (supervisor's boss). Director told supervisor to no longer use the travel card for anything but travel. I don't know if the department paid for the supervisor's family meal out or not.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3097 on: July 01, 2014, 10:55:53 AM »
I could not fathom living with only one other person in a 4 bedroom house.  I hope they have a lot of pinball machines to fill up all that space and run an arcade every night that pays the rent.

I couldn't either, that sounds awful and lonely.

agreed!!! also I've realized lately with a new puppy that we have to keep an eye on, I'm SO glad our place is small because there are less places for her to sneak off and do naughty things.

I was recently told by my boss that I would need at least $6 million to retire. He went on to say that "$250,000 a year would be a comfortable income." I just nodded.

They are all going to be surprised as hell when I pull the plug within a year. Suckas!

I'm actually impressed that someone as deluded as your boss is actually aware of the SWR. But shit, $250K is merely a comfortable income?! I would be FI in 3 years with that kind of salary!

Less than $250k a year? And have two wait TWO years between BMW leases? Why, next you'll be telling me to re-gild my urinal in mere 12 Carat gold. TWELVE CARATS! LIKE SOME DICKENSIAN URCHIN! I'd rather be dead!

bahahaha!! Sonorous Epithet I always love your posts :)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3098 on: July 01, 2014, 11:20:37 AM »

Me: Yeah.  Dishes is hella expensive.  But you know what isn't hella expensive?  The food cart right next to Dishes.
Him: Come on man, we make 6-figures.  I'm not eating at a freaking food cart.
Me (to myself): [If you live like you make 6-figures, and you make 6-figures, of course you are never going to save any money.  Simple, simple math.]

This is essentially why high salary people tend not to be high savers. Because they earn so damn much they seem to think that lower priced items are completely useless, unless you are poor. Then when they show off things, they will make it a point to mention how much they are. There is a scene in the Indian movie 3 Idiots, where a guy says to a girl he fancies, "Guess how much his shoes are? Wait, he'll tell you." Then goes and drops water on the shoe causing the guy to yell out, "Careful, these are $___ shoes!"

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #3099 on: July 01, 2014, 12:02:32 PM »
3 Idiots.  Good movie. :)