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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6450 on: May 22, 2017, 01:50:59 PM »
In the social media world, the primary currency is attention as expressed by "likes", shares, reactions, followers, clicks, and other things that measure attention.

Bragging about our financial independence or net worth in the same medium is considered gauche because it reflects our adherence to an unfashionable and outdated value system in which the primary currency is... currency.
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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6451 on: May 22, 2017, 03:34:17 PM »
She just wanted attention and sympathy.  Wants everyone to see how hard she has it.  I cut out most of the "woe is me" and "my new coworker says he is glad his life isn't like mine" crap.  As if the second one even happened!

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6452 on: May 24, 2017, 09:48:19 AM »
In the social media world, the primary currency is attention as expressed by "likes", shares, reactions, followers, clicks, and other things that measure attention.

Bragging about our financial independence or net worth in the same medium is considered gauche because it reflects our adherence to an unfashionable and outdated value system in which the primary currency is... currency.

It's so strange that every other conversation taboo has gone by the wayside -- people openly discuss politics, religion, sex, whatever -- but it's still considered out-of-bounds to discuss money.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6453 on: May 24, 2017, 11:10:49 AM »
In the social media world, the primary currency is attention as expressed by "likes", shares, reactions, followers, clicks, and other things that measure attention.

Bragging about our financial independence or net worth in the same medium is considered gauche because it reflects our adherence to an unfashionable and outdated value system in which the primary currency is... currency.

It's so strange that every other conversation taboo has gone by the wayside -- people openly discuss politics, religion, sex, whatever -- but it's still considered out-of-bounds to discuss money.
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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6454 on: May 25, 2017, 08:53:04 AM »
For the last week or so, a family friend has been posting travel updates on FB - Apparently he's hitting 5 countries in 10 days, mostly SE Asia but with a quick stop in Europe to make it a globe-circling tour...

He's 31, still lives with his parents, unemployed, has a small mountain of credit card debt, and just had his car repossessed last month.

But no no no, according to FB, he's a world-traveling big shot. #HighLife #WhatILiveFor #Blessed

More like #Dumbass, ya manchild

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6455 on: May 25, 2017, 09:48:27 AM »
For the last week or so, a family friend has been posting travel updates on FB - Apparently he's hitting 5 countries in 10 days, mostly SE Asia but with a quick stop in Europe to make it a globe-circling tour...

He's 31, still lives with his parents, unemployed, has a small mountain of credit card debt, and just had his car repossessed last month.

But no no no, according to FB, he's a world-traveling big shot. #HighLife #WhatILiveFor #Blessed

More like #Dumbass, ya manchild

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6456 on: May 25, 2017, 10:53:56 AM »
For the last week or so, a family friend has been posting travel updates on FB - Apparently he's hitting 5 countries in 10 days, mostly SE Asia but with a quick stop in Europe to make it a globe-circling tour...

He's 31, still lives with his parents, unemployed, has a small mountain of credit card debt, and just had his car repossessed last month.

But no no no, according to FB, he's a world-traveling big shot. #HighLife #WhatILiveFor #Blessed

More like #Dumbass, ya manchild

He's #blessed, all right, by some grade-A enablers.
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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6457 on: May 31, 2017, 05:00:51 PM »
The wife of one of my closest friends recently posted on Facebook about buying a very expensive cup. These are folks that have lots of money struggles, some self-inflicted, some not. For instance, they couldn't afford $100 for an emergency vet visit. We recently visited them and spent a lot of money so they could do things with us they otherwise wouldn't be able to afford. The wife started taking it for granted by the end of the week and didn't even bother to thank me. And she then she drops $40 on a cup. Like... you're throwing money away, but you couldn't be arsed to chip in for gas or parking or something? Or maybe save it so next time your dog (or God forbid your new grandchild) has an emergency you don't have to panic because you don't have cash on hand?
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Amazing ;)
Well, it does keep ice frozen for 72 hours!

Okay, I have to say, when I first saw this (catching up on some Overheard) I was thinking, $40s not bad, she'll recoup the cost in no time, because I thought it was a certain kind of cup for ladies... ;)
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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6458 on: May 31, 2017, 05:34:18 PM »
The wife of one of my closest friends recently posted on Facebook about buying a very expensive cup. These are folks that have lots of money struggles, some self-inflicted, some not. For instance, they couldn't afford $100 for an emergency vet visit. We recently visited them and spent a lot of money so they could do things with us they otherwise wouldn't be able to afford. The wife started taking it for granted by the end of the week and didn't even bother to thank me. And she then she drops $40 on a cup. Like... you're throwing money away, but you couldn't be arsed to chip in for gas or parking or something? Or maybe save it so next time your dog (or God forbid your new grandchild) has an emergency you don't have to panic because you don't have cash on hand?
From the site:

THE IBEX TUMBLER SECRET

Tested and approved by construction crews, Extreme athletes and soccer moms, the IBEX Tumbler features 2 layers of extra thick kitchen grade 18/8 Stainless Steel, vacuum sealed to ensure maximum temperature retention.


Amazing ;)
Well, it does keep ice frozen for 72 hours!

Okay, I have to say, when I first saw this (catching up on some Overheard) I was thinking, $40s not bad, she'll recoup the cost in no time, because I thought it was a certain kind of cup for ladies... ;)

... the hell did you think the ice comment was referring to? ಠ_ಠ

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6459 on: May 31, 2017, 06:40:57 PM »
I meant the first part, sorry I had kept reading/made the realization, then thought I'd backtracked to the original quote.
“Keep what is of no use at the moment, and later you will find what you need, one of her grandmothers had told her, the water in which you soak them will also serve to cook them, and whatever remains from the cooking will cease to be water, but will have become broth. It is not only in nature that from time to time not everything is lost and something is gained.” ― José Saramago, Blindness

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6460 on: May 31, 2017, 07:15:19 PM »
If I ever have periods again, I can't wait to try the 2 layers of extra thick kitchen grade 18/8 Stainless Steel. 

Oh, wait...never mind.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6461 on: May 31, 2017, 08:21:05 PM »
The wife of one of my closest friends recently posted on Facebook about buying a very expensive cup. These are folks that have lots of money struggles, some self-inflicted, some not. For instance, they couldn't afford $100 for an emergency vet visit. We recently visited them and spent a lot of money so they could do things with us they otherwise wouldn't be able to afford. The wife started taking it for granted by the end of the week and didn't even bother to thank me. And she then she drops $40 on a cup. Like... you're throwing money away, but you couldn't be arsed to chip in for gas or parking or something? Or maybe save it so next time your dog (or God forbid your new grandchild) has an emergency you don't have to panic because you don't have cash on hand?
From the site:

THE IBEX TUMBLER SECRET

Tested and approved by construction crews, Extreme athletes and soccer moms, the IBEX Tumbler features 2 layers of extra thick kitchen grade 18/8 Stainless Steel, vacuum sealed to ensure maximum temperature retention.


Amazing ;)
Well, it does keep ice frozen for 72 hours!

Okay, I have to say, when I first saw this (catching up on some Overheard) I was thinking, $40s not bad, she'll recoup the cost in no time, because I thought it was a certain kind of cup for ladies... ;)

... the hell did you think the ice comment was referring to? ಠ_ಠ

Some of those frigid soccer moms?
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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6462 on: June 04, 2017, 09:07:09 PM »
A friend liked a post by a minor celebrity that was basically bragging about having 10 cushions on her bed. That is 10 cushions that are purely decorative and get moved to the floor for sleeping. I can't help myself. I just have to read the comments on posts like this. The comments were full of people bragging about how they have x number of useless cushions. They won't allow anyone to use said cushions. Will remove the cushion if they see it being used. Will buy new cushions if their husband buys x or does y. Will spend $60++ on a new useless cushion. It's horrifying! Every single one of the cushions (there aren't many) in my house get used every day. And I discovered years ago that having to remove and replace cushions on a bed is too stressful to be worth the time and effort to do it.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6463 on: June 05, 2017, 04:47:36 AM »
A friend liked a post by a minor celebrity that was basically bragging about having 10 cushions on her bed. That is 10 cushions that are purely decorative and get moved to the floor for sleeping. I can't help myself. I just have to read the comments on posts like this. The comments were full of people bragging about how they have x number of useless cushions. They won't allow anyone to use said cushions. Will remove the cushion if they see it being used. Will buy new cushions if their husband buys x or does y. Will spend $60++ on a new useless cushion. It's horrifying! Every single one of the cushions (there aren't many) in my house get used every day. And I discovered years ago that having to remove and replace cushions on a bed is too stressful to be worth the time and effort to do it.

Decorative cushions a thing that my mother buys and puts in my house for which I yell at her.  I'm with you, I have having to move things around in order to go to sleep.  It annoys me greatly that I currently have extra old pillows on my beds because I'm in the process of selling my house and I need it to meet other people's expectations.   

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6464 on: June 05, 2017, 07:15:28 AM »
...It annoys me greatly that I currently have extra old pillows on my beds because I'm in the process of selling my house and I need it to meet other people's expectations.
Meh, just consider it another frugal mustachian activity. If it helps you get a good price for your house, what the hell do you care? And please stop yelling at your mother ;-)
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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6465 on: June 05, 2017, 03:01:42 PM »
...It annoys me greatly that I currently have extra old pillows on my beds because I'm in the process of selling my house and I need it to meet other people's expectations.
Meh, just consider it another frugal mustachian activity. If it helps you get a good price for your house, what the hell do you care? And please stop yelling at your mother ;-)

My wife has extra decorative (throw) pillows on our bed. I try and be the first one in bed and then ambush her when she walks in by throwing the "throw" pillows at her. lol they do serve a purpose.
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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6466 on: June 05, 2017, 03:08:24 PM »
My girlfriend enjoys having a silly amount of pillows on our bed, but she doesn't seem to understand that unlike her, I'm too tall to sleep in front of the pillows halfway down the bed.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6467 on: June 05, 2017, 03:26:55 PM »
Extra pillows mostly drive me crazy and I got rid of the decorative pillows on the bed years ago. That said, now that I am pregnant and getting uncomfortable, I sleep will all sorts of pillows wedged in unlikely places in a vain attempt to get comfortable. I need to break down and just buy a damn body pillow already.
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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6468 on: June 05, 2017, 03:44:07 PM »
Extra pillows mostly drive me crazy and I got rid of the decorative pillows on the bed years ago. That said, now that I am pregnant and getting uncomfortable, I sleep will all sorts of pillows wedged in unlikely places in a vain attempt to get comfortable. I need to break down and just buy a damn body pillow already.
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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6469 on: June 05, 2017, 05:17:21 PM »
I wonder if these extra pillows being discussed here are filled with FOAM!

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6470 on: June 05, 2017, 05:57:43 PM »
I wonder if these extra pillows being discussed here are filled with FOAM!

Orange foam pillows, or black foam pillows?


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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6471 on: June 05, 2017, 07:53:58 PM »
I wonder if these extra pillows being discussed here are filled with FOAM!

Orange foam pillows, or black foam pillows?


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I've been seeing comments like this a lot recently. Anyone care to let me in on the joke?

...It annoys me greatly that I currently have extra old pillows on my beds because I'm in the process of selling my house and I need it to meet other people's expectations.
Meh, just consider it another frugal mustachian activity. If it helps you get a good price for your house, what the hell do you care? And please stop yelling at your mother ;-)

My wife has extra decorative (throw) pillows on our bed. I try and be the first one in bed and then ambush her when she walks in by throwing the "throw" pillows at her. lol they do serve a purpose.

Well I stand corrected and take back my useless comment. Sounds like fun.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6472 on: June 05, 2017, 08:11:35 PM »
Extra pillows mostly drive me crazy and I got rid of the decorative pillows on the bed years ago. That said, now that I am pregnant and getting uncomfortable, I sleep will all sorts of pillows wedged in unlikely places in a vain attempt to get comfortable. I need to break down and just buy a damn body pillow already.
The body pillow I liked most when pregnant was $8 at target.just a plain straight one.
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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6473 on: June 05, 2017, 08:50:17 PM »
I wonder if these extra pillows being discussed here are filled with FOAM!

Orange foam pillows, or black foam pillows?


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I've been seeing comments like this a lot recently. Anyone care to let me in on the joke?


Pretty sure I messed up the quotes there, but oh well. There's a 10 page or so discussion on black boxes that are actually orange, way back in one of the overheard threads. Maybe Overhead at Work?  It's rather epic and has become legendary.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6474 on: June 05, 2017, 09:08:22 PM »
Thanks. I'll have to go search for it when I have more time. Sounds like it will be entertaining :) stupid work gets in the way of all my fun.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6475 on: June 05, 2017, 09:44:54 PM »
I wonder if these extra pillows being discussed here are filled with FOAM!

Orange foam pillows, or black foam pillows?

I've been seeing comments like this a lot recently. Anyone care to let me in on the joke?

Orange v. black and "foam" comments are referencing old off-topic topics to hint that the current off-topic topic is getting out of hand. I.e., a cute way of saying "hey, can we get back on topic, please?"
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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6476 on: June 06, 2017, 07:07:58 AM »
I wonder if these extra pillows being discussed here are filled with FOAM!

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6477 on: June 06, 2017, 07:35:55 AM »
I wonder if these extra pillows being discussed here are filled with FOAM!

Orange foam pillows, or black foam pillows?


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I've been seeing comments like this a lot recently. Anyone care to let me in on the joke?


Pretty sure I messed up the quotes there, but oh well. There's a 10 page or so discussion on black boxes that are actually orange, way back in one of the overheard threads. Maybe Overhead at Work?  It's rather epic and has become legendary.
It is legend. Rated 5/7. Page turner, a must-read.
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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6478 on: June 06, 2017, 07:37:01 AM »
I wonder if these extra pillows being discussed here are filled with FOAM!

Orange foam pillows, or black foam pillows?

I've been seeing comments like this a lot recently. Anyone care to let me in on the joke?

Orange v. black and "foam" comments are referencing old off-topic topics to hint that the current off-topic topic is getting out of hand. I.e., a cute way of saying "hey, can we get back on topic, please?"

If you're interested:

Just an FYI guys it's called a black box

Yeah, but did you know they're not actually black? They're bright orange, so they can be seen better.

Sometimes they're red.

I have a picture I took in lower manhattan a couple of days after 9-11, of a poster that the FBI put up asking for help locating the 'black box'.   The one they showed in the poster was red.   I'll find the picture and post it here later.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6479 on: June 06, 2017, 09:52:54 AM »
I wonder if these extra pillows being discussed here are filled with FOAM!

Orange foam pillows, or black foam pillows?


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I've been seeing comments like this a lot recently. Anyone care to let me in on the joke?


Pretty sure I messed up the quotes there, but oh well. There's a 10 page or so discussion on black boxes that are actually orange, way back in one of the overheard threads. Maybe Overhead at Work?  It's rather epic and has become legendary.
It is legend. Rated 5/7. Page turner, a must-read.

5/7, LMAO! Well played!

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6480 on: June 06, 2017, 10:20:29 AM »
I wonder if these extra pillows being discussed here are filled with FOAM!

Orange foam pillows, or black foam pillows?


Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk

I've been seeing comments like this a lot recently. Anyone care to let me in on the joke?


Pretty sure I messed up the quotes there, but oh well. There's a 10 page or so discussion on black boxes that are actually orange, way back in one of the overheard threads. Maybe Overhead at Work?  It's rather epic and has become legendary.
It is legend. Rated 5/7. Page turner, a must-read.

5/7, LMAO! Well played!
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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6481 on: June 06, 2017, 10:45:48 AM »
lol

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6482 on: June 06, 2017, 11:35:26 AM »

Here's the reference for those in the dark: https://imgur.com/a/Gjcb5

Ha, thanks for posting that. Hilarious.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6483 on: June 06, 2017, 12:30:15 PM »
I'm bookmarking that link :)

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6484 on: June 06, 2017, 04:25:26 PM »
That link was amazing. Someone should take away that guy's internet access for his own safety.
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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6485 on: June 06, 2017, 04:30:10 PM »
That link was amazing. Someone should take away that guy's internet access for his own safety.

No kidding! I was friends with a self-righteous, pompous @ss like that Robert Graves once, too. I sent him a curt message and unfriended him.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6486 on: June 06, 2017, 04:35:57 PM »
Does that mean that the terrorists won since you unfriended him? ;)

Sorry, couldn't resist.
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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6487 on: June 06, 2017, 05:18:21 PM »

Here's the reference for those in the dark: https://imgur.com/a/Gjcb5

Ha, thanks for posting that. Hilarious.

I was laughing so hard I was crying.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6488 on: June 06, 2017, 05:21:07 PM »
Pretty sure it's fake.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6489 on: June 07, 2017, 07:58:11 AM »
Pretty sure it's fake.
Yes, I can't imagine two friends staying that way if they treat each other like that.  I've unfollowed a few people who make a lot of political posts (on both sides).  Sorry, but a one liner cannot explain the complexity of the situation.  If you post something daily, it's like you're shouting over everyone else.  On the other hand, if you post something once a month, I'm willing to see what truth there is in the message.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6490 on: June 07, 2017, 08:45:28 AM »
Thanks for allowing me to see the light, JN. Laughing out loud felt good, too!
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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6491 on: June 07, 2017, 09:25:26 AM »
Pretty sure it's fake.
Yes, I can't imagine two friends staying that way if they treat each other like that.  I've unfollowed a few people who make a lot of political posts (on both sides).  Sorry, but a one liner cannot explain the complexity of the situation.  If you post something daily, it's like you're shouting over everyone else.  On the other hand, if you post something once a month, I'm willing to see what truth there is in the message.

I have a friend who is polar opposites to her BIL he spews hate speech on her facebook daily. For some reason she doesn't block him. It's horrible.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6492 on: June 07, 2017, 10:40:40 AM »
Pretty sure it's fake.
Yes, I can't imagine two friends staying that way if they treat each other like that.  I've unfollowed a few people who make a lot of political posts (on both sides).  Sorry, but a one liner cannot explain the complexity of the situation.  If you post something daily, it's like you're shouting over everyone else.  On the other hand, if you post something once a month, I'm willing to see what truth there is in the message.

I have a friend who is polar opposites to her BIL he spews hate speech on her facebook daily. For some reason she doesn't block him. It's horrible.
There's a whole series of exchanges like this between these two. Most of them are pretty funny.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6493 on: June 07, 2017, 08:57:09 PM »

Here's the reference for those in the dark: https://imgur.com/a/Gjcb5

Ha, thanks for posting that. Hilarious.

I was laughing so hard I was crying.

And me. And my boss when I shared it with her. Then her boss walked in and found us sitting there giggling, with tears streaming down our cheeks, shook her head and walked away. :D

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6494 on: June 08, 2017, 08:23:34 AM »
A friend of mine from college, just posted a photo on facebook her full collection of LuLaRoe leggings. She has 99 pairs! These leggings retail for $25 a pair that is $2,475 spent on legging (in a relatively short time period as LLR has only been around a few years) not including any tax and shipping fees. Possibly she paid below retail for some pairs but based on her previous posts, I doubt it.

Also not including the leggings she has bought for her daughter, dresses and tops (she posts about all of these things regularly; the dresses run 60-80 each).

Several comments to the effect of “Oh I have at least that many” and one asking if she “needs” more from someone who is a consultant.

This phenomenon continues to amaze me. Both because I think they are expensive but also because I think they are usually pretty ugly & unflattering (not always, I will concede).
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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6495 on: June 08, 2017, 10:54:32 AM »
I never thought I would see it on my facebook feed, but an acquaintance from college recently posted a GoFundMe link for a fundraiser to finance his trip to the Bahamas.

Fortunately, all of his friends commented how stupid it was and how he needed to learn to manage money better if he wanted to travel. He eventually tried to convince everybody it was a joke, but I'm not so sure ...

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6496 on: June 08, 2017, 10:55:57 AM »

Here's the reference for those in the dark: https://imgur.com/a/Gjcb5

Ha, thanks for posting that. Hilarious.

I was laughing so hard I was crying.

And me. And my boss when I shared it with her. Then her boss walked in and found us sitting there giggling, with tears streaming down our cheeks, shook her head and walked away. :D
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« Reply #6497 on: June 15, 2017, 11:40:45 AM »
Arrrgh some people just don't help themselves...

So, long story short, my friend married a lady, and just before she could legally start working in this country, she got severely ill and is now disabled. Clearly: epic suck. No fault of theirs, obv, and it sucks. Much sympathy.

A week ago, they posted to Facebook that she had been refused for disability payments due to a burocratic thing (double plus suck, massive sympathy) and so her wife has been looking for a second job to support the the two of them and their kid (she works hard but isn't super well-paid, and 3 people on a ish salary sucks).

Which is to say: they're in a shitty situation and it's not their fault and it sucks and I sympathize.

However, since then, Facebook gems have included:
- tickets to a (big, 50$/ticket minimum) concert!
- "I just got a free upgrade in my phone so I got a new iPhone!"

And like...  I have sympathy? But good lord, if you're 3 people on one income, and you MUST have a smartphone, use your old one, stretch it out until it actually dies, get a pay-as-you-go plan... like. Cmon. My friend is posting about how she needs to make an extra 300-400$/month to make ends meet... and getting an side job is totally an option! But like. So is being sensible about money! Turn down the heat at night, less AC in summer, no expensive smartphone plans, and JUST with that you're halfway there and can spend time with your wife and kiss instead of working a second job!

... I suggested turning down the heat at night last time I visited, when they were complaning about the power bill (they pay 2x what we do. I have a 3-story country house, they have a tiny 2-bedroom apartment. And we heat time hey height 20C during winter evenings, ok, we're not hardcore...) and they were like "oh, no, we couldn't do that, that's not normal"

And at this point I'm like... look. Ladies. I sympathize? But for crying out loud, could you TRY to help yourselves? I recognize that you're in a super shitty situation and it sucks, and it's hard, but it ain't gonna get easier by not trying.

And I feel shitty for judging other people's use of money but if you're posting the problem for all to see... and there isn't a tactful way to send links to, like, budgeting software and articles... so I vent here, so that I can mind my own damn business with anyone who knows them IRL.
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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6498 on: June 15, 2017, 03:57:17 PM »
Update time.  Same person just posted a photo of a 65" 4K LED Smart TV with the caption "present for husband".  Dare I ask if she's out of debt now?

Another update, this just keeps getting worse.  Today she wrote

"I feel like the world has fallen on my shoulders, after I get baby to sleep I'm going to call subsidy to see if we qualify, but from the sounds of it we don't so we are basically screwed.  I can't afford $530 a month for daycare, LMAO, I'm already drowning in debt as it is"

I have no words.  No. Fucking. Words.
I would have had no problem posting, You just paid three months of daycare payments for a
65" 4K LED Smart TV and now you want "me" the taxpayer to take care of your kids?
It is time you learn, the reason you are broke, is because you spend your money on your wants, instead of your families needs.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #6499 on: June 15, 2017, 06:54:56 PM »
The latest from trainwreck friend on FB that I've mentioned earlier:  A series of posts begging to borrow someones car for 3 weeks, for free of course (not sure what happened to hers, I am assuming it got repo'd), when no takers to that "Can I at LEAST get a free ride to court in county X, I need to be there tomorrow for an eviction hearing" aaaand then, does anyone have a room that can take us in for super super cheap.  Us is her, guy she cheated on hubby with, and EIGHT animals.

Oof.  That is something that scares me about having a kid.  I already have a dog and a husband, and it was much easier to imagine friends who could put me up for a week on their couch when it was just me.  Now that we're a much bigger package, it would be more difficult. 

How do you even keep track of eight animals?  Are they all goldfish???

I put up my friend and her 11 year old son in my one bedroom house for two weeks under exceptional circumstances (quake destroyed the city, including her house). It was a strain on everyone, especially as I was babysitting him most days because she was out trying to sort out more permanent accommodation. Later I found out she'd be bitching me out because I didn't give up my bed for them. No good deed goes unpunished, huh?