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« Reply #3540 on: February 21, 2013, 04:37:05 PM »
The car story reminded me of an incident that happened when I was car 23 shopping years ago.  I had a DH at the time.  His car was to be the trade-in.  In the first stage of shopping we went to several dealerships, looked at several different types of car and test-driving a couple.  We deliberately left our checkbooks and the title to the trade in at home.

At one dealership the salesmen immediately asked us was if we had the payment book for the trade-in with us.  If we werenít prepared to make the purchase right then they didnít want to talk to us.  They didnít even want us to sit in a car, let alone take it for a test drive, if we werenít prepared to make the purchase that day.  This even after we told them that the title was at our home less than 15 miles away.  The salesmen finally pointed out one car that was unlocked so we could get in but not drive.   We got in, decided we didnít want to deal with those guys, and left.  Bought a car at another dealership 2 weeks later. 

And yes, it was salesmen, plural.  We were the only customers on the lot at the time.  The salesmen were busy talking to each other.  They couldnít be bothered to help us. 
Someone else in my office had a similar experience with them.  She test-drove a car, admitted she liked it, and was immediately escorted to the sales office and had purchase paperwork shoved in her face.  She walked out, too. 

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« Reply #3541 on: February 21, 2013, 05:25:01 PM »
Jocelyn wrote:

"Perhaps she meant, 'He was having a bad day- he put the sausage gravy where the white gravy is supposed to be, and messed up a bunch of orders before he realized what he'd done.'"

That's how I took it too.  I saw it as an admission that he made mistakes because he had a bad day, not that the gravy mixup was intentional.

Virg

One can only hope, but perhaps the tone when it was spoken said otherwise.

The way she said it definitely implied that it was intentional. Like he was annoyed and intentionally screwing up orders was his way of relieving stress. I don't know for sure because I didn't ask, and it's possible that her delivery was misleading, but that's always been the way I interpreted it.

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« Reply #3542 on: February 21, 2013, 05:53:25 PM »
I remembered one from when we were house hunting 9 years ago. We'd driven over to check out an open-for-inspection and realised that we'd gotten the time wrong and it was just about to close. We were driving off when I looked in the rear-vision mirror and saw the agent chasing us up the road, waving his leaflets at us!
So in we went, the agent happily extolling the virtues of this lovely three bedroom brick veneer with gorgeous large backyard (well, it was large, and I imagine it would have been gorgeous once you'd gone at it with a weed whacker) etc etc. I wandered through- bedroom, bedroom, lounge, kitchen, bathroom...hm. Through again, same result. I checked outside to see if there was an extension I'd somehow missed. Nup.
"Excuse me," I said, "But where's the third bedroom?"
The agent's jaw dropped and he strode through the house, head turning from side to side. He came back to us.
"Oh," he said. "I must have miscounted!"

So we didn't buy from him. I refuse to buy houses from people who can't count to three.

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« Reply #3543 on: February 21, 2013, 06:10:21 PM »
Our house was listed as a 4 bedroom, but when we got in we realized it was just a 3 bedroom and I'm still not quite sure what they were counting as the fourth bedroom.   It wasn't our agent who had listed it so I don't really blame him for it at all, and he seemed just as puzzled by it being listed as a 4 bedroom. 

Ironically, now it is a 4 bedroom because we built a room in the basement for our eldest when we found out we were having a 3rd child.
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« Reply #3544 on: February 21, 2013, 06:20:57 PM »
Our house was listed as a 4 bedroom, but when we got in we realized it was just a 3 bedroom and I'm still not quite sure what they were counting as the fourth bedroom.   It wasn't our agent who had listed it so I don't really blame him for it at all, and he seemed just as puzzled by it being listed as a 4 bedroom. 

Ironically, now it is a 4 bedroom because we built a room in the basement for our eldest when we found out we were having a 3rd child.

The house I grew up in was listed as a 4bd, however the 4th bedroom was a whopping 7'x11'.  My twin bed took up a third of it.

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« Reply #3545 on: February 21, 2013, 07:57:42 PM »
Our house was listed as a 4 bedroom, but when we got in we realized it was just a 3 bedroom and I'm still not quite sure what they were counting as the fourth bedroom.   It wasn't our agent who had listed it so I don't really blame him for it at all, and he seemed just as puzzled by it being listed as a 4 bedroom. 

Ironically, now it is a 4 bedroom because we built a room in the basement for our eldest when we found out we were having a 3rd child.

The house I grew up in was listed as a 4bd, however the 4th bedroom was a whopping 7'x11'.  My twin bed took up a third of it.

I once visited a house that was listed as 4 bedrooms. There were two tiny bedrooms on the main level, and in the unfinished basement there was a curtain separating it into two halves. Each half had a metal garment rack for a closet. Recently my ex best friend's ex husband listed their old house for sale, and the agent boasted "four huge bedrooms." No. Two were OK, one was small, and one was tiny. I'm glad I have a good agent already, but even if I didn't I would refuse to deal with agents who think words don't have meaning.

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« Reply #3546 on: February 21, 2013, 09:18:36 PM »
I really don't get why realtors would do this. Do they think people won't notice there's a bedroom missing? Or that the 'huge' bedroom will not accommodate a bed larger than a crib? But then, you have to wonder why some houses are even built, with those impossibly small bedrooms, or bathrooms in inconvenient locations. I once looked at a house that I really liked...until I realized the shower was in the basement. It was a showerhead with a circular shower curtain rod around it, right in the middle of the basement! I had no intention of putting up with a 'bathroom' like that!

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« Reply #3547 on: February 21, 2013, 09:20:41 PM »
Is it possible that they're counting the den as an extra bedroom? It's certainly irritating, especially if it has no closet, but that's happened before.
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« Reply #3548 on: February 21, 2013, 09:53:55 PM »
When we were looking for a house, we visited *several* that only had 3 BR when the listing said there were 4.  And it wasn't as though there was a "almost" bedroom somewhere in these houses.  Unfinished basements don't count.

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« Reply #3549 on: February 21, 2013, 10:08:03 PM »
I may have told this story before, but after living in a country town for several years we moved back to HomeCity and were looking to purchase a house. We didn't tell the real estates that we dealt with that we were originally from HomeCity, on purpose. The amount shady dealers that that one omission revealed was astounding!

"Why don't you look at RedLight/DrugAddictDistrict? It's a lovely area for families."
"You need to be within medium suburb distance from CBD? What about this lovely house in WayWayOutSuburb?"
"You have children you say? SchoolForCriminals is very highly thought of. Why don't you buy a house near there?"

How about no. The sad thing is that the first and third lies really would have a chance to succeed with out of towners - RedLightDistrict looks lovely during the day, while the criminal element sleeps...
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« Reply #3550 on: February 21, 2013, 10:31:22 PM »
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As to the earwax thing, my doctor once told me that kids produce earwax faster when they're sick, so there might be some truth to that. I've also heard that ear infections can spring up that fast--fine one day, raging the next.

Sorry - messed up the quote line trying to clip it.

I've had an ear infection in DD#1 crop up faster than that. I took her to her Dr Saturday mid-morning.  Good Doctor, love her, trusted her.  Nope, no infections, "but she's probably working on one.  Bring her in to the ped ER if she gets worse after office hours."

Oh YEAH.  9 hours later.  JUST after the ped ER closed, she's SCREAMING, and pulling on both ears, not just one.  I take her in to the main ER, and joy and rapture, we wait and we wait, and w e  w a i t......  I need to go pee, so I go tell the nurse at the desk that I'm going to the bathroom, I'm NOT LEAVING, I'll be back, but I have GOT to answer the Call of Nature.  Except, DD will not let go.  And will not stand next to me either. (Shriek, scream, howl) So, I carefully lower my pants while holding my 18 month old howler monkey, and I pee.  And then I do my darndest to tidy up and blot before pulling up said pants.  Reeeeely difficult.  Poor girl screamed herself to sleep, slept for about 20 minutes, and then screamed again for a while.  She repeated that cycle for several hours that night...  We waited for 3 or 4 hours before we got in.  Two infected ears.  "Oh, you saw Dr S this morning?!  Uh huh.  Not infected THEN"  (rage face)... Haul kid to the pharmacy, get the amoxicillin (which worked for ears in those days) and went home.

Not a fun trip.  Never had one quite like it since, since if/when we showed up and there wasn't an infection, I assumed that one was coming, and demanded a scrip for meds.  I always promised I wouldn't use it if the infection never happened, but I did NOT want to spend another Saturday evening in the ER with a baby in pain and bitterly unhappy.

It wasn't even  that bad when her sisters both got scarlet fever...
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« Reply #3551 on: February 22, 2013, 12:04:26 AM »
I really don't get why realtors would do this. Do they think people won't notice there's a bedroom missing? Or that the 'huge' bedroom will not accommodate a bed larger than a crib? But then, you have to wonder why some houses are even built, with those impossibly small bedrooms, or bathrooms in inconvenient locations. I once looked at a house that I really liked...until I realized the shower was in the basement. It was a showerhead with a circular shower curtain rod around it, right in the middle of the basement! I had no intention of putting up with a 'bathroom' like that!

My guess is they're hoping to catch the people who really only *need* three bedrooms, but are looking for four anyway.  Most automated searches let you set a minimum but not a maximum number of bedrooms - "2+, 3+, 4+," etc.  So saying a three-bedroom house has four bedrooms means the people looking for four bedrooms see it, and the people looking for three bedrooms see it too.  Then maybe once they've seen the house they realize they didn't need that extra bedroom-to-make-into-a-study after all . . .  Of course, I suspect this probably works better with houses where you can at least kinda sorta call something a "bedroom", rather than the ones with no extra room at all!

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« Reply #3552 on: February 22, 2013, 07:19:49 AM »
I'm reminded of a local Nissan dealership my Dad and I went to the last time I needed a car. (Note: I'm an adult, but my dad is a salesperson and knows a lot of the tricks of the trade, so he happily helps me or my sister if we need it when we're making a major purchase.) There was a car in my price range at this dealership -- according to their website -- so we asked to see it.

The salesperson said, immediately, "Oh, we don't have that any more, why not come over here and check out [these cars that are above my price range?]"

"No, we need something in my price range. What else do you have around that price?"

His attitude changed. "I'm not sure. I can go check," said with a distinct lack of enthusiasm. "But these cars over here --"

"Never mind," Dad said. "Let's go."

And we left, and bought later from a dealership that's literally on the opposite side of the county, but has a lot of cars in my price range. Dad thought, and I agree, that the salesman was lying when he said, "Oh we don't have that any more," from the way he snapped it off; he wasn't interested in selling that car at all, it was just bait to draw us in.

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« Reply #3553 on: February 22, 2013, 01:05:19 PM »
But then, you have to wonder why some houses are even built, with those impossibly small bedrooms, or bathrooms in inconvenient locations. I once looked at a house that I really liked...until I realized the shower was in the basement. It was a showerhead with a circular shower curtain rod around it, right in the middle of the basement! I had no intention of putting up with a 'bathroom' like that!

That might depend on how old the house is. Older houses would not have been built with indoor plumbing so when the shower was added it was probably added in the spot that was easiest to add it to - not the best spot in the house. The small bedrooms could also be a sign of the times - older houses tend to have smaller rooms - especially if you are in an area with colder winters - smaller rooms are cheaper/easier to heat.

That is just a reason for them being built - I wouldn't buy a house whose shower is in the basement either.

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« Reply #3554 on: February 22, 2013, 03:46:35 PM »
Also, up until the 1960's, large or multiple bathrooms just weren't considered important.  My family of five lived in a house with three bedrooms and one small bath.  You did what you had to do, and got out.  My friend came from a family of seven, and also had one bathroom.  A half-bath was added later, but even that was after a couple of the oldest kids had moved out.  (It may be significant that she and all of her siblings now live in homes where there is a minimum of one toilet per person.  Come to think of it, so do my siblings and I.   :)  )

Likewise, bedrooms just weren't places to hang out.  Extra telephones and their jacks were expensive, only rich kids had TVs in their bedrooms, and that only after TVs had shrunk to less than major pieces of furniture.  Heck, 1950's and earlier houses don't even have a lot of electrical outlets.  There wasn't much to plug in.