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Originally Posted by Ken Condon
How I ended up being born in Hawaii is a miracle beyond all comprehension.

So...are you going to tell us? Hmm


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So you were talking about inflation PIA. There is a favorite bread of mine in Eugene called Country Levain. Last time I bought it last week it was 5.49 a loaf. Today I went and bought a loaf and it was 7.99. I asked the checker if that price was correct. He said he did not know.

I am hoping that is not true but I have gotten in touch through email with the bakery that baked it. I am awaiting their response.

Does that spell inflation?


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Originally Posted by Ken Condon
Does that spell inflation?
Some companies are taking advantage of the global supply chain.

It's not like the li'l bakery in Eugene is getting its bread flour from Russia on container ships, but first had to find the container, then waiting for six weeks floating around in The Sound to off-load. Hmm

We just had a Corp meeting on this issue. We're holding the line for the most part. smile


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I think labor prices are going up… Probably as they should. But that would indeed spell inflation for all of us.

A conundrum indeed.


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Originally Posted by Ken Condon
I think labor prices are going up… Probably as they should. But that would indeed spell inflation for all of us.

A conundrum indeed.

But even so, labor isn't the biggest driver of price increases.
Not even in the top three, I don't believe.


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So what is it Jeff? Inflation is coming and it’s coming big time.


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Greedy, money-grubbing business owners will always be ahead of inflation and they'll not suffer one iota. THEY are the ones setting prices for their goods. When the competition sees their competitor raising prices, they raise them too. Hmm

When i first moved to my new house, I was eating out a lot. I was spending $27 with tip for dine-in breakfast, $35 with tip for dine-in dinner. I'd go to Chipotle or Habit Burger for lunch.

Now I use the meal kit service and I'm spending $42 for six dinners with delivery the past three weeks and the meals are really tasty. The produce is super fresh and beautiful. smile

This past week, they did forget to pack the fresh ginger for one of the meals and I had to go to the store and spend .29 plus my time and gas to prepare the meal as designed. shocked


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Well, those were foolish expenditures I’m glad you finally came to that conclusion yourself. But I have noticed in my lifetime that one’s expenditures usually rise to meet their income. The more you earn the more you spend and a lot of it unnecessarily. Buying crap you simply don’t need.

Now that I’m retired I don’t spend much. I’ll go out for lunch about three times a week all the rest of the time I cook at home.


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Well, I did get to taste the local cuisine, most of it was good. This one place, I tried twice because it had good Yelp reviews, but my rating of the place would be meh. It's a fish place, and the only good thing they have their clam chowder. On one visit, I ordered a Crab Louie. The crab was reddish. Um...I don't think so...crab is white. I think they tried to pass off tuna as crab. gobsmacked


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American "culture" is not just about money and greed. Hatred also plays an enormous role.
I just thought of another major element that dominates and controls human culture - cars.

What would our culture look like without cars? I think our future with cars is extinction.
I reckon bringing up cars as a cornerstone of American culture was cutting too close to the bone? I admit, it’s genuinely scary to contemplate the enormous nuances of that reality. I think we are headed for a Thelma and Louise ending.

Then there are the twin evil accomplices of motor vehicles - speed and energy. We have a global culture (not just American, though we may have been the early promotors) that is pedal to the metal with the fuel gauge hovering near zero. It was all predicted in The Milagro Beanfield Wars, with its theme of subsistence culture being overrun by capitalist “progress”.

Yum, yum, eat ‘em up! I’m gittin’ mine while the gittin’s good!!

Smoke ‘em if ya got ‘em…


You never change things by fighting the existing reality.
To change something, build a new model that makes the old model obsolete.
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