Tuesday

What did you have for dinner? Er, not so good. Two slices of pizza and a diet coke.

Gross. Why did you eat that? I guess because I only had twenty minutes to eat before I went to Chapel Hill for a board meeting.

John, how was your day? Oh, it was good. We didn’t go to the doctor. Instead, we stayed home and went swimming.

How much did it cost Susie to fill up the Sienna today on her way to Salisbury? Seventy-two dollars. My little Volvo thirsted for sixty-two dollars of petrol on Saturday.

Whose fault is that?

  • NC DOT, for its totally excellent use of five roads, when just two would do. When it comes to traffic, supply creates demand.
  • Elizabeth Dole, for voting against light rail in 2003? The triangle project would have hooked up to Amtrak. We would have had a station 1 mile from our house.
  • Macroeconomic forces that aren’t going away.
  • I guess some would say its our own fault — nobody has to drive, and if your mother is sick, let the free market take care of her health care, right?

Although we were not looking to reduce her auto dependence, we did take Rosie to look at bikes today. She’s ready, she says, for a pink bike.

The market for pink kids bicycles (with basket, tassles, and training wheels) is funny. You can get a reasonably priced steel bike with training wheels for $40. If you want one without Barbie or Disney Princesses, though, it’ll be at least $80. It might even cost as much as $129.

When a smart person tells you that they are never going to let their kids get inundated with commercial stuff, ask again. Yes, they might tell you that they will never allow brands to seduce their offspring. The place where I most imagine that they might tell you that is at a Whole foods, as a matter of fact, Nalgene SIGG water bottle in hand.

Do me a favor, ask this especially insightful person if they are also going to pay twice as much for everything that they buy. That is really the rub. Not just with avoiding costs for unwanted brand dependence, but also more easily imagined ones like protection from Lexan. There is a long-term cost that weighs upon decision-making at the time of purchase. I think people vary greatly in just how much they value those long-term costs.

It’s why some groups of people buy Big Macs or GM cars or cheap microwave ovens, and other people don’t.

Miles ridden — 4.3

Motions carried – – 2

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