Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Inflation and Spurattic life
Cars of beauty:1941 Cadillac, this one was about $2100 new the sedan was near $1400. The 2020 Caddy convertible is about $60,000.
I do not often read a book twice, but in the past few months I have doubled up on a couple books. I am reading one now that I read not realizing it was part of a series. It is the 4th book of the series and I had read it so long ago I didn’t even notice I had read it until I started reading things that seemed familiar, sure enough I finally realized I had read it.
I was comparing things the other day. I have heard the term ‘inflation’ most of my life but I was into half my life when I realized things mama said. Like: ‘When we bought eggs they were a penny a-piece.’ Dad talked about buying an almost new ’41 Chevy for $300, new it was $800..
Now I get hit with, “Dad when this land was $50 an acre why didn’t you buy some?” It takes a while for people like me to realize the cost of objects is commensurate with the income of the day. My dad had worked for 10-25 cents an hour in his lifetime. At the time land sold for $50 an acre I was making less than a $1 an hour.
I once worked for a year for $780. Now I hear that the government is going to send me $1000, WHAT?
Myra tells about train trips as a child. I have only rode ‘showy’ tourist trains at destination points for short distances. Sherry & J_Jr. once took a train from Kirksville, Mo to Detroit to see her brother.
ODD, I just recalled riding the trains in England from the Port of Spithead to London and back. I now remember truly enjoying the English countryside. How(????) could I have forgotten that? Wildly strange, one’s memory!