Hanh mitakuyapi. This post's subjects all come under the heading of, "I don't believe it!"
Was going thru a supermarket in Bismarck yesterday & signs on the fresh-meat case included, "Fresh-Ground Lamb - $13/lb" - and "Fresh Lamb Chops - $16 / lb." Now if only the producers got that kind of money. Duwahleh! / (!!QQ!!)
Then there's the supervisor of 1 of my brothers' tale: Randy went to see his daughter in Williston, ND, (center of the oil boom here) last weekend. Before he went up, he promised her they'd get some steaks & grill. She said, "Um, Dad.. meat's getting kind of high here.." but gave no details. When they went to the supermarket, "kind of high" translated to $28 / lb. He bought it because he 'promised' his daughter, but next time he says he'll buy steaks over here & take them along.
Now we get to when he started home. He's in construction, he's a supervisor, he keeps records automatically. He went to pay for gas with his credit card & was told that not only would he have to pay up front (that has only just begun, here, & isn't everywhere..), he was limited to $40 worth of gas because he used a credit card. And gas in the center of 'the oil patch' is $6-something / gallon. He stopped at several stations until he had enough gas to get to someplace where gas was closer to normal price in ND - $3.80-something a gallon. My bet is, next time, he'll carry extra gas in cans.. ;-)
Just about the time I think I know how blatantly greedy people can be, I hear another story from the oil 'boom'. And this 'boom mentality' is spreading across the state. What a pity!