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Sunday, August 27, 2006


The other day I was shopping with Book, Gracie and Marge-in-Law at a mall dollar store. (I'll cut these guys a HUGE break by not telling you which mall.)

We noticed quite a few items marked $1.50 and $2, all beneath the many signs which said "ALL ITEMS $1."

A proprietor, a nice enough fella, overheard our comments and told us that "due to the price of gas, not everything can cost a dollar any more."

Of course, we could have pressed the issue, but we have no doubt that someone eventually will. This IS New Joisey.

Still, it reminds you of the many scary ways the jaw-dropping jump in the price of a gallon of gasoline can affect things. And I don't know about you, but I feel the pinch of that extra-penny-per-dollar in N.J. sales tax, too. Call me Jack Benny.

Will there come a day when dollar stores go the way of the dodo bird? That would sure stink. Where else can I find a cheap box of my favorite movie candy, Tropical Dots? (Kathy always said that sounds like a skin disease.)

Which is what I was in the dollar store to buy before the four of us took in "Little Miss Sunshine," which was a cute movie that made us laugh a lot. It has a touching performance by Alan Arkin, a credible dramatic turn by Steve Carell ("The 40 Year Old Virgin," "The Office") and black comedy by the gallon. But I've digressed -- several times, in fact.


Blogger Book said...

Mawky, mall, movies, dollar stores, next thing we'll be painting our nails. But I'm not using gasoline and sandpaper to remove. Good times! Book

8:26 AM, August 30, 2006  
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5:45 PM, September 27, 2006  

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