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The Price is Wrong

That the dollar has been consistently weak (USD1 is roughly CAD1, and 1 British Pound is now USD2) not only indicates we’re bordering in recession but also implies staggering prices of our bare necessities. A parade down the aisle of the supermarket would reveal upping of prices for almost everything, from milk to bread to cheese and to dog chow. Last week my favorite cafe–Cafe Flore–posted a notice apologizing for a mandatory raise of prices in order to accommodate the rise in operation cost. My double-shot soy latte goes up by 75 cents to a whopping $4.25! In order to save money I down-grade to drip with steamed soy milk, which is $2.50.

A curious thought came to my mind this morning over coffee and reading: With money flying out of my wallet like water spiraling down the drain, what can I buy in the city with, say, 7 smackers? Let’s take a look…

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From top to bottom, left to right: A tasty, addictive sundaes from Bi Rite Creamery is $5.95, leave the change in the tip jar for the wonderful folks there. It’s not that bad consider that at most places a double scoop in a cup asks for $4.50. Two pieces of the fresh kanpachi nigiri (yellow jack) at Kabuto on Geary add up to about $7. For 7 bucks, you can still get an used trade paperback at Green Apples Books on Clement. Most Thai restaurants still charge a reasonable price for the wok-fried noodles like pad see wu in the picture. Oh, and you can get a little bit short of 2 gallons of gas at a gas station near you! At some of the more sassy, newer movie theaters, $7 is not enough for a matinee! By the way, my favorite guilty treat—the strawberry princess cake, along with most of the other offerings at Sweet Inspiration, is now $7 as well! So a slice of cake and a cup of coffee to wash it down would be $10!