Wasn't it just going to be cuts in the cement that made it sort of sound like Feeling Groovy while you rode over it? Why on earth would that cost $200,000?
I realized that I really didn't want a kindle when I looked into buying the latest Sookie Stackhouse book. It just came out in paperback. On Amazon, the hardcover costs $14.70 new. The paperpack is $7.99. Was I wrong in assuming the kindle version would be less than the paperback? I mean, shouldn't e-books cost, like, $3.00 since there is no shipping or printing involved?
NOPE. WRONG. The kindle edition cose $12.99.
That's just ridiculous. If one day Kindles cost $50, and e-books never cost more than $5, and $4 of of that goes to the authors and editors and designers, THEN I will buy one. Until then they are a big, stupid rip off for something your smartphone or laptop can do just fine. Displaying text isn't really a specialized functionality.
When I was 16, I worked at one of those free standing carts that sit in the center of the mall. This was at Navy Pier in Chicago, a mall that only tourists and suburbanites shop at- no one from the city would ever shop there because there wasn't a single store that sold anything useful. The cart sold glitter, hair clips, Spice Girls t-shirts, and all manner of girly junk- basically, it was a rare-earth magnet for middle-school age girls going through a shoplifting phase. Our main objective, however, was doing hair wraps. Remember those? It's like a friendship bracelet! For your hair!
During the holidays the mall transformed into the worst kind of holiday black hole you could imagine- completely packed with shoppers having a day in the city, looking for useless gifts. The cart was next to the way-too-small women's bathroom and the line frequently wrapped around us. Across from us was a stage that, every hour, on the hour, played host to a group of earnest, costumed carolers. And next to that was the outer space themed McDonalds, where there were regularly 20+ people in every line- and there were at least 15 registers. The speaker systems played a constant loop of the 30 most annoying Christmas songs.
Early in December we had a meeting scheduled to draw straws for who would have to work on new years eve. I missed the meeting while taking the bus from school and when I got there was told I had no choice but to work that night. I cried justifiable tears- working there on New Years it seemed likely the entire staff of the mall would be crushed to death by the crowds.
Am I nuts, or was he just putting the lid in a thermos at the beginning!?
I am disappointed in the Mercury that Betty White is the only woman out of 16 options. But I am impressed with the readers of the Mercury that she is winning!
1) This is dumb.
2) How bout instead we turn PGE Park into a roller derby stadium? I think it will be more lucrative! And fun!
3) Amanda Fritz for mayor!
I luvs it! This is probably the best idea yet.
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