dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

Hi-ho, come get gouged at the fair....

The interesting thing about the "Phil buys a house" arc is that while he's having "fun" with the kids screaming about how much everything costs, Georgia's at the Pattermanse talking about how real estate prices have risen since Elly and John bought their place. Lynn doesn't realize it but she's demonstrating a common mental shortcoming a lot of people have: the inability to remember that when we're complaining about inflation making everything we want to buy cost more that things we don't buy very often also cost more.

Given who Elly is, the constant rediscovery (owing to her tendency to think that she has nothing to learn from her mistakes and misunderstandings and thus certainly nothing to apologize for) that candy, chips, fast food and pop cost the same relative amount that they did when she was a kid instead of the same absolute amount is a rude and unfair shock because she doesn't feel like spending a buck on a Goo-bar or two fifty for a Gruntburg.
Tags: foobs versus the passage of time, phil: bee and bop king

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