Ever since quitting smoking in 1st grade (yes, I smoked for a full week when I was 7 years old!), I’ve been an opponent of cigarettes. However, my folks run a convenience store and growing up, I’ve always seen prices of smokes up close since I handed over those “packs” to customers for a dollar plus and up. I saw this on Yahoo’s News & the images associated with the news and literally almost fell backwards in my chair. While I think this is a great thing that tobacco’s gotten very expensive, I was still a little floored at how much it now costs for a pack of cigarettes. I wonder though how much of this $10.50 is margin versus how much is actually the price going up. I realize that taxes and other tariffs account for a lot of this price, but just like gas prices, I wonder if the tobacco companies’ profits have grown in line with the prices of the products they sell.
On a side note, why is it that oil companies do make much more money when they’re gouging customers throughout the world with higher prices? I mean, while a barrel rises in price, why is it that the margins seem to increase as well for the leading oil companies in the world? It’s definitely not my parents or the many convenience store and gas station owners fault because their margins stay the same. I’ve seen it up close.
Tisk, tisk oil companies…
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Is it me? Or did I just land in the country most well known for “drama?”
Just visited my great friend Derek at his wedding in Hawaii with the beautiful bride Bonnie and great friends. It was seriously a beautiful wedding. Here’s the couple dancing to “Bella’s Lullaby” played by you would think a professional piano player, but rather by their niece “Rachel” who is AMAAAAAAAAZZZZZZZZZING!!!! (think of Will Ferrell yelling this like he did at the Harvard Commencement speech).
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A reader of the blog asked me if I wouldn’t mind forwarding the following survey to my Korean acquaintences. What better way to invite them to fill out the survey than post it here?! So, if you wouldn’t mind obliging this nice young student for a school project, I’m sure she would be appreciative. It’s about gender equality. Couldn’t find the direct translation from English to Korean on the term “gender equality”, but the Ministry of Gender Equality is called the “여성부.”
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