commented on The American Movie Theater Business Isn't Looking Good
Ok, I did some research RE: the inflation question as it pertains to movies.
First, what did movies cost "back in the day?"
A cursory Google image search of old theater advertisements indicates that movies in the depression era cost a quarter.
The bureau of labor statistics inflation calculator indicates that a quarter would be the equivalent of about 4.25 today. (I used 1935 as the baseline.)
So yes. Movies are a good deal more expensive now, and I really do think that that fact is a huge contributor to declining admission.
Fixes I'd make if I were queen of the movies include the already mentioned assigned seats, good snacks, alcohol, no ads, and climate control that is not set at the "meat locker" notch.
It seems a lot of second-run theaters in Portland are doing OK with that modified business model (including the lower price point)
commented on Karen Carpenter
@23 beat me to it. I had always been medium on the Carpenters until someone turned me on to those pared-down tracks, which are ridiculously lovely. Well, those, and that Sonic Youth cover of Superstar, which is also fantastic.
Nov 12, 2012
commented on Conservatives Ask Obama Nicely to Please Let Them Secede
Just read the OR petition out of morbid curiosity. There there be grammatical atrocities!
With the Federal Govenrment increasing it's size much larger than our Founding Father's intended, and it's abuse of power trumping over the rights of State constitutions, and the forcing of unconstitutional laws over it's own citizens, the people of Oregon would like the chance to vote on leaving the Union immediately.
May 10, 2012
commented on Mitt Romney, Gay-Bashing Bully
@9, that part of the story struck me as well.
While I agree that we are not our best selves during our teenage years, it seems to me that this sort of behavior starts to cross the invisible line between normal teenage shenanigans and sociopath land.
Of course, we ARE talking about a prep school in the 60s... the cultural line between shenanigans and sociopath may have been a little further afield at that moment.
(I'm also a little disturbed that the blind teacher was still driving.)