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The Life and Times of Donald F. Simmons

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The good things in life...

... are slipping away from us. The other day I was at my favorite sushi place (Sushi Inn on Cumberland) having a nice platter after being at the gym. I finish up my plate, they take it away, and I wait my slice of honeydew melon they always bring. Only what I get is the cheque. I remind them that they forgot the melon, and I'm told that there's no more melon. Apparently people didn't like it. "But I liked it!" didn't cut any ice. So that's a great place which is now slightly less great.

In the same vein, I was at the Royal cinema for one of Colin's Geddes' Kung-Fu Fridays. I get my box of Smarties, and find they are now $1.25 instead of $1.00. This guy claims that the wholesaler was raised prices because of a shortage of coconut oil that's driving up the price of chocolate. So, I ask, when the shortage is over will the price go down again? Fat chance.

On the other hand, Jason told me that movies are now a dollar cheaper at the Paramount. They actually dropped prices in response to fewer people going there for movies. So maybe there's some justice.

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The Paramount was *crazy* expensive when I saw the Cowboy Bebop movie there. Of course, I was still mourning the end of the free-passes-on-cereal-boxes deal. (The best part was that the passes weren't taxed, because they were technically cereal boxes that happened to include free movie passes, rather than the other way around.)

I'm delighted to hear that the Paramount is now a bit cheaper. It's expensive, but it certainly is a convenient theater.

I had another thought on the subject of Paramount admission prices. All entertainment taxes are off until September. I bet the only reason it's cheaper now is because of the tourism-revitalization-post-SARS initiative and it'll be back up to full price this fall.

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