The Ecphorizer

The Price is Right
Myra Johnson

Issue #36 (August 1984)



Dear Nancy,

I've been seeing a lot of bumper stickers that beseech us to "save California." "When you leave, take someone with you." "The natives are restless." (Up all night worrying about natural resources.), etc. Sometimes I feel guilty about relocating here but life is so good, its hard to imagine living somewhere else.

One of the drawbacks is that the price of real estate versus my salary is a stalemate. I can certainly recognize a stalemate when I see one, after all, I am divorced. I got tangled up in the flush of the big stock market a year ago, especially the glamor of the high-tech stocks. The only thing high about it was the risk, and I lost my chance to get into the real estate market. There are so many wonderful things to spend money on, however, I doubt I will ever save the down payment, let alone take in a partner or choke on $1200 a month payments.

The price of wearing apparel seems to be less here if you consider buying big names from discount outlets such as Ross or Picadilly. Unfortunately, the stock market fiasco also put this clothes horse out to pasture.

Good old Safeway and Lucky have good prices on staples like cat food and if the staples don't kill that cat, I'll try feeding it some nails next. The produce is wonderful! I'm not much on vegetables but the fruit is marvelous and it always intrigues me to find virtually the same quality each year. The carrots, for instance, are so uniform, they appear to be machined. These grocers are no slouches at marketing either since each display is artfully done.

Some of the stores have huge magazine displays which leave Ray mesmerized. He picks up House Beautiful and I thumb through Road & Track. He thinks we have it backward, but I disagree since I've always been a little forward.

Minnesota has its place and as far as I'm concerned, it will stay there. Life in California is better than ever for this transplant. There are so many things to do and it seems that new ideas are generated much more quickly.

When I come home in July, I'm going to take some time to do some objective examining of the world I found so dull. You don't think it could have been me, do you?

Love,
Myra
 

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There's Nothing to Tell
Ray Tumbleson

Issue #36 (August 1984)

There's nothing to tell. I slept late
I had a nightmare: as I ate,
Two couples entered whom I knew,
Both of whom I asked to do
Me the honor, pleasure, what you will,
And yet not what I have, to still
Their waters by me and so free me;
But none would condescend to see me. 

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