My inner curmudgeon really came to life over these past couple of weeks and I concluded that I can’t get no satisfaction.
It started when I saw that one of my favorite all time rock n ’roll bands – The Rolling Stones – are coming to Buffalo this summer. I asked Janice to get tickets as going to their show was the perfect combination birthday and Father’s Day gift, right?
I saw them in Buffalo in 1966 – which coincidentally is the same place, time frame and setting for my book, The King of Kreskin Avenue – then again in Orlando in 1981. I believe that ticket prices in Buffalo were $4 or $5 and around $20 in Orlando.
I literally fell to the floor when Janice said that ticket prices for decent seats for the upcoming show ranged between $500 and $1400 …. apiece. That’s $1,000 to $2,800 for the two us to see a band whose four remaining founding members are now collectively over 300 years old.
Then, I read an article that said that a solo “hopper” ticket, which allows guests to visit both Disneyland and the Disney California Adventure Park in one day, will now cost between $159 and $209. So if I have this math right, taking my wife, my children and their spouses will be somewhere between $950 and $1250, plus the costs for 3 grandkids, food, chochkies, parking fees, and so on and so forth. Just for giggles (and because I am not inclined to do a deep dive into the bowels of Disney’s ticket price explanations), that’s going to be $1500 to $2000 ….for one day!
Those two seats for a grand at the Stones concert are starting to look good!
Everywhere I go, I get sticker shock. Grocery stores. Museums. Sporting events. Restaurants. Car washes.
Janice accuses me of being out of touch with reality and acting like a stereotypical, aging Baby Boomer. Apparently, I have entered the “complains about how much things cost” era of my life, hard on the heels of the “I remember when….” era. It turns out that the “I remember when era” officially takes place when you turn 62, but the “how much things cost era” is not open for business until you reach full retirement age and eligibility for all of your social security benefits.
News From the “I Told You So” File
Just a few weeks ago, on this blog, I wrote and posted a piece called I Want a President and Chief Executive, not a King.
Is President Trump reading my blog? Here’s an image of a tweet he posted from CNN, filed under a story they called “Trump continues victory lap with tweet about striking at ‘king’:
Anybody else feeling anxious about the future of our country?