Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Uptown A-holes

So I just got done running around Dallas, did a light jog around what are known running areas: the Katy Trail and near Beverly in Highland Park. In the three or so minutes that I’m not in one of these two areas, I almost get hit by two different cars. Calm down, Dallas. I know, I know… how can you say that, Mr. “Road Rage Ranter”? Listen, there’s a complete difference between idiots on the interstate highway, and people’s driving behavior around pedestrians. Sometimes I love the area I live in. Uptown is a trendy, hip, young and fun part of Dallas. But every once in a while I start to wonder where that Texan “Southern Hospitality” is. Not that any type of hospitality should equal yielding to human beings while driving a vehicle. That should be a given no matter if you’re hospitable or from the South.

So, to the valet guy that was more concerned about delivering a car faster for a better tip than my safety, or the mother on the cell phone who acted so incredibly put out for having to (God forbid) brake for a pedestrian crossing the cross walk when the sign read “walk”… here’s to you.

Popcorn Premium

According to this article from the AP, an Israeli lawmaker is pushing to pass a law that would limit prices of popcorn and other snacks sold at movie theaters. “We have to put an end to this. The public should not have to mortgage their houses for a soft drink and a snack,” he said.

I love this. Prices of movie snacks are absolutely insane, let alone the price of the ticket to see the film in the first place. You go on a date, get a couple of sodas, a popcorn, you’re looking at easily dropping around $40. As compared with the bargains of rentals, microwaveable popcorn and store-bought candy, it’s amazing to think people pay for what they do. (Cough, cough… STARBUCKS!)

Now, I know nothing of trends in movie snack sales, but I’d assume theaters would undoubtedly lower their prices if they weren’t selling– so my guess is they’re doing just fine. People are more than willing to pay a premium for that delicious popcorn and ridiculously large soda. It makes no business sense to lower a price and shrink your margins when you don’t have to. It all boils down to behavioral economics, and the satisfaction one gets from that buttery bag of popcorn.

As much as I empathize with the Israeli lawmaker, prices – at least in my opinion – will just continue to go up, if anything. More on coughing, Starbucks and behavioral economics later.