Sticker Shock

In the months that I’ve been overseas, either a lot has changed (not for the better) or perhaps things were so bad on a regular basis that individual events did not register. I went to buy groceries and was stunned to find that oatmeal packets now cost 4.09! The chocolate peanut butter wafers I like went from 99 cents to 1.79! And gas? Anywhere from 3.41/gallon to 4.62 (in soCal). What is going on? As a former collegue of mine put it: “death by a thousand paper cuts”. Guess I’d better buy some bandages – while I can still afford ’em!

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As for me, I will take the road less travelled…