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How much should a pothole and a movie cost?

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Service providers have a difficult task. The uniqueness of you creates challenges when their job is to provide you service. You buying in is the foothold they need to get the job.

When they have the job, what is a reasonable expectation for output?

I named the pothole on St. Mary’s Road, just before Ward Avenue, ‘Greg Selinger’, after the leader of the political party the majority of the residents of Manitoba voted for. I was looking for a name besides that of the Christian deity I’d been using every time I hit the sucker.

I felt Selinger was appropriate because of the similarities the hole had with his government’s increase in provincial sales tax.

The pothole was deceptive. You really didn’t see it coming until your vehicle dropped into it. If you hit it at the posted speed limit, the repairs would take money from your pocket that you planned to use somewhere else.

Recently I took in the movie Elysium, at Silver City St. Vital. It was entertaining but I still haven’t recovered from the sticker shock of $13.96 for one admission. Having paid for two, I may be a little short on money to cover the cable bill this month.

The movie industry feels I got value for my money. The picture was shown in the theatre reserved for 3D shows. It seems 3D requires the glasses and reclining seats. I didn’t get to see the 3D movie trailers — more like 3D smudges. We weren’t provided the glasses to see the screen correctly. But who needs to see movie trailers? The seats did recline, though. Oh, did I forget to mention the movie isn’t in 3D?

The NDP government is indicating that the additional revenue from the PST hike will be used for critical infrastructure. I guess you could say the increase in the provincial sales tax will provide value. This provides wonderful fantasies to ponder — sort of like buying a lottery ticket and thinking of all the things you could do if you won... like pothole-free, paved roads throughout the province. Maybe even another way to get to and from the new football stadium.

I’m fixated on the 14 bucks for the movie. It just seems like a lot of money. The 1% increase in sales tax also seems like a lot of money and I’m skeptical of the value.  

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