Posted On: Wednesday - March 9th 2022 7:57PM MST
In Topics:   TV, aka Gov't Media  Inflation
(Not quite the scene I watched, but good enough to bring back memories.)
If you've read either this or this Peak Stupidity post, or both, you will know we are on a Jim Rockford (The Rockford Files) kick, which brings us back nearly half a century. There is also one portion of the recent post President's Day and other PS tidbits in which we mention this show in the context of inflation.
In that discussion of the show I brought up a scene involving hot dogs. It was 2 gourmet hot dogs, mind you, bought inside a fancy financial center office building, and we noted that Jim was stuck with the bill of gasp, $6.36! That gave us a long-term compounded inflation rate of 2.6%, but the problem was that it's hard for me to get an apples-to-apples comparison to those gourmet hot dogs.
The show had a running gag of Jim Rockford not only not getting paid, but getting stuck with the tabs too. In the 4th-to-last episode of Season 1, where I stand now in my viewing (OK, I lay back on the couch, actually), there's a scene with Jim's lawyer Beth Davenport. (The actress is Gretchen Corbett - pretty and 1970's-ish). In this case, the tables were turned for a bit, as she got stuck with the bill while Jim ended up eating BOTH hot dogs. Then, she complained and Jim paid her most of it.
I got a good view of the hot dogs*, so I can do an estimate here. Two regular hot dogs and 2 coffees, bought at an outside stand, were a dollar forty. First of all, who the hell has coffee with hot dogs? I'll let that slide for now because I'm trying to do accounting here, not social commentary. The shows I'm watching are from Spring 1975. I would guess those 2 dogs and 2 coffees at some place with no atmosphere but our generic atmosphere would be (2 x $3.50) + (2 x $2.00) = $11 nowadays. I'm not sure on the coffee. I'm no a coffee drinker, especially not with freakin' hot dogs!!
Here come's Money Chimp. He says 4.5% inflation with compounding. Does that not go along with the numbers Peak Stupidity has come up with in many of our other posts on Inflation?
As we all can see, that is changing for the much worse now. We should all be stocking up. What's the shelf life on hot dogs and coffee? How about Beth Davenports? Without her, it wouldn't be the same anyway.
* Jim seems to eat hot dogs or tacos mostly, so I don't get as hungry watching The Rockford Files, as I do watching The Sopranos with that great Italian cooking - at least Tony thinks so, and who am I to argue?