|Random Inflation Note - Cost of Child Birth.
||[Oct. 15th, 2007|12:30 am]
According to Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, depending upon various factors, the cost to bring a child into this world can range from about $7,000 to $18,000.
While cleaning out my grandfather's house, my mother found a receipt for her birth among old records.
The total cost in 1943 to birth my mother was $94.00.
I found an inflation calculator to help me rationalize how much money that was in 2006 US Dollars.
What cost $94.00 in 1943 would cost $1123.39 in 2006.
Apparently, from what my mother told me, a relative helped birth her, and he stated that during delivery, he was very concerned that they would lose my grandmother. Apparently, she bled very much, and the relative was not sure during the process that he could keep her from losing too much blood.
I attribute this comment to a vague idea that my mother's birth was not textbook. So, given complications, if she was born today, I'd estimate that it would run about $10,000.00.
So, what's with the extra $8,000 - $9,000?
2007-10-15 04:47 am (UTC)
Part 2 - Movie Tickets
I think the difference was that the 94 dollars had to come completely out of my grandparents' pocket.
If you don't have insurance today, that's the same story, but back then maybe with theoretical PPOs and HMOs and OICs and WTFs, that might have been 300-400 bucks but covered mostly by not your pocket.
The dollar isn't worth squadouche anymore...
Maybe. Inflation's not just an American phenomenon.
However, everything is relative.
I think I came across a "strongest Canadian dollar in a long time" article recently, so that's definitely true.
I addition, many currencies' strengths are based on their value in dollars, or at least against the dollar.
2007-10-15 03:48 pm (UTC)
Raiders of the Lost Arc is one fucking great movie
I was just watching and was reminded of your supercool icon.
Completely unrelated, I know, but are you doing any fantasy basketball this year? I'd love to face you again.
2007-10-15 11:09 pm (UTC)
Raiders of the Lost Arc is one fucking great movie, indeed!
Unfortunately, I was persuaded by Kevin Garnett and the Minnesota Timberwolves to never play fantasy basketball again.
I could have won, had they not decided in the last week that a fake KG injury would keep him out for the remainder. Coupled with the fact that they kept advertising he'd play, only to not play that evening . . . it hurt me in the crotch like fantasy football rarely does.
So, for now, I'm on hiatus from fantasy basketball, at least until they set rules about injury notification like the NFL does.
Have you played NBA 2k8 yet?
Yes, I bought an overpriced PS3 just for the game (and GTA4, whenever they're going to release it).
It is, in a word, amazing. Except on some close ups on certain players and coaches (Monta Ellis looks like an alien), the graphics are seamless. The AI is improved and the FG% are realistic. I hate free throws, but I'll probably get used to it. Basically every player has their own signature style, which, if you ask me, is pretty damn cool.
The one thing that bugged me . . . 2-on-2 street . . . Billups kept making double-contested layups over Kobe and LeBron. I don't think I was defending him wrong.
I'm not sure if Yi can do crazy dunks, either.
I like the variety in the players.
GTA series owns. I hope they don't screw it up for this next installment.
I think I have figured out what my biggest gripe is with the game. It's when playing against the computer. I play full 48 minute games because I like realistic stats, and the PG for the other team ALWAYS gets 10-16 assists a game. I don't mind being lit up by, say, Steve Nash in the assist column, but it makes me pull my freaking hair out when scrub point guards like Jarret Jack are making bullet passes from the three point line to cutters 5 feet away from the basket and getting 18 assists a game.
A small complaint, I know, but it's been enough for me to turn off the game (with me in the lead, no less).
Oh yeah, that happens to me too, and it bothers me, too.
I do the 48 minutes of power and 60 minutes of Madden fury because I'm also very sick like that. :D
What was cool (always missing and needed to be there) was the 3-point shootout . . . although I could not get shots to drop with dynamos, that was pretty neat to use. They had the 3-point engine in 2k7's street career mode but it wasn't an option to just play from main menu, if I remember.