Pissed Off About The Bag Tax

Posted 2009.07.07 16.29 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

I stopped in at my local A & P today on my way home. Just for a few quick things I needed to pick up – not a full blown shopping expedition. So naturally I didn’t have a handy supply of reusable canvas shopping bags with me.

Yeah the local shops here have started charging 5 cents for the plastic bags, and advertising the reusable ones they charge you $2.00 for. Which is fine. The canvas ones are more comfortable on the hands anyways, and a nickle is pretty meaningless small change now.

I don’t care if the retailers get to keep the nickle or if it goes to the city or province or whatever. It doesn’t make a bit of difference where the money goes – it comes out of my purse, and its levied at the register like all the other taxes. It’s the bag tax. But whether it goes to the retailer, the city, province, nation, the united nations, or they melt them all ¬†down and make a giant rocket and launch them to heaven, I don’t really care about that. Its still just a nickle.

What really pisses me off about the bag tax is that the cashiers seem to be programmed to use as few bags as possible. A few months ago I thought they were wasteful for using 6 plastic bags where 4 or 5 would suffice. Now they’re trying to squeeze 3 bags worth of stuff into a single bag.

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A Memory Moment

Posted 2009.07.07 9.21 in Family/Friends, Pointless Blather by Stephanie

On the way to work this morning, I stopped at the Timmies drivethrough to get a coffee – a morning ritual for a great many Canadians. As I was getting my money ready, I noticed the date on a Loonie I had in my pocket – 1988. I didn’t realize the Loonie had been around that long. Twenty-one years, since that coin was minted. I handed it over (along with the rest of the change), got my coffee, and drove away, thinking about how much has changed since 1988.

In 1988 I was eighteen. Although the Loonie existed, there were still dollar-bills around too, and some people were refusing to use the new coins, hoarding or at least hanging on to the dollars they found.

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Insomnia Sucks

Posted 2009.07.07 0.51 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

Tossing and turning for two hours and still I can’t sleep… Grrr.

They need to invent a sleeping pill that won’t accidentally kill people with sleep apnea. I’ve tried wine, but it isn’t always effective.