The challenge starts today. My goal is to ride at least 100 miles, albeit inside on my Cyclops trainer, i the next 30 days. For a while I was getting up early in order to get my rides in before I went to work. Well, that didn't work. While I'm a morning person and get a lot accomplished before I head to the store, riding a bike or cardio are 2 things I find myself putting off. They fit in better later in the afternoon, after the work day is finished.
I find it amazing how China and the US agree to begin trade talks again and the Stock Market goes up. Your average MAGA head dances around singing Yippee Skippy... while quietly, in the background, prices continue to rise because in America corporations can never make enough money. Saturday I had customers come up to me, they wanted to buy 3 cases of vinyl planks but wanted to pay the store price, not the online prices. No problem. That happens now and then, the Internet price is a bit more. That wasn't the case. Our store price was wrong... by 20 cents a square foot. And these prices increases are National... and the product is manufactured in... China. Not every price went up, but a number of them did so we had to pull price stickers off our displays. Even if a deal is struck, those prices are never going to go back down.
And it's not just flooring, and it's not just the retail corporation I work for, it's everywhere. My dogs are fed both dry and moist dog foods purchased at my local Giant Food Store. For a dry food, they like Beneful and I buy big bags of it. The price has always been $29.77. Four weeks ago I noticed the price had dropped a dollar a bag and I thought, my, isn't that nice... Until I checked into it. The price had dropped, but so did the poundage per bag. $29.77 used to get me 31.1 pounds. Now, $28.77 gets me 28 pounds. It used to cost 96 cents a pound, now it costs $1.02 a pound. Oh, and it appears as though the 31.1 lb bag is out of stock... even at chewy.com , so I'd say this is probably a Purina decision. And it's not just dog food, it's everything. For those who are naive enough to believe in Trickle Down Economics, this is how it really works. And don't forget, these are the same corporations that got a really nice tax break, thanks to the Republican Party. So on this Fourth of July, while the Idiot Jerk is giving his shitty little rally speech, and all those little MAGA heads are dancing around his feet, remember, this is what he truly given us: higher prices so corporations can make more money. It's why we have these tariff wars, not so our prices can go down, rather it's so corporations can make more money which is never, ever going to Trickle Down.