Friday, February 25, 2011

Thousand-Dollar Light Fixtures and Highly Informative Ads

So apparently the city isn't spending $708 billion on new light fixtures. It's only spending $708 million. WTF? $708 million for 772 schools is approximately $917,100 per school. According to Gothamist they're replacing 564,000 fixtures. That's approximately $1,255 per fixture. WTF? Seriously. Doesn't the city know how to shop around for a good deal?

Once I'm complaining about the city wasting money, what is up with these obnoxious ads on the subway how you shouldn't drink too much. Please. It is not a recent discovery that by drinking too much you might get into a fight or pass out. Humankind has been aware of the dangers of excessive drinking for thousands of years. I don't need NYC to tell me how much to drink. Do they think I'm stupid and I have no common sense? What's next? Ads with a picture of a guy lying in bed and a caption, "7 p.m. is not 7 a.m.--always make sure you've set your alarm clock correctly"? Maybe they should have ads telling us to call our mothers every week? And ads reminding us write thank-you notes when we get gifts? This is not a joke. The federal government already sponsors ads telling people to stay married.


  1. According to my aunt, $1,000 is not an outrageous price to pay for an industrial light fixture.

  2. For example, I'm sure that the light fixtures in school gyms are quite expensive.

  3. Well I personally find those sugary drink ads repulsive. You know, where the coke turns into a nice bowl of jiggly orange FAT. I don't drink regular coke and yet I must face the wretched signs day after day.

  4. How about those cheery, inspiring signs at Atlantic Terminal that say, "Anybody can get HIV!" ??

  5. Really? Three and a half minutes on google reveals that they cost about $40 retail.

    As for the other, the nanny state strikes again, what else is new?


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