Framing prices seem to veer all over the place (I remember in Michigan being quoted $320 to frame a poster I'd bought for £10) so I had set an upper limit for these two pictures. I play with the mounting cardboards and little frame-edge triangles, and decide what I'd like.
The nice lady in the shop starts looking up catalogue prices for each item. I watch her, thinking: I should probably extend my upper limit. She takes out a ruler and measures various things, gets the calculator going, fills out a form in duplicate. I reason that I can afford to get one picture framed, surely.
"For this one, €4.70, and for this one €11.06".
Does that even cover the cost of the calculator and ink? She warns that they won't be ready though, not until later this afternoon.
I go off in a happy daze, buy some just-out-of-the-oven bread and a beer (for €0.14 and €0.44), and realised I would spend my first days in Dublin looking at price lists, appalled.
Which brings me to Dublin, where there was a big swanky PR award ceremony last night. My favourite nomination was Wilson Hartnell for "the tiger incident at Dublin Zoo". I've got to find out what that was about!! However, my favourite winner was my sister.(1) And since no-one seems to have announced it online yet...
(1) Award for excellence in Corporate communications: Business to Business, Raising awareness of SAS Ireland among the business community.