Post by skepticatfirst on Mar 25, 2021 13:43:25 GMT -5
I'd be fascinated if there's something there, but there's another way to think about $900 -- even without any hidden/symbolic meaning, it still actually tells you a lot about the characters.
Also in reference to the above $90 thing, my instinct says there’s something in the Chips Ahoy! $900, and the relationship between the numbers 5 and 6, like in Chips Ahoy! and Denver Haircut (horses/races, hours/planets) that would lead me to the right reference but I just can’t make it stick.
$900 is a good amount of money for these ne'er-do-wells in the 90s/00s. But we also know that she's not really risking it, because of the clairvoyance -- it's a sure thing. So if these people had access to more money, there's no reason they shouldn't throw down five grand or whatever. So we can assume that's basically all she has.
$900 works perfectly because it's enough that your winnings would let you live high on the hog for a while, but at the same time, if you only have $900 to your name, you're not doing super-great in the big picture.
With you 100% on this. Same is true of "gonna have to come up with seven grand some other way" --- that's an amount that Charlemagne could sort just by getting a job, but dude doesn't see an alternative to pimping out Holly. Awesome.
I think most of the prices of things (including the $100/day habit of Sketchy Metal) are reflective of a story world based on, as you say, the very real world of the 90s/00s. (That consistency is interesting to me because of how much it tells us about what's happening, but more on that elsewhere.)
Finally, numerology and Craig Finn sounds like "run away" to me, but it's also true that you kind of want to stay open to whatever new thing he may decide to do. The weird letter-play with his initials on the cover of Clear Heart Full Eyes (which he himself talked about) is something I wouldn't have expected, but apparently it's there. And there's the Number of the Beast in "6 6 6 am on the weekend" [ILtL], which isn't numerology as such, but isn't too many steps removed from it, either. I've missed stuff often enough that I guess I prefer an official position of "Craig could surprise us." :-)