Monday, May 01, 2006

Gas Prices High; Common Sense Low

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Some people's Common Sense tanks are running as empty as my gas tank lately...

Here's TWO examples from Friday afternoon...

I'm driving out of town after a leisurely grocery shop at Wal Mart and celery AND DVDs all in the same place!?! Genius!
Anyway...this giant truck is right in my blind spot and I think it's a friggin giant diesel cross-country you know, a trucker truck. But it's not. The guy finally pulls up out of my blind spot (incidentally, he's trying to go 70 on a road with a 45 mph speed limit and cars all around him going said speed limit so he's riding bumpers and creeping in blind spots - AKA I hate him) and he's driving a Ford F-250 Super Cab with Lariat Trim...Diesel.

It's a big-ass truck. I mean, wow.
I looked it up online -- that sucker gets MAYBE 10-12 mpg. Holy MOSES! and it'll hold about 30 gallons o' gas...ringing up at around $90 depending on where you are located and taking you about 300-360 miles. FOR $90!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
That's insanity.

I remember the good ol' days....cue the wayback machine.....when gas was 99 CENTS per gallon and I drove a Honda Accord that got 75 miles per gallon (well...less than that, but much more than 10!) and aaaahhh, the freedom. This was as recently as 1997-98 perhaps by the way. Kinda makes you sick to your stomach, no?

OK, story #2

Moments after this Ford F-250 Lariat (Arizona license plate HGHNMTY = High And Mighty = Jerkoff) passes by me and about four other cars in a swervy motion, I drive by the Safeway gas station, advertising at around $2.99 per gallon. In the little driveway to the shopping center are three people holding up a makeshift cardboard and Sharpie sign.
The sign says "Stranded. Need Gas!"

I thought...take a number kids, you're stuck! But then I saw that these were three people of mature LEAST in their 40s, and I again thought to the hell do you run out of gas when you're 40 some odd years old?????
I did it TWICE when I was 16 (and newly licensed) and then NEVER AGAIN!
The pain of running a gas tank dry is so palpable, it scares you into submission to BIG OIL!
So while I felt this sad trio's pain, I did not stop to give them $5 or some other odd amount of currency, instead I thought.... "Sucks to be you. Good luck with your scam!" and drove on home.

1 comment:

cube said...

There are morally reprehensible people scamming for free gas.