ArtMan Posted September 2, 2005 Share Posted September 2, 2005 This is a hobby that can involve a lot of driving, especially if you've been at it for awhile and have exhausted nearby benchmarks. Given what's been going on with gas prices ... and what's predicted for the next couple of months following the crippling of refining capacity in the Gulf ... have you decided to rein in your benchmark-driven motoring? I for one have. I filled up my car today with no-name regular at $2.859 (in Arlington, VA) and felt I was getting a bargain. Prices are considerably higher elsewhere, and they will be increasing everywhere in the coming days and weeks. Given the almost-certain coming shortage of refined product — I think this will be mainly true in the eastern half of the country — it seems that reducing non-essential driving is the generous, even the patriotic thing to do. <political rant> Our president, whose idiotic advice to us after 9/11 was to go shopping, has again failed to ask for the needed sacrifices that Americans would gladly make. With the National Guard depleted by a cesspool of an unneeded war in Iraq, and FEMA run by a former "death tax" avoidance lawyer, and natural disaster planning relegated to afterthought status in the Dept. of Homeland Security, no wonder there's anarchy in the streets of New Orleans. And thanks to endless spending in Iraq, an irresponsible Congress, and unconscionable tax breaks for the ultra rich, the emergency spending in the wake of Katrina will drive us deeper into debt, since this administration squandered the surplus it inherited.</political rant> Anyway, I had planned to go back to an area I benchmarked in a few weeks ago and try to nail down the marks I didn't get around to looking for. But it's a three-hour round trip, and it seems to me that's gas that would be put to better use in getting some volunteers to Biloxi or some family who lost everything in Slidell out to Houston. Meanwhile, I'll hop on the Metro and go to the zoo. Thoughts, anyone? -ArtMan- Quote Link to comment
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