Thursday, May 29, 2008

The gas bubble

A couple years ago everyone was talking about the housing bubble and when it would burst.

Well, we all know it burst.

Sales slowed down and prices started to ease a bit.

So, will there be a gas bubble?

I sure as hell hope so. I filled up yesterday
and the best price I found was at Costco.

They had the "cheap" stuff for $3.95 a gallon.
The higher octane was something like $4.09, I think.

I vaguely remember the gas lines of the 1970s.

I remember my mom pulling up to the station
and having me or my sister get out of the car to check
the license plate to see if it ended in an odd or even number,
which would determine if we could get gas that day.

There was no one checking the plates yesterday,
but the lines did remind me of those lines in the '70s.

I heard on the radio that more people are using the
Metrolink train system here in the L.A. area.
I wish I could use that.
With my odd hours, it would take me half the day to get to work.
So I drive.
The hours also make it impossible to find a carpool buddy.
With stories about how gas prices will keep rising,
I really start to wonder:
When will Los Angeles and Orange counties get things right?
When will they realize that we need to solve the traffic problem?
When will they do more than talk and actually fix this?
Then I think that even if they do come up with
some great plan, they still need to pay for it.
And then there are all those years that it will take to build.
So I drive.
And once a week I fill the tank, seeing the total go up week after week.
So, about that bubble...

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