Monday, April 30, 2007
Sent: Monday, April 30, 2007 12:59 PM
Subject: Fil 'Er Up! - by Oracle
I stopped at the gas station today to fill up. Gosh! I wonder how much longer we will treat this like such a mundane task instead of the special event that it is? To be able to stop at a petrol station, virtually anywhere, anytime, and pay so little for the precious liquid that runs our lives! We are going to miss it terribly! I watched the other patrons around me, staring blankly as the numbers race by in a blur, getting their personal fix of 'Juice'. Addicted to precious oil; willing to pay any price, willing to do anything, just to be able to drive to the next station for the next fix.
Watching the people pour their work & savings into the gas tanks of their SUVs; $50 for barely a 1/3 of a tank. Watching them think 'Will it be enough gas to get me to work for the next 2 days?'. Then back to the station and dump more of the precious gas down the maw of the demanding machine, now their master! Feed me or I will refuse to work for you!
Watching the working poor limp into the station, barely running on fumes. The $10 they used to spend is now $40 or more. You can see the desperation in their eyes; how can I afford the gas and food and shelter for my family? Prices on everything are going up almost weekly. The employers are tightening up and starting to lay people off. Things are getting tough all over, but especially for those already at the bottom.
A man in a suit filling a Chevy Tahoe watches me fill my Honda Fit. He approaches and makes small talk as I screw the cap back on the tank and pick up my $40 receipt for the fill. He offers to buy my gas-sipper on the spot; for a price that is thousands more than I paid for it a few months ago. I politely decline as I do not want to wait a year or more for a replacement, for a price to be determined at the time of delivery. Hepersists; I decline again. He becomes angry and starts shouting at me about the $200 it costs to fill his truck, about the god-damned Ay-rabs, and the god-damned oil companies making all the profits, paying off the god-damned politicians, and how it's not fair to anyone!! He pauses, lets out a sob and begins to cry; he is spending $1000 a month, half of his family's mortgage money, to pay for gas to drive to his lousy job in downtown Dallas, and how he's about be laid off from his job, and he's about to lose his house. I take a twenty out of my wallet, stuff it in his hand, mumble something about this will help you some on your fill-up, and quickly leave.
Later that evening, I think about what I saw at the gas station. Most of those poor schmucks just don't get it; our lives are changing dramatically every day and life will continue to get more difficult andexpensive.My $20 gift to the guy with the Tahoe isn't going to change anything for him; just push him one step down the road toward beggerhood. Is this where we're all headed? Impoverish ourselves & our families to end upbegging a few dollars to drive a few miles? Should I have sold my car to the desperate man and just ride my bike? AM I READY TO MAKE THAT KIND OF CHANGE IN MY LIFE?
We are living the Chinese curse, we ARE living in interesting times.......
Sent: Monday, April 30, 2007 2:49 PM
Subject: Norway letter
This is it. I'm selling my car. I guess the government is goint to start ration gasoline.Trying to get rid of the junk before the prices of gasoline get too high. It is expensive enough now. I'm going to use the bike. Healthier it is.
Sent: Monday, April 30, 2007 2:17 PM
Subject: It's Only Monday?!
I packed a bag on Friday, and headed up to my family's house to show off my new SUV, 150 miles away. Over the weekend, I put on over 400 miles as they live about 20 miles from the nearest town. Even with gas at $4.00 per gallon, that didn't bother me at all.
Sent: Sunday, April 29, 2007 11:02 PM
Subject: how the crisis is affecting me
well, working in the Alberta oil patch in Canada, the crisis hits home for one who makes his money directly off petroleum resources. I haven't worked in 3 weeks, and the rumor is that only 10% of drilling and service rigs are working right now. Sure, during spring time work stops here for a while to let the ground dry up to move heavy equipment on and off locations, however, predictions are dire. every employee of other services i.e. test crews, service rig hands, wire liners, consultants, even sales people are predicting massive lay offs, and less money in the hands of the workers than we have ever seen. i wonder if there is more to it than a lack of oil, are the oil companies purposely fixing the system to raise prices? to choke the
services into charging cheaper rates? who knows? hey i'll be checking up with you all the time for updates!
Sent: Monday, April 30, 2007 3:29 AM
Subject: Try looking outside
So I rush to 'world without oil' to find out more about the crisis.
What do I find 'Gasoline' prices - I live in the UK we don't have
Gasoline. Apparently its 4.12. Erm 4.12 what?? I guess it's US
Dollars. I dig more and find out this is devoted to "huge gap in our
nation's thinking". Our nation. Not my nation. Your nation.
So a US based site talking about the US calls itself 'World Without
You get the feeling that 'World Without Oil' is part of the problem,
not the solution.
Try again, if you want to cover US Without Oil then call it that, if
you want to play World Without Oil, try focusing outside the US.
Sent: Monday, April 30, 2007 9:43 AM
Subject: Day 1
netizen name: JohnGalt
10:30 am, Charlotte, N.C.
Wow, there's quite a line at the gas stations I passed on the way into work.
What's going on?
Saw the news on the web, gas is going through the roof. Called my wife to tell her to try and fill up and fill up the gas can too.
It makes me glad we're still getting by with our honda civic, the minivan we wanted would use a lot more gas..
Stock is dropping, that can't be good. Good thing we locked in our mortgage rate for the new house.
Gotta remember to check on supplies, with the move, I don't know where everything is.
It may all just blow over, gas prices always rise in the summer, it's like they do it on purpose.
Sent: Monday, April 30, 2007 9:44 AM
Subject: first thoughts
Sent: Monday, April 30, 2007 11:10 AM
Subject: Oil Shock - Transit disaster
Netizen Hero - Catfish
It did not go unnoticed that as the oil shock is front and center, a fuel truck exploded on a major transit route in the Bay Area. My transit route! So today, public transit is free thanks to Arnold -- and there was no traffic at all. I think that's because it's just the first day; people probably are working from home or enjoying the free public transit.
I had been thinking, it's time to use public transit more. Gas prices coupled with the $4 bridge toll. Yes, the environment, duh... Public transit: it means a longer commute time-wise and more advanced planning for after-work events. There are so many advantages: it's pretty low stress, I can read the paper and it requires me to walk about a mile from the bus station to my office - not a bad way to exercise.
Having grown up in Los Angeles, it takes a bit of a mind shift to not have my car at my beck and call. This oil shock and the strange events on my transit route are making me think of a lifestyle change. It's just around the corner (actually just up the street at the casual carpool and bus stop.)
Sent: Monday, April 30, 2007 1:04 PM
Subject: Dang! It's finally happening.
Sent: Monday, April 30, 2007 1:22 PM
Subject: Shocked in Europe ...
As a resident of a country other than the US of I´ll have to admit that I am shocked by this sudden catastrophic rise in gas prices.
At just overt $4 / gallon Americans are paying NEARLY TWO THIRDS of what Europeans have been paying for the past two years!!!
In a country most Americans don´t know where is. (Denmark)