Thursday, September 01, 2005

Gas prices

I'm hearing lots of folks saying yeah, yeah, yeah, that's sad about New Orleans - but complaining vociferously and at great length about gas prices.

I have to say ... in the scope of this overwhelming disaster, a few more $$ at the pump is a miniscule price to pay. I feel extraordinarily fortunate that I all I have to do is pay a few more bucks and my family can go on with life as normal.

I'm counting my blessings.



Update:

"Your comment on Katrina's effect on energy prices is being considered for publication in a special collection of responses on the Opinion page of The Christian Science Monitor's print edition."

10 comments:

Flatman said...

You are so right! I can't believe people. This morning on the elevator at work, this guy was complaining that he had to stop on almost every floor before he got to his. Dude!

Shelley said...

We take so much for granted, I am praying for those poor people stranded down there..my heart aches for all of them..the only thing we can do up here is send our $$$ to the Red Cross!!!

On The Edge said...
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On The Edge said...

You know...I have been reading about all the death and destruction that has happened around the Gulf Coast and it hurts my heart. Yes I have complained about the gas prices a few times myself the past two days and I feel extremely guilty. I know that I am fortunate to have access to my car and gas and my resolution is if I dont want to pay the price on gas then I just dont go anywhere. Its as simple as that for myself I'm very lucky and very greatful that I have a home to go to when I leave my office and the choice to even go buy gas if I wanted to. My heart, prayers and deepest sympathies go out to all of those with out the basics of life.
P.S. Sorry about the deleted post, it was mine I had a few typo's I didnt see.

Ellie said...

I've told several people about this and mostly the women agree, and the men say "They're just taking advantage and price-gouging."

mid-pack mom said...

I'm with you! I ain't complaining! Not one bit. kirsten

A Girl Running said...

I have only just read about the problems with the hurricane and the devastation - it's heartbreaking

IMmike said...

I agree with you. Gas prices are only a small price to pay and should not really be seen as such a burden considering the destruction.

That being said, the next 3 months will be very interesting. Many industries which rely on gas for transporting goods will have to raise prices in order to survive. The airline industry will be raising prices soon to cope (some have already raised ticket prices up to $30). Commodore noted on his site that building supplies will be in short supply for the coming years. This will drastically affect the market for new homes.

tri-mama said...

I recently heard a challenge for a national "gas free Sunday" I liked that idea. Instead of complaining, maybe spend less time driving and more time with family and neighbors. It just might help us feel a little more human again, so we aren't so inclined to complain in the face of horrible things like these.

partyrunner said...

it is a sad thing to complain about...but for some people living on the margins, i mean, barely making it, those extra dollars at the pump will make the difference between making it and not. so complicated... i don't have answers. but i know a lot of people are suffering right now and it will get harder. important to count our blessings. thoughtful posts