an optimist’s rant


Driving home today, I became particularly annoyed by a bicyclist who was riding too far to the left, taking up so much of the lane that I couldn’t pass him until the oncoming lane cleared. And I started thinking that this guy is probably one of those folks who’ve taken up biking to work/school/grandma’s house because of the rising gas prices. And then I noticed his bike and how ultra-expensive it looks and how he had one of those fancy bags everyone is carrying these days–oh, I don’t know what they’re called, but I do know they’re expensive.

Anyway, this guy didn’t look like one who needed to save money. And that got me thinking even more: about how many people there are riding to the store/the library/grandma’s house on their bikes or on the bus because they don’t want to spend the money on gas. Seems there are quite a few people doing that these days, but not necessarily rightfully so.

Here’s the thing: supply and demand. The more we buy, the lower prices are, right? So if everybody would keep buying gas, the prices wouldn’t go so high so fast. Now I’m not one to be economically smart (I think I got a D in college), but I think there’s something to this. In fact, I think we should thank Hummer owners and all those SUV driving fools. They’re keeping gas prices lower than they could be.

Just a thought. I never promised you genius.

In other news…

My dog freaked me out last night. I woke up around 4 or so with this eerie feeling someone was watching me. I opened my eyes to find Petey standing above me, staring me dead in the eye. I’m not sure what to think about that. Was he trying to tell me something? Had I been talking in my sleep? Snoring too loudly? Or could it be that Petey’s not too happy with me, that he was about to bonk me in the head with a lead pipe?

I’ll likely never know. And that’s not a bad thing.


Author: Kim Sharp

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