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Changing times (2) Wed, Sep 07, 2005
Times they are a-changin'.  I got a call from a telemarketer last night at around 8:15 pm.  Back in the old days, they used to call at around 5 or 6 pm, which used to be called "dinner time".  Now they call at around the time when a lot of people get home from work.  Thankfully I'm not one of those people.  I'm more than happy with my 40 hours a week.

Fine, I'll say it.  How 'bout them gas prices?  High enough for ya?  Just as a point of reference:  When I started driving in 1999, it cost me about $10 to fill up the 10-gallon gas tank in my little tiny 4-cylinder 1990 Toyota Corolla.  It was around that time that gas was less than $1 per gallon.  It turns out that gas cost about $1 per gallon in 1980 as well.  Over a 20-year time period, the price went up a few cents and down a few cents, but stayed mostly around $1.30 or so.  Yesterday I got cheap gas.  It was $3.19/gallon.  So in the past 5 years alone, the price has gone up 319%.  But $3.19 is a small price to pay for a gallon of anything.  A gallon of orange juice costs about $3-$4 per gallon.  A gallon of olive oil costs about $30-$40 per gallon.  A 20-oz bottle of water costs about $1-$1.50.  A 1-gallon bottle of water costs about the same.  Too bad our cars don't run on water.  There's an unlimited supply of that.  Yeah, tell that to the people in Saharan Africa. #math

Mike Wed, Sep 07, 2005
That is cheap...tough to find anything less than $3.50 up here. 

A lot of people talk about Peak Oil around these parts.  If you ever have some time to kill at work you can read this overly dramatic site: http://www.lifeaftertheoilcrash.net/

Pretty interesting analysis of rising oil prices and the future.  Not sure if I buy it, but its an interesting and widely held theory.

Dave Wed, Sep 07, 2005
I just read it.  I'm not too worried.  I see it as a very possible outcome in the near future.  But there's nothing I can do about it, so I'll figure everything out when it happens.  Or I'll store millions of barrels of oil in my crawl space and sell it for billions of dollars in the year 2030.  I have a serious inability to take anything seriously.

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