I cannot tell you how many times I have shown up at events with a couple of cameras around my neck, a gadget bag full of odds & ends and a lighting kit and have been asked that question. If it happened once every few years, that would be one thing. But it happens a LOT. It's like getting pulled over by the police and he's standing there with uniform, gun, flashing lights and asking him "Are you a cop?" I would love to come back with a witty reply, such as "No, I am Jesus. Don't you recognize my beard?" However, I cannot be that rude.
Friday, March 4, 2011
The Price of Gas
From Tuesday to Friday of this week gasoline went from $3.55 to $3.69 a gallon
On Tuesday of this week the price of gas in Chaumont NY was $3.55/gallon. Pretty much the same price all over Jefferson County. On Thursday I bought gas in preparation for Friday morning (today) because I would need to leave home early in the morning to work for the Post-Standard. The price was $3.65/gallon! Overnight the price of gas at this store jumped 10 cents a gallon! I don't believe a fuel truck delivered fresh gas to them overnight at a higher price. What the hell is this all about? I snap a picture of the price. This morning I head out to go to work and what do I see? The price of gas at the SAME place has risen 4 more cents, to $3.69/gallon. This is a complete outrage. There is no call for this.
How would it be if you you went to the grocery store one morning & forgot to buy eggs at $1.00/doz. So the next morning you go to pick them up and they are $1.25. And they are the same eggs that were in the cooler the night before. Suppose the next day they went up 5 more cents. A week later they are up to $1.69 a dozen. Wouldn't that signal something to you? Now, if it were happening at only one store chain. Fine. Shift your shopping from store A to store B. But how would you feel if you went from store, to store, to store, and everyone of them was selling eggs at the same inflated price, even though there had been no new delivery of eggs?
How can the gasoline sellers get away with this? This is a big scam that is going to once again undermine the recent gains in the economy.
Now we might accept the price gouging , oh, Im sorry, the price fixing, no, I mean price fluctuations in eggs because we might only but a dozen a week. Or, we could live without eggs all together if we had to. But when gasoline goes up 5, 10, 15, to 50 or 60 cents a gallon or more, we feel it because we must buy it in volume. We must buy it 10 gallons or so at a time. If eggs were the mainstay of our diet and we had to buy 20 dozen a week to survive we would be in trouble. It would be like the potato famine that hit Ireland a long time ago. As it is, we can live without eggs so we stop buying them to pay for the increase in the price of gas. Oh, let's not forget home heating oil.