OIl Prices: Up, Up, and Away!
I have never been one to care about rising gas prices. I have never paid attention when the media has hyped the cost of a tank of gas.
Hell, I never even looked at the receipt after I filled ‘er up. (The car, not the prostitute. Them hookers are tax deductible if you have a good accountant.)
It is just a waste of time to fret about such things, I thought. What am I going to do, not drive to work because each gallon costs a few cents more?
Those people whining about gas prices were just whiners—the same folks who complained about the cost of houses … movie tickets … vegetables. But that was just not me.
Until I bought a luxury SUV.
At the time, it seemed like such a good idea. A vehicle with real speakers, GPS, and a rear end camera; lots of fun uses for that last one. And not only could it survive an impact with my old car—the dumpy little Honda CRV—it could crush that thing like Barack Obama squashed Alan Keyes in last year’s Illinois senate race.
But now, one year later, two twenties jump out of my pocket whenever I drop below a quarter tank. Every time I even drive by a gas station now, my wallet crawls around my waist and slaps my beanbag.
And pay attention, ladies and gentlemen: it is going to get worse before it gets better.
According to Oil Politics International, several hotspots around the world could cause markets to get all wiggy: Saudi Arabia, Iran, Venezuela.
We have panicked over $50 per barrel oil. Then $60. This week, nearing $70. But if any of these places really go downhill, we are looking at $100 per barrel.
Wait … do you hear that? I think my old Honda CRV is laughing at me.