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Go Complacently into the Night
7/26/2007 6:16:41 AM    [ Flag as Inappropriate ]

I have a 1991 Honda. Yes, this is 2007, but my little car has served me well. Iíll admit, she is beginning to look her age, and the desert sun has altered her color and removed the glossy shine we lovingly buffed. She is also beginning to act her age, Iím afraid, but itís not easy to end a relationship that old.

Last week, my little car and I went to the gas station for a fill up. We pulled in front of a pump as a Hummer pulled out. He must have been there for a while because the meter read $80. 'Yikes!' I thought. 'If I had just spent $80 on gasoline, I would have been on my knees, beating the pavement with my fists in protest to the evil gasoline gods.' I donít think I need name them.

Even as gas prices rise, and the news of our quickly dissolving environment grows worse, I see more of these armored vehicles on the road. Why would a person buy a vehicle that is so destructive? Why would a manufacturer make such a vehicle and advertise it as something wonderful? Silly Jean, Ďthe bottom lineí of course.

People think they look pretty cool driving those things. I think they look silly. Although I have noticed a few stares at my aged car and I. Car manufacturers like to make money. Lotís and lotís of money. The same mentality that sells a Hummer sells a war to keep those babies running and thatís downright scary.

Complaining about anything these days somehow equates to being unpatriotic. The people who control the price of gasoline control the price of everything affected by it. It's getting more difficult to afford groceries because prices have risen with gas prices. Groceries, however, never go back down when the price of gas goes down, and thatís true of all other consumer goods. Weíre not supposed to be upset.

Someday soon, I suspect Iíll simply lose it. Iíll stand at a gas pump and my heart will try to keep up with the flipping of those little numbers as I fill the tank. Iíll fall to my knees screaming and beat the pavement with my fists until someone calls 911 to stop me. Theyíll probably send one of the new ambulances from the cities fleet of Hummers.

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More Blogs by Jean Sheldon
•  Go Complacently into the Night - Thursday, July 26, 2007  
• An Uncommon Magpie born on the Common - Thursday, July 26, 2007
• Responsibility - Tuesday, July 24, 2007
• Reality Check - Sunday, July 22, 2007
• Priorities - Thursday, July 19, 2007
• Selling YourselfóSelling Your Books - Monday, July 16, 2007
• Okay, call me a Hypocrite - Sunday, July 15, 2007
• You Find Life When You Live It - Saturday, July 14, 2007
• Make some Room for the Rest of Us - Thursday, July 12, 2007
• Ego - Wednesday, July 11, 2007
• How do you Stay Calm in the Chaos? - Monday, July 09, 2007
• Twilight Zoned - Sunday, July 08, 2007
• Take Two Books and Call me in the Morning - Thursday, July 05, 2007
• Survival of the Considerate - Monday, July 02, 2007
• Listless on the DorothyL Listserve - Thursday, June 28, 2007
• Which way do you think our feet are facing? - Wednesday, June 27, 2007
• Always - Monday, June 25, 2007
• Upstaged by a Pigeon - Saturday, June 23, 2007
• Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard - Friday, June 22, 2007
• The Boundaries we call Safe - Monday, June 18, 2007
• Only You Know What you Want to Achieve - Friday, June 15, 2007
• Buy my bookótoo subtle? - Monday, June 11, 2007
• The Great Albuquerque Mouse Tragedy - Sunday, June 10, 2007
• When are you the Most Creative? - Thursday, June 07, 2007
• I Love My Socks - Thursday, June 07, 2007
• One Manís Peace is Another Manís War - Tuesday, June 05, 2007
• Writerís Blockóyou have the right to remain silent - Saturday, June 02, 2007
• Creating can be Scary - Wednesday, May 30, 2007
• If you canít say something niceÖsay something - Monday, May 28, 2007
• How far do you go? - Thursday, May 24, 2007
• Sociably Shy - Wednesday, May 23, 2007
• Grist for the idea mill - Monday, May 21, 2007
• A Sense of Community - Wednesday, May 16, 2007
• Some Thoughts on Self-publishing - Monday, May 14, 2007

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