Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Black Gold is Cheap

Why isn't anyone talking about the fact that gas is $1.90? Or are they talking about it, but I'm just not listening? Gas hasn't been $1.90 since I was in college (for those who hate maths, that was 2001ish). And wasn't it about $4.50 not too long ago? I mean, I know I don't have a car and everything, but did everything go hybrid and no one inform me? Did the war(s) end? Economic crisis right itself? Did we find a new liquid stash under the wildlife refuges of Alaska? I knew SP was too quiet. Sneaky ho.

Seriously though. Why aren't we outraged? Here we are, watching the world head toward the possibility of a global depression (dramatic, but possible) and no one's even a little irate that gas just magically gotten way the fuck cheaper? I mean...does that mean when it went up a dollar every year, it did so because somewhere Papa needed a new suit? I want to know who's fault this is. I want someone to shake my fist at for this suddenly cheap-as-hell gasoline. Who are these deciders? Who do they answer to? What's going to become of all these rhetorical questions?

I just don't know. This weekend is my 2nd Annual Christmas Cocktail Party. Some of the players have changed, but the game's still the same...see how many snazzily-dressed sardines I can stuff into a basement apartment. I keep staring at my surroundings wondering how I'm going to manufacture more space. It will be an exercise in physics. My favorite.

14 keep(s) me blogging:

Gorilla Bananas said...

Are you talking about petrol? Gas is what you fart out of your anus. Learn some economics, Missy, petrol is getting cheaper because deflation is causes prices to fall. That's why Barry Obama is going to print billions of dollars to get men building roads and stuff. If you're lucky, they might whistle at you on your way to work.

TWIINKIE said...

I have a sneaky suspicion the oil companies sucked us dry to make us rethink this whole gas business since they've developed new ways to refuel and they want us to be desperate enough to buy them.


Supply and demand?

We quit driving as much in our gas hogging Ford Expedition and my hubbies Ford F-250 4x4 therefore they weren't making as much money therefore they decided to make it more affordable for us gas hoggers to buy gas to hog?

TWINKIE said...

Either way. They are rat bastards.

d said...

i blame canada! or is it nicaragua? peru? i don't know.

and if you're outraged, then so am i. so very outraged. angry even. well, more unsettled than anything.

where can i get one of those cool gasoline outfits?

d said...

yeah, it's the same blog. new look. same infrequency of posting.

Robert the Skeptic said...

Twinkie is partially right. When oil was hovering around $150/barrel, Congress started making noises which scared the commodities traders; the "R" word - Regulation. They decided to get their act together before they had controls imposed on them.. like teenagers threatened with losing use of the car on weekend.

The second purpose for lower prices was to take the wind out of the sails for developing alternative energy. Lower the price of Heroin and people lose interest in breaking the habit.

These markets are artificially manipulated by what Eisenhower warned us about in the 50's - unseen corporate control overriding democracy.

Just wait, the low prices are quite temporary, as T. Boone Pickens pointed out. Americans have a short attention span and are thereby easily manipulated. For now, enjoy it while you can.

Wow, that was awkward said...

I thought only old people talked about gas prices all the time. You should go visit my parents in their retirement community in Flar-da.

Sarah said...

You had it right. Papa needed a new suit.

I can't wait for this weekend. I'm finally sober from last Saturday too.

Kara said...

goranas - don't you try that imperialist bullshit with me, young man. your reign is over. it's 'gasoline'.

twinkie - it's fun thinking about things, isn't it.

d - i believe you can order them off the internets. wear it every day.

dad - not too much to enjoy...my bike doesn't use all that much gas. though brendan's car likes it an awful lot.

wow - woah, tiger...ignorance is bliss with you, eh?

sarah - me neither! it better not fucking snow! i want NO cancellations!

AxAtlas said...

I know this for a fact. The deciders throw darts at a dart board to determine price. Lately, their wrists and/or arms have gotten sore/injured from previous overthrowing so now their darts are landing lower (prices).
This group calls themselves DartDecidingDeciders or 3D for short. They have t-shirts, stickers and tattoos and stuff. We should all try to intercept their online newsletter.

Mary Witzl said...

Gasoline is cheaper here too, but then we're close to the source. People keep trying to explain it to me, but I'm just that little bit too thick...

Orhan Kahn said...

I live across the road from a service station on the busiest highway in the country. Some things are best not spoken about. IS THAT OKAY WITH YOU!

And who is that you guys pay more than me for gas? Don't you destroy nations just to make microwavable pizza cheaper?

The Future said...

Maybe gas prices are lower because it's all just a big game and the oil companies like to watch all of us run around, like a bunch of mice or maybe sheep, hunting for the lowest price and then just as we get close, they start to slowly raise it again more and more and more until eventually it costs more than it ever did. I think you're mistaking accountability for Mideast oil greed, last time I looked, never the two shall meet.
Do I get a prize for the longest, run-on sentence?

Kara said...

ax - darts can kill

mary - i enjoy the idea of being close to the source of something. i consider myself being close to the source of all awesomeness. which is, of course, myself.

or - i decide what's not to be spoken about. and then i'll tell you what it is. and we'll talk about why.

mum - who you calling a mouse?