Goodboy Norman Featherstone

Monday, September 15, 2008

Out of Gas

When the People moved to Asheville, their eyes were opened to a different kind of lifestyle encouraged by the people and local retailers of the city. A lifestyle more considerate of other people, more aware of the global environment and more centered on community and local sustainability. They began eating organic meat and dairy, buying locally grown farm products and enjoying the eclectic cuisine offered by local restaurants instead of patronizing chains. Woman has always considered the people of Asheville on a whole to be more level-headed and dare I say, special. Asheville has a certain patient meekness to it, allowing other cities to cut in line and gladly sharing her bounty with strangers. Yes, it's a hippy-eye view, isn't it?

This weekend Woman's view of Ashevillians was knocked down a few pegs when the entire city jacked the price of gas up to a high of $4.79, followed by a complete exhaustion of supply. Beginning Friday night, there was no gas to be had in the city or the surrounding area. The media had thrown western North Carolina into a gas-guzzling frenzy, warning that the shortage could last up to 10 days due to Hurricane Ike. In the same paragraph, the media recommended people not buy gas if they had a quarter tank or more, but then went on to warn that there could be no gas for over a week. The people of Asheville bought into the media's sensationalism and gulped down every drop of available gas. Although there was no gas on Saturday, the petro trucks started rolling into town on Sunday. The price is still sky-high, but of course the shortage did not last as long as the media jerks claimed it would.

Woman still loves Asheville, but she is a little disappointed by what happened this past weekend. It seems that many in Asheville dropped the brain and reached for the gas pump instead. If everyone had remained calm and just chilled out, gas would not be $4.21 right now. Now that it is this high, it's going to be interesting to see if/when it goes back down to $3.58. It's sad that $3.58 is considered "low" right now.

As a side note, my People did not contribute to the depletion of gas in Asheville, but rationed their remaining gas to last for the next week.

15 Comments:

  • At 11:03 AM, Blogger Lex said…

    That's awful! People panic though and the media definitly does not help. It sounds like Asheville is a beautiful place to live!
    I filled up my tank at 1.53$ a liter - so about 6.12$ a gallon..
    :(

     
  • At 11:05 AM, Blogger Brutus said…

    It was nuts here too. Gas was $3.66, then in 2 days, $3.95, then Sat it went to $4.16/26 depending on the part of town. Unbelievable!

     
  • At 11:15 AM, Blogger Harry Pugalicious said…

    That bites! Mom had to put gas in her car Saturday and she said it was $4.36 for mid-grade! We're glad Mom only works about 2 miles from our house! I think she should just go to work and come home so she'll save gas and spend more time with me!

     
  • At 11:26 AM, Blogger Eduardo said…

    OMD! That's too much money to pay for gas! I have plenty of gas that I could give you for free! Everytime I try to give my Mommy some free gas her face scrunches up & she yells "Eduardo!?!?! NO!" I mean hey, my gas may stink but at least it's free!
    Hugs & Snugs
    Eduardo the Snuggle Puggle

     
  • At 1:15 PM, Blogger Puddleglum said…

    Stoopid humans.

    Dad is glad he lives in Colorado, where the Rocky Mountains shield us from all the wackiness of the outside world.

    Or at least, provide a place to get away from said wackiness.

     
  • At 2:30 PM, Blogger Tami said…

    In Winchester, Kentucky the price is $3.99 a gallon. I bought some for $3.89 Friday night.
    I just don't see how people making minimum wage can make it with these prices. I really feel for them.

     
  • At 4:47 PM, Blogger The Devil Dog said…

    Wow, that is disgusting. Amazing how people just seem to lose all common sense at times, isn't it?

    Roxy

     
  • At 6:43 PM, Blogger Bee said…

    I HATE when this happens. A couple of years ago after Katrina, that happened here in Atlanta. It shot up to over $5 a gallon, and the gas supply was depleted. Mostly because morons were filling up portable gas tanks to in an effort to hoard.

    Frustrating! I'm glad your people didn't contribute to such a mania.

     
  • At 7:19 AM, Blogger Goodboy Norman Featherstone said…

    We were in Atlanta at that time doing an Art Show. We had to drive two hours to the show three days. It was idiotic. No one came to the show because of the gas shortage. We did win a prize though. Chris will remember that show. We brought little bottles of wine to get us through the long hot, boring days. And ... there were deep fried oreos.

     
  • At 10:08 AM, Blogger Nevis said…

    Gas prices here in Georgia? $4.16

    YUCK!

     
  • At 10:24 AM, Blogger girlville said…

    norman, the media is the devil. the media is to blame for the whole price gouging/fuel frenzy. if they'd kept their traps shut none of this would have happened.

     
  • At 12:16 PM, Blogger Pam said…

    Oh, it was like that here too on Friday. People were going nuts. It's $4.99 here! Before the media got involved it was around $3.50. I told someone that it was the gas equivalent to saying it's going to snow. They said in the paper that K-ville had the highest prices in the country right now.

     
  • At 4:10 PM, Anonymous Stinky Pete said…

    Prices here in Kansas City (the Heart of America) $3.54 a gallon...yyyiiipppeee!!! Oh, sorry Norman...

     
  • At 9:51 PM, Anonymous Dan Coyle said…

    Deep fried oreos? Yikes! I'm trying to lose weight, Norman, don't give me ideas!

     
  • At 12:09 PM, OpenID giggsdiggs said…

    Yeah gas prices suck right now. The hurricane issues even affect us up here in Canadaland. Our gas jumped up 14 cents/liter last Friday. We're now sitting at $1.47 a liter. There's about 3.8 liters in a US gallon so we're paying almost $5.59 a gallon! HELLO! Do we not have big ass oil sands just one province over! Damn world economies! It makes me so mad!

     

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