Tuesday, May 13, 2008

A Gas Problem

I have four groups of people from which I regularly receive email. None of these groups are in contact with any people in my other three groups.

The largest of these groups are my old Army buddies from the 1960’s. The second largest group is my Chicago Family & Friends group. Both of these two groups mainly consist of Old Farts like me. The third group is my friends from Maryland (I lived near Annapolis for 29 years). The final group consists of people that I know here in Florida.

It is not unusual for me to get the same “Forwarded Email” from two out of the four groups. But I cannot recall when, if ever, I received the same forwarded email from 3 out of four of these groups.

The email in question concerns the cost of Gasoline. It compares the cost of Gas per gallon to other liquids that we normally consume. Most of the products mentioned were not necessity items. They also used the smallest size of the comparison product to exaggerate the cost per gallon. In addition some of the products listed would not exceed a gallon of usage per year.

It was a well done layout full of visual effects (graphics interchange format). This leads me to believe that it was done by a professional. We all know that professionals don’t work for free. Who would benefit from this seemingly harmless email joke? Gosh, the first thing that came to my mind was “Oil Companies”.

Big Oil is making a lot of profits. That is why their CEO’s make millions of dollars per year. According to Forbes, Ray Irani (Occidental Petroleum) tops the list of Petroleum Company CEO’s at over $80,000,000 in annual compensation.

In the late 1970’s when the price of gasoline was nearing $1 per gallon, the oil companies told us we were lucky to get it that cheap, Noting what people in other Countries were paying for a gallon of gas. And their profits soared, but we accepted it because the Brits were paying twice that much per gallon.

I don’t drive; I don’t even own a car. But the cost of gasoline affects other aspects of my live. The cost of my bad habits (eating, drinking and smoking) is seemingly increasing on a monthly basis because of the cost gasoline.

The Beach Bum

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11 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The 'solution' for you is simple. Stop smoking and drink less. The 'solution' for those who drive is trade your SUV for a compact!

Tue May 13, 06:37:00 PM  
Blogger alfredo_tomato said...

Ever feel like an Aphid?

BTW, the cost of hops is skyrocketing. That brewski will cost a lot more soon. There's always hard liquor.

Al

Tue May 13, 08:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Richard Feder, Ft. Lee said...

I do believe the time of the "free lunch" is over.

Wed May 14, 06:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Try Gas ex, or Beano There will be no gas

Mon May 19, 06:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Try Gas ex, or Beano There will be no gas

Mon May 19, 06:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My Hummer is good on gas. Compact cars are good unless you get rear ended on the freeway.

Wed May 21, 07:11:00 AM  
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