Conditioned response to gas prices

Everyone and their mother knows gas prices are one of the hot topics on news shows and in barber shops. It’s an easy conversation to start because I’d conservatively say 90% of driving Americans are not cool with the prices rising by the dimes and quarters every day.

I remember very recently I bypassed Sam’s Club gas because there was a line I didn’t want to wait in. The price was $3.22/gallon. I thought I’d just wait it out a few days in case the cost went down. I was wrong. A little over a week later, $4.15/gallon. Yikes!

It became common for gas prices in the afternoon to have raised from what they were that same morning. Ludicrous, I tell you! But then…

…like seeing a double rainbow, watching a butterfly break out of a cocoon, or two ice skaters completing the Pamchenko twist, it happened. One day last week gas stations all across north Florida kept the afternoon prices the same as they were in the morning. Honestly, I felt like this:

Sad, isn’t it? Such a conditioned response that either big tech (or big government?) has us in the habit of. It’s crazy to realize that gas prices (and this isn’t necessarily limited to gas) go up nickels and dimes and quarters at a time in just a few days but they go down a few pennies a month. Something’s off about that and I don’t think electric vehicles are the solution. Here’s why: as soon as the government realizes we’re all saving a bunch of money (not just by switching to GEICO, mind you!), they’ll fiddle with the price of electricity.

Has me thinking we might as well return to horseback!

I’m trying not to be cynical about it all, and truly life is pretty grand when we don’t let other people determine our happiness and joy, but show me a politician who’s NOT in it for power, money, and prestige, and you’ll have my attention.

-Out of the Wilderness

Published by Ben Wilder

Since 2005, I've called Nashville home. I'm the leader of the pack, which includes a 13-year-old beagle and an 11-year-old blue heeler mix. My days include writing, video editing, and other fun activities. Thanks for checking out my blog, I hope you enjoy it!

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