Gas Pains

As hurricane Ike bears down on the east Texas coastline, pain is being felt across a much wider region.

My kid sister is riding out the storm at Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, where she works as the IT/Telecom manager.  it’s one of those positions where she has to be on-site during emergencies.  Unfortunately, that means her husband and two children have to survive at home without her.

They’ll be okay; they’re Texas tough.

Here at home, the worst we’ve seen is gas prices going crazy.  This morning, gas was still $3.69, but by afternoon, the price had jumped to $3.99.  There have been rumors circulating that stations may run out of gas, which of course prompts everyone (or everyone else) to go fill up all their cars, thereby increasing the likelihood of a shortage.

There’s a better answer to this temporary gas crisis: just stay home. 

Other than going to the football game tonight, I’m thinking the "just stay home" strategy could work really well for me.  I have plenty of groceries; I can buy more beer on the way home from the game.  

I will not participate in the frenzy; it’s like people buying up all the milk, bread, and toilet paper when snow is forecast, as though they’ll never see a grocery store again.  This is crazy, and just rewards the gas merchants for spiking prices in advance of a potential problem.

A little sanity, please, if there’s any left in the pipeline.

10 Responses to “Gas Pains”

  1. on 12 Sep 2008 at 7:19 pm Joel

    Word.

  2. on 13 Sep 2008 at 6:18 am girlfriend

    Joel:

    You are missed. Hope all is well.

  3. on 13 Sep 2008 at 7:39 am Joel

    Thanks, gf. You and Jake are often in my thoughts.

    I miss all the good people over at ACT, but the molar concentration of stupid there just got too high for me.

  4. on 13 Sep 2008 at 12:46 pm girlfriend

    Any word from kid sister?

  5. on 13 Sep 2008 at 1:06 pm Netmom

    Text message about noon: fair amount of damage at the airport; can’t reach her husband and kids in Kingwood. Phones, electricity, and cell phone service in that area are all out.

    They’re probably fine… we just can’t reach them. They’re still in the heavy rain and wind area, so it might be hours before we know. Also, the roadways are flooded between the airport and her house, so she might not be able to get back there today.

  6. on 13 Sep 2008 at 1:06 pm Joel

    “Any word from kid sister?”

    Is this question for me?

  7. on 13 Sep 2008 at 1:07 pm Joel

    Nevermind, I got it. Gotta pay more attention.

  8. on 13 Sep 2008 at 3:21 pm girlfriend

    Hey Joel, should I say smarter trolls?

  9. on 13 Sep 2008 at 5:10 pm Joel

    “Hey Joel, should I say smarter trolls?”

    Only if you don’t know what a “troll” is.

  10. on 16 Sep 2008 at 9:46 pm Jakandy Bennu » Busy, busy, busy

    […] It’s going to be great. And the drive is going to be cool. Yes. I said DRIVE. Other than gas prices and the stupidity of it all … it should be a good road trip. Jake’s never been to Texas. We have two routes in mind… both with good things involved. […]

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