I’ve got several topics, none of which are long enough to deserve their own blog, so I’ll combine them in as random thoughts.
Everyday Brings a New Record
This winter just moved into Number 4 on the Milwaukee hit parade. We had a lake effect dusting last night and that pushed us to a total snowfall for this winter of 84 inches.
That’s seven feet, folks! Unfortunately, or fortunately, depending on how you look at it, it didn’t all happen at once. We’ve had a weird winter where it would snow, warm and melt, freeze, then snow again. So the blanket of snow isn’t as deep as its been in years past.
About four or five winters ago it kept snowing and snowing and then it stuck around all winter. All the parking lots had giant mountains of snow in them. Snow banks were massive. One week it snowed several inches every single day. Seemed like you had just cleared the sidewalks and they were covered again.
We lived in a townhouse and had nowhere to put the snow. There was a long driveway that ran along the side of the house with only about two feet of space next to the house to put the snow. So it was stacked high until it was at the window levels, about five or six feet or so, and then the rest of the snow we had to literally carry to the backyard.
Granted, it gave the kids this really impressive mountain to sled off of, but for me it was a pain in the back clearing the drive.
Daylight Savings Time
Daylight savings time went into effect over the weekend. Not sure why they changed the traditional time change from April to March, but if anyone can explain how getting up in the dark is saving energy, I’d like to hear their reasoning.
Also, getting up when its dark and cold after suffering through an already excessively long five month winter certainly doesn’t help anyone’s Seasonal Affective Disorder (with the apropos acronym of SAD).
Just as it seemed we were making progress toward Spring and seeing more daylight President Bush goes and takes that away from us, too. First our freedoms, now this.
OK, which CEO’s daughter needs braces now? There has to be some reason why gas prices are going through the roof. I figure it’s usually that daddy’s little girl needs a prom dress or a new Beemer.
Big Oil certainly has no conscience, does it? The country is heading into a recession and they figure they’ll help us tumble deeper, faster, and harder into a depression than we’ve ever fallen before.
Just so their little girl can have a pony.
And don’t give me that “well, the Oil Companies hardly make any profits at all on a gallon of gas.” Maybe not, but every quarter they are making record profits, breaking the previous quarter’s mark. Somehow they’re making obscene and excessive profits. They aren’t good, conscientious, corporate citizens.
No other industry has as big an effect on the economy as Big Oil. Gas prices go up, but more than that, all fuel prices goes up. Transportation costs go up. These price increases trickle down to every product that gets shipped in this country.
Not to mention all the products that are petroleum based, like plastics. Everything these days is made with plastics. Computers, electronics, DVDs, CDs, cables, wiring, wax, tar, asphalt, food packaging, cosmetics packaging, pharmaceutical packaging, the list is virtually endless.
But Big Oil doesn’t care. The stockholders of Big Oil don’t care. They’re making their money hand over fist, so screw the rest of America. Screw the economy.
If I could quit Big Oil the same way I quit the cigarette manufacturers, I would. Where’s my electric, 500-mile range, SUV, dammit?
I’ll be so glad when everyone switches to electric cars and Big Oil is left holding the bag.
Is there anything more scary to a parent than dialing up Google Maps and seeing your house from street level complete with the kids playing in the back yard? Is this a sexual predator’s dream, or what?