Randomosity

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.

Gas Prices

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.

Google Maps

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?

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26 thoughts on “Randomosity

  1. The price of gas on the barrel is going up, hitting record highs. That’s the effect we’re seeing, because the big oil companies are sure not going to eat that cost. It’s going to trickle down all the way to the pump.

  2. The price of gas on the barrel is going up, hitting record highs. That’s the effect we’re seeing, because the big oil companies are sure not going to eat that cost. It’s going to trickle down all the way to the pump.

  3. And the price of the barrel is going up because Little Suzy needs a new pair of shoes. The CEO’s needs trickle down all the way to the pump.

  4. And the price of the barrel is going up because Little Suzy needs a new pair of shoes. The CEO’s needs trickle down all the way to the pump.

  5. Scotland still rules on bad weather, though.

    Oh, and deep-fried junk food.

    Obesity. Cancer. Heart disease. Strokes. Teen pregnancies. STIs. Unemployment, too.

    Aren’t you sooooo jealous?

  6. Scotland still rules on bad weather, though.Oh, and deep-fried junk food.Obesity. Cancer. Heart disease. Strokes. Teen pregnancies. STIs. Unemployment, too.Aren’t you sooooo jealous?

  7. Maybe the satirical nature of the blog wasn’t as evident as I had thought it was.

    I wasn’t expecting to have a real argument on the true economics of the petroleum industry when I said it was because the CEO’s daughter wanted a pony.

  8. Maybe the satirical nature of the blog wasn’t as evident as I had thought it was.I wasn’t expecting to have a real argument on the true economics of the petroleum industry when I said it was because the CEO’s daughter wanted a pony.

  9. I’m sorry. I know the nature of your post, Ed. It’s just that the gas prices and what’s happening with oil are very real issues and very concerning.

    There are people out there who very much believe the type of thing you wrote as the absolute truth.

    I am genuinely concerned about this issue.

  10. I’m sorry. I know the nature of your post, Ed. It’s just that the gas prices and what’s happening with oil are very real issues and very concerning.There are people out there who very much believe the type of thing you wrote as the absolute truth.I am genuinely concerned about this issue.

  11. Well, the truth of the matter is this:

    Prices are too high.

    Big Oil has consistently made record profits each quarter.

    The price of oil effects EVERY aspect of the economy.

    I’m genuinely angry about this issue.

  12. Well, the truth of the matter is this:Prices are too high.Big Oil has consistently made record profits each quarter.The price of oil effects EVERY aspect of the economy.I’m genuinely angry about this issue.

  13. I have to say that the truth of the matter as I see it is this:

    The global demand for oil is only going to increase as the rest of the world begins to use more of it.

    In a very interesting geology class I took a couple of years ago, we discussed the predictions for the length of time the remaining world oil supply would last, and even by going with the longest estimates, it’s not going to last all that long.

    The focus is all wrong, and we need to move away from oil dependence. There’s a fly ball headed right for us, and we’re too busy watching the chicks dance around in wet T-shirts.

    That’s what concerns me.

  14. I have to say that the truth of the matter as I see it is this:The global demand for oil is only going to increase as the rest of the world begins to use more of it.In a very interesting geology class I took a couple of years ago, we discussed the predictions for the length of time the remaining world oil supply would last, and even by going with the longest estimates, it’s not going to last all that long.The focus is all wrong, and we need to move away from oil dependence. There’s a fly ball headed right for us, and we’re too busy watching the chicks dance around in wet T-shirts.That’s what concerns me.

  15. What concerns me is no one has made a viable electric car yet.

    What concerns me is people are afraid of nuclear power plants despite the fact that is one of the most reliable sources out there.

    Yes, what absolutely concerns me is America does not have a solution to the energy problem. Special Interest groups, Detroit, Big Oil, and such have effectively stifled any talk of alternative fuels and energy sources. The government should be giving out tax breaks and other incentives to anyone doing SERIOUS R&D into alternative fuel vehicles.

    I’m hoping for a day when gas stations are a relic, and gas is down to 25 cents a gallon again because there is no more demand for it.

  16. What concerns me is no one has made a viable electric car yet.What concerns me is people are afraid of nuclear power plants despite the fact that is one of the most reliable sources out there.Yes, what absolutely concerns me is America does not have a solution to the energy problem. Special Interest groups, Detroit, Big Oil, and such have effectively stifled any talk of alternative fuels and energy sources. The government should be giving out tax breaks and other incentives to anyone doing SERIOUS R&D into alternative fuel vehicles.I’m hoping for a day when gas stations are a relic, and gas is down to 25 cents a gallon again because there is no more demand for it.

  17. I think we’re on the same page here. I’ll agree with you our government is far up the rear of big business that they can’t find the sun anymore.

  18. I think we’re on the same page here. I’ll agree with you our government is far up the rear of big business that they can’t find the sun anymore.

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