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Gas vs. milk

I've always made a point not to complain about what others have called "high" gas prices. I even wrote an explanation about the rising gas prices in this very space back in April, but that was before things passed my threshold of acceptability.

That's right, the saying I invented years ago no longer holds true.

Back before I was even old enough to drive, I listened to the older kids at Thomson High School complain that gas prices were flirting with $1 a gallon. (Oh, for those days to return.)

After listening to their bellyaching for weeks, I popped off a one-liner that has stuck with me ever since. It shut them up as it does everyone else I use it on who likes to complain about how gas prices are so unbearable.

I told them that as long as we were still paying more for a gallon of milk than we were for a gallon of gas, things were OK. It makes sense, or at least it used to.

I think the time has come that I can go to the store and buy a gallon of milk for less than what I pay per gallon at the pump. Yes, it is a sad, sad day. It is the day I will relinquish my optimistic attitude toward the price of fuel and join the chorus of complainers across the globe.

Gas has reached a new high, and oil barrens have reached a new low, lining their pockets with the difference in the old and new prices. Gas now costs upwards of $2.60 per gallon, just a little bit less than I have recently paid for a gallon of milk at an area supermarket.

It now takes over $25 to fill the tank on my little Nissan. I remember being able to fill it for just over $10.

(As a side-note, if it wasn't for the inflating prices of milk, this day would have come much sooner. I think the two nearly go hand in hand, but that's another story.)

What's that sound, you ask? It's my wallet moaning in agony. Oh, not that sound. Well, it must be the sound of oil company owners siphoning away the salary of the average worker.

I'm sorry if I sound sour. I just never, ever thought this day would come. But it has, and we will either have to deal with it or do something about it.

I say we stop using so much of the stuff. As long as we don't buy much, they will do their best to get us to start buying more. And that means lowering prices. Give it a try. Stop driving so much, and stop using such huge gas guzzling SUVs.

As long as I can return to my happy little world where milk costs more than gas, I guess I will be able to survive.



Web posted on Wednesday, August 24, 2005











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