You Can Tell I’m Mad

September 1, 2005 psipsina

… because this is the third blog entry in, like, 10 minutes.

I don’t read the Boston Metro often, because, as the graffiti on the Metro newspaper box in my local subway station so succinctly puts it, it is a newspaper for people who move their lips when they read.

However, I had finished my book this morning and there was a copy of the Metro on the seat next to me.

Gas prices in Boston shot up to over $3.00 a gallon literally overnight, in the wake of Katrina’s destruction of the domestic oil supply chain.  The Metro interviewed some local drivers.  One guy complained, “I can’t take this.  I have a $2000 mortgage payment and a $100 phone bill to pay, and now this?”

Next to this was another of the incessant, heartbreaking stories of people in New Orleans stranded on their roofs or whisked away by rescue workers to Houston with nothing but the clothes on their backs.

I think this asshole with the $2000 mortgage payment is damn lucky to have a house, a phone, and a car.

There was a fine, noble time in America’s history when our response to a shortage was to, well, I know this sounds simplistic, but — USE LESS.  Now we just piss and moan about how much everything costs.  It’s like we’re entitled to have anything we want, when we want it, no matter who else needs it or what else is going on in the world.

Two Thousand Dollar Mortgage Boy probably drives an SUV that gets, like, 6 miles to the gallon.  Hell, he was probably the dude who nearly ran me over this morning, speeding down Arlington Street.

I don’t have statistics to back this up, but my hunch is that Boston is not using less.  At least, the subways and busses don’t seem any more crowded than usual.

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