You may not have noticed, but a few weeks ago, I put an app on my blog ... down the page on the right hand side, just above the FreeRice logo. It shows the current price per barrel for crude oil and updates automatically as the price changes.
I'd forgotten about it, until I read Kunstler's post on Monday. The price of oil per barrel is $82 today, and it's been steadily increasing for a long time now ... just slowly creeping upward, and no one has really noticed.
I was thinking about that last night as we were driving home after I dropped off some work at my client's office. There was this woman driving a huge Ford truck with the license plate ARNY. She was having a pissing match with a little Hyundai. They played tag back and forth for a few miles, and then, suddenly, the truck swerved over and almost clipped the little Hyundai.
I thought, "WTF?!?" Is she seriously trying to run that little car off the road?? And in all of this traffic? And where in the hell does she think she is - on the set of the movie The Italian Job?
I'm thinking she's been watching too many of those cop dramas on the television.
I almost called the police, because those two cars weren't the only ones on the road, and despite what the movies portray, most serious car accidents are serious requiring some extensive rehab in the form of MONTHS, if not YEARS, medical treatments from surgery to physical therapy. If that truck had managed to hit the car, it would have caused a pretty extensive accident involving, at least, three other vehicles, including us, with me, Deus Ex Machina and our three, little girls crammed into the backseat.
All because the girl driving the car pissed off the woman driving the truck, and the rest of us, were just innocent bystanders. It was a frightening moment.
My thoughts turned rather black, and I realized that I couldn't wait until the price per gallon for gasoline tops $10. I actually said, out loud, that I couldn't wait until the price of gasoline increases to the point that that woman, with the ARNY license plate, is no longer driving, because she can't afford to keep her "hell on wheels" on the road.
I won't be sorry to see more of us walking.
I broke my car a few weeks back, and while it was being repaired, we only had one car. It wasn't difficult to make the transition. It did, however, take some cooperation between me and Deus Ex Machina. We had to coordinate our schedules, and we had to depend on each other. Imagine that? A married couple having to depend on each other and cooperate because we have only one car? In our society where every licensed driver has a car of his own, that's just crazy talk, right?
It's been a good experience, and I've realized that I actually like having only one car. In addition to all of the savings we would realize by not having to pay for things like gasoline, maintenance, registration and insurance on our second vehicle, only having one car introduces the opportunity for some real problem solving exercises.
Of course, with Deus Ex Machina working only six miles from our house, and most of our activities being close to home, as well, it's been an easy adjustment.
Even if that weren't the case, if Deus Ex Machina worked further away from home, for example, as someone commented on another blog not long ago, where there's a will, there's a way. If we really want a thing, we'll find a way to get it.
I really want a sustainable lifestyle, and we're getting there ... slowly ;).
What do you really want that seems impossible? But more than that, what impossible thing did you want, that you actually achieved?
We've been horribly spoiled in this country for a very long time, and now, the price of gasoline is on the rise again. We're still in the midst of some difficult financial times for a lot of people, and I've seen reports over the years that said there would be serious economic consequences if the price of crude topped $80 per barrel, which makes it seem like the increasing cost of crude oil is a bad thing.
But if it means that we slow down, and stop trying to run smaller cars off the road because we're in a rage; if it means that we can quit our soul-sucking jobs, because we have fewer things that we have to pay for; if it means that we are given the opportunity to actually stop and listen to the Earth song ... is that such a bad thing?
None of us may have cars on the road for much longer. I just hope when they start getting scrapped that I can find that Ford with the license plate ARNY, because I think it would make a nifty storage unit out in my yard ... provided it comes to me sans the driver ;).