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Gas Depression BluesPosted Wednesday, November 7, 2007, at 6:58 PM
I guess I am the eternal optimist, because the high gas prices didn't bother me - until yesterday. I went to Sikeston (which usually has the lowest prices around), and I didn't even look at the prices there. Instead, I attended my meeting, came home, dropped off my friend at her house, and went to the office, secure in the misguided belief that gas was still in that $2.79 range outside the Advance city limits.
Imagine my horror when I discovered that my sweet little reliable dial-up station on the edge of town was displaying a price tag of $2.95! I sat in shock for fully five minutes, I think, staring at the sign, hoping that my occasional dyslexsia was mixing up the numbers.
Not so! It was real. Horrifyingly real! I was so shocked that I couldn't buy any. I just came on home, thinking, "What am I gonna do??"
Here we are, headed into winter with those prices?
My mind is racing to come up with energy-saving ideas:
* Axe the field trips?
* Stay home and send my stories in by email?
* Reduce my highway speed to 40 m.p.h.?
* Car pool? (Yeah, out here? Who would I catch a ride with - the school bus?)
* Start out at 7 a.m. and walk to town? (Think I could do it in an hour? Mmmm...7-10 miles? I don't think so... Better start out at six. That allows me 3 hours. I know I can walk 3 miles an hour... Mmm..Is it light at six? I'm not sure. I'd need reflective clothing. Oh, darn - My dogs'll follow me. Then they'll get run over on the highway. What am I saying? I'll probably get run over on the highway, too!) Well, axe that idea!
* Get a horse? (My last horse bit me!) Axe that idea!
* Get a motorcycle? (The thing would fall over on me!) Axe that idea!
* Buy an economy car? (Which will get hopelessly stuck in the mud out here in the hills in the wintertime!) Axe that idea!
* Get one of those money-back gas cards guaranteed to save 25% off your gas bill? (I don't trust it! There's gotta be a catch!)
Okay, folks, let's put our heads together and figure it out! How do we fight back?
From the distant hills of Tillman, this is your befuddled and bewildered journalist, Madeline, signing off...
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Madeline DeJournett is the Advance writer for the North Stoddard Countian. A retired high school English/history teacher, she spent 32 years teaching in 5 schools in Missouri and Alaska. These days, she lives quietly with a menagerie of wild and domestic animals on 52 secluded acres in the remote Tillman hills south of Advance. She can be contacted at email@example.com or by phone at 573-722-5322.