Today, for instance. I had to take time out of my workday for an oil change and wheel balance on the car. It has to be done, according to the lease, at a BMW dealership... so I drove clear across town to drop it off and get a loaner, come all the way back across town to get work done in the studio, I'll need to drive ALL the way back to pick it up, then drive clear to south county for dinner with friends.
After which, it will be time for an oil change again! Plus, I'll need to take out a second mortgage to buy the goddamn gas for all this driving.
Speaking of gas... because of the high gas prices, topping off the tank to the nearest dollar has become a freakin' art form. Do you know how hard it is to get that MF to stop at the nearest dollar when the numbers move so fast? One little squeeze (that used to kick it up a penny) now shoots 3 cents worth into the tank. $60.02. Shit.
Topping off a tank accurately will soon be an olympic event. It's a lot harder than curling.
I hate to say I told you so, but...
"...four U.S. senators said that signs of rising temperatures on Earth are obvious and they called on Congress to act."
Two of the four are republicans, and none would be considered "environmental wackos." So to those friends/readers who have long buried their heads in the sand and refused to see the evidence (whose names shall go unmentioned here on my friendly blog) I say, welcome to reality. Welcome to a changed earth. Now let's start putting our heads together and figure out how to reverse some of the damage.