So, gasoline is over four bucks a gallon here and folks are complaining.
I feel bad for those that have to make a living under these new prices: Cab drivers, pizza places, truck drivers and the like, for these price hikes seemed to have shot up faster than their compensation. But for those suburban soccer-moms who absolutely had to have a huge SUV complete with a seat-warmer, not so much.
I know. I shouldn’t be critical because I’m lucky enough to live in a place where I don’t have to own a car. On the other hand, I chose long ago to live in a place where I don’t have to own a car. I’d much rather spend the money it takes to own a car on other things. Like having pizza delivered.
I’m also lazy and selfish.
I don’t want a family because they would encroach upon my ability to do what I want, when I want to do it. Not to mention, my ability to date who I want.
I don’t want a house in the suburbs because they have lawns.
I hate lawns.
I hate anything to do with lawn care. You have to mow them, water them, keep bugs out of them, decorate them, and for what? If I had a lawn, I would never actually go outside to look at it. “Outside” is where it’s either too hot or too cold. Why would I want to go there?
I love where I live now. I love the fact that all grounds-keeping is done by paid professionals and occurs fifty stories below my dwelling.
I also don’t want a car because they require maintenance. To me, a car was really just a giant purse on wheels. I was really bad at keeping them maintained. Having the oil changed every thirty thousand miles was such a pain in the butt. I’d usually just trade them in before that.
Oh. And I checked the gas prices in Toronto today. It was $1.21 per liter. That comes out to $4.60 a gallon. At those prices, Soccer-Mom will have to shell out $138 bucks to fill up her giant SUV.
That’s a lot of money to keep her pampered butt warm.