"Why High Gas Prices are a Good Thing"

by Maureen McCabe on May 19, 2008

Is there a silver lining to high gas prices? Gas prices are high nationally… the title, “Why High Gas Prices are a Good Thing”here is a quote of Idaho real estate agent George Tallabas.

“Less and less people are eating out in restaurants and actually cooking at home and having more family meals. Imagine that novelty! Can that be bad?”

Yeah it can be… if the economy is why little Timmy and Suzie are eating at home since their dad lost his job as a chef at a Central Ohio restaurant that can be awful. What about the restaurant busboys and waitresses and their families? They’re going to be eating at home too. Or NOT eating at home, without income to feed themselves and their families.

I’m all for looking at the bright side… I hope we all start conserving gas. I hope this country becomes innovative when it comes to energy. George T’s last point in his post on ActiveRain a real estate network is…

We have become a more compassionate society. I have seen church groups and other private organizations raising money for the elderly and less fortunate that have been hurt by the rising cost of goods and services.

Do the compassionate church groups have room at the table for Timmy, Suzie and their family and the busboys and waitresses too? Maybe Idaho is different than Ohio. Maybe the businesses that have boomed there the cooks, busboys and waitresses don’t really need the income, they are just working in the restaurant as kind of a hobby…I might be wrong but I think most of the people in Central Ohio restaurants are schlepping plates, slinging hash and bussing tables because they have to.

This morning on NBC … on one of the early, early morning shows they said McDonald’s business is up because of the economy. Good for McDonald’s… that could help the pharmaceutical and medical industries too!!

We went out to eat Saturday night at Anatolia Cafe. We got the second to last table in the place (have you been there? … it is dinky we moved our table over so the couple who got the last table did not get hit with the kitchen door.) The (owner?) said “Good Bye” and told us to come back soon. I hope it won’t be as long (we have not been there in a couple of years) because the food is excellent.

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Across the street on the corner of Worthington Woods and Worthington – Galena? A McDonald’s… I am not anti McDonald’s… I grabbed breakfast at the “Mickey D’s” on the corner of Worthington Woods and Worthington – Galena that very morning… hand me a cholesterol pill.

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1 Kelleybell May 21, 2008 at 05:26 pm

Well, maybe we will get light rail, bike paths, solar power, geo thermal, wind and fuel effecient cars out of the deal.

People only change when they must.

Lets hope that day comes soon.

2 Maureen McCabe May 22, 2008 at 07:55 am

“light rail, bike paths” etc. sound like great things… “out of the deal” but I don’t see that happening today.

I sympathize with Timmy, Suzie, the waitresses, busboys and their families going hungry tonight… hopefully there’s room at the table’s of that compassionate society George mentions for the restaurant staffs because families are eating at home.

Or maybe they aren’t eating at home. Maybe it is business as usual in Central Ohio’s suburbs, where we do not have light rail, bike paths, much less wide enough shoulders on the road to ride a bike.

Suzie, Timmy, the waitresses, busboys and their families must change…go out and ride your bike…

Or maybe Central Ohioans aren’t eating at home.

thanks for the comment

3 Kelleybell May 22, 2008 at 11:28 am

I agree with you. We have a serious problem, and it is the Suzies and Timmys of the world who are paying the most painful price.

When I was a child I remember the gas shortage and the lines at the pumps. I remember the TV-PSA with the Indian Chief crying over the polution of the land. I remember efforts to keep people from littering.

It shames me that we have not made more progress for energy independance since the seventies. We should have. Timmy and Suzie would be much better off today if we had paid attention and demanded change back then.

But most people resist change, bury their heads in the sand, buy Hummers and don’t mobilize until an issue becomes a crisis.

Energy independance is the only long term solution to our economic problems. If we do not address the problem now, Timmy and Suzie’s children and grandchildren will suffer even more than Timmy and Suzie do now.

4 Maureen McCabe May 23, 2008 at 10:49 pm

listening to NPR this morning they were interviewing people from around Ohio about gas, driving… the one’s that stuck out for me was a guy who lived in Cinci downtown who said he walks everywhere… there was someone from Oxford Ohio… can’t remember what he said… then a man, can’t remember where he was from said something about going back 50 years and making changes… I wonder what gas prices, fuel efficiency were like 50 years ago, I would think that was in the middle of the post WWII prosperity and the heyday of Detroit automakers.

50 years ago… I wonder what it was like. I would think everyone would have thought there was a never ending supply of gas. I remember the 70′s… with gas shortages and to grown ups… the late 50′s would have seemed so recent during the gas shortages, I wonder if there was concern, talk about conserving in the 1960′s.

First earth day was 1970…

I know there were commercials about “litter bugs” in the early to mid 60′s and Lady Bird Johnson crusaded for beautification.

Thanks for the comments.

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