A few things are starting to bloom now. Out on our walk yesterday, we saw a tree on Acorn Oak in full bloom, a dogwood, I think, and it was beautiful. It’s also getting warmer and more humid, of course. We’ve had the fans going and have even had to switch on the AC a few days ago. It goes off and on during the day now. Keeps it from heating up too much inside even though outside has been very pleasant.
Those are all sure signs of spring and summer, but the most obvious and unpleasant indicator that warmer weather is coming is the cost of a gallon of gas. Oh, I know about Libya and how their peoples’ revolt has everyone nervous. Seems like we should have been more nervous about having an insane person in charge of a major oil exporting country, but he’s the “devil we know” as they say, so I guess we opted for peaceful coexistence.
Actually, it doesn’t really take a revolution in the mid-east to drive gas prices up. They go up every year as the big driving season approaches. When we all complained about it in the past, we used to get a detailed explanation that there were temporary shortages as refineries switched from producing heating oil and gasoline formulated for the winter to gasoline formulated for the summer, but who knows? Most of us don’t know a darned thing about where our crude oil comes from, how it gets to the refinery, or what happens to it after it’s there. It just sort of magically appears at the gas station, and we have to pay whatever it costs to fill ‘er up. All we really know is that as summer approaches, those little numbers on the pump fly past mighty fast before they stop at a much higher total than during the winter.
Maybe we should all take winter vacations instead of long summer trips. Take the kids out of school for a while, hop in the car, and head to Disney World, or, if your kids are grown, drive down to Key West and hang out before hurricane season starts. Doesn’t that sound like a good idea? No? Well, we can all daydream a little bit, can’t we? While we’re at it, let’s all daydream about lower gas prices this summer. It will be our own little trip to Fantasy Land.