Time for a face lift, of sorts, around here. I like this new, crisper look to my blog. Maybe I’ll fiddle with the other blogs, too.
Speaking of which, there are updates on a couple of them, with more to come. arwyn and the boys are visiting her mother in Florida, so I have the house all to myself. And what good is having the house to myself unless I’m actually at home and in the house? Catching up on the blogging is high on my “To-do” list this week, which means catching up with all of you. I’m working my way around the neighborhood and trying to be generous with comments. Trying. Maybe I should work from the bottom of the list, since those folks seem to get the short shrift most of the time.
Anyway, we have successfully recovered from Georgia’s gas crisis. It was absolutely crazy-nuts around here a week ago. A body could not find gas at any price. One day, I pulled in to a station right behind a guy who was filling up. I was feeling pretty good about not having to wait in a long line until he pulled off and I tried to fill up. The pumps were empty, just like that. I was actually lucky in that my tank was pretty full at the start of this thing, so I could ride it out. But Arwyn was driving on fumes. I actually had to carry a gas can to get some gas for her whenever I found some. And it pretty much always involved waiting in line. The reason given for this was that the hurricanes caused refineries to shut down plus damaged some of the pipeline. It took several weeks for them to get the stuff back up to this area. We had the same problem after Katrina, and it was a mess. And our beloved Govenor, Sonny Perdue, proved himself a real chicken. When the going got tough, he got going…to Europe! The worst crisis in our state in decades, and he heads out of the country. What worthless, cowardly shit!
The gas crisis did reveal a real vulnerability we have, though, and I’ve been thinking about getting a bicycle. Trouble is, it is over 10 miles to work through some wild and untamed roads. Doing it without being killed would be a challenge, but I also need the exercise. I’m thinking about getting an electric-assisted bike to help out with the long trek and so I might be able to arrive at work without having to shower. I’m just thinking about it right now, but with increasing gas prices and my increasing need for exercise, it might be just the thing. Not a lot of people around here ride bikes at all, which is surprising considering the weather, but Georgia ranks among the most bicycle-unfriendly states in the country by virtue of a policy that pushes bikes off the road altogether. It seems to me that any comprehensive energy plan should include some two-wheeled options since 95% of people commuting are doing so ALONE. Kudos to XH for taking the bull by the horn.
More update later.