Posts Tagged 'Stupid People'

Gas Prices–Not Only Thing Out of Control

It’s time for another critically acclaimed edition of a feature that I like to call Stupid People.

There is a man in local area who drives 14 miles in order to pay 2 cents less per gallon for gasoline. (It was a story in the newspaper.) That’s right, folks. This guy drives 28 miles to pay $2.97 per gallon because, in his overpriced corner of the world, gas is priced at least $2.99 per gallon.

When I see something like this, I turn the hands of time back to the days when I was in junior high school math class. I didn’t like school any more than this guy, but at least I learned a little something. Let’s say that our friend needs 12 gallons of Dick Cheney’s nectar to fill his vehicle. He would spend $35.64 cents in my town and $35.88 in his town, which represents a savings of 24 cents–that’s a quarter if he pulls a penny out of one of the┬áred penny containers that’s at every gas station register in the country. By the way, I hope that he didn’t buy a soda for $1.55 or a candy bar for 75 cents while he was at the register!

But, as our friends on infomercials like to say, “Wait, there’s more.” And there certainly is. We must remember that our frugal friend lives 14 miles away, meaning that he’s driving 28 miles round trip in order to buy his gasoline. If his car averages a fairly decent by U.S. standards (which is sad to say) 28 mpg, then he used a gallon of gas in order to purchase gas.

That’s right, ladies and gentlemen, our fair friend spent $2.97 in order to save 24 cents. And that’s not mentioning the time he wasted–he could have been at home doing some financial planning. I heard that Fannie Mae is a great investment.

Hallway Conversation Etiquette

A lack of common sense warning is in effect in every hallway in America!!

I cannot begin to tell you how many times I’ve had to walk through other people’s conversations in the hallway at work because the people having the conversation are standing on opposite sides of the hall. Invariably, these hallway conversants are standing across from each other, forcing people who are walking through halls (which is the purpose of a hallway, I might add) to walk between them–and right through the conversation.

I usually say “Excuse me” since it’s polite to say that when interrupting people; however, it is they who are interrupting me. I’m supposed to be walking through the hall–it’s the only way to get to the restroom; they’re not supposed to be having a meeting in the hall. There’s nothing wrong with talking in a hall (libraries and places of religious worship aside), but stand on the same side of the hall, people.

You don’t have to stand any closer to the person to whom you’re speaking–unless you want to (I have a don’t ask/don’t tell policy about hall relationships). In this new common sense position, though, you won’t be an interference to others, and others won’t be put in the awkward situation of walking through your private conversations.

It’s common sense, people!! Work with me.