Jillian C. York

Jillian C. York is a writer and activist.

Gas Prices Crises Don’t Bother Me

I have a car, sort of. I have a car that belongs to my father, but could belong to me the day I decide I want it to. I “borrow” the car when necessary, which is rarely, and I use it for the occasional drive to visit friends, or if I don’t want to take the bus back to Boston, or it’s looking like a beach week.

This is in sharp contrast, of course, to the last time I lived in the States (back when gas was in the $2 range); then, I drove daily to work, hundreds of miles on the weekends, and on a significantly smaller salary than I make now.

If I were to drive now the way I did then, I’d be spending well over $100 a week on gas. My current driving habits cost me less than $15, and I buy a monthly subway pass for $59. And I walk a lot. And I make, literally, 400% more money than I did in 2005 (but if you knew what I did in 2005, that wouldn’t seem like oh-so-much money).

So no, I’m not particularly affected by this crisis, and if you live in a big city, you shouldn’t be either.

1 Comment

  1. I’m sure the price of the subway will have to go up before too long, as that electricity is most likely generated somewhere by oil and gas. Just like the increased price of oil is driving up food prices, as farmers need electricity (in most cases powered by oil) it to run their machines, and even to pump water out of their wells.

    Madame Monet, in Marrakesh
    Writing, Painting, Music, and Wine
    winewriter.wordpress.com

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