Almost Enuff For A Fill Up

My underwear is on inside out today, not that I am bragging, nor that I am ashamed, just a plain fact of life.  Some times it is a real hoot to live your life on the ragged edge, even if it is only for one day.

Today is that day … I am not reversing them … Deal with it.

Yesterday I was giving a lift to a buddy of mine, and he said, “You had buckle up your seatbelt, they are cracking down on that.” and I said, “I don’t care.”

Then he said, “the fine is $50 think about that.”  I smiled and then replied, “Hell, that aint even a tank of gas man.”

Which is something I thought I would never hear myself saying, but it is a fact.

As you all know … Gasoline has gone thru the proverbial roof.

Houston-based oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. reported Friday that 1,383 rigs were exploring for oil and 594 were looking for gas. Six were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago this week, Baker Hughes reported 1,847 rigs.

The rig count peaked at 4,530 in 1981 and bottomed at 488 in 1999.  Now at that time (1999), gasoline was about a dollar a gallon.

This Is Not an Accident — When Drilling is Up, Price is Up.

The two times (early 1980’s and now) when drilling has set records, the price of gas has gone through the roof. When drilling was at it’s lowest in 50 years under Clinton, gasoline got down under $1.00/gallon.

Sarah Palin probably doesn’t know this. Newt probably does. He’s smart and sadly, I am afraid not always truthful.  With a lot of drilling, the price will be high. With little drilling, it will be low.  The reason is not hard to understand — see for yourself.

As the price has risen over the last three years, US exports of gasoline to China, India, Europe and South America have tripled to 20 million gallons per day.

For a country that is supposed to be running out of the stuff, there seem to be a great deal of people looking for it eh?  A little over 1300 rigs in search of oil and the rest Natural Gas.

For a gasoline to go back to a $2.50 per gallon level (highly unlikely boys N girls) the cost of a barrel of oil, would have to shrink from its current $125 per barrel price to roughly $63-$65 range.


Best to just hang around the home fires this summer, cook up an old dead-clucker, open up a can of beans and take a dip in the family pool.  Or better yet, board up a jet and fly down south and take a dip in this one.

The Crystal Lagoon, located at the San Alfonso del Mar resort in Algarrobo, Chile, is the world’s largest outdoor pool, stretching more than half of a mile and filled with 66 million gallons of water.  While you are there, pick me up a bottle of Sweet Bitch Wine, another fine product of Chile which is really good when properly chilled.

I am done for the day, I am now going to go back to important matters such as, “trying to figure out why every other chip breaks off in the dip” and then I have to get my fingers all greasy trying to retrieve the piece that is locked down stone cold in the jar.

It is a tough job, but someone has to do it.


Cartoon courtesy of AmericanProgress.Org