So, I’m at the recycling center on Saturday when I run into a friend.
“I’m quitting my job,” he says.
“Why would you do a thing like that?” I ask.
“Because I cannot afford the gas to get there.”
He was joking but this gas thing is leading to empty pockets and warped humor. I like my short commute to work. I fall out of bed and crawl five feet to my keyboard. Looks like the gas that’s giving us all gas will get worse before it gets better. I checked in with Larry Merriam from Key Auto because I noticed on his website resources that help motorists save on fuel. Clicking “Fuel Savings Tips” under the Perfect Pearls header at left will give you a page that features management skills for better mileage, meaningful savings, and a cost calculator for comparison shoppers seeking a vehicle offering superior mileage.
I’m getting the feeling that what we’re paying at the pumps will impact voter mood at the polls. People are pissed. State pols beware, if you voted for gas tax increases in recent years.
I remember back in 1980, working for The Bridgeport Telegram, predecessor to the Connecticut Post, when a Monroe gas station became the first to charge $1 per gallon in this area. I contacted station owner Lou Anthony to ask why he chose to be the first to charge $1. His reply:
“You like to eat hamburger. I like to eat steak.”
Stew Leonard has a special this week for porterhouse — $5.95 per pound. We may be paying that for a gallon of gas. And that’s no special.
Speaking of The Post I see State Rep. Chris Caruso’s still meowing about having the Democratic mayoral election “stolen” from him last September. Humility has never been Caruso’s strength. The fact that there was a discrepancy between voter check-off sheets and actual votes counted is nothing new. (The Post story, by the way, was a BFD. Don’t hurt yourself, boys, patting your butts.) It happens when human element is involved. It’s amazing how Caruso whines when he loses to the corrupt political machine citywide, but says nothing when he blows out opponents in his legislative district. I guess they only know how to rig elections during citywide races.
If City Councilman Carlos Silva goes through with his primary challenge to Caruso, the big man will croak Carlos. Caruso enjoys a potent following in his legislative district. Caruso lost the mayoral primary because of Caruso’s flawed campaign message. No one else. Every day I asked Caruso and campaign messengers for positions on education, taxes and economic development. “It’s coming, it’s coming.” I’m still waiting. Maybe three years from now?
Harding and Central students graduate today, Bassick on Tuesday. Congrats kids!