I'll start out this morning with something I just posted to FB:
"Went into town yesterday. The gas station closest to here was $2.99/gal but the pumps were occupied, so I figured I'd get gas in town. The station in town was $3.19/gal and I hoped like hell they hadn't raised the price at the other station by the time I went home. Lucky me, they hadn't and one of the pumps was unoccupied. I shudder to think what the price will be by the next time I need gasoline. At the beginning of the year, I could fill my tank for $25. Now, if I want to fill my tank it costs almost $42. For the record, I drive a Chevy Cavalier that gets awesome gas mileage. I don't even want to think about filling the Jeep right now. Thanks for nothin', Creepy Joe and all who voted for him. =op"
Also, for the record, I don't fill my tank anymore.
I can't imagine what my brother, the road warrior, has to pay for gas to do his job. I know I was putting 150 miles on my car a day when I was doing the job. And I had the smaller territory.
We got the sale paper for the local grocery store yesterday. Boneless ribeye? $18.99/lb. T-bone? $12.99/lb. You can still get burger for $4.99 a pound there but only if you buy in the 'family value pack' which, if I remember right, is like ten pounds of burger. I don't have room in my freezer for that. Derp. Wallyworld is a little better. The 90% lean I buy was like $11 for a 2.5lb pack or $4.40/lb the last time I was over there. But that was like a month ago. I wonder what it'll be when I go tomorrow. Blerg.
The other day, I watched Demolition Man again. If you haven't seen it, watch it. It's kind of silly and stupid, but it's also prophetic. I especially appreciate this bit.
Do actors ever actually watch the movies they're in? Do they pay any attention to the plot or the theme or what's being said in the movies they act in? I'm not sure Sandra Bullock paid any attention during Demolition Man. And I don't see how any of the actors in the Harry Potter movies can behave the way they do if they'd paid attention to the movies/books themselves. If Delores Umbridge isn't a cautionary tale about taking away people's rights under the guise of safety and protection, I don't know what is.
A little soundbite keeps running through my head: You are the villain in someone else's story. Not sure where I heard it or read it or if that's even the right quote from it. I guess it's all about perspective. I still haven't heard from those people we helped all of September and part of August. I think somehow I became the villain in her story. Considering how she told me the stories of other villains in her life, I can well imagine the story she's telling now. :shrug: