Gas prices are dropping, they say.
I filled up the other day and it ran more than $50.
The day is coming when we will look fondly at the days when gas was only $5 a gallon.
The way it’s going now, $10 a gallon isn’t entirely out of the picture.
It’s kind-of sad – for us baby boomers – looking back when gasoline only cost about $1.25 a gallon.
For me and my Widefield High School buddies, foraging around in our pockets usually produced enough change to fill a tank at least half full so we could cruise in our muscle cars on Nevada Avenue in Colorado Springs.
That was when Detroit was king and there actually were muscle cars.
I started with a classic, a 1956 Chevy Bel Air with star mags. Then graduated to a 1969 Roadrunner with a big-block, 383 magnum engine, Hurst shifter and glass packs. With a few revs, I could just about lift the front end off the ground with that car.
Jamie had a Chevy Nova with a 396. David had a GTO. Herb had an older GTO. And Eric, well, Eric. He had a 1961 Ford Falcon, original equipment. We actually held a race between Eric’s Falcon and Rick on foot. Rick won.
Where have all those good days gone? With high gas prices everywhere. When will they ever learn?
Somehow, we have managed to go off the road, here in the good ol’ USA.
We’re are getting to be like the rest of the world.
In Hong Kong, gas prices on July 20 were around $11.37, according to globalpetrolprices.com.
At the low end, in Venezuela, which has the world’s largest petroleum reserves, residents pay 8.4 cents a gallon.
The United States, $4.771.
In Saudi Arabia, it was $2.349.
And in Iran its about 20 cents per gallon.
I could buy an electric car.
But it won’t be long before kilowatts are taxed, just as gasoline is today. And companies will find a way to profit, which means kilowatt prices will increase and a power-up is going to cost increasingly more.
Until another alternative rides up.
Gallops, I say.
I’m thinking we can go back to the future and giddy up.