Wednesday, August 31, 2005

SITREP: a small town in Piedmont NC

Gas price ranges from $2.80 to $3.30 for regular. Price increase at the station nearest my house of $0.30 in 1 hour. Long, but orderly, lines at all stations I passed; some news reports of stations running out of gas.

Still many people driving, idling in lines waiting for whatever. Obviously, they haven't gotten the memo yet.

Bimonthly run to Walmart. Store uncharacteristically uncrowded. Prices on some things up; stable on many things. Food and paper products seem to be taking the brunt of the price increases.

If this doesn't last long, we may get out of this with a quarter of bad economic numbers. If this keeps up, expect Bad Things.

I'm starting to get a feel for how my Dad felt in the 70s.

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