It seems that things are deteriorating at an increasingly rapid rate. Of all the, let’s call them “pundits”, that I regularly read, the ones with the best track record are the ones with the darkest predictions.
Yep, that’s me, Mr. Ray of Sunshine, at your service.
Let’s start of with this gem. I was outin’-and-aboutin’ today and decided that I’d beat the latest round of gas price increases, which seem to be running at about 10⊄ every 3-4 days. I managed to find a station that was still at $3.18/gallon and used my “loyalty code” to get 5⊄ per gallon off.
Gas is now over $1/gallon higher than it was when Xiden took office, and it shows no sign of slowing down soon.
The trip out was necessitated by my regular visit to the chiropractor. At least that co-pay is still the same as it was a year ago. Having just gone through “open enrollment”, it’s unclear if that stays the same for the coming year.
I can’t say that for lunch. Dairy Queen 4 chicken strip basket and a drink is now $10. This grumpy old guy recalls when he ate lunch for a buck at a local restaurant-2 hot dogs, fries and a drink. If you went to McDonalds, you got change back from that buck. We’ll probably never see those days again. And get off my lawn!
Pet food prices and availability seem to be stable at the local big box pet store. I just restocked for the kitties. We’re at about 5 months of food and somewhat less litter for them. I’ll raise amount that soon.
Pantry-wise, we’re keeping the holes filled and making some adjustments to the mix on the shelves. I’d like to see us with more things that only need to be heated rather than actually cooked. I’d like another couple of months worth of food if I can make the room for it.
I didn’t stop at a single retail outlet today that didn’t have some version of a “Now Hiring” sign. If someone wants or needs a job, they’re available. They may not be the greatest jobs ever, but they’re there.
I’ve been going through the news this afternoon, and I’ve found these stories of interest:
- Canada now has internal passports.
- Prepare for continued transient inflation.
- 18 YO truck drivers-What could possibly go wrong?
- Keystone Cops.
- In an orderly and proficient military manner, a Marine takes down a punk gas station robber.
- I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that the Chinese owners of Tik-Tok are encouraging this sort of sabotage.
- A school asks parents to feed their kids because their supply chain has broken.
- I shouldn’t complain about high gas prices.
- Could China be the Jenga piece that brings it all down?
And with that reading list, I’ll leave you in peace. Out here.