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Over 60 ... And Getting Younger: March 15, 2012

‘Fill’er Up’

$57.13 for gas! Are you kidding me?

Is this 1973 or 2012? There is plenty of gasoline, unlike 1973, but it is the price we are complaining about. So far this rise in prices has intruded on Long Islanders, but the roads are still crowded. There are complaints, but it looks like nobody is staying home.

People think twice before starting on a short or long trip. They are spying on their odometers more often and counting their gas mileage with pen and paper. The public is playing “Gas Station Roulette.” That means they are shopping for the best price. A few pennies difference seems to mean an awful lot for gas venues. The Long Island Railroad will benefit from this “gas crunch.” They also have raised their fares but there is no competition, so riders begrudgingly shell out the extra money to use the railroad. I’m sure the LIRR will do a brisk business during the mini-gas crisis.

One thing my beautiful wife, Lorraine, noted while filling her car with gas - as they fill up, people are talking and complaining to each other as they squeeze the gas pump. Before, there was only silence as the public inserted gas (the precious liquid) into their chariots. Now, a litany of “cuss words” flow from the riding public, about the high price of gasoline. Eveyone is to blame - from the Senate to the House of Representatives, to the local public officers, to the White House, the loud voices bemoan the rise in the price of gasoline.

We are all in this boat together!

Manhattanites are smug and self-satisfied as they cavort on mass transportation. The city dwellers sneer at the suburban country cousins as they jam themselves into sardine-like subway trains.

No relief seems to be shining in our future. As the violence and uprisings continue in the Middle East, fewer and fewer chances of peace and quiet will keep the price of fuel higher and higher. We are helpless!

Just get ready for your monthly credit card bills to register off the wall. “Be Prepared” as the Boy Scouts of America say. Question? Is there an upper price limit?

The answer is in doubt!