Senior Citizens Need To Speak Out Loudly To Control Our “Out Of Control” So-Called “Government Officials” At Every Level – They Use To Be Called “Public Servants!”

It’s that time of year again.  Those hazy, lazy, “crazy” days of summer.

 

But, hold on a minute.

 

According to those high-paid environmental so-called experts, our local “haze” is no longer such—it’s now categorized as smog.  Translated:  smog means that life here will now cost us more since we’ll have more government-salaried  “enforcement” employees not embarrassed to cash-in on the economic/environmental scam of our time—the government’s “green machine.”

 

You just thought automobile emissions devices were expensive before.  Wait until the Environmental Protection Agency’s engineers gets through with their “scientific” review of  our automotive so-called bad habits.

 

The old patriotism-building “Made In The USA” signs are rapidly being recycled with  biodegradable material-made signs imported from Bangladesh reading “If You Aren’t Green You’re Mean.”

 

Brother, you ain’t seen “mean” yet until you push a group of highly trained patriotic seasoned senior citizens into a corner—economic or otherwise.  The younger generation together with those older “stayed-in-office-way-too-long” government officials and other “public non-servants” better correct their self-serving ways—while there’s still time for them to do so before a bloody battle over “rights” ensues in this great country.

 

And “Lazy.”  Give me a break.

 

How much blood, sweat and tears do you expect to get out of this old turnip?

 

Frankly, if I choose to be lazy this summer … that’s exactly what I’m going to be.  The great equalizer for the likes of the Al Gores, Al Sharptons and Al Capones of this world is time.  If I have sufficient resources for “my needs,” not some other elitist clown’s phony gather-the-wealth expectations, then I own the 24-hour time-clock—not them—not in this country—not now or ever—and certainly not on my watch as long as my trigger-finger doesn’t have too much arthritis!

 

This summer, don’t just let “crazy” be.

 

We seniors have the advantage of wisdom gained through much experience over time.  “Crazy” behavior is in the eye of the beholder—unless of course you’re a school psychologist these days with the power of the pen to place a psychological dysfunctional label of some sort or another on way too many school children.

 

Perhaps the public school leaders (I believe they’re suppose to look out for “the public!”) would provide a better public-service by having the school’s psychological personnel diagnose the “crazy” behaviors of those in control of the local school system, judicial buildings and community hospital. 

 

Am I the only one in this local community who thinks that it is absolutely “crazy” for our local school district, hospital and judicial district officials to support placing senior citizens and all other local tax-payers at great financial risk by taking on hundreds of millions (yes, “hundreds” of millions when combined together) in new financial debt for the citizens of our community to pay for years and years while our country is on the brink of economic recession and/or a 1929-type depression?

 

I don’t think so.

 

Perhaps local officials upon taking on their respective offices should be required to make a pledge to the citizens they serve of:  “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without!”  Most senior citizens reading this column recall those words of wisdom practiced by their parents and grandparents—and  by themselves today.

 

Seniors, if you haven’t at least filed for all of the legal property tax exemptions that you have earned, now is not too soon to get that done.

 

And, if that mortgage hasn’t been paid off, this summer would be a great time to get that accomplished.  Look into a life-estate for you and your heirs to use (see an attorney) if necessary to assist with getting out of home mortgage debt—now.

 

It’s not too late to let your fingers do the walking right across the election push-screen to mark “no” when governments get out of control financially and otherwise.

 

Even with arthritis, the trigger-finger still has the strength to display great wisdom at the touch-screen battle ground—even during the heat of a long summer.

 

© Submitted by Bob Grafe for publication on May 7, 2008.

The United States Constitution Does NOT Guarantee Anyone The “Right To Vote” – Now Is The Time For All States To Develop And Implement A “Voter Eligibility Test”

One often hears comments about how “The Constitution guarantees the right to vote.”  In fact, if you listened relatively closely to exit poll participants’ comments during this past year’s presidential election you could hear that so-called “fact” uttered over and over again.

 

The truth of the matter is that the United States Constitution has no federal constitutional “right to vote” for United States citizens contained therein.  The actual right to bestow voting privileges, and/or restrictions thereon, is left to the individual states to administer.

 

And, therein is the problem.  Frequently, states do not thoroughly “qualify” citizens to vote.  Routinely, state government election bureaucrats are not even sure if the individuals voting in their elections are United States citizens at all.

 

The fact that some states routinely “look the other way” when it comes to proving United States citizenship status is a direct insult to all naturalized citizens who followed detailed citizenship naturalization procedures in order to receive their “naturalized” citizenship status—including the taking and passing of a comprehensive United States naturalization test printed in the English language.

 

Is it possible that many illegal immigrants in the United States found their way to the polls to cast their vote in this past presidential election—and were permitted to do so by election officials?

 

Is it also possible that these same illegal immigrants together with some really stupid “legal” but illiterate or near-illiterate citizens cast their vote (a vote counted equally with yours) for candidates or issues that they had absolutely no understanding of?

 

The absurd answer is “yes” to both of the above questions.

 

Wouldn’t it make much more sense if the 50 states adopted a test with content similar to that found in the United States naturalization test and required that all voters pass the test at least once during every 12 year period or so?

 

At least all voters would be required to know such things as:  Who is the chief justice of the Supreme Court today?  In what year was the Constitution written?  What does the First Amendment to the Constitution guarantee?  What is the Declaration of Independence and when was it adopted?  What are the 13 original states?  What do the stripes on the U.S. flag mean?  How many changes or amendments are there to the Constitution?  What are the requirements to become president of the United States?  How many representatives are there in Congress?  Who has the power to declare war?  Why did the Pilgrims come to America?  Who said, “Give me liberty or give me death?”

 

The above or similar questions are currently found in the naturalization test required to be passed by all new “legal” immigrants.  Illegal immigrants are frequently permitted to bypass the naturalization process altogether by living in so-called “sanctuary” cities or working a combination of the “black market” labor force together with accepting liberal welfare benefits, including free education, free food stamps and free health-care—resulting in a drastic “cheapening” of the entire United States legal immigration process.

 

The country’s founders certainly had the concept in mind that all voters would be both legal citizens as well as reasonably informed citizens before they would be permitted to vote.

 

Perhaps the country has now progressed or declined to the point that assurances must now be put into place in each state to make sure that our country is not corrupted further by illegal immigrant voting and voting by an uninformed or ill-informed voting-age citizenry.

 

Certainly, a testing procedure to prove citizenship beyond a reasonable doubt must be developed and implemented, together with the development and implementation of a comprehensive national knowledge test (Voter Eligibility Test (VET)–Giving a whole new meaning to the “vetting” process in elections.) written and taken in English similar to the United States naturalization test, prior to anyone in any state being judged as an “eligible” voter.

 

© Submitted by Bob Grafe for publication on January 2, 2009.   

War On Drugs Is A Farce – U.S. And Mexican Consumers And Sellers Of Illegal Drugs Should Be Stopped And Prosecuted Before Our Country Is Ruined Because Of Them

While many baby boomers were still in their twenties or thirties (in 1971), then President Richard M. Nixon coined the phrase “War on Drugs” to describe a new set of initiatives taken by the United States designed to enhance illegal drug prohibition.

 

One of the initiatives, perhaps the most significant effort to curb illegal drugs in the history of the United States, came about two years later in July 1973 when Nixon signed the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Act into law creating what has become in 2008 a huge federal government bureaucracy with over 11,000 federal employees funded by an annual budget approaching $3 billion.

 

Two questions for senior citizens on fixed incomes are whether or not this is an effective expenditure of taxpayer dollars; and is this so-called “war” really a curse on our society that could ruin our country. 

 

Partial answers to these questions come in the form of recent annual statistics from both the DEA and the White House’s Office of Drug Control Policy.  For example, in 2005 the DEA seized a reported $1.4 billion in drug trade related assets and $477 million worth of drugs. 

 

That sounds great until you realize that during that same year the White House’s estimate of illegal drugs sold in the US was as much as $64 billion.

 

That’s less than a 3-percent confiscation effective rate.

 

Is that much of an impact on the illegal drug trade?

 

Not hardly. 

 

For the bad guy, that’s just a minor line item on the balance sheet of the “cost of doing business” in the US.

 

And, the “real” cost to the taxpayer for the use of illegal drugs in the US goes well beyond the DEA’s cost burden.

 

When you add in the cost of incarcerating drug offenders, police protection, legal adjudication, and state and federal corrections activities such as parole and probation costs, the “real” cost to the tax payer in 2005 for the consumption of illegal drugs was in excess of $50 billion—probably closer to $150 billion when all indirect socio-economic costs are accounted for.

 

Is there anything we senior citizens can do to curb this curse on America?

 

There sure is.

 

The first thing is to remind ourselves that we are a country of laws which as citizens we agree to obey.

 

If we can’t agree on that statement, the US is then probably doomed to fail—sooner rather than later.

 

If we agree that illegal drug use in this country needs to stop, then we need to immediately take control of and halt both the illegal consumption and the illegal sale of prohibited drugs.

 

Whatever sacrifices that takes!

 

It appears that most illegal drugs arrive within the US via the US-Mexico border.  Both the US leadership and the Mexico leadership appear to be impotent with respect to enforcing their own illegal drug trafficking and consumption laws—effectively encouraging both consumers and drug dealers on both sides of the border to participate in illegal drug activity.

 

Mexico’s vicious drug cartel thugs are now stooping to the hellish evil antics of the anti-Christ Al-Qaeda mindless thugs who attacked the US on September 11, 2001.  They are openly threatening to take over both Mexican police and military agencies unless they get their government’s cooperation with their illegal activities mostly aimed at us—the US’s large number of “hooked” users of illegal drugs.

 

We need to put immediate political and financial pressure on our country’s leadership to shut that border down to illegal drug trafficking—and to shut it down now!

 

If you haven’t caught the recent hideous news of gruesome murders of law-abiding Mexican law-enforcement officials and others along the Mexico border, then it’s time to pay attention to it—including the recent beheadings of Mexican citizens fighting this uphill battle.

 

The US State Department has issued several recent travel “Alerts,” one just issued last week for US travelers to Mexico warning about the many dangers of visiting Mexico (especially along the border) at this time.

 

A war-like battle that threatens to spread across the border very soon (right into our own backyard) if we do not make every effort to stop the drug cartel violence where it is most active now—in Mexico—especially along the border and even into drug-gang infested neighboring cities such as San Antonio where illegal drug and gang activity enforcement seems to be lacking at best.

 

Probably our single-most effective strategy is to do everything that we can as senior citizens to stop the consumption and selling of illegal drugs by those who we might know of or suspect of that activity—such as family members, neighbors and others.

 

If we don’t do at least that, if we choose to turn our heads the other way to avoid the often times difficult task of fighting the evils of illegal drug use, then the innocent blood being shed in this horrific battle will be on our hands—for simply doing nothing.

 

That same innocent blood is on the hands of all illegal drug dealers and buyers/users of illegal drugs who just go along with the crowd disobeying our laws while encouraging and funding the likes of the opium growers in Afghanistan and the illegal drug growers and exporters in countries like Columbia, Mexico and elsewhere.

 

And, perhaps most of the responsibility for the shedding of innocent blood caused by the sale and use of illegal drugs is squarely at the feet of ineffective and/or corrupt US and Mexico government officials, judges and others in authority who sit idle (some suspected of receiving political contributions from laundered illegal drug money) while drug dealing and consuming scum continue to flourish in both the US and Mexico.

 

It’s time for senior citizens to take a stand by speaking out harshly against this national curse.

 

For the sake of our children and grandchildren, we must act very quickly!

 

© Submitted by Bob Grafe for publication on May 22, 2008.

In 1958 We Really Did Believe In Liberty And Justice For All – In 2008 We Still Do … At Least Most Of Us U.S. Citizens Do

Was 1958 really 50-years ago?

 

It seems like only yesterday when the American Flag was mounted prominently on the west wall of Ms. Rumbleheart’s classroom at my Lincoln Elementary School in Alameda, California.  On one side of the flag was a photograph of then-President Dwight D. Eisenhower and on the other side was a photograph of former President Abraham Lincoln.

 

Our class was made up of primarily Irish, German, English, Scottish and Italian Americans.  Although the city of Oakland was just “over the bridge,” that might as well have been another world away where “the Negroes” lived.  We didn’t have any Negroes in our school.

 

I do recall one little girl, Maria, was in my class.  She was real quiet.  She didn’t speak much English.  Her parents worked in the lettuce fields near San Jose.  She lived with an older sister during the week.

 

Every school-day morning we school children, following our school teacher Ms. Rumbleheart’s lead, would proudly face the flag with right hand over our hearts and solemnly recite the Pledge of Allegiance with its ending of “…with liberty and justice for all.”

 

Looking back, many events of the day were similar to the happenings of today for the average US citizen.

 

For example, even during that year of 1958, Baghdad grabbed newspaper headlines.  We read about how King Faisal II of Iraq was killed by the Iraqi Army in a coup.  Great Britain reacted to the coup by mobilizing 6,000 troops.  Meanwhile, President Eisenhower announced that he was sending 5,000 troops to Lebanon “to monitor the situation in the Middle East.”

 

During that same year basketball star Wilt Chamberlain signed with the Harlem Globetrotters and Floyd Patterson knocked out Roy Harris in the 12th round in Los Angeles to remain Heavyweight Champion.

 

And, the cost of living was discussed about as much as it is today.  Can you imagine that a gallon of milk actually cost $1.01 in 1958.  A typical loaf of bread was $.19 and a First-Class stamp cost $.04.  The average cost of a new American-made car was about $2,200 and the gasoline needed to fuel that automobile cost about $.24 per gallon.

 

The Dow-Jones average was about $583, the minimum wage per hour was $1 and the average annual income for an American white worker was $4,650—less for non-white workers with Black-Americans struggling with an unemployment rate about double that of most other Americans.

 

During 1958, baseball Hall of Fame member (and my all-time sports hero) Willie (Say Hey) Mays had a batting average of .347 playing center-field for the San Francisco Giants.

 

And, also fifty years ago former U.S. House of Representatives member Barbara Jordan from the 18th District of Texas was studying law at Boston University Law School before becoming only the third African-American woman to be licensed to practice law in the state of Texas.

 

Even Martin Luther King, Jr. had already found a significant place in history during 1958 while serving his first year as president of the Southern Christian Leadership Council.

 

And, tonight as I write this column I’m monitoring various news agencies now reporting that Barack Hussein Obama, Jr., the junior United States Senator from Illinois tonight became the presumptive nominee of the Democratic Party in the 2008 presidential election. 

 

He is the first African American to win the nomination of either of the two major American political parties.

 

I should note that by the end of my 1958 school-year, Maria had learned how to communicate well in English and later went on to become a celebrated public school teacher in California.

 

Had my stern elementary school teacher Ms. Rumbleheart been alive today, she probably would have reminded her elementary students that anyone can grow up in America to become president of the United States, a public school teacher or even a newspaper columnist because we actually do believe in that sturdy Pledge of Allegiance that promises “… with liberty and justice for all.”

 

© Submitted by Bob Grafe for publication on June 5, 2008.   

Texas Senior Citizens Have Too Much To Worry About – Including Mad Cow Disease, Mexico Onions … Even Their Governor

The 21st century may go down on record as the time period when senior citizens had the most to worry about and perhaps the least amount of free time to do so.

 

This year is not quite half over and just consider what we senior worrywarts have had on the buffet line selection of things to worry about.

 

Perhaps at the bottom of the list of things to worry about was the proposed senior version of television’s American Idol by Idol’s Simon Cowell where we seniors could vote for the equivalent of either the singing group Vitamin Z and the Food Supplements,  Ed McMahon singing Foreclosure Blues or Al Gore playing I’m Dreaming of a Green Christmas on his solar-powered electric organ.

 

Don’t worry.  It’s still on the editing/cutting room floor next to a revival tour by Elvis.

 

Then, of course, there’s been the question of just what to eat.  Let’s see.  Mad cow beef is still hoofing around.  Onions from Mexico were off limits for awhile only to burp back. 

 

And, even if I could eat an all-beef double cheese melt-in-your-mouth half-pound burger with my cholesterol level nearing this year’s Dow Jones average, I couldn’t find a “legal” and disease-free tomato slice anywhere to add to it.

 

And, some seniors question what is really in some of those fast-food items that we consume?  Do those food handlers (with permits, of course) really wash their hands?

 

And from the store, were those editable items marked “Keep Refrigerated” really kept refrigerated while being transported in our 100-degree temperatures?  Maybe just left to deteriorate on pallets in the afternoon sun on concrete delivery docks?  Who knows?

 

And corn!  Don’t those common-sense deprived elected “visitors” to Washington know that corn is supposed to be eaten–not put into your gas tank?

 

With no affordable fuel in our future, and with my arthritis the way it is, I’m not sure if I’ll be able to ride my bicycle to the post office (going postal?) to make my tax payments or to even pick up those “Past Due” notices from my commercial friends.

 

And, we Texans do worry about our governor.  Boy, do we worry!

 

Certainly the Texas governor has his hands full.  Without fuel to run the turbines in Austin there will probably be a shortage of electric power to “light up” the Governor’s mansion … at least using conventional illumination. 

 

And, with an electricity shortage looming, it’s also likely that hair dryers will be on the “Do Not Use” list.  That has to be worrisome for the Texas governor.

 

And, we worry about why the Texas governor would even consider adopting hundreds of young children from a West Texas religious group.

 

While in Paris a couple of weeks ago the governor was asked a question by an Associated Press reporter about the governor’s authorization for the state to effectively “adopt” those children only to shortly thereafter send them back to their desert compound.

 

The governor responded by saying “If you are going to conduct yourself that way, we are going to prosecute you.  If you don’t want to be prosecuted for those activities, then maybe Texas is not the place you need to consider calling home.”

 

Many wonder if the governor was actually addressing Texas Democrats?

 

Political accountability?  Do we even have time anymore to worry about that?

 

We senior citizens especially need to make the time before we’re run-over politically.

 

And, of course we also can’t forget those “big ticket” items to worry about … even with our limited 24-hour days.

 

Let’s see.  There’s the war.

 

Make that, the “wars!”

 

And, annual cost of living increases.  There’s the government’s definition … and then there’s reality for the rest of us.  Before we know it, vodka may become cheaper by the gallon than either milk or gasoline!

 

Don’t forget to worry about Barrack versus Hillary versus John versus “none of the above.”  But don’t spend too much time worrying about their preachers, spouses or former spouses or their NBA preferences.

 

Alas!

 

There is relief from our current worrisome present.  It comes happily from our senior citizen’s past … Mad magazine.

 

Mad magazine’s Alfred E. Neuman perhaps said it best when he first uttered the words “What, me worry?”

 

Still applies! 

 

© Submitted by Bob Grafe for publication on June 19, 2008.   

Americans Taking Care Of Americans Is NOT A Foreign Concept

Usually around this time of year I enjoy discussing vacation options for senior citizens in this column.  One of my favorite vacation destinations, Alaska, is only a leisurely 10,000 mile round-trip road adventure away.

 

Estimating 18 miles to the gallon of gasoline results in the consumption of about 556 gallons of fuel.  Generally higher fuel prices in both Canada and Alaska results in about $4.50 per gallon of gasoline or say an approximate cost of about $2,500 and around $3,000 if you use diesel fuel.   

 

If you have the financial means to do so … fill up and head out!  Our American economy can sure use your economical shot in the arm right now.

 

But, if you don’t want to (or simply can’t) expend your funds on high fuel prices this summer, here is an exciting vacation opportunity for you to participate in right where you live.

 

Celebrate American Independence Day in a big way this year by beginning to help recreate the independent America that most senior citizens fondly recall.

 

Here are some specific patriotic things that senior citizens can do to help rebuild the American dream for future generations to enjoy.

 

Immediately contact all of your national elected and appointed officials by telephone or snail-mail letter (email would be the last choice for effective communication) telling them that you support declaring an immediate national “energy emergency” which should temporarily allow for waivers of most if not all bureaucratically and environmentally imposed time-consuming pre-production requirements.

 

Also, let them know that it would be helpful if there was a new requirement to clearly identify the country of origination of basic energy commodities such as crude oil.  Patriots fighting for American independence might pay less for crude oil refined into gasoline or diesel fuel produced outside of American owned or controlled soil if they knew that crude oil was actually produced in say Venezuela or Saudi Arabia.

 

While you’re communicating with your national leaders consider letting them know that you are willing to step up to the employment plate again to help fill some of those jobs now illegally occupied by illegal aliens from around the globe—even if you’re a retired senior citizen.  Taking back American jobs for Americans, even if only on a part-time basis and even if you don’t need the income, will help us transition back to relying on our own citizens to take care of ourselves.

 

Americans taking care of Americans is not a foreign concept!

 

Also, please encourage our national leaders to cause a round-up of all illegal aliens and to quickly send them back to their own home countries thereby reducing the huge tax and social burdens imposed on legal American citizens by the illegals’ uninvited presence—we simply cannot afford to keep Lifeboat America afloat for illegal immigrants any longer especially while we’re working at rebuilding our American economic base.

 

And, you might mention to our national leaders that you have great concern with the shortage of “Made in USA” products available for American consumers to purchase.  We senior citizens remember well the pride that the vast majority of our American-made products use to bring.

 

Many of us have manufacturing job skills that are perhaps needed now more than ever—especially in order to pass along those skills to the next generation of American manufacturers.

 

Regrettably, just as Americans have been lulled into purchasing relatively low-cost foreign imported fuel until the financial rug was less than politely pulled out from under our relatively stable economy recently, low-cost imported foreign-made clothing, motor vehicles, toys, electronics and other products have virtually shut-down much of America’s manufacturing base.

 

Does it do us any good as a country in need of a once-again stable economy if all we can purchase at our local retail outlets is an inferior quality, formerly Made-in-America look-alike shirt marked Made-in-China or Made-in-Indonesia?

 

While you’re in the mood to “take back our country,” mention to our national leaders that it was historically never intended to provide our American liberties and freedoms to those who want to do legal American citizens harm—such as the harm caused on September 11, 2001 by at least 19 Saudi Arabian religious fanatics.

 

Those American families who supported and defended the patriotic writers and signers of our Declaration of Independence and later our country’s Constitution certainly could never envision what has happened to our modern-day country.

 

As those true patriots of yesteryear were, we all should become—fighters for our freedoms and liberties if necessary.

 

It is time long overdue for senior citizens and all other patriotic citizens of this great country to stand up and defend our way of life and to protect ourselves from the enemies of our American way of life—both domestic and foreign residing enemies.   

 

We may have to endure higher prices for USA Made products and energy raw materials developed within our own lands in the short-term in order to get production rolling again.

And, tariffs on foreign-made products may become necessary.  Even not allowing imports of certain products and services from certain countries because of safety, economic or other issues may become necessary as well.

 

This year’s Fourth of July celebration provides “legal” senior citizens of the United States of America and others with an opportunity to not only reflect on the real meaning of Independence Day—but to take a stand in an effort to save our country’s honorable heritage.

 

True American independence is possible for our country once again with work and sacrifice by all citizens with senior American citizens setting the example of patriotism and seasoned leadership during this time of need.

 

Let’s roll—patriots!

  

© Submitted by Bob Grafe for publication on July 4, 2008

Senior Citizen’s Sincere Approach To Energy Crisis

Did someone say there was an energy crisis?  You couldn’t prove that by our weekend driving experience.

 

My wife and I packed up the old Buick that gets about 26 miles-per-gallon rather than the diesel truck that gets … well, let’s just say less MPG than the Buick gets … and headed off to Beaumont where three pre-school-aged grandchildren awaited our arrival.

 

We decided to be good stewards of our country’s apparently lacking fuel supply and drove for about 250 miles each way at the posted speed limit in an effort to practice being conservation-minded.

 

After a few short miles on Interstate 10 we realized that we were in the automotive equivalent of the running of the bulls events in Spain.  My rear-view mirror continually provided graphic close-up images of rams, mustangs, bulldogs and other exciting fast-moving automotive symbols taking aim on our vehicle’s rear-end as my fellow countrymen and women debated whether to go around us or over the top of us—energy crisis or not.

 

Even though we almost always stayed in the far right “slow” lane of traffic, it seemed to us that we were the slowest vehicle on the highway–with the occasional exception of a few highway patrol units driving very slow in the “fast” lane. 

 

Obviously, these fine officers of the law were being very patriotic in their efforts to conserve fuel.  We even passed a few of them on the right just to demonstrate that we were conservatives too.

 

But the surprising thing to us was just how many patriotic citizens were on the road this weekend.

 

We keep a small “Proud Parents of a United States Marine” sticker on our vehicle’s rear window out of respect for our son and all other active duty personnel.

 

It was amazing to us just how many people zooming by us would take a moment out of their busy travel day to give us a hand salute and some even honked their horns as they flew by.

 

I guess they have better eyesight than I do.  I sure couldn’t read that little sticker driving by that fast.

 

And, during the one time that we stopped to gas-up our tank a few miles outside of Houston, a young man came over to us and started to wash our windshield.  Before I began to pump in the fuel, I thanked him for his generosity and he asked me in broken English if I wanted to get some gasoline “for a lot cheaper than this place?”

 

At about that same time one of those nice state troopers pulled into the gas station.  So, of course I waved at him.  When I turned back to again thank the nice young man for washing our windshield … he was gone.

Had he not disappeared, I probably would have given him a little tip for doing such a good job on the windshield.  Well, at least on my side.  Apparently he didn’t have enough time to finish my wife’s side of the windshield.

 

He seemed too young to own a gas station.  I wonder where that gasoline came from that he said was a lot cheaper?

 

I’m surprised that he could find gasoline much less cheaper to sell especially with the increase in gasoline “drive-offs” and all.  Can you imagine people actually not paying for their gasoline once they put it in their tank!

 

What’s this world coming to?

 

Well, we had a wonderful time in Beaumont. 

 

And, after returning to Kingsbury we calculated the amount of money that we saved by just driving the speed-limit.

 

You know what?  That amount was almost enough to pay for our lunch at McDonalds.  Well, not counting the drinks.

 

But, every little bit counts!

 

Especially since we discovered that we had forgotten to turn off the air-conditioner during our two-day Beaumont getaway.

 

You know, I’m not sure if I turned off the soaker hose in the backyard either!

 

Dag-nab energy crisis!

 

© Submitted by Bob Grafe for publication on July 17, 2008.