In the last week I’ve had three different people tell me that $5 a gallon gas is coming this summer, which will put an end to the RV lifestyle as we know it. One gentleman told me he can’t decide if he should sell his RV now while there’s still a chance to get something out of it, or if he should just hold onto it in the hope that someday prices will drop back down to normal levels. Whatever normal is.
It seems like every year about this time there’s a new panic; gas is going to $4 a gallon, gas is going to $5 a gallon, the oil cartels will cut off the supply and there won’t be any fuel available at all! Why do people listen to the naysayers running around like Chicken Little yelling that the sky is falling? Yes, gas may go to $5 a gallon, but then again it may drop to $2 a gallon. Naaa, probably not. But the point is, fuel prices are going to do whatever they’re going to do. As I always say, you can pay it or you can park it.
I remember back years ago when gas first went to a dollar a gallon and people were never going to drive again. They were going to park their cars and walk, ride bicycles, heck maybe they were going to ride pogo sticks for all I know. Well, gas went to a dollar a gallon, and then $2 a gallon, then $3 a gallon, even $4 a gallon or more sometimes in some places. And guess what? People are still driving cars!
We can always find something to worry about; fuel prices, upcoming elections, crime in the streets, the state of the economy – it’s enough to make you just want to stay in bed and cover your head with your pillow. Of course, if we did that we would probably all get bedsores and die from some weird flesh eating disease.
Here’s an idea, how about we enjoy life today and stop worrying about tomorrow, or next week, or next year? Nobody knows if we’ll even be around that long. Live for today.
After yesterday’s blog about our frustrations at the Flying J in Edinburg, which I mistakenly said was in Mission, I got an e-mail from Jay Stinnett, a blog reader who also happens to be a Senior Regional Sales Manager for Flying J, who helps oversee the company’s RV programs. Jay apologized for the difficulties we had, and assured me that he would be bringing them up at a general managers meeting in a couple of weeks. I appreciate somebody who goes the extra mile like Jay did. American business needs more people like him.
Folks here in Mission, Texas know I’m in town even if they haven’t seen me and don’t read the blog. Why? Because it rained! Texas needs all the water it can get, and I’ve heard rumors of an underground movement to have me elected governor. If I stayed in the Lone Star State long enough, Dallas would probably have more canals than Venice.
I have uploaded a revised schedule to our Arizona Gypsy Journal Rally page. We’ve pretty much filled in all the time slots except for a couple on Thursday. There still may be a change or two, but I think you’ll agree we’ve got a lot to offer.
We’re going to have some great door prizes at this rally. Strongback Chairs has donated another of their excellent chairs as a door prize, we’ll be giving away an Amazon Kindle e-book reader, and yesterday I got an e-mail from Tim and Crystal Ryerson from Inflatable Boats 4 Less telling me that they wanted to donate one of their excellent Sea Eagle 370 Pro kayaks as a door prize. How cool is that? Thanks Tim and Crystal!
Thought For The Day – Believing in yourself is the first step toward success.