3 Surefire Ways to Combat Rising Gas Prices

Written by Timothy Ward

3 Surefire Ways to Combat Rising Gas Prices by Tim Ward

I have heardrepparttar rumblings of many of you in Readerland aboutrepparttar 118114 recent spike in gasoline prices. In fact it's all I seem to hear about lately. But at least it keeps you from rumbling aboutrepparttar 118115 infrequency of my columns and articles. Nonetheless, I have decided to try to help you get through this crisis by generously providing: 3 Ways to Combat Rising Gas Prices!

1. Don't Drive Your Car

This is, of course,repparttar 118116 most obvious solution. If you never takerepparttar 118117 old Plymouth outrepparttar 118118 driveway, then it won't matter that at current gas prices it takes $125 to fill uprepparttar 118119 30 gallon gas tank, or that you only get about 2.51 miles torepparttar 118120 gallon. If you never drive, you could care less.

Of course, I know what you're going to say. "But Tim, I have places I need to go-like work. And repparttar 118121 kids have school and soccer practice. And then there's grocery shopping and yoga lesssons and dinner atrepparttar 118122 Richardsons and blah blah blah and...." Ok, I getrepparttar 118123 point. Not everyone can sit aroundrepparttar 118124 house writing not-so-funny articles and searchingrepparttar 118125 Internet for Drew Barrymore photos like me. I fully understand that some of you have a life. But just because you don't drive your own car doesn't mean you can't get around. The answer?

2. Carpool

It's seems so simple now doesn't it. Instead of using your gas-Use Someone Elses! Have someone else pay $5.50 a gallon for gas to take your kids to school. Make someone else dip into their retirement fund just so they can coverrepparttar 118126 gas bill needed to get you torepparttar 118127 office and back everyday. Make someone else get a second job so that they can have a full tank of gas in their SUV when your daughter needs to cruiserepparttar 118128 mall. It's so simple.

Of course,repparttar 118129 concept behind carpooling is that everyone takes turns driving. So in a normal carpool situation you would eventually be required to use your car and spend your money driving others around. But this is not a Normal Carpool Situation, this is a Tim Ward Carpool Situation (TWCPS). In a TWCPS you avoid using your own car by making it so thatrepparttar 118130 other carpool participants would rather walk barefoot on 120 degree asphalt than ride with you. You achieve this by:


Written by Rev. James L. Snyder


Christmas isrepparttar one time ofrepparttar 118113 year when it is okay to be traditional. That may berepparttar 118114 reason why so many people look forward torepparttar 118115 Christmas holidays.

The rest ofrepparttar 118116 year most people are underrepparttar 118117 pressure to be "non-traditional," whatever that may mean. Today it is not politically correct to be traditional and if you are, you runrepparttar 118118 risk of being out of favor withrepparttar 118119 rest of society.

Christmas, however, is a different time altogether for everyone. July may be a good month to be non-traditional, but not December. There is a time to be non-traditional and then there is a time to regain your senses and enjoyrepparttar 118120 amenities of good, old-fashioned, traditionalism.

No matter how far awayrepparttar 118121 young folks wander, Christmas draws them back to traditionalism like a magnet. (It might have something to do with pumpkin pie.)

One ofrepparttar 118122 wonderful things about this time ofrepparttar 118123 year isrepparttar 118124 many family traditions enjoyed and endured by families all aroundrepparttar 118125 world. Inrepparttar 118126 parsonage, we have honored some great traditions throughrepparttar 118127 years.

Each year, whilerepparttar 118128 gracious Mistress ofrepparttar 118129 Parsonage and our little brood decoratedrepparttar 118130 Christmas tree, I busied myself inrepparttar 118131 kitchen making my special eggnog.

What was so special, was that each year it was different. I could not remember from one year torepparttar 118132 other just how I made it. Usually it turned out all right, except forrepparttar 118133 year I forgot to put inrepparttar 118134 eggs.

Another tradition inrepparttar 118135 parsonage wasrepparttar 118136 Christmas wish list for good ole Santy.

One ofrepparttar 118137 practical reasons for this was to prevent my children from getting me a fluorescent orange necktie with a pink hoola-dancer on it. As a minister, there are precious few places to wear such neckwear.

The children ofrepparttar 118138 parsonage are grown, with children of their own now, andrepparttar 118139 "wish list" has gonerepparttar 118140 way of all good things.

It isrepparttar 118141 one tradition I miss,and I wish it could be revived. If I could reviverepparttar 118142 "wish list," there is one thing that would lead my list. All I want from dear ole Santy this year is my sanity.

The fact that I have lost my sanity, or at least, misplaced it, is quite curious. The curious thing about it is that I do not remember just when it was that I lost it.

Have you ever looked for something only to discover that you could not find it and could not remember just when you saw it last? If I could only remember when I last used my sanity, it might serve as a clue as to where it is right now.

It is not that it has been a major lost in my life, but there have been a few times when I could have used it.

For one, I could have used my sanity when I got married. Looking back, it seems that atrepparttar 118143 time, my sanity was somewhere, but not where I could use it readily.

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