Bob-n-Along: The price of gas and some random things I've been thinking about recently

Every now and then I find it a worthwhile endeavor to just stop whatever I happen to be doing long enough to make note of the present state of things as I see them. Naturally, you and I may see things as different, but no problem. It would sure be a dull world if we all had the same reactions and viewpoints, wouldn't it?
 
Since my column in general deals with Clarksburg and surrounding communities, my scope of items and events may be somewhat limited, but that's all right. We shall get right to the exercise at hand. 
 
In full sentences, I'll be mentioning a variety of things that I have noticed--or that I am currently noticing--so that you can decide for yourself what conclusion you might have reached. Some of these matters I'll be handling in somewhat of a tongue-in-cheek fashion, so be on your guard.
 
--My first observance is that the cost of regular grade gasoline at area retail locations has gone up sharply. Other than Easter Sunday, I am unaware of any other holiday that is approaching, at least for the next month and a half (Memorial Day). For the most part, there isn't as much traveling evidenced throughout the United States either just before Easter or over Easter weekend, so motoring would hardly be a factor. Have we Americans angered the oil-producing countries to any greater extent than they were miffed previously?
 
--While watching weather segments of the local and area news on television channels in north central West Virginia, I've been hearing some prognosticators speaking about the lack of precipitation around and about the Clarksburg area. Well, admittedly, we've had no flooding or even any threateningly high water to speak of, but at the same time, I do fail to recognize any hint of a drought. Perhaps none of us should talk above a whisper about any alleged dry conditions lest somebody begins to charge us for spraying the area with a mist. Otherwise we'll be hearing about "some of our favorite dry places."
 
--Could it be only because I'm a card-carrying senior, or does there need to be more backwards/forwards space in the parking lot of the new state office building on West Main Street in downtown Clarksburg?
 
In most cases, whenever somebody takes to belly-achin' about poorly arranged parking facilities, that person is referring to the allowed width of a vehicle. That is to say: a driver or passenger has limited space to open his door without dinging the vehicle beside him. However . . . in this local case that I've mentioned here, it could be rather tricky for a motorist to maneuver forward or in reverse without the front or rear bumper taking its toll.
 
--Has the local street department, assuming it's the one responsible for the city's stoplights, devised a new setting--"cold molasses"--to the lights that seemingly stay on red longer than a racetrack for a snail? Now I'm not saying that some lights stay on red a good deal longer than they once did. No, I'm only suggesting that perhaps you could read "War and Peace" on your Kindle in the time it takes for the light
to change to green.
 
--If we were not aggravated enough while construction work was underway simultaneously on South Chestnut Street and South 2nd Street, would it have done any good to bring up the idea of somehow also blocking traffic on Milford Street, so as to have created a real cluster-flub to local north-south traffic flow?
 
--On a positive note, would somebody . . . please . . . bring it up at the next meeting of physicians to finally discontinue the practice of scheduling eight people for a 10 o'clock appointment slot, and another eight people for the 10:30 time slot, etc., etc.? The reason I spoke "on a positive note" above is that I'm POSITIVE it would make a lot of patients think more positively on future days.
 
--Has anyone in Clarksburg or the surrounding area ever thought of opening a "low-tech" record store for us stubborn ol' galoots who would rather listen to their music on a tape player or even a compact disc player instead of having music transfused into their systems intravenously? Boy, oh boy, would I welcome a throwback to those good old days of the '50s, '60s, '70s and '80s!
 
Since I put this little experience on an experimental basis for now, I'd better bring this to a close. Perhaps I'll have some more (and some better) material at a later time.

Thanks for playing!
 
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This Week's Bible Verses:  "He told his disciples, 'I have been given all authority in heaven and earth. Therefore go and make disciples in all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and then teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you; and be sure of this--that I am with you always, even to the end of the world." -- Matthew 28:18-20

 

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