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High Gas Prices - The Old Lady

1. The old lady that nobody visits.

The old lady that lives across the street from me, the one I invited to my favorite fun place, the cemeteries, the one who has 3 or 4 children who never visit her, the one who lost the key to her front yard gate while we were at one of the cemeteries, the lady who I finally had to jump her fence to get into her house to get the spare key she had inside, has been very sick. I'll use a pseudo name instead of her real name. Although this tiny and frail lady is as sweet as can be, I'll call her Mrs. Havisham. I really can't tell ages when people are very old, so I'll guess she's in her 80's.

I went to visit her this past weekend, and she shared something with me that disturbed me immensely. I always keep things people tell me about their lives to myself, but since none of you know her, I feel I won't be betraying a confidence she told me.

Sobbing uncontrollably, this is what Mrs. Havisham told me:

When her children were growing up, one of her sons (I'll call him Pip) told her that his father had been molesting him. Enraged, she then confronted her husband and told him what Pip had told her. He denied it, but she didn't believe him, so she divorced him.

Many years passed since that day, and her son Pip was then a grown man. As it turns out, Pip was gay and got sick with Aids. On his death bed, he told her he had something he had to tell her before he died. He told her that the accusation he had made about his father was a lie, that he had never molested him, and that the reason he had lied so long ago, was because his father, who had always been very strict with his children, had scolded him terribly for something on that day. He asked her forgiveness, and then Pip died.

The confession came too late, because his father had died years ago, a condemned man by his wife and children, and everyone who knew him.

What she shared with me this past weekend, has affected me terribly. I find myself having terrible feeling for Pip.

Thoughts please.

2. I saw this question on TV, and I don't know the answer:

Who do you think is most to blame for the high price of gas? Optional: Why?

4. I have so much more to share with you about inmates and prison life. No, I have never been in prison or jail. The only laws I've broken in my life is getting tickets for speeding, and once for going around a railroad rail when a train was coming. The cop gave me a terrible scolding, along with a $100.00 ticket. I stuck out my tongue at him! No! I'm no fool! I did it when he turn his back to leave! I felt so brave! :o)

3. I'll continue making this SAME post up until the end of this month. By the end of this month, I'll be deleting some LJ pals from my FList who don't seem to have an interest in their LJ's anymore, and who never seem to read mine, much less comment. It won't be a major cut like I did some months ago (over 200). I'll probably start hunting for brand new LJ friends who will have the same interest I do, which is EVERYTHING on this earth! :o)



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Aug. 5th, 2008 07:40 pm (UTC)
2. The Iraq War.
Aug. 5th, 2008 08:06 pm (UTC)
it's a shame

that boy did that to his mom and dad...

some people.. I guess he got the worst end of the deal...
Aug. 7th, 2008 04:32 am (UTC)
Re: it's a shame
Yes, what he did to his own dad had to be a living nightmare for him. I failed to mention that he had ample time to have admitted his lie, before the dad mercifully passed away, because he was now a grown man of 40 something when he finally admitted it to his mother.
Aug. 5th, 2008 08:38 pm (UTC)
Old Ladies
Sometimes old ladies make up stories, maybe she was just reciting what she saw on a Lifetime movie? OR, there had to be a lot more to it. I can't imagine it being THAT simple and her divorcing her husband for that. There's gotta be more to it. Maybe the son lied on his death bed thinking that was for the best? Who knows, I wouldn't fret about it.

I blame 9/11 for the high gas prices, that started this whole chain reaction? Can I go back that long ago? I also blame wasteful Americans. Look how the price skyrocketed on so much stuff like groceries and gas and millions of people aren't even effected. Seriously, anyone who makes over $100,000 a year has no excuse to feel the gouge. Me on the other hand...I'm going to have to hold off on doing comedy full time until I can find better income. (I know boo hoo, poor me)
Aug. 5th, 2008 11:52 pm (UTC)
Re: Old Ladies
The lady didn't make it up. Yes, there was more to what she told me, but I only shared the main parts of it here. It would have taken a full pages to have written all she shared with me.

I don't blame 911, because the problem was in plain view long before. I blame those who have been running our country, by not putting a stop to our spoiled and wasteful habits. All one has to do is look at the dinosaur gas guzzlers we've used to transport only ONE damn person all over the place.
Aug. 5th, 2008 09:08 pm (UTC)
Gas Prices
I see gas being high due to a few things. First Bush is absolutely part of BIG OIL. They are out to screw the public as much as they can. They bought him the presidency for him to do everything he could to raise gas prices.

Arab world is out to destroy the western world. Their culture is one of dominance. They intend to dominate and put their culture over ours. Oil is the current key to that. The Crusades, The Caliphates, Ottoman Empire, OPEC all part of the war between the Arab nation and the western world.

Greed of the speculators. The more I hear on this the madder I get at them. They are complaining that they actually have to own the oil before they can sell it. In their frenzy world until a few months ago. The would bid it up then go buy what they were able to sell. This is insane. It was also illegal, but the industry chose to look the wrong way.

Greed of the Refineries. They wanted to push as far as they can. They did, and the broke the system.

All of the above I congratulate on dropping US use of gas by 18%. It will keep going down.
Aug. 7th, 2008 01:00 am (UTC)
Re: Gas Prices
I once read The Late Great Planet Earth, and all the books written by Hal Lindsey. He interpreted the Book of Revelations, and everything he said, is happening now. One thing he said was that the U.S. would fall.

All these horrible things that are happening, I feel cannot be changed. How sad.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts here. I really appreciate it!
Aug. 5th, 2008 09:58 pm (UTC)
Who do you think is most to blame for the high price of gas? Optional: Why?

There a number of forces. It's somewhat because of the real estate market speculation bringing our entire economy down which lowered the price of the dollar which allowed for foreign investors to hedge their funds to oil which is based on the US dollar. Dollar goes down oil went up. UNTIL there is a top point (which we reached at $145 a barrel?) and suddenly supply & demand actually took control. Investors in oil are now crying "ohhhhhhh shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit!" as the price of oil is falling and the dollar is slowly (but surely) rising.

don't delete me ! :)oxox
Aug. 7th, 2008 12:53 am (UTC)
Thank you for your input about our high gas prices!

I never will delete you. I enjoy watching you in your videos too much! :o)
Aug. 5th, 2008 11:52 pm (UTC)
First off, I must say you are a real sweetie for looking after Mrs. Havisham and trying to get her out to do things.

Second...that was a very awful thing Pip did. It also sounds, from a metaphysical standpoint, that he earned the karma to go with the action. The way I see it, at least he was honest with his mother before he died. At the same time, I feel for Mrs. Havisham, having that weighing on her mind.

I am of the mind that the both Wall Street and the oil companies are responsible for the price of gas. Wall Street for their speculating, and the oil companies for refusing to absorb some of the cost and passing it down to us instead while they reap record profits. I have no problems with a company wanting a profit but when it's "record" while the average consumer is forced to suffer? Nuh uh. Cut the prices you greedy scumbags.

As for prisons and prisoners, I have some knowledge of my own, because my mother worked in two state prisons - one as a medical transcriber, and the other as a social worker.

Aug. 6th, 2008 04:21 am (UTC)
I always see Mrs. Havisham sitting alone, under her carport, looking so sad and alone. I have yet to see at least one of her children visit her. I'm afraid the day will come soon, when I won't be seeing her sitting there anymore. She looks so frail and so very ill, with a yellow tone to her complexion.

I also feel what Pip did was unforgivebable. He ruined so many lives with his lie. Perhaps it would have been best for his mother if he would have taken his filthy lie to the grave.

I wonder how those "greedy scumbags" can sleep at night, knowing what families are going through.

I'm sure you have some pretty interesting true stories about prisons and inmates, and maybe someday you make posts about it. I find it so interesting, learning about what goes on on the other side of the world (prisons). I'll soon continue sharing stuff about it.

Hugs Sweety Pie!
Aug. 6th, 2008 02:06 am (UTC)
I grieve for both the womans husband and her. Imagine what HE went through, knowing that he was innocent and the woman he spent his life with did not even believe him. His pain is over but hers is still going on. There is a special place in hell for her son... for what he did to his Father and his Mom.

As for the Oil situation. There are many factors in action here. and one of tem is NOT BIG OIL, anyone who even uses that phrase is simply showing their ignorance of basic marketplace economics.

I will try and explain. The oil companys are part of a capitalist society they are in buisness to make money in order to survive. They have to pay their investors and they must make enough profit to keep the refinerys operating. OLD refinerys that are over 30 years old. and take a LOT of capital to maintain. Remember CONGRESS and the environmentalists who have barred any new refinerys being built for 30 years.

NOW Supply and demand steps in here, the less of an item that is available for the market, where there are MANY MANY people who want it, the price goes up. Remember the Cabbage Patch Kids the first year they came out they purposely did not put a lot out so the demand would be crazy and the prices went through the roof.

OK lets put OIL in here. It is a great demand for it all over the world, specifically NOW since China and India are drawing greater ammounts.
The Sand Box has a lot of it and they are the ones who are boosting the prices up BECAUSE they can. OIL will go up as much as the market will allow. The Oil Sheiks will boost the prices a little every now and then to see WHO and IF anyone will buy it at that price.

America will because our way of living demands it, and even though we have more oil than all the sand pits... we cannot get it because of congress and the eco-terrorists.

I will continue...

Aug. 7th, 2008 04:21 am (UTC)
I can't even begin to imagine what he went through. And to think it was his own son! I do believe he's in hell, because it took something like 30 years for him to finally admit he had lied! He had all those years to finally become a MAN and admit what he had done. He could have come forth with the truth years before his Dad died! With just a couple of sentences, he destroy so many lives forever.
Aug. 6th, 2008 02:32 am (UTC)
OK now, Remember the oil companys? well they are being hammered because they are making a profit. We are a capitalist society remember. That is one of the freedoms we celebrate. The right to persue happiness.

The Oil Companys make a whopping 8 cents profit off a gallon of gas. That same gas that they bought the crude, shipped it ion, refined it, shipped it to the gas station, to where you bought it at $4.00 a gallon. NOW the Federal Government is taking 18.4 cents tax on each gallon. In SC our state takes 16.75 cents a gallon in tax. in SC that is 35.15 cents a gallon. and remember OBAMA wants to increase that 10 cents a gallon. OH and that Windfall Profit he wants to tax.... shows he knows nothing about the economy. A winfall is a profit yoyu reap when you expend NOTHING in order to get it. The Federal Government is reaping a winfall in their tax because they expend NOTHING to get it. the oil companys expand a great deal SO its not a windfall.

Getting back, The President has said he wants to start drilling So did McCain, and even Barac has changed his tune. OPEC sees that the US may start drilling and get more of their own pil so they start dropping the [prices of tgheir oil in order to make it more attractive .. NO drilling for it... and guess what gasoline prices are dropping a few pennys.

OH DO you realise that most of the oil we are buying is NOT from OPEC, the majority of oil we buy is from MEXICO... and they cannot even take care of their own people they are so corrupt.

OPEC raises their prices, so does Mexico, Canada, Venezuela and anyone else.

Finally another reason the oil is so damn expensive is because our Dollar is worth less than its ever been. WHY? Spending! A senator in Alaska wants to build a bridge to nowhere, and they print money and tax us to do it. A Representative here in SC wants a bridge over a lake between two small towns. BOTH towns have less than 1000 people and the cost of this bridge, is so much that they could give $50,000.00+ to every man women and child living in both towns. The people in the towns dont want the bridge, but it will be named for the representative... a lasting tribute???

Every state has this kind of pork. The Checks that everyone got or will be getting, did not come from OUR money that we paid in taxes.. that was already spent before it was collected. That money was borrowed from CHINA. and Obama wants to steal money from the oil companys to do it again. AND tuning up your car and inflating your tires will NOT save us as much oil as we have off the coast that statement was just assinine!

There are other factors but I am sure you understand how things work. Its NOT Bush, its NOT the Oil Companys it is the federal government like Pelosi and Reid that prevents drilling.

Aug. 7th, 2008 04:26 am (UTC)
Thank you for taking the time to explain the mess to me. I now understand it a tiny bit more than I did before.

I'm always amazed not only by your cleverness, and wit, but by your intelligence. How did I become so lucky to have a friend like you?!

I also want to thank you for sending me the pic of all those heroes. I downloaded it for my viewing pleasure. There was an awful lot of history there, huh?!

Again, thank you!
(no subject) - daddy - Aug. 7th, 2008 10:33 pm (UTC) - Expand
Aug. 6th, 2008 02:40 am (UTC)
My my my...
1) Wow. Some people do that, and it is always unfortunate. I'm glad that you have been there for her.

2) Money grubbers. Why? Because they are grubbing money.

4) Er?

3) Good timing on my part, it seems. I am returned.

How are you?
Aug. 7th, 2008 03:56 am (UTC)
Re: My my my...
1. Yes, it's unfortunate, because it makes it so much harder for true victims to be believe.

2. True.

I've been fine. I hope you have, too! :o)
Re: My my my... - jasonecaesar - Aug. 7th, 2008 04:24 am (UTC) - Expand
Aug. 6th, 2008 03:28 am (UTC)
Playing the Blame Game
(1) Why didn't he come forward when they were going through the divorce process? That's just crazy and sad. Poor lady.

    "Who do you think is most to blame for the high price of gas? Optional: Why?"

When you consider the fact that 1 ounce of silver (which is lawful money as opposed to legal tender) buys 4 gallons of gas just as it did 10yrs ago, then you have to question the legitimacy of the monetary device you trade in and the concepts you have of that device -- in this case the Dollar.

When you change your ideas about the Dollar from it being "money" to it representing buying power that you hold, then the above question you asked should read: "Who do you think is the most to blame for the dimminishing buying power of the Dollar with respect to gas?"

Who is to blame? The people of this nation. Of course, the current system in place isn't without its flaws. The system and the people are to blame, but ultimate responsibility falls upon the people. Afterall, it is their government.

If the people want to accept the Dollar as their median of exchange, then with that acceptance comes certain terms (i.e. pros and cons) just as there are with all other monetary devices. And the biggest con (no pun intended) with the Dollar is inflation.

But, there is another flipside to this coin. When someone is using the Dollar to purchase things that do not increase ones own wealth, then he/she is brining upon him/her-self needless, empty expenditures. And the "money" isn't the Dollar; the money is what the Dollar represents -- which is buying power. In other words, one is either hurting or advancing one's own buying power in the market with every purchase one makes. Can you go make certain trades that would increase your current buying power in the market before you go buy what you truly desire in the market? Absolutely. It may take a week, a month, 6 months, a year, a decade to get what you want at times depending on what you're seeking, but whatever... luxuries can wait when one's own financial freedom is at risk.

People who are not necessarily affected negatively by today's economy or market, are people who understand the fluctuations in the various monetary devices and conduct their affairs accordingly. Today's economy isn't bad because it's an economy of opportunity.

Those who depend on the government to handle their business by asking the government to control pricing and to give them jobs are going to be the ones who will pay for it in the end anyways, as they always have. The people can sit there and point their fingers at corporations and the President all they want, but in the end, the People asked for it. Government ventured into private sectors on behalf of the people (upon their request mind you) in order to create these price controls.

The people can't just put their foot down and expect the government to deliver lower prices because their pockets are hurting. There is a cost involved that needs to be paid. And the American people are living way above their means. So whining and bitching to the government about the gas prices isn't the best way to negotiate better terms in the current market.

Also, on a side note, when I say wealth, that isn't limited to "how many Dollars one has access to or holding." Having good health is part of being wealthy in my opinion, not just having money. Wealth, to me, is defined by ones living standards/life style.

People need to stop playing the blame game and start looking in the mirror.
Aug. 7th, 2008 04:14 am (UTC)
Re: Playing the Blame Game
Dave, he told that lie when he was about 10 years old. He must have been in his 40's when he confessed it was a lie, and only because he was dying. He had all those years to make things right, and he didn't. What a horrible man and I have no pity that he died.

I also believe it's the fault of the people, but for different reasons. But first let me say, that I fail to understand why this problem came up so recently. It's like one day we're paying a couple of bucks at the pump, go home, go to bed, wake up, and suddenly there's a major problem.

The government should have warned us years before it came upon us so abruptly. They should have made it mandatory that we start buying smaller vehicles, and mandatory that we start car pooling to and back from work. They should have also found ways to make it easier to catch the bus.

I believe I once mentioned in my journal, and that was perhaps a couple of years ago, that I felt we should all stop purchasing SUV'S, or any other gas guzzler. Everybody almost bit my head off, by telling me that they had the right to purchase big vehicles if they so chose to do.

The problem is, that we have been too accustomed to comfort, and have driven to places were we could have walked, or gone by bicycle.

Oh heck Dave, I should stop now, because I don't know what the hell I'm talking about! The only thing I know is that we're heading towards a different type of lifestyle, the kind of lifestyle those that those of the covered wagon era must have gone through!
Understanding Economical Conquest - tigron_x - Aug. 7th, 2008 04:23 pm (UTC) - Expand
Aug. 6th, 2008 03:35 am (UTC)
Mrs Haversham: Sometimes children can do terrible things, they are no different than the terrible things parents do to kids. Those people have to live with it. Don't let it bother you, you have too many others depending on you. Fur kids, grandpa and others.

Hi Gas Prices: Congress and its failed energy program, which has been with us for 30 or more years. Obama and McCain are the problem, not the f---ing solution. Second part has to do with a huge increase in worldwide demand. The Chinese and Indians want the same things as you and I do. Well damn it all, How can they do that. It is so unfair for us.

Please keep this ole dude on you flist.
Aug. 7th, 2008 03:45 am (UTC)
I haven't been able to get the late Mr. Haversham off my mind. I can almost hear his cries from the grave. What a horrible and tradgic thing his son went and said so many years ago.

The Chinese and Indians want the same things as you and I do.

Who do they think they are, wanting to be as spoiled and rotten as we are?! :o)
Aug. 6th, 2008 12:17 pm (UTC)
It's such a tragedy when a child is molested and abused for real. Families can be torn apart with guilt. It's just as tragic where a child accuses a parent of actions that never happened, no matter what the reason. There are also reports of students making false allegations about teachers or other public people as an act of reprisal. Lives and families are torn apart.

The thing is, if a child says something is wrong, it can't be ignored. Time and again I meet women here in LJ who have a history of being molested as a child. I've seen the damage that has been done. Sad to say but it's a no win situation. All you can do is try to do what is right and hope that it is. It's just a sad truth that a child knows when harm has been done to it and lacks the moral judgment to know the harm its own actions can cause.

I pray the old lady finds peace and forgiveness.
Aug. 7th, 2008 01:13 am (UTC)
Re: My my my...
What this lady's son did is inexcusable. I'm sure the Dad would have much preferred for him to have shot him in the back. I hate to imagine what that poor man went through. He lost his wife and family, and all because of an asshole who took vengeance for his father's strictness by accusing him of the worst lie imaginable.

Of course, I didn't say any of these things to the poor lady, but I was seething inside with anger towards that son of hers.
Aug. 6th, 2008 12:36 pm (UTC)
We had a lot of problems with the speculators for the past year. You have people who don't own any of the oil or the money. However, they go out into the media say we think the oil is going to go up because of the x of the y. And sure enough the price goes up. They say someone sneezed in nigera the price goes up 5 bucks. They had the nerve to say that the price of oil would probably be 200 dollars a barrel by labor day. Once the saudis released more oil. Dispite the fact that it didn't really help. The king made the point that they were no longer controlling the prices.
Someone in govt finnally got off their asses and made the speculators turn tail and run. Notice you haven't heard much speculation on tv and the radio lately. But they want to blame it on falling demand. That is total bullshit. People have been not buying as much gas for over a year now when the prices began to soar. So of course if gas is 4 bucks a gallon. People who were having to pawn items when it was 2.50 a gallon. Are now taking the bus when it is 4.19. I saw how a kid who was 14 was out there contolling the the price of certain stocks by doing exactly what the speculators were doing. At 14 he made a fortune. He went to jail, barred from the stock market and couldn't use a computer for 10 years. Why aren't these people in jail for artifically inflating gas prices.
Aug. 7th, 2008 03:52 am (UTC)
I honestly believe that every American citizen should buy the smallest car available, and start car pooling.

I already bought myself a Bug and with the money I'm saving on gas, I'll have it paid off in no time.

Perhaps it's time to go back to the horse and buggy.
Aug. 6th, 2008 03:51 pm (UTC)
Who do you think is most to blame for the high price of gas? Optional: Why?

Congress. daddy goes into it, and there's no sense repeating it here.
Aug. 7th, 2008 01:14 am (UTC)
Dave, I blame us all.
Aug. 7th, 2008 05:08 am (UTC)
High gas prices, two words Bush and Cheney the hand picked Oil companies stooges that started a war in iraq for it's oil, both whom still have ties to the oil companies and i'm sure will be well rewarded for their f**king of America for their oil masters.
If McBush gets elected watch how fast he pardons Bush and Cheney for their criminal acts the past 8 years.
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