I dunno about the other states, but Mississippi has a big problem right now that's disgusting me: people here are creating gasoline panics. And it's making me rant.
I love my state. It's a beautiful state, has some of the best land anywhere, and I wouldn't want to live anywhere else. Many of the citizens of this state are some of the best people you'll ever meet.
But we also have large herds of the stupidest, thickheaded, most selfish human cattle that can be found amongst the species, and now that herd is spooked, and they're creating a problem that wasn't there before. Unfortunately, they're not the only ones getting trampled in it.
Most people down here drive SUV's or big trucks... for no other reason than "everybody else does it." (Mississippi is, unfortunately, an extremely
conformity-ridden state). I don't mind SUVs when someone has a legitimate need for one, but only about 10% or less of these people ever do anything
in an SUV that they couldn't use a car for. In fact, I know people who've rented trucks to move furniture because they're scared of scratching up the bed of their precious status-symbol pickups.
Anyway, now these gas-sucking morons heard that gas prices may rise for a couple of weeks because of the hurricane interrupting gas shipments and production in the Gulf. Rather than being willing to shell out more for gas for a while in the name of taking one for the team, these selfish cretins are rushing out to fill their tanks and anything else they can find that will hold gasoline, so they can hoarde it. Then, others get scared (naturally) that they won't have enough gas to get to work, so they rush out and fill up, too. Several gas stations in town have already gone dry, and I hear it's happening all over the state. Some people are afraid that gasoline will be scarce for several weeks because it's almost impossible to meet this sudden surge in demand. And without gas, we're not gonna be able to get to work, so a lot of stuff's gonna be shut down if that happens (which makes me think it's not very likely - we'll probably get the stations refilled within a few days, I'd imagine. Hope so, anyway.).
Anyhow, a big new disaster where there was none before, and it's all because of some greedy, stupid, selfish, short-sighted herd-mentality futhermuckers. I love this state, but man do I sometimes hate some of its citizens.
You'd think that people would realize that there's a crisis and a lot of people are dead, homeless, etc., and if they have to pay a few cents more for gas they'd just suck it up and not kvetch, realizing that paying a little more is nothing
compared to the troubles some other people have.
. Me, me, me!
Oh well, if the state runs dry I'll just keep going to work 'til the 3/4ths tank I have left runs out, and then I guess I'll be forced to cash in some of that vast personal leave I have built up. Thanks, fellow Mississippians, for causing a problem where none was necessary! The dolts did the same thing on 9/11, and didn't learn a damn thing from it.