Monday, November 24, 2008

Is that a Blog in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?

The last time I posted, oil was at $123/bbl., and diesel at the docks was hovering around $4/gal. Sarah Palin was all the TV media talked about, the polls showed McCain and Obama were neck & neck., people were still buying shares of Citibank....ah, the good old days - last month.

Yesterday, I put gas in my truck for $1.55/gal. I'm thinking about burying a tank in the backyard so I can hoard a few thousand gallons at that price. Only problem is I can't even afford to buy shovel.

Anyway, I took a month off from RedRightReturning to rest my typing fingers and gather my thoughts. I had some surgery back in early October, and evidently the medications were still working when I thought I posted a heads up to my readers concerning my extended hiatus. Hey, you get enough Vicadin in you, all the keys look the same, OK?

So, the outlook for next year kinda sucks, huh? How did you do this past season? I hoped you acted like a scared squirrel and hoarded every penny you could. The next eighteen months are going to be like one long, bad storm, and as good sailors, now is the time to batten down the hatches, clear the decks, breakout the foulies and hope to ride it out. If you've got a safe harbor, double up the docklines and stay put. One could flog this sailor in a storm metaphor to death...

Here is my plan: due to rising Internet connection costs, and a frozen Visa card, RedRightReturning has petitioned the US Government for $700 to bail me out. Hey, if you do the math its a reasonable request. $700 is only 0.000001% of the $700,000,000,000 approved (so far!) to bailout the economy. There are 3,135,600 seconds in a decade, which means our government will be spending $2230 PER SECOND for the next ten years, just on the bailout! You would think, someplace in that time frame, they could spend a nano-second and send me a check, don't cha? So far, I haven't heard from the treasury...