Impact of Gas Price on Me
By Mark Azali
Is the parking lot emptying up?
Gas prices continue to go up and down, but lately they are at an all time high and the only way I can cope with this change is accepting driving as a luxury. I chose to accept a job 25 miles away from my home and so I have to deal with it. It should be noted that most of that commute is stop and go, so really, the trip, in terms of gas consumption, takes a greater toll on fuel consumption than the actual mileage number entails.
Unfortunately, my salary has not gone up the same percentage as gas prices. So how do I deal with the problem? Again, this goes back to my feelings of driving as a luxury. There are plenty of essentials that can be done without traveling too far: grocery shopping, hanging out with friends close by. Traveling only becomes more costly when I decide to do it more often, at which point, I have to evaluate the benefits of traveling. What’s more important, visiting a friend I already see often or staying home and being productive on my various projects? Do I really need to go outside and shop for clothes I have plenty of already? Is there really nothing to eat at home?
Sometimes I think that having an excuse to stay home gives me more reason to focus on my true passions, which don’t cost a penny: coding, watching my latest Netflix movie, catching up on “In Treatment”, and gunning down friends/random players online in “Call of Duty 4”.