Posted On: Tuesday - April 14th 2020 2:49PM MST
In Topics:   Music  Movies  Peak Stupidity Roadshow
Is it not time for a road trip? I'm telling you, if I were single and younger, this would be time to hit the open road, and I do mean open now. I am very thankful that I've been everywhere in this here land already.
My suggestion to any younger folks reading this blog: Road Trip! When will gas ever be this cheap again in real dollars? Peak Stupidity happens to have a subfixation with gasoline prices, as they are just something I seem to easily remember over the years. For more on the long-term changes in gas prices, see "Recent history of gasoline prices" - - Part 1 and Part 2.
The movie Road Trip was from 2000, yet, it was actually not too PC and very funny.
In the latter part of our post Inflation and the point(s) of shopping by price, I give the illustrative pitch on inflation via the price of gasoline in silver. Look at the numbers in that post if you're interested. Now, at $1.25/gallon and lower, those 2 silver dimes that would have gotten you just under a gallon of gas at their face value (20 ¢) in 1964 will get you 1 3/4 gallons of gas. Gasoline is in the ballpark of 1/2 the price as it was 56 years ago! That should not be a problem. Take the knobby-tired Jeep, that 2nd generation (Jim Rockford-style) Trans-Am, the RV or land-yacht, who cares?!
See you can even have fun with the whole family, if you all are Non-ESSENTIAL people. We don't need you. Burn those $1200 checks on the road on the way to Wally World. Seriously, if we'd never seen California, or the Olympic Mountains in Washington, the family would be collectively calling in sick right now, and gassing up the car... err, the one I know will make it, that is. See this beautiful country while you can, and maybe...
(OK, that was not really relevant to this post, but it's from the same great movie, Vacation.)
Again, the roads are wide open like you've probably never seen before, no matter what age you are. The thing about the interstates* is that they were built for cruising non-stop AROUND cities, but that's not the way they ended up. What were the various 3-digit routes (or often the main interstate) well around have exurbs built up right to them, and become beltways, clogged with traffic for significant parts of the day. With the shutdown, who's driving to work and back?
I've always speculated on doing this, but traffic would have precluded it: A few drivers in a vehicle with good milage and extra tanks piped-in could drive the cross-country route on the I-10, Jax, FL to Los Angeles, the I-40 Wilmington, NC to Barstow, CA, then LA, the I-70 from Washington, FS to western Utah, then the I-15 in to LA, the I-80 from New York City to San Francisco**, or the I-90 from Boston to Seattle, WITHOUT STOPPING. Well, yeah, you'd need a piss bottle, well a jug really***, a couple cases of moon pies, 3 cases of Corona (you know what I mean), enough Red Bull, and your sunglasses, but hey, it's possible now! This is no pie-in-the-sky thought experiment anymore.
The only thing we're missing now is the great music that must accompany any road trip. We're gonna have to go back a ways. The Blues Brothers' She Caught the Katy has been featured on Peak Stupidity before. There's always this old classic, from a time of freedom that none of the young potential road-trippers could even imagine today:
The band was called Steppenwolf, and the scenes are from the movie Easy Rider from back in 1969. No, you can't do all that today, but you could have a good time and get away from the Police State for a while, at least in your head.
* And I highly recommend getting OFF them anyway, even with good traffic when west of the Mississippi River. You're gonna see a lot more of the country, and you can go just as fast in most areas.
** Well, right now, you might not make it out of New Jersey.
*** Just don't spill it out with a cop behind you. A friend threw out a half-filled coffee cup long ago, and it got onto the windshield of a cop behind you. "Sir, that's littering and ..." "Yeah, please don't follow so close next time."