I've been taking more storefront pictures for Amazon Yellow Pages. Don't know why. Seems fun to do, and I can put the best of the bunch on Flickr later. I did part of Park Ridge the other day, and part of Ramsey's Main St. this evening.
Then I went to Quizno's to have a Honey Mustard Chicken Craveable Salad. The Quizno's manager, who seems to do practically everything in the restaurant, had been watching from the counter and asked if I was a photographer. So I told him. Then to bring up conversation, I said I was going to have to start walking to Quizno's because I'd just filled up the tank and boy oh boy... was it ever steep. This led to talk on lots of other things like scooters, home heating, ships, and sealing wax. And then he mentioned that because of high fuel prices, he now had to pay an extra delivery charge to the trucker who trucks in his supplies.
So this is how high fuel prices begin to filter through the economy. Everything has to be delivered from somewhere in some manner. So businesses have to pay more for delivery of the goods. Then they have to raise prices or suffer a cut in profits. Then there'll be a second wave of cost increases because it takes energy to produce the goods. Then what about all those people who work for those businesses? They'll find themselves paying more for everything and then they'll demand raises because they can't afford any damn thing any more. So businesses will have to raise prices again in order to afford the higher wages. So it becomes a vicious cycle of more, more, more.
Which is okay if you can actually make more money or if you have a salary indexed to inflation. Everyone else loses. And anyone on a fixed income or annuity probably doesn't even want to think about it.