Sunday, May 13, 2007

Freedom and dignity

It's hard to imagine that it's been nearly 30 years since my mom passed away. I guess time moves quicker the older you get. That got me to thinking about years ago and the cost of gas. When I started driving before the oil embargo and all the emission regs on cars, gas was I think about 50 cents a gallon and the minimum wage was 2 bucks an hour. Now gas is running $3.05 and climbing and the minimum wage is $5.15. Now if gas hits $4 a gallon and you are making minimum wage and have to travel to your job by car your screwed. It reminds me of the movie the Grapes of Wrath. There they were sitting around figuring that after working all day they wouldn't have enough for food. And another thought comes to mind. The jobs that I've had that paid the least amount of money also came with the least amount of respect. Nothing like adding insult to injury as the saying goes.
I came across this article via the Huffington Post (I always like their more obscure storys) that I'll call Freedom Index
I like the way the author informs us of the S/W FI numbers. Go have a look.
And to all the moms out there "a happy mothers day".


pygalgia said...

Sorry that you lost your mom at such a young age. Lost my Dad, but Mom is still raising hell.
Nicely done on the linked story.

Demeur said...

Actually I wasn't that young when mom died which makes me an old fart like yourself or maybe not judging from your hell raising mom.

pygalgia said...

Mom insists that she's too young for me to be as old as I am.