Friday, 30 March 2012

Petrol panic.

I have now been asked several times if I've been out to fill up my car! Why?
My reply was. "We don't do that."
This was greeted by astonished stares. I was then told that I needed to get into my car this morning and drive, across the ferry to Helston where they still had some petrol! .
The person telling me was waving her arms around and clearly excited by the whole thing.
I am not sure what drives people on these occasions but if the nearest full garage is at least 25 miles away then I would be using up precious petrol anyway!
Is it me or is it a nonsense? When I was teaching and travelled from one town to the next every day not having much petrol would have been a worry but I can not imagine queuing for it under any circumstances.
In Essex I rode a bike everywhere. In Cornwall I could reach most places by walking if I set off in time.
People rushing around panic buying cause more stress and shortages I think than we really need right now.
Getting to work, or the shops or getting the children to school are all necessary activities that often need the use of a vehicle but panicking at the thought that you may not manage to do one of them is daft!
I do have deadlines like everyone else but I refuse to use petrol in order to get more petrol...just in case.

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