I'm looking forward to a contractor company, some where, using only GM Smart
cars. Of course, it's for the children. However, it takes 10 men and 10
smart cars to carry what one man can carry in a panel van. And, it takes two
for a ladder, one Smart car on each end of the ladder.
Christopher A. Young
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On 3/28/2012 9:02 PM, Pin wrote:
My 24 foot extension ladder just won't fit on a bike. ^_^
The Smart car is not GM. It's made by Daimler nowadays. My nephew was
driving me as the passenger in one of them over roads in the suburbs of
Paris. Despite the ardent wishes of my better half for such a vehicle,
there is no chance whatsoever of this household ever acquiring one. The
reason my underwear stayed dry on that ride was lack of fluids taken in
before. Also, for a car of that size and weight, the mileage is awful.
The ride was OK, but sitting right on top of the road with nothing in front
and a maniac* driving, was no fun.
*Sorry, Frank, no offense, I wasn't too awake, I think. The surprised look
on your Mother's face made it all worth it, though.
Here's an even easier (to describe) method:
In 1946, gasoline was twenty-cents a gallon; two dimes.
The silver in two 1945 dimes is worth more than enough to purchase a gallon
of gas today. Heck, those two dimes would have purchased TWO gallons of gas
the day the current administration took office.
* 1945 dime=90% silver (2.25 grams). Current price is ~$32/oz. 4.5g = 0.16
oz., so 0.16oz x $32/oz = $5.12.
Comparing the cost of metals and the cost of gasoline is just not right.
Gold was ~$32/oz then and now is >$1600/oz. Unfortunately, my old gold
tooth crown that popped off didn't pay for the tooth repair, nor for much
The only comparison that really counts is how much money you'd earn in
equivalent jobs/positions then and now. AFAIK, the price of gasoline is
comparatively on the low side.
That day's already here. The price has risen enough to make the
energy-intensive tar sand extraction process economically feasible.
Conservation is the only way we're going to be able to stretch out our
existing supply of oil. We're still wasting incredible amounts of money in
lots of our endeavors. The power required to keep all the cable TV boxes
around the nation going is astounding.
Box makers say that the cable companies don't pay the electric bills for the
boxes, and so demand instant availability over a "wake from sleep" device
that could save millions of watts of electricity.
<<According to the study, there are 160 million set-top boxes in the U.S.,
and this number is increasing. These boxes run 24 hours per day, even when
they're not being used. The study found that add-on DVR's use an additional
40 percent more power than the set-top box. The Natural Resources Defense
Council found that these boxes consume $3 billion in electricity per year in
the U.S., and 66 percent of this power is drained when no one is even using
it. Also, one high definition cable box and one high definition DVR use
about 446 kilowatt-hours per year, which is 10 percent more than a
21-cubic-foot refrigerator that is energy efficient. >>
More than a big refrigerator.
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