More Bucks For Barbecue

Food prices are indeed rising. This is something most of us hear on the news or read in the paper (or the paper’s website). The reality, for me and for some people I know, only really set in just recently.

Like any good ol’ American, I wanted to grill some burgers and hotdogs this weekend since the kids are coming over for a little get-together. It’s quite soon after Mother’s Day but they felt like stopping by for a weekend, plus the friends and neighbors I gave a few calls to. I went to the local supermarket to get my meat. I came back with a little less than I expected. Still enough, but the prices surprised me a bit. I didn’t bring enough money to get everything I wanted.

According to experts, prices of staples like meat, eggs and milk will keep rising for at least a few years. The common American is finally feeling the sting. We’re finally starting to feel what the rest of the world is feeling, and I agree that it’s not very pleasant. Especially if the trend continues like the experts predict, and at this rate it definitely will.

Being forced to buy less when planning a party is always hard, and this is no better. Next time, I’m bringing more cash.

Everyday is Mother’s Day

I know I just wrote something about Mother’s Day facts, but I want to extend this a little further. You see, for me, that day is just another holiday. It’s a holiday for our special and beloved mothers, sure, but how is that different from every day? It doesn’t take one Sunday a year to show your mom you care.

My friends are always puzzled why I don’t do anything overtly special for Mother’s Day, aside from the call and small gifts here and there. It is because I try to make most days that special day. To be honest, I’m not close to my mother. She’s really piling on the years and getting senile, causing quite an annoyance sometimes. I still love her though, and she knows it. And I show it. Love is all she has left in her life now.

My kids also learned that lesson. They love their mother, no matter how far away they are, and they call and email at least once a week. Mother’s Day is just an excuse for them to visit. They also visit at other times, too. It makes me happy that they still care for us. I must have done something right.

Mother’s Day isn’t that special. Every single day is much more.

A Family Lost

I want to take a break from the trivia to tell a story. I know a young man. He was 21 years old, had a stable job, and recently got married to the girl of his dreams. They weren’t rich, but they were very happy. He was going to get their own place once he saved up enough money, since his parents were putting up the couple in the meantime.

It was taking his young wife a while to go into labor, so she told him to go back home and sleep. He did so, and it was a few hours later that the call came.

Excited, much like a first-time father was, he hurriedly dressed and set out to catch a bus. He crossed a few streets, being careful but quick.

It was then when fate decided to frown on him. A truck driver, a very drunk one, did not see the red light, nor saw him cross the street. It was only when his body was flying in the air did the driver realize what he had done.

The wife didn’t know of his husband’s death until after she had given birth.

It’s a very sad tale, and it happens all over the world. This is why I never drink before driving. And for those who get behind the wheel when under the influence, it will only end in tears. Yours or the family you just destroyed.

Shark Beaches

I was surfing the net yesterday when I saw this article on North America’s shark beaches. I will be the first to say that sharks normally do not attack people. I was impressed by the article’s view on that, citing research and evidence. As you remember, I have written informative shark posts on my blog here and here. I still believe that we can learn from these animals.

Sadly, like the article says, human paranoia helps a lot in discrediting the shark. One story filled with terror, one high-budget Hollywood production is all it takes for people to shut their ears and scream. It is hard to be logical when you are afraid, but we can do it. Humans fear what is out of their reach.

This doesn’t mean that I approve of shark attacks. We simply have to accept that it is part of nature. Lightning is more likely to strike you than a shark biting you, but we don’t make a big fuss about it. Shark attacks make for more headlines.

What is the point of this? Just education and information. Knowledge is power, and the more we know the less we fear. Everyone should try and know as much as they can.

Paying Extra For Coach Seats

US Airways is going to begin charging $5 extra for aisle or window seats in some planes, according to CNN. The program starts on May 7, with Preferred members getting the seats with no extra charge. Fuel costs are rising, and they have to find a workaround.

A part of me thinks that it is yet another way to add even more costs to planes. With a lot of airlines already closed and the recent issues plaguing the airline business, this announcement further weighs down the already sinking industry, since with this the other airlines might follow suit. They have to make up for the fuel, you say. Yes, they have little choice if they want to earn. This, however, wasn’t the best way of going about it, even if they did make it free to some people. What’s going to happen next? We have to insert a quarter in a slot to use the lavatory?

The ordinary passenger these days is surrounded with delayed flights, halted flights, the mood swings of the people who check the hand carried luggage, and extra charges. I think the airline should address these issues first before adding even more things you pay for.