a Bunch of Whiners:
Sometimes, we just can't seem to be happy no matter what.
Gas Prices and Traffic: It seems that we want both cheap gas
and speed limit commutes and complain endlessly when one or the other is
out of whack. One silver lining to $4/gallon gas was that it cleared
off the freeway. For years, Metro was trying to boost ridership. When
it got the big ridership bump it was always crying for, then it was
complaining about the budget-busting cost of diesel.
Affordable Housing and the Quality of Life:
When the average house price nears half a million in the city, we
complain how it's beyond the range of the working class. Then, when
more affordable housing is built, we complain about crowding and loss of
neighborhood character. When families move way out into the 'burbs to
find a house they can afford, then we complain about the consequences of
long commutes and carbon footprints. We complain about the cost of the
bureaucracy of city regulations, but hate the cookie-cutter houses
developers would otherwise throw up.
Mental Recession: According to one of McCain's advisors,
we're a nation of whiners. Supposedly, one percent growth isn't too
bad. Globalization has brought an export boom, but we only wallow in
bad news. According to advisors, those other issues, of job loses,
credit meltdowns - those are irritating side issues.
Cool Video: Will It Blend:
Norris. These guys have an entire run of videos, of putting
wacky stuff into their power blender.
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