Cheaper gas is back -- for now

Many of us dodged the recent bullet of $4 gasoline. Someday we'll have to pay it, but not quite yet.

Afterward, when the hurricane raided the pipeline, those of us who planned ahead didn't have to sit in line for an hour at the pumps to fill up.

Now, the price of fuel has plummeted (not quite as quickly and severely as the price of oil, of course) and there is plenty of it. In other words, it feels like the good old days.

When gasoline was high, it affected everything else, too. Delivering goods and performing services cost more. That hurt the governments along with the governed.

At that time, a co-worker suggested to me that our various political entities could reap a financial windfall if they actually started enforcing laws.

All sorts of laws, but in particular, traffic laws.

Here's an example. Local drivers are infamous for their inability to slow down for a yellow light and stop for a red -- as is done in some countries. The solution: Give them all a ticket.

Pay your fine. Thank you very much. Next! Why, speeders alone could replenish our state, city and county coffers in no time at all.

While raking in the cash, police could save some lives. It sounds like a win-win.

And who knows? Maybe the low gas prices mean the cost of groceries and everything else will drop back to normal.

Yeah, right.

ENCORE! ENCORE! We went to the recent concert in which Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt sat on stage and picked, sang and chatted for a couple of hours. It was a great evening.

When it was over, though, the two musicians stepped back, the lights went down and we showed our appreciation with applause.

And do you know what? They came back and sang some more! We brought them back?

It's been years since I saw an act close a show without one or two or three encores. I don't remember any of them seeming spontaneous.

When did the encore become the norm? If encores are expected, why are they needed? Don't play around; just play.

A long time ago, I saw Elvis in Atlanta. After he walked off stage, the announcer really did say, "Elvis has left the building." That was our cue to do the same.

Maybe all concerts should be like that.

Reach Glynn Moore at (706) 823-3419 or glynn.moore@augustachronicle.com.

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