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Oh what to write about...

I am at a loss as to what to write about today... With gas running near $3.00 (US) a gallon I am so thankful that I bought a Toyota Echo back in 2000. Back then I was commuting in excess of 100 miles a day, but I am still very satisfied with the car now that I am doing less than 20 round trip. Where I live there is a general consensus that as Americans we should buy American cars. Well, for all of the conspiracy theroies out there I am surprised more people are not up in arms about the American auto industry. I acknowledge that they are power houses in the gross national product, but when I was looking for a minivan for my family I refused to buy an American automobile. I had not know one owner of a Ford, Chevy, or Chrysler minivan that had not replaced an engine, or a transmission, or at the very least had some form of blue smoke coming from the exhaust by 100,000 miles. Now I don't know about you all, but I need a car to last more than five or six years. Even when I buy it used. I have close to 80,000 miles on my little Echo and it is still going strong. I am averaging right around 40 mpg. And my Japanese minivan has close to 180,000 (we bought it used in '99 with just over 60,000) and it is running great. So I am very happy with my purchases. If others want to think me un-American let them. I need to be a faithful steward of what I have been entrusted - especially when we are currently a single income, family of 5. America needs to regain its pride in its products, but we also need to come to a happy level of cooperation between corporations and their employees, and the employees need to take a greater pride in their work. Get it in their minds that they do not need to be given things, but take pride in that they earned the things. Ok, off my tangent and rant... If you are still reading I have posted yet another entry on my short story blog site... Verse for today: Luke 12:13-21, esv Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” But he said to him, “Man, who made me a judge or arbitrator over you?” And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully, and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’ But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”

2 comments:

ALP said...

Just so you know not all of the employees feel they are entitled to it just because they work for one of these companies. Plus over (guessing here) 70% of the workers ARE proud of their work and what they do.

samurai said...

It was meant as a generalization...

I hope I have not offended anyone.