Ross: An epiphany about Big Oil while waiting in line at Costco

Jun 21, 2022, 8:11 AM
(Mike Mozart via Flickr)...
(Mike Mozart via Flickr)
(Mike Mozart via Flickr)

I don’t voluntarily wait in line for anything.

I wait in TSA lines, but that’s not voluntary. I did line up to file for Social Security, but that’s once-in-a-lifetime. I tolerated the bag check line for McCartney.


I’ve never camped overnight to see a movie, I’ve never waited in line for a doorbuster sale at Christmas, and I would certainly not wait in a gas line. Lining up to buy stuff is what happens in communist countries.

But since I had to go to Costco anyway, and since I know, from looking up the gas prices every morning for this show, that they have the cheapest gas, I decided that I would wait in the Costco gas line.

And wait I did. For 20 minutes. 9-and-a-half gallons. $49.

First of all, I want to compliment the Costco clientele – everybody was orderly: no honking, no eruptions of impatience.

But it revealed a little hypocrisy on my part because as you know, I have never hesitated to point out the time it takes to charge an electric car.

And yet I voluntarily waited 20 minutes to charge up a gas car to save a little money.

I was not the only gas user willing to invest that time. That tells me that many others— who are also reluctant to buy an electric car because of the charge time – are also hypocrites. Especially since you can charge the car at home any time it’s parked without waiting at all.

So, this little incident has me thinking that when times get tough enough that people are willing to line up to save money, it’s the electric car that defines freedom, while the gas car defines craven subservience to Big Oil.

So, thank you, Costco.

And, I also want to thank Costco for the exercise. According to my cell phone walking app, I walked 2.7 miles to get everything on my shopping list! More exercise than I’ve had in two weeks! Mostly because I couldn’t find the organic salted butter, which you’d think would be in that chilly dairy room at the back of the store, but was actually up front near the woman handing out the salad toppers.

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Ross: An epiphany about Big Oil while waiting in line at Costco