Monday, March 10, 2008

Monday's Money Funny --- Snow Day to Save Gas

One of the regular features on my blog is "Monday's Money Funny" which are humorous (at least to me) articles/jokes/just about anything that I've discovered over the weekend when I catch up on all my on line reading that spark a need for knowledge. For example last week's was on Spending Mis-Deposited Money.

Typically the Monday Money funny will be something that I’ve just run across in passing other times I get inspired to look for a specific topic and this Monday I was inspired to look for the topic because this past Saturday in Georgia it snowed. I think it’s snowed twice this year, I don’t think its snowed in Georgia twice in the last two years not including this year, so as you can expect Georgians are not very prepared to deal with this type of weather.

Not expecting the snow, my brother and I had pre-registered for a 10k on Saturday – just for fun and to support the cause (no not the marathon – it was about 20 miles short of the marathon we’re running in less than 2 weeks). Anyway we were all set to run on Saturday until we wake up and discover its pouring snow, I mean it looked like a blizzard outside. Wind blowing, horribly cold – basically miserable but being the stubborn people we are, we decided to toughed it out and run it anyway. Let me tell you that was probably one of the dumbest moves I’ve made. Have you ever seen the cartoon version of 101 Dalmatians and remember the scene when the cross the river, they are all trying to huddle for warmth and one of the little guys calls out and says “Papa my ears and froze and my nose is froze, and my tail is froze”. Well let me tell ya – that’s what running this race was like.

At the end as I’m shivering, wet, freezing, and can’t feel a single muscle in my body because of the cold I start wondering why the heck I didn’t just forfeit the entry fee. And now as I am suffering a cold today from being out in the snow Saturday I start thinking about the cost of snow, especially in Georgia – a state ill prepared for snow.

With that in mind, I was hoping to find an article about the cost of snow in Georgia – the ice trucks, the missed school, the missed work, the stock up on food all of that associated costs for today’s Monday Money Funny. After scouring the web I found no such article (maybe you all will have better luck than I did). But I did run across several rather interesting articles including the one I found so interesting I couldn’t resist using and that’s about Governor Perdue canceling school for two days as “snow days” to compensate for the huge gas price increase. If I remember correctly this was right after the Hurricane that destroyed New Orleans – so it’s about 2 and a half years old, and I think I remember gas getting up close to $5/gallon. I feel this article deserves to be a Monday Money Funny because its rather humorous to me to see how Perdue forgot the forest for the trees – just like some people are cheap but not frugal because they forget about the forest.

The article is posted at Think Progress. Below are the highlights:

“There is no snow in Georgia, but Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue (R) has called for schools statewide to take today and tomorrow as “early snow days.” Perdue proudly announced his decision as part of his call for citizens to save more fuel. According to his office, closing schools will save 225,000 gallons of diesel fuel each day. […]

Perdue’s decision to close schools was announced after schools had let out last week, setting off panic amongst parents who had to hastily find (and pay for) two days’ of child care for their children. […]

However, such savings could be more than eaten up for parents who have to pay for two extra days of day care because of the school closings.

This article didn’t lead me to research how to save money on Snow days as I was anticipating, but it did help me to do some research on how to save gas. Here’s a few interesting articles:

Wiki How's How to Save Money on Gas

Bank Rate's Top 15 Ways to Save Money on Gas

Also I included a link to Seb @ PinchingCopper post in my weekend round up, where he recently posted about how to save money on gas.

Well that's it for this Monday. Stay tuned for next week's Monday's Money Funny. Also if you run across any Money Funnies please email them to me at and if I use them I will give you credit and link to your blog.

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