I’m just down the street…

By: T F Stern
T F Stern’s Rantings

When you hear someone tell you they’re just down the street, the natural understanding is you will see them momentarily; at least that’s what most people would think. I guess some folks don’t bother to tell you the street they’re on is in another city; oh well.

A car dealership sold and delivered a woman a Dodge Nitro; but wanted a duplicate key made, one of those fancy keys that had a transponder anti-theft system and also had the remote push buttons right there on the key. We set up an appointment for the following day to meet between 1:30 and 2:00 at the dealership. When I arrived at 1:35 the salesman called his customer to make sure everything would work out and the woman responded, “I’m just down the street.”

That gave me a chance to drive through the automatic car wash and towel my truck off; all the while keeping a look out for a white Nitro that would be pulling onto the car lot momentarily. Twenty minutes later we were still looking for the customer to get her key made. The salesman again gave his customer a call, apologizing for having wasted so much of my time while he waited for her to pick up the phone.

“…I see, you’re just now getting downtown and will be another forty minutes…” So much for being just down the street. I won’t repeat what the used car manager said, but it was not very complimentary and had to do with female dogs and liars.

Eventually my locksmith job got done; but the woman didn’t seem the least bit phased about having wasted over an hour of my time, as if the world revolved around her. Some folks live in an entitlement world and never consider others; that’s just the way it is.

There was a news story in the Fuel Fix section of the Houston Chronicle explaining that several governors in the coastal states sent off a letter to the Obama administration this past March requesting input on off shore drilling plans. They are still waiting; perhaps the Obama administration is “just down the street” and really are serious about getting together to discuss a serious strategy regarding our natural resources.

“The administration fails to expand adequate access to resource-abundant areas in the Arctic and fails to establish leasing in the Mid- and South-Atlantic,” the group said. And Arctic lease sales “may never occur,” the governors said, because the government is requiring further study of that area.”


“For five months, this administration has ignored our outreach attempting to improve the state-federal dialogue,” said Perry spokeswoman Allison Castle.

The finalized plan offered by the Obama administration, one put together without input from governors in the states affected by these policies; that plan was rejected by both Congress and the Senate as it lacked anything reasonable in the way of addressing our dependence on natural gas and oil drilling off shore. We could have washed the governor’s cars, changed the oil and rotated the tires while waiting for the Obama administration to listen to serious suggestions from those affected by long term oil and gas production policies. Hell, we could have built them each a brand new car from scratch while waiting for the Obama administration to get serious about long term oil and gas drilling policies.

The fact of the matter, Obama isn’t “just down the street;” he isn’t even on the way.

This article has been cross-posted to The Moral Liberal, a publication whose banner reads, “Defending The Judeo-Christian Ethic, Limited Government & The American Constitution.”

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