Friday, July 11, 2008

What's Still Worth Driving For? ...by Sybil Adelman Sage

An article in today's New York Times addresses the impact of the cost of gas on college students, most of whom live off campus, who are now enrolling in far greater numbers in online classes. Those commuting to two-year community colleges are most affected, but the situation exists in some four-year colleges as well.

We'll know the true impact of this crisis when statistics reveal:

-How far college students will drive to hook up and/or binge drink

-Will Costco shoppers buy in yet larger quantities to reduce the number of trips

-Are women in Los Angeles slacking off on cosmetic repairs and psychic healers

-How many New Yorkers will cut out the trips to Fairway

-Are northern Californians buying or selling more hybrid cars

-Could this lead to the demise of malls, day camps, Dia Beacon, weekend country homes and rural brothels in Las Vegas