So, just under two months ago we thought we’d be really clever and only buy half a tank of heating oil instead of a full one. After all, we were in the middle of a cold snap, prices had spiked, the oil would last until March when things would be very different and we could fill up the tank then when it would be much cheaper. And indeed, how likely was it really that a series of nasty despots would be toppled in North Africa just because some brave people went and stood in a square and asked nicely? Or that a country that had been under the yoke of Mad Dog Ghaddafi for 40 years would choose the very moment when we were going to need to refill our oil tank to descend into what is shaping up to be a nasty civil war?
Hmm. Very likely indeed, it turns out…
The irony is that if we hadn’t had our wood burning stove and thus been using slightly less oil than normal at this time of year, we would have had to refill it a fortnight ago, when prices were at their lowest for a while.
Ah well. These things happen. And of course freedom takes priority over oil prices and I wish the Libyan people the very best in their quest to free themselves from their current bondage. But I would respectfully point out that the way things are going, we’re going to need the tank filled again quite soon so if they could possibly see their way to hurrying up about it, that would be wonderful.