Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Mad Men on Trains

Not So Mad Really

I don't watch much TV, but I make a few exceptions. One is Mad Men, a frequently hilarious period piece about Madison Avenue advertising firm and its people in the early 1960's. In the vein of the show, actors Vincent Kartheiser and Rich Sommer discuss trains:

So why trains? "No parking, no mechanics, no traffic jams... Save time, save money, save aggravation."

The best line (other than "We are paid to sell cars, floor wax and brassieres") would have to be: "I read a piece that in 40 years gas will cost almost a dollar a gallon." It has been my experience that the future has always been much more than predicted: more chaotic, more fast-paced, more expensive. Predictions of future gas prices have invariably been low. The future of liquid fuels will likely be much more expensive than we imagine, perhaps horrifyingly so.

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