Yeah? So you're aware of how much more it costs to fill that Lexus now. And that of course means that Calgary is once again swaggering its way through an oil boom.
It's crazy around here. House prices are hugely inflated. Our house has almost doubled in value from when we moved here in 1997. Which is nice to hear, but essentially meaningless, unless we wanted to sell and move to Regina or something. (not going to happen!)
We live in a neighbourhood which has two man-made lakes (and also a lot of planted trees, to give the illusion that we are not living in the middle of the bald-ass prairies). The area surrounding the lakes is known as The Estates. We do not live in The Estates; we live in the fallout zone surrounding The Estates. We lesser folk serve as a buffer against invasion, giving The Estate dwellers time to pack up the silver and the Picassos, and heat up the boiling oil to pour over the castle walls when the pillaging hordes finally finish burning our shacks.
I've been getting a lot of realtors' flyers in the mailbox lately. The average selling price for an Estate house from January 1 - March 31 was $1,275,000.00. That's insane! And houses are selling within minutes and there are bidding wars, with people paying up to $200,000.00 above list price.
And of course, for every boom there is a corresponding bust. Apparently there was a bumper sticker that surfaced in Calgary during the 1980's bust which read:
Lord, grant me one more boom and I promise not to piss it all away this time
So, the local CBC morning show - the Calgary Eyeopener - is holding a contest, dealing with the current boom. They are asking for variations on the above bumper sticker. Here are some of my favourites so far:
- Lord, I'm pissing this one away too, so I'm going to need you to send another one
- Carpe boom
- Lord, I may have pissed away the last boom, but this time I have people to do it for me