So, I pulled into a gas station and had a look at the sign. At first I thought I saw $2.759 on the sign...not bad. Then I got out of the car and glanced at the sign and saw a new number: $4.019. WTF? I looked across the pump at someone else who was filling a little SUV of some sort and asked if that was right, and he said yes. The explanation was that there had just been a government announcement about the true state of our oil reserves, which were not nearly as good as we had all believed...even the pessimists. Demand was out-pacing supply and the gap was only widening. Then it dawned on me that this was it...the beginning of an up-swing that would make the Katrina hike look like a gift. It would mean more than trouble filling our cars, but a drain on the entire economy. I was scared. And then I woke up.