Ghrit mentioned the 70's energy crisis here: Gas availability in the Southeast (AL, GA, TN, NC, SC, VA mentioned) | Survival Monkey Forums I was really young during the crisis but I remember being in the car for a long time, waiting to get gas. I can still picture myself playing in the car as we waited our turn because it was our day. I knew it had to do with our license plate but that was it. I had no clue about energy crisis and OPEC, those far away places were just something we learned about in school. I had no worries, just a kid playing in a car while we sat in line waiting our turn. I recall Mom looking tired and unhappy, what she was thinking I do not know because she never really spoke about world events or the news. . Maybe some monkeys remember the 70's crisis- Gas Lines Evoke Memories Of Oil Crises In The 1970s This is a great editorial, a walk down memory lane for one person during the energy crisis. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/01/opinion/01Straight.html?_r=0 Imagine odd-even rationing next week, next month. I feel thankful that I have not had to live with such rationing. My Mom sat there quietly, just waiting her turn. I wonder what I would be thinking if odd-even was started again, what would I be feeling while my kids played in the car.