Well, King of Ferrets, Inquisitive Raven, and I watched it and we can’t un-watch it. We paused at various spots to comment while I recorded the audio. I’ll eventually get around to editing, including taking out our silences, whether awkward or thoughtful.
One point I raised in the conversation was the stealing of cars, since there were many in the movie with “don’t take” written on them. Given that gas went up to $40 per gallon in the movie, it left me wondering: Who would benefit from auto theft? Where would the black market demand come from? On the other hand, I could understand selling them for scrap metal. Then my brother, who is a fan of the Grand Theft Auto series, enlightened me to another theft motive and the flaw in my thinking.
I was thinking of a car as a durable good. I wasn’t thinking like a GTA player. To a GTA player, a car is a disposable good. Or a one-time service. You steal a car, drive it to your destination, hop out, and give precisely zero fucks as it coasts off a cliff. Parking is strictly optional. You’re not responsible for gassing it up, so gas prices don’t affect your decision to steal it. Essentially, you’re stealing the energy stored in the gas tank, not the car itself.