“…I had NEVER put $20 worth of gas in a car in my life….”

Clipart Illustration of a Frustrated Caucasian Business Man Flipping Off The Smiley Face On A Fuel Pump While Filling Up The Gasoline Tank Of His Blue Pickup Truck At A Gas Station by djartHow “things” have  changed over time…. Who would have thought?

I remember in 1962 when gas was as low as .139 cents per gallon, during “gas wars,” which no-one around today, would even remember.  In 2014, it was as high as $4.00 per gal.  Back in 1972, while in St. Louis, attending a seminar, we visited some old friends and went “bar-hopping,” and had to stop and get gas, and the gas bill came to about $23.00, and I protested about having to pay the excess over $20, because I had NEVER put $20 worth of gas in a car in my life.

I received two college degrees, and the cumulative cost came to something in the range of $2 or 3,000, of which I only paid $640.00, and was able to get my employers to provide the difference.  Today, at the same university, it would cost in the range of $100K.   When I attended college, the required text books cost about $70.00 for all of them together, and today my grandchildren tell me that they have to pay about $100, just for one book.

I bought my first “new car,” a 1964 4-door Mercury Comet (made by Ford), and paid about $2200.00 for it.  Today, the same type of vehicle would cost about $35K.  Most people I know, though, pay in the range of $65K for a nice luxury car.

My first house was a 3 bedroom, one bath, LR, DR, Kit, all brick, on a corner lot, with 950 sq., costing about $7500.00, with payments of $75.00 per month, including taxes and insurance.  The same house, today, would cost about $200,000, if you could even find one.   A half-way decent house that would house a family of five, would cost about $400K.  Today, my daughter lives in a 4100 sq., 5BR, 5 ½ bathrooms, 10’ ceilings, with a 3-car garage, the cost of which would be too high to mention.   We rented our first apartment, a 2BR, on-bath, for $60 per month. And, in that very same apartment complex, today, it costs $1000.00  for the exact same apartment.

My first TV was a 19” portable, black & white, on a rolling stand, which cost $179.00.  I priced a 70” Samsung the other day for $1599, and thought nothing of the excessive price.   We were very fortunate to even have a TV.   Today, I am embarrassed and ashamed to admit, we have 6 television sets floating around the house, all various sizes.

I have a vague memory in 1954 of my parents buying me a sweater, apple, orange, and an ink pen with an advertisement on it, which represented my Christmas presents for that year.  Today, we would pay about $500 per child for Christmas presents.  And, this does not count various other gifts that are “required.” (wife).

We routinely bought groceries, about 3-bags, for an entire week worth, for about $15-18.00; and just tonight, my bride and I stopped at the local grocery and paid $127.00 for three bags.  My wife and I, in 1959, used to go to the local “greasy-spoon” and bought our evening meal, consisting of a meat and two vegetables for .57 cents, plus 3% state sales tax; totaling ….$0.60 cents.  A “real-splash” of a meal, in a nice restaurant, would cost $8 or 9.00.  A few weeks ago, we went to a local “up-scale-restaurant,” and the bill for my family of 13, came to $350.00.

When we first started out in life, I had “one pair of shoes,” and didn’t buy another pair until the first pair wore out.  I could buy a pair of oxfords at the local “Tom McAnn’s” for  about $4 bucks.  A decent pair of shoes, today, would cost about $150.00.

When I was a kid, I was paid one-dollar to cut the yard, and today, I have to pay $100.00 to have our yard cut.  I cut the entire yard by myself; whereas the guys who cut my yard, send in a “4-man-staff” dressed in blue, with all kinds of equipment, and spend two hours on my yard….and worst yet; I think I’m getting a fair deal.

I could go on and on…we all know the cost of living has gone up, for sure, and I don’t need to be-labor the point any more.  So, rather ….I’m going to talk about what has “not changed.”

God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.  God does not change.  Hebrews 13:8 – Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Malachi 3:6 – “For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed.  


About Charles Brooks

who is originally from Miami, Fla., moved to SC, holds two degrees from the University of SC. His business background is primarily in Real Estate Development (Motels, Hotel, Office Buildings, Restaurants, Residential) and Business Consulting. He currently is Managing Director of Brooks, Baker, Lehman & Kohlhepp - Investors in Real Estate and Mining, and has other business interests under the umbrella of Brooks Properties. FULL-TIME-MINISTRY: Fully engaged in spreading the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ, with an emphasis on the Business Community.


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