Not so much of a problem for me, most of my journeying is around town (although I AM supposed to go to Sewanee on Tuesday for a clergy gathering, which is about 200 miles round trip). But what about people like Ken, whose livelihood depends on getting to the job site? Or most other mortals, who need to show up at a workplace in order to get paid? Public transportation is limited if you're outside of the metro area, and even inside--well, let's just say that cars are pretty much necessary (sad, but true).
Fortunately Ken filled up before Ike hit, paying less than $3 per gallon. But now it isn't so much what one pays, but whether or not gas is available. This is how we are spelling "crisis" here.