Be honest with yourself and everyone around you. If you own an SUV, large pick-up, or any model Hummer you're hoping gas prices soar. Thanks to the new minimum wage law, pimply-faced teenagers at McDonald's can afford $3/gallon gas. You're hoping it climbs upwards of $6/gallon to separate the men from the boys.
Nearly anyone can scrape-up enough money to drive around the real guzzlers when gas is less than $2/gallon. But only someone with your financial resources can truly afford to drive a suburban assault vehicle at 11 MPG when gas prices rise to where they ought to be. Auto dealers will sell anything to anyone--and with leases, discounts, rebates, friends and family plans, and other incentives any idiot can swing a loan to buy a vehicle that should be reserved for the truly wealthy.
What good is showing off your luxury over-sized vehicle if they can be seen just as frequently in Highland Park as they can Bloomfield Hills? How will they know you're not from Highland Park?
At $6/gallon everyone will know you've arrived because you're driving yours while they're riding the bus. As idled SUVs sit in driveways neighbors will think well-to-do distant relatives are visiting... but it won't be you.
Higher gas prices should also pay big dividends for people commuting from Brighton, Oakland Township, and other hard-to-reach communities. Their home values will certainly increase as those that can't afford the commute will be forced to sell their homes and move closer to work. Finally, those villages will become the exclusive retreats you hoped they'd be. High gas prices will purify those uber-suburban towns and leave behind only those who can afford the seclusion long commutes provide. In the morning, with each on-ramp you pass you will know the merging cars, and eventually the buses you catch up to belong to increasingly less accomplished professionals with more pedestrian financial means than yourself.
And finally, Michigan's inland lakes will be quieter without those obnoxious drunks racing Seadoos and Jet-Skis, leaving a more peaceful lake for your water-front home enjoyment. This must be what it was like before the white man came.
Face it, the sooner $6/gallon or higher gas prices come the better. You're ready.