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05/21/2004: Today's "Holy Shit!" moment....

The apartment building I live in is catercorner from a gas station/convenience store. As I was trying to decide what I was going to fix for dinner, a worker at the gas station caught my eye as I glanced out the kitchen window; he was changing the price sign at the station. And then I said, "Holy shit!"

The prices per gallon were: regular: $1.95, premium, $2.05, super-premium, $2.15.

I realize that, at this point, any readers I have from either of the coasts are thinking to themselves, "Stop sniveling, wuss!" I have taken business trips to both coasts, and my mind still reels from the gas prices in the Bay Area (IIRC, something like $2.75/$2.85/$2.95, and that was back in 1998 or 1999). Still, I don't recall ever having seen gas prices get that high here in the heartland.

Thank what powers that be, when I moved to midtown Memphis my commute shortened from about 20-25 miles/day to about 5 miles/day. Then I used to fill up every week, now it's more like every month (unless I make any car trips outside of the greater Memphis area). Otherwise, I'd be paying much more than I want to pay for gas.

Speaking of which, by cutting my gas comsumption by about 75% or so I'm doing my part to try to keep gas prices down. What are you doing about it?

Len on 05.21.04 @ 08:57 PM CST


Replies: 3 comments

on Friday, May 21st, 2004 at 11:27 PM CST, Brian A. said

I have a Honda Accord rather than a gas guzzler. That's something.

This week in K-Town, the prices started creeping over $2/gallon for unleaded plus. First time we've reached that milestone here. I thought about taking a picture of a sign.

on Saturday, May 22nd, 2004 at 7:39 AM CST, BSTommy said

I got one of those cool Mr. Fusion's for my time machine. Little known fact? Not only replaces the plutonium used for the 1.21 gigawatts of electricity, but also channels directly into the engine. My truck runs on banana peels and distilled water.

on Saturday, May 22nd, 2004 at 1:16 PM CST, mike hollihan said

Wuss! I gave up my car ten years ago. I can either walk or take the bus or catch a ride with friends to get where I need to go. Hah! ;-)

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