Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Sweet Mary, Mother of God, I just paid $3.25 for a gallon of gas

End of message.

29 comments:

Jay Jordan said...

only gonna get worse

Grammarian said...

Hey, you really did give till it hurts.

trinamick said...

I paid $2.89 yesterday, and an hour later it jumped to $3.06. They are talking about another .20 hike by the end of the week.

Chackler said...

It's over 3 bucks a gallon here in Los Angeles but I'm thinking it's going to get a lot worse very soon.

John said...

Last night we drove by several gas stations on the same street whose prices ranged from $2.82 to $3.39. How do you get that big of a difference only a few feet away from each other?

Grammarian said...

Driving to work this mornign I passed stations ranging from $2.79 to $3.05. I have a feeling that the lower prices just haven't gotten a new delivery yet and that it will go up as soon as they do.

Grammarian said...

I bet Mary didn't have to pay more than 3 shekels for a cubit of gas.

msyvone said...

The QuikTrip and the Chevron stations next to my house are dry ( Atlanta ). the Amoco that didnt have their prices posted yesterday still has gas, but its like $3.29 or more. There were reports of a BP north of Atlanta charging $5.87

www.atlantagasprices.com

This is insane.

Freddie said...

Almost $6???? HOLY CRAP!

Jim Donahue said...

Freddie, I warned you...

Freddie said...

Ruff! Ruff! Ruff!

Jim Donahue said...

That's better.

unclewilly said...

Grammarian,
Some say Mary had a baby who could change water into wine, gasoline, you name it. She saved some shekels there, I'm thinking.

Jay Jordan said...

i don't know how much gas is in baton rouge cause there isn't any...

Jezzy said...

Okay, I don't know what a gallon is, but I just paid $1.30 for a litre.

Meh - I'm taking the bus.

Grammarian said...

Multiply the price per litre by 3.7854 to get the price per US gallons.

Did you pay Canadian dollars?

Jim Donahue said...

Jezzy's from Austrailia.

Grammarian said...

So that $1.30 is 99 American cents. She's paying US$3.75 per US gallon.

In England the price is 90.2 pence, which works out to US$6.25 per US gallon.

trinamick said...

Well, we're up to $3.23 now, and it's expected to be at least $3.50 by the weekend. Nice.

Grammarian said...

This morning I saw prices ranging from $2.99 to $3.17. I bet by Tuesday morning it'll be $3.50 here, too.

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Will said...

According to an article in the NY Times Magazine a few weeks back, Oregonians are ahead of the country in driving with used vegetable oil in their cars. One of my parishioners is going to covert his car to vegetable oil by putting in a second tank with a converter switch. If I ever did that, I'd buy my used oil from Dunkin Donuts. For the past two years, I've been buying Citgo cause it's cheaper than Exxon or Mobil. Now my shopping choices have become a political statement. http://www.commondreams.org/views05/0516-25.htm

Jay Jordan said...

do any of you realize that driving off from the station without paying has just become a felony?

fanatic cook said...

OMG. Comments are the best part!

It was $3.50 here on Sunday.

Here's a great way to comparison shop. Enter your zip code and check your local prices:
http://www.gaspricewatch.com/new/

Grammarian said...

Doing the math of comparison shopping is getting to me. Not only do you have to find the best price, you have to calculate if driving out of your way is worth it. At $3.50 a gallon, I'm paying about 10 cents per mile for gas. In a fill-up of 10 gallons, I save 10 cents for every penny cheaper the gas is. Which means driving one extra mile out of the way will eat up the ten cents I save. The price differential has to be more than 1 cent for every mile I drive out of the way, or else I'm just wasting money.

And I haven't even begun to calculate the cost of wear and tear on my brakes from screetching to a halt when I see a station 3 cents cheaper than usual.

NYPinTA said...

I filled my tank a day before Katrina hit. Still more then half full. Prices are coming down. Thank goodness for my 4cyl. car! (Never thought I would say that.)

Jez said...

It works out at $6.48 a gallon in the UK.

Stop complaining.

Talley said...

what, were you buying regular, you wuss?

There's a gas station in Whitestone, Queens, that was charging over $4 a gallon for the highest ranking (premium, super, ultra, whatever).

My husband insists on buying the highest grade--I could kick him! He insists it's better for the car, but I don't think I care much--surely it can hold out on regular for several months?

I think I'll have to point out my mom's old strategy of filling up every third time w/ the high-octane stuff.

Grammarian said...

I'll complain if I want to, Jez. Actually, I know prices are higher in the UK, and in Europe in general. But for years youse guys have been setting things up to use less gas. We don't. The US is a much more suburban country than the UK. We drive a heck of a lot more. At the moment, giving up the commute means giving up a lot of other things, like my house. And the shock has been terrible. Gas prices have shot up very quickly here recently, moreso than in the UK. A lot of us are caught having to very quickly reduce our budgets, just at a time when we're dealing with all sorts of other economic dislocations. And our governments reaction has been to pass an energy bill that gives huge handouts to oil companies. It's frustrating.