Excuse me while I whine about living in Chicagoland. Again. I know you're as tired of hearing me whine about this as I am of living here, but I just can't help it. Grocery stores all over the country are offering great savings at the gas pump for those who use store loyalty cards, all extreme couponers use store loyalty cards, and of course there's not a single store near me that is offering these savings. And gas prices in Chicagloand are high -- the highest in the country.
When it came to light that I would need to write about energy this week, the idea appealed to me about as much as going forward with the presidential debate tomorrow night seems to appeal to John McCain. But one thing I love about blogging, and BlogHer, is that I expose myself to and others expose me to notions and topics out of my comfort zone.
The Globe and Mail is reporting
that Conservative spokesperson Mike Storeshaw does. Funny though, all I
see is that every time there is the slightest move upward in crude oil
prices, gas prices go up. However, they are much slower to fall when
crude oil goes down. I used to work for one of the gas companies (I'm
ashamed to say). We were given a price breakdown (that you can actually
ask for from any of the gas companies, just call customer service). The
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Recreate '68. A few protesters descended on Denver this year to relive the radical glory days of the 1968 Democrat convention in Chicago. I didn't live in Chicago then, but in a small town in Wisconsin, and as a young teenager I was a Democrat, raised as one, and a supporter of peace candidate for president Sen. Eugene McCarthy of Minnesota. So what does '68 mean to me? It means barely 10 years later I was a Reagan Republican.
Noted ecological biologist David Blume has been promoting his book, Alcohol Can Be A Gas and continues to talk about the importance of alcohol-based fuels, and of how the oil industry has worked against the developement of alternative fuel sources. Many of the early cars, Model T for example,
Is it just me, or is everyone else measuring everything in gallons of gas these days?
That latte? That'll set you back 1 gallon of gas.The free-range, natural chicken I considered buying for a millisecond? A whopping 2 gallons of gas. Per. Pound.Those shoes? Better start saving, because they're a full tank.And a pound of strawberries? At about a half-gallon, they seem like a steal.
Get used to it, I tell myself.
When you give up that big trip because 4 bucks a gallon puts an uncomfortable crimp in your wallet or airfares are too ridiculous or that unexpected stint of unemployment took a bite out of your travel budget, it is not a staycation or a holistay, it's staying home. It's the chick flicks and ice cream bandage of financially wounded travelers, a day trip to the water park instead of a cabin at the beach for a week. Staycation? Holistay? Meh.
You might tell yourself, Self, this can't be possible*. But it is. Somehow. Yes, even in Los Angeles where freeways are parking lots and people only take jobs on their respective side of the hill to save time and gas money. (I should know, I just turned down a sweet gig for that exact reason. No joke). With the soaring rise of gas prices, maybe journalist (and my good friend) Chris Balish is onto something.
A few days ago, I drove by a gas station down the road from me that
closed a little over a year ago. At the time, they made the price sign
read $3.49 for a gallon of regular gas. I assume this was an attempt to
keep people from accidentally driving in for gas, only to find the
pumps turned off and the store darkened. But now it has the exact
Who would have thought that $3.49 would be considered a steal just a year later?
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