Friday, September 12, 2008

Oh my goodness.....

I drove home from work in the rain. It had been raining on and off for most of the day and some of the downpours were impressive! This is our little taste of Gustav...what's left of him.

Rumors were flying around at work that gas was going up 30 cents and we all were chomping at the bit for 5 o'clock to get here so we could fill up. I pulled in the gas station and filled up my tank, which was about a quarter full. The gas was $3.89 a gallon and it took nearly $49. to fill my tank. It had gone up slightly from that morning but not any thirty cents. I was beginning to think that maybe it was just a rumor and nothing more.

After I'd been home for about 2 hours my daughter called and said she'd gotten a call from her cousin in Arkansas. She said that gasoline there had been raised to $5.25 a gallon. I am in shock.

This can't continue. People will not be able to afford to drive to work. Someone said it was due to the hurricane. I guess Texas prices are even worse. I have never seen things this bad. And to think that I actually remember the summer I was 17, we had a "gas war" and it was selling for 10.9 cents a gallon at one station. The next lowest price was 11.9 cents a gallon. Boy oh boy, does that ever make me feel old! Back then a dollar's worth just about filled your tank....AND, they put it in for you, not to mention checking the oil and washing the windshield. Yep, those were the days.

BTW, if you want to try out the new "followers" link from Blogger, click on "Followers" in my side bar and it will add your picture and a link to your blog. I found out about this from far my only follower....and haven't really experimented with it much.


Betty said...

We filled up early this morning, and it's a good thing. I don't know how high gas is tonight, but it's going to keep climbing. They'll use the excuse that it's because of the hurricane, but I think it's because they're greedy. Pure and simple. And, by the way, very high on the list of things I never wanted to learn how to do is "pump my own gas",

Bear Naked said...

Hi Val
Oh, I'm #1, I'm #1 of your followers!!
I remember cruising around all night long in my friends' car on 50 cents worth of gas.
We would each put in a quarters' worth and that would take care of us for the entire evening.
I was just now trying to remember her name.
Inez!!! That was it.
Ah, memories of being 16 years old!
Life certainly was much simpler (and maybe happier) then.
Thanks for bringing back the memories for me.

Bear((( )))

Anonymous said...

That's why I am still on my bicycle! It has calmed down a little here, but now that it's gotten way cooler, it's not so bad..the 25 or so minute ride to work. Wait till winter... brrrr!

Smocha said...

Yesterday, I was out running errands and there was a huge traffic jam ,when I finally was able to see the was mobs of cars trying to get into the gas station.
Apparently the rumor is true.(About Arkansas)
Naturally "I" missed the memo.


mama llama said...

Wow. I've heard the same...must fill up today, anyway, I'm about at empty for this month.

Glad you got some rain. I'm glad we're actually dry this weekend!

I like the new look on your blog. A little rose-colored bright and cheery! Gives me the warm fuzzies.

Be well, Val.

Anonymous Boxer said...

I avert my eyes when filling up the tank. I have no idea what I'm paying anymore. :-)

Denial is sooooooo much easier.

You OK down there?

Kelly Jene said...

Hey I remember when a $20 could fill up your tank and you had change back. It took almost $75 to fill up my van yesterday. Here, gas is $3.83. I'm following you!

Gypsy said...

Over here we run our cars on either petrol or LPG gas. Our car has both and gas is about half the price. Our main storage facility for gas got contaminated last week and supplies quickly ran out so we had to switch to petrol. I stood there watching the numbers going up and up and up wondering when they were ever going to stop because I was just about on empty.

It took $80 to fill the tank. I nearly effin' died. Our petrol ranges from $1.60 to $1.70 a LITRE. I'm not sure how that compares to your prices but we are also feeling the pinch.

Summer said...

They will use any excuse to screw us at the pump and make a buck.

The Real Mother Hen said...

I know! Gas stations actually do price gouging, adding insult to the injury, and that makes me mad!

Cheryl said...

Oh my goodness is right! A co-worker's husband drives a gas truck here in MD. A bunch of our trucks are going to SC to deliver because they're running out of gas, which will affect us soon. What will be next?

Anonymous said...

The only things that cheap gasoline bought us were 1) ignorance (as in ignoring, not as in not knowing) of mass transit, 2) pollution, and 3) over-use of limited resources.

As to "those" being "the days", the last time I remember gas's being 10 cents/gallon was the same year that my brother died from a disease that would be cured in an instant, today.

What's wrong with you and your daughter cancelling out one another's votes. By your logic, we just need to match up all of the voters until we find the odd-person-out! Older n Dirt