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Monday, April 18, 2011

Gas prices are going to get worse...

Man, my bus was packed today. It usually runs about two-thirds full in the mornings -- unless we get a foot snow. But it was standing room only this morning. I am sure it's the gas prices forcing some of these people to seek alternatives.

It really is starting to hurt. I borrowed my neighbor's truck this past weekend to haul away half the junk that accumulated in my garage over the winter. Before returning it, I usually fill the tank with gas and run it through the car wash as a thank you. I think last time I did that, I spent about $40... this time it cost me $75, and he already had a 1/4 tank of gas in it!

On the bright side, while I was cleaning the garage, I came across a little 80cc motor I bought last year. It looks just like the one in the picture above. I resisted putting on my commuter bike last year, but now I am considering doing it for the summer and riding to work. That baby supposedly gets 70 miles per gallon.

Just a heads up, you might want to take a look at this story. It says that gas prices have topped $4 a gallon in six states and shows no sign of slowing up. I paid $3.58 a gallon at Costco this weekend. according to the story above, that is only 4 cents higher than the cheapest gas in the nation... I guess we should be grateful, but somehow I don't feel all that grateful.

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