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It's a game, timing your gas station visit just right, and I lost.

As the price of fuel had dropped three times in a row, and a holiday weekend was approaching, I figured we were due for an increase, so I topped the tank off. I squeezed as many drops in there as I could get, which is not really good on your engine, but I wanted to brag about those extra cents I saved. Then I went on about my errands.

When I went back through town 20 minutes later, the price had gone down almost 10 cents.

I just had to bitch about that to somebody.



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Sep. 3rd, 2006 10:37 am (UTC)
Should I mention how much it costs to fill up the tank of my scooter? Or would that just be cruel?
Sep. 3rd, 2006 10:48 am (UTC)
It probably comes close to evening out -- our fuel prices are still much lower than yours, and I've got a Nissan Sentra, which gets extremely good mileage.

Our fuel prices are something we used to brag about, but it actually works against us, since most Americans still haven't figured out how important fuel conservation is. We've grown soft over here. :-(
Sep. 3rd, 2006 01:07 pm (UTC)
Well at least the price is going DOWN, even if you can't take advantage of it! Ours just keeps going up and up and up. I have a small car (1200cc engine) - it costs about $64 to fill up.... :(
Sep. 3rd, 2006 09:42 pm (UTC)
gas prices
Ours is still well over twice what it was a few years ago, but there has been an unexpected downward trend these last few weeks. Still -- and this is something a lot of Americans can't get through their heads -- even at its highest our gas prices were much lower than most of the rest of the world. That's why everyone started building and driving those big gas guzzling SUV's, which have now stopped selling, which is part of what's going to send our country into an economic tailspin over the next year or two.

I REALLY hope I'm wrong.
Sep. 3rd, 2006 04:15 pm (UTC)
Gah. You'll get 'em next time.
Sep. 3rd, 2006 09:46 pm (UTC)
I'll try!
Sep. 3rd, 2006 06:14 pm (UTC)
That is just typical Sod's Law, isn't it?

I keep hearing odd things on the news to say the price of ours is going to go down - but yesterday it was £1.01 per litre - now a litre is about 35 fluid oz so just a bit over 2 US pints, am I right? And £1.01 is about $1.92 - so somewhere about 90c a US pint?

And I don't think diesel is any cheaper - if anything I think it is more expensive!

But I really can't see me taking to a bike - too hilly around here.
Sep. 3rd, 2006 09:50 pm (UTC)
Biking around
No, hills and bikes don't mix.

It's possible one of the reasons our fuel prices have been dropping is because of all the work that's being done on bio-fuels, especially in the midwest. They're treating it like manna from heaven, something that will solve all our problems. But it bothers me -- we in America have a bad habit of putting all our eggs into one basket, and talk of any other alternative fuel sources has faded away. Suppose weather changes become severe enough to effect harvests world-wide? Not only might we have trouble providing food, but we could have trouble providing fuel to distribute what food there is! Am I the only one who's nervous about that?
Sep. 3rd, 2006 10:24 pm (UTC)
Re: Biking around
There is some production of bio-fuels in Britain, but not a lot yet - but if you plant all your land with stuff to turn into fuels you aren't really doing anything to tackle the problem, are you? Bio-fuels still add to global warming, I think, so yes - you would be quite right - eventually you may not have enough suitable land for food production and fuel production.
Sep. 3rd, 2006 11:32 pm (UTC)
yep -- our part.
I was a big fan of global warming, until I discovered the experts expected our part of the world to get COLDER because of it. That's just *wrong*.

The only good medium-term solution to the energy problem is a combination of new technologies: wind, sun, fusion, research into other methods, and in the short term greater coal production, now that cleaner methods of using it are being developed. But the most important thing is to get away from depending on oil from unstable regions of the world -- the problems that causes are innumerable.
Sep. 4th, 2006 01:29 pm (UTC)
Ouch. I haven't had to put petrol in my car yet (we've had a switch around again, Chris has a new one, I have his old one and my lovely Tino has gone back to Nissan), but I did remember to ask Chris where the petrol filler cap release was so that I don't look stupid when I do have to fill up.
Sep. 4th, 2006 09:52 pm (UTC)
fill 'er up
It used to be so easy; you just got out, unscrewed the cap and start filling. Of course, that was back when gasoline wasn't worth stealing ... :-(
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