The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

2 June 2004

Tanks a lot

One of the signon screens at AOL last night screamed GAS PRICES AT RECORD HIGHS. Of course, if you apply an inflation adjustment, it would take prices around $3 a gallon to qualify for the "record," but even apart from that matter of economics and/or semantics, the price at the pump has dropped five or six cents here on the Lone Prairie; prices as low as $1.72 have been sighted around town. (Independent reports can be found here.)

This doesn't mean the worst is over by any means, but the AOL report does suggest that Big Media is more interested in scaring up a story by scaring its customers — which, these days, scarcely qualifies as news.

Posted at 7:20 AM to Family Joules


It's $2.11 here in PA. I get scared just thinking about filling up my gas tank. It cost me $45.00 last time.

Posted by: Donna at 3:47 PM on 2 June 2004

I remember the days when my father used to hand me five bucks and told me to go fill up the Riviera. It would be on empty and there'd still be enough money left over to grab a couple of Snickers.

Posted by: Vickie at 7:45 PM on 2 June 2004

Five bucks now will just about fill up the jerry can for the lawn mower.

(Which reminds me....)

Posted by: CGHill at 8:16 PM on 2 June 2004

The price of regular unleaded here in Coweta County never did get to $2, and has been slowly sliding downward, a pennty at a time every two or three days, at our favored gas station. (Three guesses why it's our favored, and the first two don't count.)

With a 25-gallon tank, though, it has been getting tiresome watching the total creep up close to $40 when the tank isn't even close to empty...

Posted by: McGehee at 7:13 AM on 3 June 2004

I had to get gas today-- 2.21 a gallon. I couldn't bear the thought of filling up my Chevy Caprice Classic's tank so I just got 20.00 worth. It didn't even come close to 1/2 a tank.

Posted by: Donna at 9:29 PM on 5 June 2004

Why am I not surprised that Donna drives a classic American tank? :)

Posted by: CGHill at 9:35 PM on 5 June 2004

I was thinking the other day that this is the first time in my lifetime that gas has been over $2/gal where I've lived (in the Midwest, not Chicago).

While I'd love to see it drop back down (which it has in the last few days), I'm still in "it could be worse" mode. And still driving a gas guzzler.

Posted by: Erica at 5:23 AM on 7 June 2004

The most I've ever paid is $1.899, and yes, it could be worse.

Posted by: CGHill at 7:38 AM on 7 June 2004