14 September 2005
Rocket Jones has a message for you, Mr. SUV:
I'm sorry that it now costs you $180.00 every time you need to fill your gas tank, but that's the consequence of your decision to buy that oversized off-road vehicle for your daily commute on the interstate.
$180? Must be some Hummer.
Posted at 4:00 PM to Family Joules
$180 for a hummer? But I thought...well, never mind.
I knew they had to do something in the backs of those big trucks...
Even at $3/gallon, a $180 bill means a 60-gallon gas tank. I'm unaware of any consumer vehicle with close to that much explosive power.
The Mrs. and I (which should give you an idea of how long ago this was) once evaluated for possible purchase a mid-Seventies Mercedes-Benz 240D sedan, previously owned, we were told, by a physician near Enid who had retrofitted it with an auxiliary fuel tank: on a 45-gallon filling, we were assured, the car was good for 1,350 miles.
We wound up buying a proper Chevrolet with a proper V8 that got half the mileage and cost a third as much.
If my Bronco had the larger gas tank, a fill-up from empty right after the first post-Katrina gas panic would have been in the neighborhood of $110.
Of course, even with the smaller 25-gallon tank I was able to avoid ever paying over $3 for gas.
It's the people with the tiny gas tanks (SIZE DOES MATTER!) who can't ride out a price spike.
Screw rocket Jones and others of his ilk...
If I want to drive a Sherman tank thats my business and if it costs the gnp of a third world country to fill 'er up, that's just tough noogies!! A pox on all pussies who don't know that when it comes to that simulated exhiliration known as driving on the nation's highways, the biggest and the baddest make all the rules..
Also, I couldn't give a lusty crap about the environment regarding my belching out quantites of spent petro..suck me, elf types.
Oh Paulsmos...I think I love you :)
Ain't no Hummer worth....
Oh, never mind.