Gas prices skyrocket...really...high!
March 18, 2003
So it turns out that maybe I'm not quite ready for the impending war in Iraq. Not that I'm worried about being sent over to fight -- I'm not in the reserves, I'm 24, and I have had surgery on my knee twice -- I simply can't afford the gas prices that it has already brought about.
I went to San Jose this weekend (about 200 miles) and used a little more than a tank of gas for the round trip. Assuming that I get 18 miles to the gallon and went 400 miles, that is a little more than 22 gallons of gas. Well, combine that with our average price of $2.15 per gallon in California, that's nearly $47 to visit the brother! Holy crap! That's nearly a fifth of my monthly payment on the truck!
Okay, well fair is fair and I can't always drive for free. Gone are the days when I could ask my parents for $20 for a tank of gas (besides, they live 2000 miles away). So, if we assume that I would normally have paid $1.30 each gallon, there is a difference of $19.00. Now this is a number that we can really work with. The additional $19.00 I had to pay to drive this weekend could have been spent on...
- a new movie
- carwash and a couple of smelly air fresheners
- a date to the movie theatre (not likely)
- a big box of condoms (that would only go to waste...see above)
- my phone bill
- 3775 Q-tips
- 76 gumballs
- 21.35 pounds of red globe grapes
Anyway you look at it, gas costs too much right now. I know that driving is a privelege and all, but still. Maybe it's time to start walking to work instead of driving the 6 blocks every day. Yeah, I'm really that lazy.
Posted by dennis @ 12:38 PM