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Old 03-17-2008, 12:05 PM   #29
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I'm not sure if I'm calculating this correctly, but in my area we're accustomed to paying approx. $4/gal plus plus for quite some time now. Our wallets are always taking a hit - it's like the devil you know and live with.

We recently just bought another little car for my husband to cruise around town in (little Honda Civic) instead of him always using the truck to save those $$.

We've got a trip lined up to go to Florida next month - we're all so looking forward to it that we wouldn't dream of cancelling it. I think it'll be about a 2800 mile round-trip extravaganza.

As some others have mentioned - life is short. I want to live it to the fullest while I'm here.
Michelle,

Good for you, and welcome to somewhat lower gas prices. Regular was $3.25 around here today (but there is another thread that discuses this). Stay on the road as much as you can, before you can't.

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Old 03-17-2008, 12:07 PM   #30
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My long cross country trips are ending. I cannot afford to keep going when the cost of diesel has gone up 50% since I started doing this.

That with my changing job situation I suspect my trips will fall to one short one a year.

I also considered getting a smaller car or SUV. The cost of the vehicle offsets at fuel cost savings.
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Sorry to hear this. I always enjoyed seeing and talking with you at the rallys. Hopefully the Can Opener will still be on your list.

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Old 03-17-2008, 12:47 PM   #31
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Excellent post. I feel abused with gas prices climbing daily for no good reason. As another person who remembers the 60s well, power to the people!
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Old 03-17-2008, 11:04 PM   #32
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Michelle,

Good for you, and welcome to somewhat lower gas prices. Regular was $3.25 around here today (but there is another thread that discuses this). Stay on the road as much as you can, before you can't.

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Randy,
I have been paying $4 Plus or minus for the last week. around $120 per fillup for 5/8 tank. I never let it get below 1/4.
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Old 03-17-2008, 11:46 PM   #33
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Sorry to take so much space but this is something you all need to see. Please buy your gas from the companys that do not support the Foriegn Oil Rich Countries. Just buy from the Gas Stations that get their oil from other sources.



Last Thursday I filled up at 325.9, that day the barrel of oil went to over 100 and the next morning the same gas was 329.9, interesting how this works. These companies import Middle Eastern oil:

Shell.......................... 205,742,000 barrels
Chevron/Texaco....... ...144,332,000 barrels
Exxon /Mobil...............130,082,000 barrels
Marathon/Speedway...117,740,000 barrels
Amoco..........................62,231,000 barrels

Citgo Gas comes from South America, from a Dictator who hates Americans.


Do the math at $30/barrel, these imports amount to over $18 BILLION! (Oil is now $90-$95 a barrel)


Here are some large companies that

DO NOT

import Middle Eastern oil:
Sunoco..................
0 barrels**
Conoco................
0 barrels
Sinclair................
0 barrels
BP/Phillips........... 0 barrels
Hess...................
0 barrels
ARC0. .............. 0 barrels
Also:
Pilot, Flying J, Love's, RaceTrac, Valero

Thanks for reading this!
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Old 03-18-2008, 04:54 AM   #34
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Travel will go last. I can make lots of other sacrifices first. So can you.
1. DW can learn to cut and color own hair. I'll get a vacuum clipper for both of us.
2. Beans and rice are very nutritious. So is generic peanut butter with crackers.
3. No cable.
4. No subscriptions.
5. No prepared foods, fast foods, or, restaurants.
6. All home repair to be done by self. Same with all yard work.
7. Buy sturdy shoes that will last for years.
8. Repair clothing, don't throw it away.
9. Learn to barter.
10. Baking soda and salt make a good toothpaste. Vinegar an all purpose household cleaner.
11. Never had a cell phone back when, and did just fine.
12. Much dental work can be done at home.
13. I can walk 5 miles to the store.

The list goes on. Lean and mean, if that fails, then the travel goes.

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Old 03-18-2008, 09:24 AM   #35
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1. DW can learn to cut and color own hair. I'll get a vacuum clipper for both of us.
I tried this and it was not pretty, really.
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2. Beans and rice are very nutritious. So is generic peanut butter with crackers.
Beans give me gas.
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3. No cable.
I will not give up my HD sattelite.
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4. No subscriptions.
There are a few of those that are going.
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5. No prepared foods, fast foods, or, restaurants.
6. All home repair to be done by self. Same with all yard work.
7. Buy sturdy shoes that will last for years.
8. Repair clothing, don't throw it away.
already done.
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9. Learn to barter.
this really works.
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11. Never had a cell phone back when, and did just fine.
My cell is my only phone.
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The list goes on. Lean and mean, if that fails, then the travel goes.

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Old 03-18-2008, 11:50 AM   #37
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Old 03-18-2008, 12:26 PM   #38
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These companies import Middle Eastern oil:
Shell.......................... 205,742,000 barrels
Chevron/Texaco....... ...144,332,000 barrels
Exxon /Mobil...............130,082,000 barrels
Marathon/Speedway...117,740,000 barrels
Amoco..........................62,231,000 barrels
I know you are making a point but please check out: Urban Legends Reference Pages: Saudi Gas Boycott

No one likes the high gas prices but e-mails heading around the internet don't always provide the full picture either.
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Old 03-18-2008, 01:09 PM   #39
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I know that my canceling my trip and the few gallons of diesel doesn't amount to a hill of beans in todays world, but I suppose it amounts to about all the protest and fighting back that I can swing.

And for the record, I cook much of what I eat, and I am pretty frugal. Being on a state university salary which is fixed and not generous to start with, the inflation of fuel cost is disproportionate.

By the way, if you do happen to know good bean recipes, send them this way....
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Good point Michelle

Item 2 may just be the solution to the problem.

I think Tom may have hit on something. Now he just needs to figure out how to feed that to the carburetor or injectors. Would this be regular, premium or, in some cases, diesel? eeeeuuuwwww.

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I am vintage all the way. 1994 F250 Ford with only 85000 miles on it. 1973 25ft. Airstream.

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