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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

70s flashback

45 cents my foot... more like 55 cents. My cellphone camera is somewhat not so very good at distance shots; that's $3.12 for regular on the sign. People are lining up to buy it, too: the Shell station across the highway had $3.49 up. The BP stations were $2.79 everywhere on my run home — I don't know how they're doing it. But a 70 cent/gallon spread isn't tenable; things will level out.

The long lines and frayed nerves remind me of the 70s shortages, not long before I was old enough to drive. There's already rumors of shortages, gas stations closing down. It will be a good two weeks, minimum, before the refineries and pipelines get sorted out. If stations are closing now, we're in trouble. Thank God I can work at home.


  1. Heck, I wasn't even born when the 70s fuel crises occurred but it's enough to make me nervous. I remember balking at prices around $2.50/gal a month ago, but late last week I went ahead and filled up at $2.83/gal because there's no telling where prices will go now. I'm glad I did but dreading my next visit to the filling station.

  2. Gosh, I was born in 1970, but I still have a very visceral image of waiting in line on our appropriate day to fill up the car. My mom mentionned that last nite, hoping we wouldn't go to the old/even system, however exactly it worked. My other earliest memory is being afraid my dad would get drafted... Funny what stays with us, even when we don't comprehend what it is.

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