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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Gas Update, Father-in-Law Update

Yesterday, the three stations closest to the office were out both morning and evening. But they all had “product” this morning. Things may have settled in for now; as I mentioned on Nancy’s blog this morning, I expect to see the occasional “no fuel” sign over the next couple of weeks, but there will be gas when needed. Prices are converging toward either $4.09 or $4.19 for regular now; there are outliers on either side but they’re getting fewer every day.

Meanwhile, my father-in-law finally got to the hospital. He went to the doctor yesterday, and the doctor sent him “upstairs” so to speak. His attitude is the scariest thing so far… he’s acting like he doesn’t expect to get out. But like I told him last night, he needs to hang around for two reasons: 1) he wants to see the farm (i.e. chicken houses) paid off; 2) it’s just not right for your mother-in-law to outlive you, therefore he needs to hang around for another 10 years. He found that amusing, which is what I’d hoped for. Of course, he has Bill O'Liarly on every night and that can’t be good for the soul. They transferred him to the hospital in Gainesville this evening, which is good because it’s a top-notch cardiac facility. Mrs. Fetched figures that as soon as they figure out (and treat) what’s going on, he’ll feel a lot better. I agree with that, but he needs to get his attitude in the right place.


  1. Hey FAR,
    Apologies for not stopping by more frequently lately! Between being sick for a week and crazy busy at work, I've been slacking on blog touring. Sorry.

    That sounds pretty serious regarding the gas situation ... we've seen nothing like that here (yet), but you're in the 'South' and we all know how that is. I'm so glad we have the Vibe now, as it is a good gas miser, though our prices are only about $3.65 or so right now, but if we still had that truck guzzler, we'd really be hurting. $40 every 2 weeks or so we can handle, even at these prices.

    Good luck on the father in law situation! In some ways I can relate (there are weeks I'd just like to go to sleep and not wake up), but seriously, Billo every night? That's probably what's making him sick!

  2. I got the impression from your blog that you were pretty busy lately. I haven't been able to come up with anything interesting to comment on.

    Apparently, the Colonial Pipeline is how they get fuel from there to here, and that was shutdown for at least a day because they couldn't put any "product" in Down There. I saw a news article from TN that both confirmed & corrected my suspicion of what's going on: the "brand" gas stations have delivery contracts that keep their supply & prices stable, and the indies have to fight over the scraps.

    I agree with the Billo thing… one scared old man keeping a lot of other old men frightened. I just have to keep reminding myself that God will deal with him in His own time.

  3. Hi! Just found your blog today via Kunstler's page. Decided to start reading from the beginning. Enjoying it thusfar. I hope your FIL starts feeling better and can go home soon.

    Kristi J

  4. Hey Far, whatever you do give your him a deck of cards, eh?! I hope he get's better and see's the farm paid off...

    Umm, my Dad's also the type of guy who comes to work with a coffee cup that shows a dead guy in a casket, with a big smile on his face. "Die in Debt!" ha! I suppose, Grandpa Walton, would be waltzing him out to the woodshed, by the ear, eh?! ha!

    We're at $4.19, but we've been in the 4.00 range for quite some time..

  5. Ooops! Don't give him a deck of cards!

  6. I paid $4.02 tonight here in NY for premium.

    Best wishes to your FIL, Far.

  7. Hi Kristi, welcome to the free-range insane asylum! Hope to see you around more. I think the FIL will be OK; they're running a stress test on him today to see what's what. I figure he'll be home next week.

    Yooper, I don't think I've ever seen him play cards. I'll have to ask Mrs. Fetched about that. Better solitaire than Fox Spew.

    My dad once told me, "I don't want you kids fighting over it — I'm gonna spend it all, and leave just enough to plant me." Works for me.

    Boran, thanks for the well-wishes. Like I said, I figure he'll be home next week.

  8. Found your blog a few days ago and am enjoying it very much. Gas here-Greer, SC- is as low as 3.78. Oldest daughter works in Greenville and reported seeing $5 a gallon. That was Monday. She's been off the last two days. Next daughter lives in Knoxville, TN. She reported lots of shortages and high prices. They don't drive much, so it wasn't a big issue.

  9. Hi Anon, and welcome to you too! Glad to hear you're enjoying the blog… I hope you hang around and toss a comment in from time to time.

    Right now, it's still a crap shoot whether stations around here will have anything to sell. One place last night had only premium; another only regular, and three others were shuttered entirely. Still no big deal; there's always a place nearby with *something*.


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