Thursday, June 5, 2008

Big Numbers

I went to the cheapest gas station on the way to Elise's preschool this morning as we'd managed to run the car's tank down to fumes. We generally don't have to fill the thing up very often because we don't drive that much. Therefore, as gas prices go up and up and up I get a surprise every time I pump gas. It wasn't that long ago that I was surprised by a purchase price of just over $45.

Today's big number: $62

When SUV driving pals would tell me about the trials and tribulations of not being able to fill up before engaging the pump's $75 fraud-o-meter automatic shutoff, I used to smile smugly. Our magic number for a tank of gas is getting a little too close to $75 for my comfort.

I'm glad we have bikes and trains and a free commute for Andy. Of course, we've made choices to arrange our lives that way. What used to make me feel smug is now just mostly leaving me feeling relieved.

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