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Friday, November 21, 2008

The Price of Gas Where I Live

... and what was the price of gas where I live today? This is an ongoing research project that I will add to as I find more information.
  • 11/20/2008 ~gas where I live @ $1.97 today~

  • 11/18/2008 ~gas where I live @ $1.99 today~

This chart represents the average retail price of gas where I live during the last 6 months (today is 11/20/08). As you can see, the prices began to fall slowly around August 5th (give or take) and then took a sharp decline around October 7th.

This chart represents the average retail price of gas where I live during the last 36 months (or 3 years). As you can see there was a bit of rollercoaster riding going on with a steady and significant increase February 07 to June 07 and then a dramatic increase February 08 to July 08. Gas around here is usually higher in the spring/summer months but the increase during 2008 was significant as we went from about $2.89 to $4.13 in five months.

Please note that we were around $4.13 in June/July 2008 when the prices started to ease down a bit with a sudden and dramatic drop beginning around October 7th through the current date of November 20th (only 44 days) wherein the price was $1.97 at the station I drive passed every day.

The prices at the pump today were last seen December 2005.

So why the sudden and dramatic drop? What happened at the top of October that caused our prices to plunge? The bigger question... how long will it last and how low will it go? Will Congress and other law makers decide that since we were SO WILLING to pay $4.13 that they can now raise our taxes on gas because "clearly" we can afford it!!

Do you know how I afforded it? Let me tell you my secret... shhhhh... come a little closer. I was held hostage by the gas prices and didn't go anywhere. I drove to work, to the grocery store, to a friend's house once in a while... but for the most part, I didn't go anywhere. No vacation... no fun purchases... very few dinners away from home... I was a prisoner in my own town. Oh, I suppose I could have splurged, right? No... you see, I need the money that comes from my job and I need to be able to get to my job in order to have that money to feed my family. I don't need to go on vacation.

But truly... is that what our government wants? Does our government want me to stay at home, unable to afford an extra tank of gas to go visit my mother or spend a little money at the mall? Do they want me to feel helpless and uncertain? Do they want me to hoard what I have and hide "my precious" away in my pockets?

Seems like it...
... and I'm not sure what to think of the gas prices... how is it we can have a such dramatic difference in just 44 days?


The Right Guy said...

It's 1.59 where I live. For now I will take it.

Bug said...

Wow... that's just incredible considering how much it was such a short time ago... I'm curious to see if it hits that low here.

David Drake said...

$1.69 the lowest in my neighborhood, but I am betting there are some suburbs that have it around $1.5X.

Geez, pretty soon the oil companies will be asking for a bailout!

You know Bug, most of us have only what Hillary and Barack want us to have, a "little bit" of money left over at the end of the month. Not "a lot", because then we'd be more free, and freedom is not what Liberals want us to have.

Bug said...

David... they only want us to have enough to get by because hopefully we will eventually need to beg for more and then OWE them for our livelihood.

My new post on Monopoly touches on this a bit. LOL

May we each take the moment necessary out of this day and any day we feel the need to remember those who have gone before us in defense of our freedoms. Without them... we would not be "here"... we would be in chains. ~Bug~