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HungryJoe Gristknife from Under the Tree
Gristknife
Mar 15th 2011 at 5:24:26 AM

I just heard it broke four bucks on average in Hawaii, and it's creeping upwards elsewhere.

Why is hardly anybody making a big deal out of it? I remember not too long ago where $3 seemed like you were pulling a trigger on a gun aimed at your head instead of a nozel in your gas tank.

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Morven Nemesis from Seattle, WA, USA
Nemesis
Mar 15th 2011 at 6:45:41 AM

I think people are just resigned to it now. It's over $4 a gallon most places here in southern California.

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CentralAvenue Her Royal Highness from my imagination
Her Royal Highness
Mar 15th 2011 at 9:40:36 AM

^ This, pretty much. 3 years ago, $4/gallon made everyone freak out, but now, it's like, what are you gonna do?

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Mar 15th 2011 at 9:40:57 AM

I'm not complaining because I walk/bus/carpool everywhere. grin

CentralAvenue Her Royal Highness from my imagination
Her Royal Highness
Mar 15th 2011 at 9:45:39 AM

I wish buses/public transportation were a more viable option where I live (i.e., the outskirts of Columbus).

This is getting off-topic, though.

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Morven Nemesis from Seattle, WA, USA
Nemesis
Mar 15th 2011 at 10:29:08 AM

If nothing else, it's probably going to have me taking the bus / train into work some days. Which is probably good for me.

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mahel042 State-sponsored username from Stockholm,Sweden
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Mar 15th 2011 at 10:45:55 AM

Living outside the US I always smile when Americans complain about that gas prices are high at 4$/gallon where here it's usually above 7. Of course it doesn't really affect me since I use public transport. Maybe it's because I live in aa city where Public transport actually works most of the time but I don't understand when people complain about it since to me it is cheap and always within walking distance. Of course every year they are surprise than the trains can't handle the amount of snow that falls but that survivable.

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LolipodDistortion HIP HOP HIPSTER from Austin, Texas
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Mar 15th 2011 at 10:54:52 AM

I'd say people are just used to it. It doesn't seem that high here, about 3.30 IIRC.

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Mar 15th 2011 at 11:15:04 AM

Its been this high before. Nothing new really. This is So Cal's version of storms when we don't have fires to complain about. It happens.

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Morven Nemesis from Seattle, WA, USA
Nemesis
Mar 15th 2011 at 11:19:25 AM

The level of shock the first time, though, makes sense; gas hit a low of $0.89 here in late '97/early '98, and slowly rose to a more normal about $1.80 over the next few years, and then, bam! suddenly doubled.

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Mar 15th 2011 at 11:24:49 AM

I don't know about your areas, but around here there's also the price-creep factor. The prices jump twenty or twenty-five cents a gallon for a while, then drop again, to only maybe a nickel more than they were. Then it happens again. It doesn't take long for the actual base price to have gone up 25 cents, but it happened in little jumps.

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Morven Nemesis from Seattle, WA, USA
Nemesis
Mar 15th 2011 at 11:53:20 AM

It does the same here. It's been inching up for a while, probably mostly right now because of the middle-east turmoil.

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Malkavian What is this from madness
What is this
Mar 15th 2011 at 2:18:14 PM

I'm pretty sure we'll hear a lot more about gas prices once election time comes around.

Though I genuinely hope they won't stay that high but I'm too practical to hold onto that hope.

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HungryJoe Gristknife from Under the Tree
Gristknife
Mar 15th 2011 at 2:19:49 PM

I think the government should just slap an excise tax on gas and force us to use the transportation that the revenue could be spent on.

That way, even if you don't take the bus, you're paying for a ride.

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Malkavian What is this from madness
What is this
Mar 15th 2011 at 2:21:13 PM

Except where I live public transport isn't feasible.

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HungryJoe Gristknife from Under the Tree
Gristknife
Mar 15th 2011 at 2:23:04 PM

Gives you a good incentive to figure it out, eh? :V

I mean, obviously if you live in Kansas or Arizona outside of a major metropolitan area the tax shouldn't be there. Or your car should be electric.

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Malkavian What is this from madness
What is this
Mar 15th 2011 at 2:25:19 PM

Electric cars aren't feasible either.

I doubt any law that only applied to cities like that would ever be passed.

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HungryJoe Gristknife from Under the Tree
Gristknife
Mar 15th 2011 at 2:29:58 PM

Where's here?

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ILoveDogs from Lunn Guyland Relationship Status: Hounds of love are hunting
Mar 15th 2011 at 2:43:28 PM

My father works at a gas station, and he mentions the prices ($3.73 for regular) sometimes at dinner.

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Mar 15th 2011 at 3:27:49 PM

$0.0828 per gallon.

edited 15th Mar '11 3:34:17 PM by Stormtroper

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formerly Lady Justice
Mar 15th 2011 at 3:58:08 PM

Because most people on the forum aren't old enough to drive yet?

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HungryJoe Gristknife from Under the Tree
Gristknife
Mar 15th 2011 at 4:55:10 PM

Too bad for them!

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SpainSun Laugh it off, everybody from Somewhere Beyond Here
Laugh it off, everybody
Mar 15th 2011 at 5:48:45 PM

I am old enough to drive, but gas prices are exactly why I don't have a car. I wouldn't be able to afford keeping it full.

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Mar 16th 2011 at 7:28:14 AM

I'm pretty much resigned to gas prices being high, since I can't do anything to avoid them. There is no public transportation where I live and things are too spaced out for me to walk anywhere. I also can't afford a hybrid or electric car.

HungryJoe Gristknife from Under the Tree
Gristknife
Mar 19th 2011 at 7:55:37 AM

We oughta make those cheeper too, subsidize those instead of windmills.

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