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Houston Gas Price: $2.99/gal

Safety Cap (253500) writes | more than 8 years ago

The Matrix 13

Holy COW - I'm now paying just over $17/week!!!

This is totally outrageous. I mean, just a few weeks ago I was paying $14-15/week.

With my car requiring a fill-up every two weeks, this is going to be a major burden. My gas mileage has sucked a lot because I have to run the A/C all the time (thanks to the 100 degree -- sorry, 115 degree heat indexed weather).

Holy COW - I'm now paying just over $17/week!!!

This is totally outrageous. I mean, just a few weeks ago I was paying $14-15/week.

With my car requiring a fill-up every two weeks, this is going to be a major burden. My gas mileage has sucked a lot because I have to run the A/C all the time (thanks to the 100 degree -- sorry, 115 degree heat indexed weather).

I would consider riding a bike, but there's no way I could pedal the ~ 22 mile one-way distance to work every day (assuming I could take a shower when I got to work), 'cause it would take too long and I have too much stuff to haul (laptop + books + guitar).

Dang this sucks.

13 comments

You know, it;s funny... (1)

Some Woman (250267) | more than 8 years ago | (#13455036)

I can't tell if this is satire or not.

Re:You know, it;s funny... (1)

FortKnox (169099) | more than 8 years ago | (#13455681)

I don't have the heart to tell him most people predict it will get betweek $3.60 and $4.00 by tomorrow....

Whooops...

Re:You know, it;s funny... (1)

KMAPSRULE (639889) | more than 8 years ago | (#13456382)

its already $3.15 - $3.60 around here in Lower NY State

Re:You know, it;s funny... (1)

red5 (51324) | more than 8 years ago | (#13457501)

went to fill up the goat lastnight at $3.30. When the thing read $50 I just said fuckthat and stopped pumping.

My answer for now- public transit (1)

Marxist Hacker 42 (638312) | more than 8 years ago | (#13456822)

I cut my one way commute from 10 miles to .08 miles in the car- by taking public transit instead. Sure it's extra time- but a PDA or a laptop takes care of that problem.

Re:My answer for now- public transit (1)

mojotek (453004) | more than 8 years ago | (#13456999)

I wish public transit was an option in our area (Central Kentucky). But busses is about all we've got. Rails work great for large metropolitan areas with a spread-out work force. Our metropolitan area is just not dense enough to make railways efficient for short commutes.

Visiting relatives in Mass. I loved being able to take a 10 minute car ride to the Station, and then hop on the T right into the heart of Boston.

Re:My answer for now- public transit (1)

NeMon'ess (160583) | more than 8 years ago | (#13457070)

find a carpool [google.com] if you can? Every metro area and state should have a site for hooking commuters up to save gas and cut congestion, which saves more gas.

Re:My answer for now- public transit (1)

Marxist Hacker 42 (638312) | more than 8 years ago | (#13457210)

Buses aren't as bad as they appear. I used them to help out on a 40 mile commute for more than a year. But like all public transit, the real key is getting on a schedule and sticking to it, as well as having something that can be done while on the bus/train/whatever.

And this all brings us to.... *drumroll* (1)

DaedalusHKX (660194) | more than 8 years ago | (#13462548)

The idiots who designed this country never thought about efficiency... one has to drive 10 miles to get to a "convenience" store (in some places) (in others you only drive 2 or 5).

When I lived in europe, at the very least the city planners had enough brains to make it easy to reach all the "necessity" stores ON FOOT!

The malls were a quick tram/metro/bus ride away. As a result I also grew up with a LOT of patience.

Now that I drive an 18 wheeler (yep, finally got around to changing vocations) I finally understand the great downfall of american society... EVERYONE IS IMPATIENT AND LAZY... and they want SOMEONE ELSE TO THINK AND WAIT FOR THEM!

People cut each other off like crazy, and it results in gridlock. Instead of being understanding, driving the speed limit, and cutting down on accidents, they all speed, somehow hoping that they'll "beat" the rest of the rat race. (From my vantage point I can tell you now... most of them lose... and it still shocks me when I see someone with a car seat and a baby in it, driving like they're in a destruction derby, expecting all the BIG trucks to somehow stop on a dime to avoid their dumb asses... (hint: it doesn't always happen, saw a sports car get flattened at the on ramp the other day)

~D

Re:And this all brings us to.... *drumroll* (1)

Marxist Hacker 42 (638312) | more than 8 years ago | (#13464386)

I don't mind the speeding per se- but if you're going to speed take the time to learn a little Newtonian physics first. If you're going to cut off a big truck, for instance, you should have enough blank road ahead of you to be accellerating when you enter the lane (decellerating will get you dead, because he can't brake as fast as you can). The stupidest thing to me is these damned ramp meter lights- I understand that they're on when the freeway is busy, but all the cars would move faster if we still had enough on-ramp to accelerate up to speed before entering the lane. And "speed kills"? No, what kills is the speed differential between your car and what you hit- and if that's two cars going 70 mph in a 55 mph zone hitting head on, that's a 140 mph accident.

Re:And this all brings us to.... *drumroll* (1)

DaedalusHKX (660194) | more than 8 years ago | (#13467764)

Bingo :)

I really needn't say more, you hit the nail right on the head... (like they say... "it ain't the fall, its the sudden stop") :)

Thank you.
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