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bits for 1 nov 2008

how i spent my halloween

Went to Pop's and had dinner. Also did a few things he requested (changing light bulbs mostly).

I lost my liking for Halloween years ago. Some people get a real kick out of it; I don't. The best experiences I remember having were never about panhandling trick-or-treating for sweets, but rather the few times I got to go on hay rides with girlfriends back in the day. Hopefully some day that will happen again.

Yes, I will totally admit I can't stand being frightened on purpose. It bugs the living crap out of me. This is why I hate horror and gore movies.

gas @ $2.16

When I first moved to Florida in 2006, gas was $2.75. The price I paid yesterday was $2.16 per gallon. People are lining up left and right to fill their tanks - as did I.

The price right now is lower than when I bought my truck in 2005.

I am 100% certain it will go below $2.00 a gallon in a very short period of time and possibly go even lower.

This is both cool and scary at the same time. It's cool because well, the price is lower (duh). But it's scary because never have I seen a price drop of this magnitude.

Here's a short history of what I remember concerning gas prices:

When I was around 12 years old (circa 1987), gas at its lowest was 67¢ per gallon in New England.

During my college years (circa early 1990s), gas was still under a buck, around 93¢ per gallon.

In the early 2000s there was a gas price spike and it rocketed up to $1.75. Bear in mind people back then thought the world was over if you spent over 30 bucks to fill a tank. But it went down after a while.

When gas finally broke $2.00 per gallon later on, that's when people really started to take notice. Every month the price would rise higher and higher.

Shortly after that it busted over $3.00 for a short period of time.

In 2006 when I moved to FL as mentioned above, $2.75 was a godsend because it was over $3.00 at the stomping grounds.

But over the past 2.5 years, the highest was just a tick over $4.00, and this ticked everybody off big time.

Right now the price is as it was almost 5 years ago.

Unfortunately I have the feeling this is only temporary. I don't believe prices will go past $3.00 for a while now - but I'm sure it will average out between $2.35 and $2.50 in these parts.

Personally speaking I'm taking this as (yet another) sign to pay off my truck as fast as possible then go for a hatchback compact car - similar to my first car. Yeah, I'm enjoying the low-low prices right now, but my gut tells me it will rise again. Hopefully I'll be wrong.

However I will say that the drive back from Pop's was one of the more enjoyable.

Why?

Because I wasn't constantly staring at the gas gauge.

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