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I am a self proclaimed coffee addict and Executive Director of a non profit missions agency working primarily in the Mexican cities of Oaxaca, Guadalajara, and Ensenada. I've been married for over 30 years to Chelle, and we have one grown son, Joseph, a graduate of Auburn University in Alabama.

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Thursday, April 20, 2006

Fill 'er up, please!

I stopped by a gas station Wednesday to fill up my tank. Now most of you think when I say tank, I am talking about the gas tank. Nope, I drive a tank. Almost literally. A 1988 Dodge F56000. Or something like that. 32 cylinders. 4 gallons to go a mile.

Anyways, there I was with my gasoline loan application in hand filling the tank, when the pump stops at $50.00. I was so happy. Only $50.00. But then I learned something you guys that drive little cars don't know. The pumps at many stations stop at $50.00 when you use a credit or debit card. I am sure this was helpful when you could fill up for $20.00 or $30.00, but when you basically need to bring the Brinks truck up to pay, $50.00 doesn't cut it. So I put my card in a second time, and by the time I was finished, it was $72.14. For about 6 gallons. A full tank of gas...priceless!

So for all of you who are wishing for days gone by when gas was cheap, plentiful, and everybody had a credit card at their favorite fillin' station, here are a few reminders...

Comments on "Fill 'er up, please!"


Blogger Tom said ... (7:32 AM) : 

Americans are addicted to their cars. If we decreased our usage just 3% it would make a significant change in the price, or so I've heard. I didn't know folks in mission work made enough to pay that kind of bread at the pump! Us poor preachers in the midwest certainly can't!


Blogger Dave Miller said ... (7:58 AM) : 

Tom, it is a once a month fill up. Once it is empty, I have to walk or thumb it!


Blogger Bullfrog said ... (9:19 AM) : 

The price in one picture, "$1.01" was enough to make me ill. Alas, we shall never see THOSE days again!


Blogger CommuterJames said ... (10:57 AM) : 

dang dave. I thought i had it rough when it reaches $27 to fill mine up. ouch.


Blogger Dave Miller said ... (11:08 AM) : 

Great news gang, I just got my loan approved for another tank. Now I can drive in Long Island where I heard this morning the price today was $4.09 a gallon!


Blogger For the Earth said ... (3:51 PM) : 

i hear that magic carpets are a super cheap and eco friendly way to get around....


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