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Monday, February 7, 2011

The Price of Gas


Wow. Gas is $4 a gallon, huh? I haven't thought about the price of gas in forever. I haven't driven a car in a year & a half. I think the last time I filled a gas tank, I paid about $2 a gallon & shook my head incredulous at that. I have no idea what gas costs in Shanghai - not even a clue.

It's interesting how something that used to be such a big part of my life - driving - has become little more than a passing thought. I definitely miss driving, & dream of road trips often, but on a day-to-day basis, driving is something other people do.

I wonder if you can become a bad driver for lack of practice. I think I drove almost every day of my adult life up until I left the US for Vietnam. But since then, I haven't driven a car even once. I did try my hand at a scooter once in Vietnam, but that wasn't one of my best moments.

I'm not sure if I'll get the chance to drive while I'm in the US this time around. Since I'm visiting three different cities, I thought about renting a car & really getting some drive time in. But the car rental would have been $1200 plus $4 a gallon in gas, whereas the flight from LA to Chattanooga to Phoenix & back to LA was under $500. No contest.

Maybe by the next time I come back for a visit, they'll have the whole oil versus alternative fuel thing figured out. Maybe instead of driving gas powered vehicles, everyone will have electric cars & the price of gas won't matter. Maybe.

3 comments:

Hattie said...

Wow. Gas is more expensive, at least at that station, than it is in Hawaii.

Nancy Lewis said...

That was in Los Angeles, where everything is more expensive, I guess.

Michael said...

Gas was $2.95 a gallon in Phoenix until a few days ago. It shot up because of what's going on in Egypt.

My sister rented a car when she was here in December. She's been without a car for quite a bit longer than you have, although she does usually drive at least a few times a year when she's in town.