The Four Dollar Mark

Experts are saying we can expect to see 4 dollar a gallon gas this spring.  As much as I hate the idea of this, because it costs me a 41 dollar tank of gas to see Bitter at current prices, I have to admit that as much as I might complain about gas prices, it’s important to put it in perspective.  At four dollars a gallon, I would be paying 52 dollars a tank to fill up in order to see Bitter.

For tolls on the way down there and back, I pay 17 dollars.  Delaware charges 4 dollars in each direction.  Maryland charges 5 one way, and 2 dollars each way for the tunnel.  Now, I bypass Delaware’s tolls both ways to save the 8 dollars.  It only adds about 10 minutes to the trip time each way, so I think it’s worth the savings.  Most of the times I stop for gas or food on my bypass route to kill two birds with one stone.

But today, Bitter and I went for an early dinner, late lunch to Old Glory, our favorite BBQ joint in The District.  I have to concede that on a typical weekend we spend more on entertainment and food than we do on gasoline consumption to see each other.  The real danger to the economy is that everyone is going to cut back on this kind of spending because motor fuel is generally a fixed cost over the short term.  But it should give us an idea how useful this stuff is, that we’re willing to keep spending more and more money on it, cutting back on other things in order to afford it.

8 Responses to “The Four Dollar Mark”

  1. Alcibiades McZombie says:

    Maybe someone should create a “ride finder” service. Like Netflix, but for people. And there’s a chance you’ll meet a psychopath.

    Google seems to have one, but for taxis only.

    Or people could take the bus…

  2. Wyatt Earp says:

    Kyle – my seven-year old – signed up for youth lacrosse this week. After equipment and fees, I spent $400 this weekend. Plus, with my evil conservative SUV, I think I’m doing my part to help the economy.

  3. Weer'd Beard says:

    Obviously the Greenies will pass a law forcing you to break up with your girlfriend to find one within walking/cycling distance.

    Your love life is NOT more important than the life of the plant. /sarcasm.

  4. Sebastian says:

    It would be funny if there weren’t people out there who thought like that.

  5. Ian Argent says:

    The last time I checked, the personal automotbile was still more fuel efficient per passenger mile than any other form of transport than a fully-loaded airliner, or maybe a llng-distance train. It’s just plain silly to fly to DC from anywhere closer than bostonand the train is almost as dear.

  6. flashman says:

    Of all the sauces offered at Old Glory, I prefer the thin, vinegary one.

  7. Sebastian says:

    Of all the sauces offered at Old Glory, I prefer the thin, vinegary one.


    Actually, I get in the mood for carolina BBQ every now and then, which Bitter does not understand, since she believes it to be an abomination. Memphis is my favorite, though.

  8. Alcibiades McZombie says:

    Perhaps the Greens want to encourage you to move in together. That would reduce both of your carbon footprints by half.

    However, they probably also want to sterilize you so you won’t ever have children (thus increasing your carbon footprint).