You know, gas prices in the St. Louis area have been very reasonable, compared to the National Average. In St. Louis, we are almost always above the Missouri Average, but always below the National Average.
I was shocked, when I saw that gas prices jumped again today, to $2.98. This is just a few pennies below our all time high. We weren't expecting this until mid summer. Just 3 months ago, it was $2.00.
To counter the high prices, I went over to Sam's Club. They always lag about 12-24 hours behind everyone else in jacking their prices. I get there, and see that lines are long. The price is still $2.79. For those of you who do not buy gas at Sam's, they have a system where ALL cars pull through in one direction. Fights nearly broke out when people flew around the everyone else to grab an open pump in the WRONG direction. The 19 year old station attendant said "There's nothing I can do about it."
I'm one of those lucky people who fill their gas on the passenger's side of the vehicle. Most are on the driver's side. The only thing... I was the one who had to wait while wrong-way drivers pulled into MY pumps. I only had to wait for one person, then pulled in (whereupon, another JackAss pulled in the wrong way in front of me, just tagging my bumper.) I shot him a WTF look and continued to pump.
Tell me... what are the gas fights prices like in your area?
That's just one of the great lines from David Weigel's recap of last night's debate. Evidently he was paying attention. I was busy eating pizza and washing it down with a cheeky cabernet.
My guy Bill Richardson disappointed me. Not his answers. I was disappointed that he seemed so unprepared for the questions. Evidently his campaign can't afford the pre-debate fluffers that Hillary and Barack use.
The highlight of the evening, for me anyway, was Mike Gravel. [Who?...Ed.] How can you not like a guy named Mike? He made Dennis Kucinich look sane. I had a flashback to the 1992 vice-presidential debate and Admiral Stockdale. I thought that the mushrooms on the pizza tasted too good.
For the first time ever, I just donated $100 to a Democratic presidential candidate.
I disagree with Bill Richardson on a few issues (you can't have everything) but I agree with him on most of them. Even though he's a Democrat he's the most libertarian candidate in the race who has a shot at winning. (Ron Paul, on the GOP side, is a real libertarian but he doesn't have a hope in hell of winning any of the primaries.)
As a current governor and former Congressman, Ambassador to the United Nations, Secretary of Energy and special envoy to North Korea he has more domestic and foreign policy experience than Hillary and Barack have combined.