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$4.07 for unleaded gas, and climbing

When I first started driving back in 2002, I used to pay no more than $1.15 for a gallon of gas. It was awesome because my car only had an 11 gallon tank, and it would be under $13 to fill up my car. Typically that would last two weeks, since I usually only drive to school at that point. Or if I did drive around, maybe I’d spend $25 for two weeks of gas!

Today the $4.00+ gas finally made its way from downtown [Chicago] to the outer suburbs. It’s been skirting around $3.90-99 for the past few days, with hopes of it going down. On my way to work, I paid $3.88 at Shell (which in the past, used to be the last place I’d ever go to!) with a $25 gift card that my grandparent’s gave me for my birthday.

While I was on my way home, the gas station two blocks from me is now at $4.07. What. The Fuck?! It’s not even Memorial Day, and it’s so typical for gas to shoot up .25-50 cents more around that time. I’m going to cry when I start paying $4.50+ for a gallon of gas. Namely for the fact that I currently drive on average about 35-40 miles a day for work. That’s 5 days a week. Ughs.

Other than outrageous gas prices in Illinois, I celebrated my birthday in style by going out to dinner with my family (and my best friend Amy) and then out to Durbin’s (a bar) for some good old fashioned drunk fun tiemz. Didn’t party too hard since I had to work the next day.

Speaking of which, work has been going along quite well aside from having to work with ASP/.NET. Really, I’ll take PHP/MySQL over that stuff any day. Especially with the client I’ve been working for right now. Their site is.. well, let’s just say there are inline styles, 59 “template” pages, and a database we can’t even use for development. Oh, did I mention we got the project on Friday morning with a due date of Tuesday, with Wednesday for bug fixing? Yeah. :'(

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  • I know what you mean… I think about it twice now before driving. I usually only drive to univ and back, so it’s really hard to cut back on gas expenses. It’s making me super broke!

  • And to think, America is actually getting pretty cheap gas compared to Europe and down here in New Zealand.

    We’re paying $5.50USD for a gallon. Not cool.

  • JEBUS I wish I was paying that much! Its almost £1.50 a litre in the UK :'( so its £30-40 to fill up my car!

    ew asp/.net is naaasty! I’m made to use it at uni – they dont even mention php – even though the board of governers wants them to teach it!

  • Oh man its crazy. I put $25 in last night which was about $1.49 a litre for petrol so like 14 litres or something. It was the cheapest I could find otherwise it is now at about $1.51 It’s crazy. I remember paying $35 – $40 for a tank that would last about a week, now I am paying $70+, and have to drive further for work and stuff.