Wednesday, June 4, 2008

a drop in the bucket

I don't care if it dropped $12 from an all-time high of $135 a barrel ...

I still had to pay $69 to fill up my van.

And to further rant ...

Instead of a quickly-consumed petroleum product, $69 bucks could have gotten me:

1) 12 pairs of nice and comfy faux suede flip flops from Target

2) a swanky pair of very nice summer sandals from DSW

3) a savory lunch out with hubby

4) 17 gelatis from Rita's

5) a knit skirt, a cute casual dress and a nicer ensemble from Old Navy

6) much needed underwear, socks and bras

7) 2 cases of constantly consumed doggie treats

8) bed linens, my bed desperately needs new king-sized bed linens

9) snacks, my children thrive on a constant supply of ever-depleting snacks

10) white porch paint and supplies for my dilapidated and paint-peeling front porch

Well, that's all I can think of for now.

But I'm sure I could come up with a tank full more!!


Jeni said...

My van -not exactly a good vehicle with the mileage thing -got the tank filled today too. It was just below a quarter of a tank, took 14.28 gallons to fill it and cost me a mere $58 and change. Roughly $10 more than it took to fill it the last time the gauge was at about that level! Pathetic, isn't it? I remember back about 7 years ago when I was driving 30 miles each way to work and managed to do it on between 80 to 100 a month for gas -depending on how much extra running around I had to do back then. Today, I rarely go anyplace save to the grocery store about 4 miles from the house, maybe 2-3 trips to Wal-mart a month and a couple other very small jaunts and for 303 miles (what I'd put on since the last fill-up) it now costs me almost as much as what I used to spend in a month to travel at least 1,200 miles per month! Disgusting, isn't it?

molly gras said...

Jeni -
I dream about five-seater smart cars ... with magical storage space! These energy prices are going to be the death of me.

Posolxstvo said...

Correction -- these energy prices are going to be the death of Detroit, unless they get their shit together.

molly gras said...

I'm really ready for that wonderful beam me up Scottie technology ... that'd make things easier for me!!