Thursday, February 11, 2010

A super Sunday

Not the game, but my drive back to Bend from Eugene.

Dark clouds and rain mixed with bright sunshine. A beautiful paradox. Brilliant rainbows guided our way home.

It also helped that gas prices here are considerably cheaper than they are in the Willamette Valley.

I filled up at Fred Meyer for $2.55 per gallon, using my 3-cent discount, of course. The cheapest I saw in Eugene-Springfield was $2.83.

My, how times have changed. It seems like only yesterday when those numbers were reversed.

It’s odd reading The (Bend) Bulletin when they list gas prices in our area. They just throw a handful of stations in a list that never show the lowest prices which are usually Arco and Fred Meyer.

The TV stations do a better job by showing the highs and lows in the region.

Thank god we haven’t heard the whining about self-serve gasoline in our full-serve state.

In California, a self-serve state, the cheapest you’ll find is $2.75 in Yuba City, which is considered the worst place to live in America. It’s more than 3 bucks a gallon in the Bay Area and nearly $3 a gallon in the L.A. area.

In Washington, another self-serve state, the statewide median price for regular is $2.83. It’s more the $2.90 a gallon in Bellingham.

For those out there who still struggle with math, the gas prices in California and Washington, where you can stink up your hands and clothes when you fill up, are much higher than those in Bend.

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