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OT: gas

so how many of you are changing your drving habits now that gas is so expensive, and only will get worse. i wont drive 65 anymore, only 55, it's not worth the extra 5 mins i get there early.

Mon. Apr 24, 6:42pm

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my hsuband and I only have one car which is nice cause we only have to fill up one car, but at the same time we fill up more often cause that one car has to get us everywhere. I live in a city with bad bad bad public transportation, but I might have to start looking into it if the prices reaches $3.50 in my area.

Monday, April 24, 2006, 7:10 PM

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Definitely making me think twice about the weekend excursions in the car. On a positive note, the market does work over the long run. Demand will lead to supply in terms of more fuel efficient vehicles (hybrid technology for SUV's is a great thing) new sources of fuel. Nuclear power is making a comeback (the founder of Greenpeace recent admitted we need to revisit nuclear power), solar technology is starting to thrive in the market place (look up the stock ticker ESLR)

So, yeah, in an ironic sense i'm optimistic. We just need to start ignoring the nut in Iran who seems to be talking crazy talk to get the price of oil up. Because the crazier he talks, the higher gas goes.

Monday, April 24, 2006, 7:19 PM

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Of course....the crazier the nut in the white house talks, the higher the price of gas gets.........perhaps we should get consider fixing the problem at home first........

Monday, April 24, 2006, 10:31 PM

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My gas mileage improves so much driving on the highway... those weekend excursions actually help me out!

Monday, April 24, 2006, 10:54 PM

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yep - it's the driving around town that we're cutting out. Combining trips, walking to the coffee shop or the bookstore and running errands on the way home instead of making a second trip in the evening. That's what really sucks the gas. Driving to our fave trailhead? Definitely worth it!

I'm so glad we live in an older neighbor that was zoned for mixed commercial and residential use. We don't HAVE to drive our car in order to get to the store or a restaurant. Although we often do in order to cut down on the number of trips (hard to carry a week's worth of groceries home on foot). I feel for those who have no practical alternative to a car in order to purchase the basic necessities of life.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006, 2:03 AM

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Silly me! I thought: gas / PT - must be a thread about farting!

Tuesday, April 25, 2006, 2:04 AM

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I started making changes last summer. Actually, the final motivation for me came on the day that an NPR voice said that Europe had taken steps toward donating oil to the US in the aftermath of Katrina. As he said this, I pulled up in front of my kids' school driving my minivan (large family necessitates large car) to see that of the 25 cars in the parking lot, 5 were Hummers. I remember thinking, Europe will send us her oil and we'll suck it into our embarrassingly huge inefficient status-mobiles.

I went home, took apart my old kiddie trailer, re-rigged it as a cargo hauler, and did my grocery shopping and errands by bike until it got too cold. Some days you could see me out there on my bike, trailing Anna on her Trail-a-bike (one rear tire, seat and handlebars, own pedals and chain, hooks to my seat post), and behind Anna was the cargo hauler. She called it the Pentalator.

It's warm enough here this week to pull the cargo hauler back out! Yeah! Now I want a bumper sticker (to go on the back of the cargo hauler) that says, "Honk if you're a wuss in an SUV!" (You can see those at

Tuesday, April 25, 2006, 10:11 AM

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In my neighborhood (downtown Chicago), we always walk to go get groceries, etc. To the poster who said they couldn't walk home with a week's worth of groceries, in my neighborhood, it's quite common for people to purchase their own carts (we jokingly call them Granny carts, but are thinking of getting one too!) They sell them at Walgreen's, the hardware store, and even some of the grocery stores! They cost around $30, but since that's now less than a tank of gas, and you could use it all summer, maybe it'd be a good investment?

We don't drive enough to really feel the increase in gas price. That makes me really happy!

Tuesday, April 25, 2006, 10:22 AM

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My daughter fell asleep in the car today on the way home from lunch out with a friend. If she falls asleep in the car, even if it's only for a couple minutes, she won't take her nap when we get home. So usually I'll drive around for a while, trying to extend her impromptu nap. Not today! Gas is just too expensive to waste like that! So she was extra-tired for bed tonight! (And that's not a bad thing, either!)

Tuesday, April 25, 2006, 7:30 PM

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I drive a hybrid. The cost of a tank went from about $20 to $34 this last fill-up. I get about 500 miles to the tank. I do a 29 mile each way commute. I rue the day I decided to live 'in the country.' however, the city I work in has very poor public transportation and essentially no mixed use neighborhoods and heaven forbid a bike lane! Altho since it gets over 100 degrees for months at a time, I think that wouldn't be an option for me. I have been trying to get my work to let me telecommute on some days - that should help a little. I firmly believe that the world has passed the 'oil peak' and this is just the beginning. However, it makes me wonder if the oil companies are making record profits. If something is that scarce, it should cost them more to get it. So what is really going on? (please no politics....but economical explanation would be welcome).

Tuesday, April 25, 2006, 10:44 PM

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