Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Gas Boycott

Whoops!  I screwed up.  Today's the 19th.  It's the day we're all boycotting gas stations.  I was reminded of that last night around 9:30.  I thought about going out right then and filling my tank.  But I was too tired.  Mostly, I was too lazy.

Today I'm regretting my decision to pull the covers over my eyes.  I may have less than a quarter of a tank.  So choosing the most direct route is crucial on this dog-day afternoon.

For the past two weeks I've posted pictures of one gas station in my neighborhood.  Each post showed a considerable increase in gas prices from the week before.  And wouldn't you know, it's gone up again, one more week later.  It's now hanging just below $2.50 for regular unleaded.  I was so furious I zoomed right past, thinking I'd get gas somewhere else.  But the car took me home instead.  Then I ate lots of vanilla yogurt and I was too blissed out to remember to go back out for gas.

Let's hope I make it around town on the remaining gas in my tank today.  I'd hate to be that lone, shameful gas station patron with traffic honking and flipping me off.  Can you believe I actually spent a lot of time thinking about the best secluded gas station around?  I can't think of one that's not on a major intersection.

Okay, off I go...

17 comments:

somenuttychic said...

Tough call. On the one hand, it would be great if every single one of us DID boycot the gas stations today. On the other hand, it sounds like you're in a bind. I hope it turns out okay.

hempenhomespun said...

Time to dig out the bicycle.

l00mis5 said...

Stay strong and keep fighting the good fight

andreakingme said...

I don't understand the gas boycott thing. What good is it going to do (how are we going to sock it to them) if all we do is buy gas on another day?

What the whole nation needs to do, see, is start riding bikes or horses to work. That'd show 'em!

geminiwilder said...

i refuse to buy gas today, and my husband wants me to go...my car has 1/16 of a tank left...i'm stubbornly waiting until tomorrow.  who knows if it will make any difference?  it's just the point....
phinney

quroboros said...

I agree that something should be done in protest, but since people didn't buy gas today, tomorrow the gas companies will just make twice as much money as usual.  The whole thing seems like a pointless demonstration to me.  What the hell can we do?  They've got us over a barrel, proverbial & literally.  ¤Holly

slowmotionlife said...

ROFL  I filled up today.  Oops!  I just totally forgot.  Honestly, I don't know or even think the boycott would work. But I was willing to try.  But like a dummy, out of gas and having birthday shopping to do, I filled up.  I wasn't the only one either!

LOL  I can see you now, in a baseball cap and sunglasses.  Even Hunny in a baseball cap and sunglasses, with both your heads down, avoiding eye contact.  Your liscense plate is covered up.  LOL  

musenla said...

I didn't get any gas today, because I usually fill up in the beginning of the week.  But I doubt that the boycott will make much difference.  I think what would be more effective is if we all wrote our congressmen and demanded answers and demanded to know what the heck they're all doing about this problem?!

krobbie67 said...

I hope you didn't sweat the gas thing. There's been much talk about it and it's not feasible that it will have any affect whatsoever by having a one day "gas-out." The market is run by supply and demand. By boycotting one day, people won't drive less and as such decrease demand. They will simply switch their demand to another day. As such, the same aggregate demand still exists and the oil companies are still getting your money, just not today. The only effective means is to do things that will decrease demand. :-) ---Robbie

uberdude333 said...

great job !!! you area a great American!!!

gingergirl05 said...

lol Stay strong!  If worse comes to worse I'm sure that some other wonderful American would give you [and your dog walking pals] a lift around town :-p  ~  Kate xo

derossetfamily said...

You are not alone. I would FLIP if it got that high here. The best price here is 1.89, which is up almost .15 from two weeks ago. Insanity! We've been waiting for our gas light to come on before filling up again, we've figured it out that when the gas light comes on we have about 15 miles left, and we suck that puppy dry. Arrgghhh. I saw on the news tonight that for every .01 gas increase, the economy loses $1Billion. I didnt hear about the boycott until tonight. Oops! Filled the tank this afternoon. :P
~Mary

deabvt said...

Wow!   2.50...Wwe just went over 2.00 here!
Get Some Gas!!

babyshark28 said...

I heard about this gas boycott.  wasn't sure how successfull it would be, but I did think it was a good ideah....I mean if you need gas....you need gas.  I don't think a person should feel guilty about gassing up there car on the 19th.  But, I do hope lots of people participate!
good luck freee! :)

freeepeace said...

SLOMO - LOL - baseball cap and sunglasses, sounds like a typical day here. :P

MUSE - As usual, you make a lot of sense.  Shall we start a campaign?

ROBBIE - I didn't sweat it.  But I didn't get gas either.  It was my personal statement.  And I stuck it out.

UBERDUDE - Thanks. I hope to be a good person.

KATE - No worries.  I had enough gas to get me and the doggies all over town. :)

MARY - I would be thrilled if gas prices dropped to $1.89 around here.  It's really out of hand.

VINCE - I got gas the next day - just like everyone else. ::sigh::

SHARKY - It's just about the personal statement [for me].  I don't know how many participated. But I know I did. :)

freeepeace said...

NUTTYNIKKI - I did end up boycotting the gas station the whole day.  And I did fill the tank the following day.  But it was important to me to stick with my community - a personal statement.

HEMPEN - Great idea!  How many dogs do you think I could fit on a bike?

100MIS5 - Thanks. Is there really such a thing as a 'good' fight?  ::sigh::

ANDREA - I hear ya.  There's gotta be another way we can make a statement.  But until there's a vehicle available to all of us with another power source, we're stuck.  But like I said, it was important I make that personal statement and stick with my community by participating that day.  [could you see me and Hunny on a horse??]

PHINNEY - Exactly.  It's just the point.  Good for you.

HOLLY - True. We're stuck.  It was the statement that was important to me.

derossetfamily said...

I'm with Robbie, too, American History X is a really great movie. ::weep::
I think Im setting a record for myself on how many times I can comment in one journal entry :P
~Mary