Saturday, May 8, 2004

Saturday Night

This is the story of my life lately.  I have to fill my tank almost twice a week with all the driving I'm doing now.  It seems I'm not putting as many miles on my car as I thought.  But I estimate I drive about 60 miles a day when I'm working.  And tonight I had to drive into The Valley so that adds to the tab.  

Yep, these are gas prices in Los Angeles.  I hear this is not the be-all-end-all.  But it's been like this for a while.  It's gotten to the point where, I believe anything below this price is a bargain.  I wonder if the Xterra comes in a Hybrid.

My car is essential for my business.  It's my 'office'.  I don't have a choice but to drive all over the city if I want to work.  And really, I don't mind it.  But with these gas prices, it just adds to my overhead.  And just like offices who try to cut costs, I have to pick and choose the moments when I turn the air conditioning on.

We all know what a gas guzzler A/C is.  But I just know if I need the A/C then the dogs must need it ten times more.  Afterall, my t-shirts don't even compare to their fur coats.

More photos and music updates to come.  I was glad to be able to come online when I got home from rehearsal.  But I spent the better part of my night troubleshooting some AOL software issues.  So if I wasn't tired enough earlier, I'm thoroughly exhausted now.  Good night all.

14 comments:

babyshark28 said...

yes, those gas prices look like our gas prices here in Washington. bummer. Have you raised your prices for walking the dogs...to cover your overhead??  It's got to be pricey. :(

ok...well. I can wait for more pictures and music updates, if  I know your going to rest. :)

krobbie67 said...

hmmm Sharky's got a good point there. I never thought about the AC eating up more gas. Sheesh. It's nuts and now they're talking of dairy products going up too! I know that's not much of a worry for you and shouldn't be for me but I consume something daily, at least yogurt and milk in my coffee. Maybe, I should ask for a raise! ;-) ---Robbie

aynetal3 said...

Ahh - but, the trick is that you have to be taking care of yourself.  With the temps as high out there as they are ... don't sacrifice yourself ... raise the prices accordingly.  A loving owner would want their pooch treated with this same level of love!  Hehe does this make you a "Valley Girl?"

indigosunmoon said...

Seeing those prices you pay makes me thankful I am in Alabama!   The highest I've paid so far is 1.89 a gallon.  And I thought that was highway robbery!  

dakotarose2852 said...

Sorry you're feeling so exhausted lately.  It could also be the extreme heat you've been experiencing out there.  That is so draining.  Here in NJ our gas prices have not quite reached yours but we know it's only a matter of time.  The economy has been giving us a real kick in the butt lately, and salaries have not been increasing to keep up with this cost of living.  No time to adjust to anything.  Please take care of yourself and keep your spirits up.
Susan

diannevan said...

Freee - as a fellow self-employed woman, make sure you keep dilligent records of how many miles you put on your car for work.  You can deduct mileage at a whopping 36 cents a mile if you use your personal car for work.  That's assuming, of course, that you are claiming your income from the pooch patrol on your taxes.  You don't need receipts but every day I'd mark where you drive to and either use the "trip" odometer or just pay attention.  Remember that 60 miles (a day!!) x 36 cents is $21 a day that you can write off of your income next April.  If you do that much work driving 5 days a week for just 9 months out of the year, that's almost $4,000 you can shave off of your earnings!

screaminremo303 said...

I'm with the crowd.  Two words: Mileage log.

freeepeace said...

INDIGO - Well, there's one reason to be thankful you live in Alabama! :)

SUSAN - You're right about the heat.  Many of us are fatigued lately.  I hope it passes soon.  I have to start a whole new week tomorrow.

DIANNE - Now I know who to consult when I'm doing my taxes.  I've never claimed everything I can claim.  I'm keeping every receipt.  Good idea about keeping a log.  Hope I can keep up with it.

SCREAMINREMO - Got it! Thanks! :)

freeepeace said...

SHARKY - Actually, this time around, I'm charging the going rate for dogwalking.  The client I've had steadily for a year is paying older rates.  But new clients are willing to pay the 'new' rate.  And I think it makes a big difference.  But aside from my car and clothing and a few dog leashes, my overhead isn't as bad as having an office with rent and utilities.

ROBBIE - I never thought about the AC in relation to gas either - till these last couple of weeks.  I use a quarter of a tank a day...sometimes more.  I wouldn't even know the price of dairy today.  Why are those prices going up?  Cows on strike?

AYNETAL - You're right.  I make sure I treat myself and the dogs really well.  That's partly why I want to buy a new vehicle.  Bigger, for more dogs.  And better ventilation.  I was a Valley Girl my first year living in LA...after that, I discovered theh beach and became a "Hippy Dippy Venice Girl." :P

slowmotionlife said...

Man and I thought it was bad here at $1.69!  I bet that's a drool-worthy price for you guys.  I like the idea of a hybrid car. Just not sure how well they operate because I've never known anyone to actually OWN one.  The only time I turn off my AC is when I'm running low on gas.  But even then, I switch it on until it cools... then turn it off until it gets hot.  Then switch it on again.  LoL  I'm probably doing more damage than if I just left it ON.  But I'm spoiled.  :(

mallory4284 said...

Yikes!! I thought we were getting ripped off in Indiana with our 1.89 a gallon! I can't even begin to complain anymore cause it could be worse.

-- Mallory

sistercdr said...

Gas here hit $1.83 today.  I think I'll quit complaining about how much it's costing me.  I won't quit complaining about unfair oil profits, though.

billbinford54 said...

I have looked at the hybrids - the Toyota Prius is the only one that seems to make sense.  Larry David drives one!

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