Monthly Archives: April 2017

Gas

I get my gas from Sam’s Club.  Great prices, quality gas and points I can use towards year’s end.  For the last few weeks it has been $2.099.  On Saturday it went to $2.179.  We had to drive to Orlando to pick up one of the grands last night and needed to tank up before the trip.  I mentioned to my wife that gas prices had been stable for the last few weeks.  There was no reported unrest in the Middle East or any trouble that would normally spike them.  She said one word: “Easter”.

Damn!

I ALWAYS wanna say something about gas prices spiking before a holiday and then trickling back down after.  The BS that always gets USED is turmoil or the annual switch to “the more expensive Summer blend”.  Still, IS it more expensive or is it the start of the vacation/heavy driving season causing the predictable draining of our purses? My local news reported this morning that the US missile attack on Syria caused the surge in gas prices.  HORSE HOCKEY! Prices went up LAST WEEKEND before there even WAS an attack.  Anything to keep us looking in a different direction, huh?

rising gas prices over the weekend

Hold off on blaming Syria?

BECAUSE of Syria

In the end, does it REALLY matter? There is a product that nearly EVERYONE uses, whether for transportation or home use, and the suppliers will do whatever they think is necessary to earn a buck.  The first link references the “summer blend”, the second sets up the Syrian operation as a potential cause.  The last comes out and says so.  Not hard to find.

There is a Shell station near me that I use as a reference for gas.  I usually refer to them as the “gyp joint” and when their prices start to climb, I know it will be a few days before others do the same and I fill up.  Even Sam’s, which has the capacity to buy in bulk and use membership income to help defray costs is not immune to the lure of the “dollah”.

ADDENDUM:

As of this afternoon (10 April 17) Sam’s is at $2.289, another 11 cents since this initial writing.  SOME might think it a small thing but is that not how you ALWAYS get got?  Reminds me of a story………………

Mid ’80’s.  Living in San Diego and just off Active Duty.  Many gas stations had the option of Full or Self service.  I USUALLY opted for self.  EVEN though pumping your own gas is standard NOW, it was new then and in New Jersey at least it is still illegal to pump your own.

Texaco was my first gas card. Bought a set of tires for my Trans-Am with it. Yes, there WAS product lyalty
“You can trust your car to the man who wears a star”

I pulled into a Texaco station and the attendant cheerfully asked if I wanted “Full”.  I said, “No, thanks.  Self is fine”.  “But it’s ONLY 4 cents more…” (Same with cash vs credit).  I was probably only getting 10 gallons so an additional 40 cents on my purchase.  As spread out as most large communities are, I would be getting more in a few days and a few days after that and so on. My 4 added pennies over the course of the year would come to about $40 bucks, more if I visited my folks in Las Vegas or took an East Coast trip.  And then factor in my Ex’s vehicle (and I THINK she was funding her brother and parent’s rides since they were all sans employment).  It may not seem like much but spending that much dough for the CONVENIENCE of it seemed a bit insane to me.

I am sure if I look online I will find that the rising gas price at least for TODAY can be traced to Justice Gorsuch’s swearing in.

ADDENDUM 15 MAY 17

I got gas last Wednesday at Sam’s for $2.219.  On Sunday for $2.209 (OOoh, a whole penny!) My prediction is that it will drop about a cent this week and next week until the 25th at which point it will balloon up to ~$2.459…..”more expensive summer blend” is gonna be the horse manure they will shovel on the news.  Memorial Day weekend driving will be the REAL reason.  Faux supply and demand since supplies are just fine.  Wait and see.

 

ADDENDUM 22 MAY 17

$2.159 at BJ’s this morning.  Anticipating rising prices starting Wednesday, Thursday at the latest….

 

ADDENDUM 7 JULY 17

$1.979 at Sam’s the other day……what gives? I have NEVER been happier to be wrong!!!!

 

How does it feel

How does it feel to essentially be neutered by your own hand?  By now, we all know about former Senator Harry Reid (D-Nv) invoking the “Nuclear Option” in 2013 to change Senate rules allowing a simple majority to confirm Presidential appointees.  This rule exempted nominees to the U.S. Supreme court.  There were cheers from the Senate majority, kudos from the media and jeers from the GOP.

Some warned that this same tactic could be employed AGAINST them in the future.  They were so sure that their hold on the reigns of power were so strong that the sun would never set on the Democrat Empire.  Now Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) has employed the same tactic to confirm President Trump’s SCOTUS nominee.  So how does it feel when it is NOT your guy that is getting the nod? How does it feel when you think :This station is now the ultimate power in the universe. I suggest we use it.Admiral Motti[src]   (Star Wars) and discover that the Force is not with you?

Sen. Charles Ellis “Chuck” Schumer (D-NY) argued limply against the use of the Nuclear Option when he was of the majority.  I s’pose SOMEONE had to play the dissenting role so that they could claim brownie points.  It reminded me of Willy Wonka…

No, don’t….

Now the Democrats say that this action will lessen the People’s confidence in the Court.  HOW? Like we will actually think anything different of them because 9 FEWER people voted to confirm them? How many of President Obama’s confirmations are we to doubt since they fall into the same category?

(EXCERPT From NYT Jan 4 2017 Op-Ed “Why Republicans Shouldn’t Weaken the Filibuster” and sorry, I could not get the hyperlink to work :~(   )

EMPHASIS added

“Republicans have bitterly criticized Democrats’ use of the nuclear option. So they should not use it themselves now. And indeed, they don’t need to. They can beat back a filibuster by traditional methods. They can use public opinion to force votes. They can require debate around the clock, adding drama. They can use President Trump’s bully pulpit to focus attention on endangered Democratic senators who must run for re-election in 2018 in states that Mr. Trump won. This will make it difficult for Democrats to sustain the 41 votes necessary to keep a filibuster alive.”

Tried and true no longer works

Tried and failed on multiple levels.  Democrats always maintain a unified front no matter how much it hurts.  Republicans always go weak in the knees.  Despite having parliamentary procedures to get the job done, we would be looking at more of the same routine on both sides.  Everyone knows this.  Though I liked this editor’s writing, I wholeheartedly disagree with his view.

So 4 years ago, Sen. Harry Reid loaded a gun and spun the barrel not knowing or caring about the direction it would be pointed.  How does it feel knowing it got pointed in the Democrats direction?

do whatever it takes to win