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Old 05-19-2011, 10:57 PM   #71
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Even as I type this, I'm watching a Turner Classic Movies "The Killers," 1946, which is Burt Lancaster's film debut. One scene depicts one of the killers at a service station in which Lancaster is an attendant in white cap, dress shirt and slacks, and black bow tie. The cost of the fill up - $3.83!!!!!
I'm a bit too young to remember the dress shirt and slacks but I do remember when they used to pump your gas, check your oil and wash your windshield. Man if someone did that these days I bet they could make a fortune. It would be such a novelty to everyone. Of course they would have to increase the price of gas to make up for the cost of labor. Oh, and no one would go into the c-stores... I guess it wouldn't make so much money.
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Old 05-19-2011, 11:46 PM   #72
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I'm a bit too young to remember the dress shirt and slacks but I do remember when they used to pump your gas, check your oil and wash your windshield. Man if someone did that these days I bet they could make a fortune. It would be such a novelty to everyone. Of course they would have to increase the price of gas to make up for the cost of labor. Oh, and no one would go into the c-stores... I guess it wouldn't make so much money.
I prefer self-serve. I remember mechanics who would see a woman and just tell her there wasn't enough oil. How were you supposed to tell if they were lying, when you couldn't see them behind the hood. Then they would over fill the oil and I was wasting money. They also never measured the pressure in my tires as carefully as I do. grumble, mutter

There is a place not far from me that still has "full service". They aren't much more expensive - a couple of pennies per litre more.
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Old 05-20-2011, 02:06 AM   #73
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Gas was about 34cents a gal. When I was a teen.
Today I paid $4.02 It was $87.20 to fill up my car. For some perspective that was my monthly car payment in 1979!
Gas prices around here are volatile, no pun intended! I wanted to get gas at the Arco station near the medical massage appointment I had to go to this evening, because it was $3.83 a gal. I was "running on fumes" but when I got to the station, unbelievably they were out of gas! I didn't know what I should do, it was about 4 miles back towards my home or 3 miles in
the other direction to the next gas station(both Shell) I wasn't sure that I could make it to either. A good Samaritan who's intention to buy gas for his lawnmower had also been thwarted offered to follow me to the closer station to make sure I made it. How nice was that? Unfortunately I had to pay $4.02 a gal. I checked the other station on my way home their price was $4.19 a gal. Here in the town I live in, it's even a few cents higher!
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Old 05-21-2011, 09:10 AM   #74
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$3.39 Yesterday......down a dime from the last time........
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Old 05-21-2011, 09:12 AM   #75
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$3.87 Friday. Slowly dropping.
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Old 05-21-2011, 11:36 AM   #76
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I paid $3.93 today, down .06.

It went up $1.00, it will come down $0.50 and everybody will be happy
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Old 05-21-2011, 01:16 PM   #77
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I try to sync my shopping trips to Costco, with needing gasoline. Even making a special trip (about $5.00 in gas) pays off. California always takes it in the shorts when it comes to gas prices, with the highest prices in the nation, including Hawaii.
It's down to $3.87 at Costco today. Geeze, to think that makes me happy. grrr
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Old 05-21-2011, 01:47 PM   #78
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Not everybody...
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Old 05-21-2011, 03:55 PM   #79
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$3.79 here it's starting to decrease...finally.
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Still 3.69 here. Hasn't moved up or down in a couple weeks.
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