Gas Hike Reason

Gas Buddy LogoI am pissed!  Last week, middle of the day on Tuesday a station in the smaller town I was in raised their gas prices as I was going by from $3.29 to $3.65.  I let my wife and a couple of friends know that they should get gas if they were close to in need via text a little while later, anticipating that a big hike was in the works across every where.  I also waited with much anticipation to see what crazy stuff was going on somewhere, whether it be a refinery fire or shutdown, escalating stances from Iran again, or just some middle eastern uprising crisis otherwise that was causing the spike.  And nothing, no news at all, and though oil threatened higher on Tuesday,  the next 2 days oil prices actually fell sharply downward.  What the heck?

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Plastic Back to Oil

OilI saw this article back around the first of the year sometime that talked about a machine that could turn plastic bags into back into oil and was pretty excited about it. I meant to write about it at the time, but I heard someone mention the process in passing at a ballgame of all places and thought I would go back to it. After a little bit of searching I was finally able to come up with the original article about plastic bag back to crude oil machine and to save you a bit effort, here is the link – http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/02/15/6059428-machine-turns-plastic-bags-into-fuel.

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Gas Buddy

Gas BuddyNot sure what you were thinking when you read that title, but if you are any of my siblings you are wrong. Gas Buddy (actual site is gasbuddy.com) is a pretty cool site that shows the gas prices in a particular area of most of the gas stations. It is updated in real-time by volunteers and generally for any area with decent populations stays pretty accurate. How exactly would you use the information? There are a couple of ways…

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Federal Reserve Screws Mid-America Gas

Oil Price ClimbingAnyone else noticing around a 10% jump in gasoline pricing this week? You can largely think the federal reserve banking system for that. Yeah, the same folks that were largely involved in the wall street bailout because several brokerage banks were too large to fail have screwed middle class America once again by causing what will likely end up being over $3.00 per gallon gasoline in the very near future. I am sure some of you are saying wait just a minute, what can the federal reserve do to effect gasoline pricing and wasn’t there a refinery fire this past week as well?

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Pilot – Evansville Indiana

Pilot Travel CenterI had several possibilities lined up for my first post, but I have to give the honor to the Pilot station just off the exit in Evansville, Indiana. I wish now I had paid more attention to both the stretch of highway and the fellow behind the counter who was extremely rude and less then helpful. Alas, I can tell you that is the exit from I-64 with the stretch of typical gas stations and fast food along it, that I think is about the halfway point from central Kentucky to St. Louis, Missouri (and points just east of there). So just what did this fine cashier do that I find so deserving to be the first ever official McAfeed??

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Top Ten…2009

Top TenAs mentioned before, I am doing a top ten best moments and/or experiences of 2009. Clearly these are things for which I am thankful for having had the opportunity. I am still debating regarding if I should do the same for the decade. It gets a little bit more involved to find the ten items that fit the list without skipping something else. And for those wondering, yeah, but decades end in the digit 9, but I started counting in a year that ended in 0, so I am all good. So the list is in order for a change, counting down to the number one experience – but for some reason WordPress seems to not agree with a <ol reversed> tag set.
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Explain Gas Pricing

So I got two things I want to talk about under this heading. They are kind of time sensitive, Arm and Leg Gasso I thought I would go ahead and put this up, despite having a couple of drafts still going that need to be finished.

First, this past weekend I was down in Tennessee for a bit. A week or two ago, the state of Kentucky was investigating why Louisville gas was on average .20 a gallon higher than the rest of the state. The answer was an easy one. They have a stricter formula due to air quality issues. Though since that it was pointed out that the Northern Kentucky area, just south of Cincinnati has the same restrictions and gas was cheaper there. Anyway, anyone living in Central Kentucky now knows that we caught up with Louisville. Average around here, at least when I filled up last week was between 4.09 and 4.19 a gallon, right at the mark Louisville gas was hitting when the complaint was going on.

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