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December 5, 2008

Strange days indeed

So. I made a stop this morning to get petrol for my hoopty so I could make it to work.

I've gotten to the point where I don't even look at the price anymore. Because it gives me a pain. I just pull up, put the nozzle in the tank, swipe my card and fill 'er up.

So I was idly hanging about, checking email while the tank filled when I noticed.

One dollar and ninety nine cents!?!?!??!

I need a neck brace for all the whiplash! It was, what, two, three months ago that I had to take out a loan promising my life and any future offspring to the Gods of Petrol just to get enough gas in the tank to get to work?

And now, it's at a rate lower than I think I've ever seen it since I moved here eleven years ago.


So then. As I drove in to work, I started to ponder.

All those freight carriers. They were adding a "fuel surcharge" to my orders to get them to me.

Have they lowered or eliminated those?

The airlines were bumping up rates for high fuel charges. Am I seeing a fare reduction?

And plastic materials. Their price was up because of the rising costs of petroleum. Have they lowered their prices?

Ha! Doubtful.

And then I was ticked off.

Not a good way to start my Friday.

One of my very sweet employees, noting my rough mood, offered me a slice of coffee cake. Which I accepted.

These economic times are weird.

And I know I can expect that fuel won't stay at this gloriously low rate for long.

Strap in people. Bumpy road ahead.

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