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Gas prices evoke thoughts of better times

Troy Messenger -- Funny about the things that we inherit from our parents. The color of our eyes and hair. Small bones, big bones. Hook noses and thin lips. Ill tempers and winning smiles. Stuff like that.

And, then things like the trait that I inherited from my daddy – an allergy to new automobiles. The dollar signs in his eyes caused him to go blind, as they do me.

Daddy couldn’t see paying hard earned dollars for a brand new car when it would be a used car as soon as you drove it off the lot. So, we never had a brand new car. The closest we came was a dark green Hudson that looked like a bloated frog on its last leap.

For several years, that almost-like-new Hudson was the backdrop for our Easter Sunday pictures. Back then, for whatever reason, people liked to take pictures with the subjects standing


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Submitted Feb 02, 2013 By: angel4me
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07skydriver
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Message Posted: Feb 3, 2013 1:13:31 PM

Remember the good old days, before Dubya collapsed the economy, the housing market, the banks, the auto industry, 401k's, and put two wars on credit.
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rjojo40
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 2:27:35 PM

perhaps times are tough but the greed of oil company's have added to the cost of living Damn the Oil company's and there deep deep pockets.
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BazooQC
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 1:55:04 PM

Huh ...
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doeslayersr
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 12:00:25 PM

Interesting, when I was updating some stations on the MSL and in looking at station pictures from 2008 and older, none of them had over a $2.00 per gallon price. They were all in the $1 range. The highest I saw was $1.95, but typically the prices were $1.88 or lower.

I am surprised some big O comrade has not demanded the pictures all be updated or "touched up" to blur the prices on the external station signs from 2008 and older.

[Edited by: doeslayersr at 2/2/2013 12:01:24 PM EST]
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VetteFan
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 11:50:22 AM

Yes, tough times do remind us of better times.
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Skunk63
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 11:12:43 AM

I, too, enjoy reminiscing about the old days and how it must have been for my father when he was my age. Back then, folks were concerned about the overall well being of the country, working hard and earning a living. Now, people are more concerned about themselves, unions make working and collecting a paycheck a right and not a privilege, our elected leaders tax us more, especially the job creators, and spend an increasing multiple of revenue that is collected and a liberal media continues to spin a message from a snake oil salesman who cares little for America that we need to redistribute wealth to not only our nation's poor but the rest of the world in a socialist model that would have been heresy just 25 years ago during the Cold War. Yes, I reminisce.
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savannahoaks
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 11:11:19 AM

I've had new and used and there are benefits to both.
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LongPlay
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 11:05:02 AM

I have had a few new cars, but I drive all cars for many years and the difference per year is small. I also usually get a significant discount when I do decide to go for a new car vs one a couple of years old.
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 10:42:14 AM

This was a wonderful read!
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w4kh
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 10:14:41 AM

I've had a mix of new and used over time... some of the most fun was buying a carcass and a wagon load of parts and putting it together as a car... gas has gone up from the 18 cents of my youth to 28 cents in young adulthood... and then the mess in 1973 and suddenly pump prices were over 55 cents and even up to $1.00 a gallon! The shock was serious... Big Oil has eased us into accepting $3.35 a gallon, and now Big Oil laughs all the way to HUGE profits on our backs, not caring that they are killing the economy.
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buzzieNY
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 10:06:33 AM

The Hudson and 40 MPG.
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BillHeatherL
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 10:02:43 AM

the good old days
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 10:01:32 AM

homey .
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Wolfwings
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 9:59:47 AM

I rfemember buying gas for a NICKEL and getting FULL SERVICE for it.
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dlemma
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 9:53:59 AM

boy - wouldn't it be nice to see 19 cents a gallon gas again!
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mazdaboy
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 9:53:01 AM

Those may have been the days, but I don't want to go back to those kind of cars.
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PrepHermit
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 9:52:40 AM

I'm longing for the days of two weeks ago when it comes to gas prices.
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 9:52:20 AM

ok.
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Hangnail309
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 9:51:29 AM

those were the days ...
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USNChief
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 9:51:07 AM

Values, using cars as a common thread. Good story.
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sivart
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 9:51:00 AM

Price is the main reason I am driving my 6 year old GMC....Other than it's still in a like new condition!
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 9:50:11 AM

Some of the better rated cars don't lose much value and they cost almost the same price.
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cableman31
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 9:49:09 AM

I can understand very well why BIG OIL has to increase prices. EXXON-MOBILE only earned 45 BILLION DOLLARS last year. I'm heartbroken. (Sarc.)
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BigKart
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 9:47:24 AM

Cars and gas prices aren't the only things that have changed. People have changed. In that same time, killing unborn babies was illegal. Out of wedlock births and divorces were shameful. Being on welfare? Only if one was truly desperate - certianly not a long-term way of life. The township trustee knew you, and knew the difference as they provided assistance. Family, and even neighbors, cared for and helped each other and talked regularly.

Yeah, I'd go for the good ol' days again. Getting back there is going to take a lot more than just lower prices, though.



[Edited by: BigKart at 2/2/2013 9:49:47 AM EST]
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Lizzylou
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 9:46:52 AM

AGREE these high gas prices not looking good!
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hooter
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 9:46:49 AM

Yes past years do seem better than nowadays.
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 9:45:52 AM

Seems people are still smitten by their cars, judging by all the car avatars Gas Buddies use.
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 9:44:43 AM

OK
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 9:44:22 AM

thing of the past....now get ready to BOHICA
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 9:44:11 AM

This is one of the reasons why I want an EV. Electricity costs about one-third as much as gasoline, so the gallon of gas equivalent of fueling an EV to fueling a gasoline powered car would be around $1.15 per gallon.

That would be much better, but the monthly payments on an EV are much higher than on a conventional vehicle.
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maciek
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 9:44:00 AM

It will only get worse ...
The future does not look bright ...
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 9:43:57 AM

Ok
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treehood
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 9:43:51 AM

And the point of this is .....?
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 9:41:33 AM

Ok
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 9:40:46 AM

ok
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nwhawk
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 9:40:31 AM

Anyone remember the good old days, that is before Socialism in the White House?
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 9:38:31 AM

But what were our wages then?
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MarAzul
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 9:37:52 AM

Better times will not come back very soon.
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 9:35:33 AM

Our diesel prices are the same as they were when oil was $147 bbl. Something is wrong with this picture
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BeaconLite
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 9:34:25 AM

OH yes those were the days.
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Drill4Petro
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 9:34:09 AM

Although the masses voted for him...Obama does not "feel our pain".
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 9:33:57 AM

a time before food stamps and welfare....
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TXGasPriceSpy
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 9:33:16 AM

The lowest gas price I've seen was 17.9 cents, Clark station in Kirkwood, MO, and it was 100 octane. Those were the days!
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 9:32:23 AM

What is that 50 cents inflation adjusted ?
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 9:31:46 AM

That ship has sailed...
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 9:31:37 AM

More profits for Oil Companies less for Americans and a Government that thinks things are fine and don't care what happens to the American PUBLIC
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Dale Jr.
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 9:30:29 AM

I wish there were better times for gas prices. Now it's all about greed.
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 9:29:14 AM

It's getting very ugly
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 9:28:52 AM

And near record profit for Exxon/Mobil.
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 9:27:10 AM


I remember filling my tank for $3.
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MacDad614
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 9:26:40 AM

Yes, the good old days.

I remember when gas cost under 20 cents at a few places, 33 cents at most stations, and then the oil embargo when gas prices adjusted to 74 cents. On a trip out west and to Alaska (before the road was paved), a half-gallon of ice for the ice box cost more than a gallon of gas.

But I also remember the constant tune-ups, bearing lubes, muffler replacements - clean and re-gap or replace spark plugs and wires; replace rotor, points and distributor cap; adjust timing; rebuild and adjust carburetor; hone cylinders, replace head gaskets, replace burned valves, replace lifters, push rods and fulcrums. But at least one could do it himself without paying $100+ an hour for someone else to do it - or have a garage charge double for a part (just cut their throats when they lost customers).
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