I was sitting out in my car this morning waiting for Long John Silvers to open for business when I was inspired to dig into my car’s personal archive…
What, your car doesn’t have a personal archive like mine does? That means you are either someone whose car isn’t very old, or you just like to ride in a clean machine. I’ve owned my car now for 13 and a half years, and cleaning the junk out of it is something that
rarely never crosses my mind. It has become a veritable rolling Smithsonian, particularly when it comes to charting the price of gasoline in this area over the last decade and a half.
Yes, I have an armrest full of old, old, OLD receipts from gas pumps… and that’s what I decided to dig through this morning. I knew exactly what I was looking for, and here it is for you to gaze at and reminisce about a simpler day and time….
Yeah it’s faded out a bit… what would you expect from a relic that’s spent 13 years rotting and sweltering while hidden away in my car’s armrest? But you can still make out the important details of it, and if you don’t have your spectacles on you, let me highlight them for you….
I got this precious fossil fuel for a mere 93 cents a gallon on December 16, 2001! Now, this was the Murphy’s gas station outside of my Mecca I worked at, and since I used a Mecca gift card, I got 5 cents off per gallon… but that still means regular unleaded gas was selling for 98 cents a gallon at that time. I like to bring this up every time someone complains that gas hasn’t been under a buck in two decades. People seem to forget that the price of oil, and subsequently gas, crashed and burned in the aftermath of the 9/11 tragedy in 2001… which was odd given the overwhelming fear at the time that gas would instead shoot through the roof. This reprieve on our wallets lasted into the first week of 2002 before the price climbed back up into triple digits and never looked back….
Alas, I don’t have a receipt from when gas was 65 cents a gallon in December 1998 because I didn’t have a car at the time… but I hope this little fossil I unearthed was both informative and satisfied your thirst for a blast from the past. Oh heck, it isn’t even Friday, but since it’s been away for so long, let’s go ahead and brand this post….