For the price of a McDonald’s Value Meal, you can now get a gallon of gas. Astounding, really. Especially since the 91 “users” get to whine about being obligated to pay $3.85 (or 30 cents more than regular octane) for a unit of fuel or be responsible for that knocking sound your engine will eventually start making from having consumed a lower octane. Would you believe I actually paid for 5 gallons of this stuff? Yeah I’ll admit it–I’m a procrastinator. That gas light was just on too long, you know? I had to stop. But really, have you paid $3.85 for a gallon of anything in your life?

Gas at Fairfax and Olympic


Let me mention that at the time I bought 5 gallons here, I felt somewhat justified since Judy (my Jetta-son) had just consumed a full tank of $2.65-per-gallon gas that was 2 weeks old. I hadn’t driven for 2 weeks prior to this tank because of being in a sling from shoulder surgery.

I think there was a Ralph’s Club tag for a gallon of Arizona Green Tea for $3.85, once. I got a whole dollar off the regular price. I remember the whole gallon of iced tea being tasty. My roommate and I sure got a lot more enjoyment out of that gallon of liquid than I ever did driving 16 miles in the city or 26 on the freeway. Or perhaps, an hour’s worth of stop-and-go, Los Angeles-style traffic.

There’s good news, though. It’s called Economics 101.

Eventually, people will get sick of this entirely and stop driving. Everyone will be like, really pissed off, you see? They will be so uncontrollable in their anger that they will decide to park their cars–for good. Everyone will obtain employment within walking distance of their homes all over Los Angeles. (Make that America. But mostly Los Angeles because we’re the King of Traffic.) The pure overabundance of people unwilling to drive because the gas prices are too high will threaten to drive the oil companies out of business. This is as certain as drugs being the first expense to go by the wayside when finances are taking a hit–as well as the U.S. Government spending less on defense, overall, during these tribunal times. The happy ending to all of this is, of course, that oil and therefore gas prices will have to lower before they’re driven out of business. It is easy as pie.

We are screwed.

Anyway, I have a challenge, here. The picture above is dated March 21. Anyone who links me to a picture dating within a week of that with a higher 91 octane (premium grade) price will get a $10 gas card from me. C’mon. That’s almost 3 gallons!!