Found this tonight in a small box.
One unassuming afternoon on October 1, 1997, I filled up my '97 Nissan Altima, and bought a drink inside. 6.5 gallons would've about been half a tank. Gas was going for $1.19/9, and the cost was $7.90 .... right now, that same amount would put less than two gallons into a vehicle. Today, gas in Rincon is $3.88/9 at the Gate station.
A lot was going through my mind on this day, including an impending divorce (Josiebelle would move out 10 days later), but gasoline was never a worry. I did think a dollar-19 was a bit steep, but still, I didn't think much about price -- most places were about the same, and within pennies of one another. Today, I watch every price sign like a hawk and when I see Enmark (owned by Colonial Pipeline, the monopoly that sets prices for Savannah) going up, I swoop into the first gas station I can find that hasn't boosted prices to match, and top off the tank.
No, I don't miss 1997, but I do miss those pump prices. I'm just glad that gas was at the dollar level when I was dating Seraphim and making that 93-mile drive to Columbus, Ga. to see her.
Ciao for niao.
--Talmadge "At least we don't have cars that run on diesel!" Gleck
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