The last time I bought gas I paid $4.09 a gallon. Granted, that was a couple of weeks ago because the only place I’ve driven to is work. But due to a gas shortage in California over the last week or so, gas prices have skyrocketed. We already have some of the highest gas prices in the country, so this shortage because of a fire, a power outage, and the reduction of our “summer grade” gas led to even higher prices – higher than even Hawaii, which is saying something. On a side note, I always find it so odd that gas is made right here, but due to the amount of taxes added to our cost, we pay more than other states do who have it shipped miles and miles in.
Gas stations around the state have run out of gas, there are terrible lines at other stations, and prices shot up over $5 - $6 a gallon. I am a gallon or two above empty and keep driving by the gas station hoping the prediction that Sacramento is curbing the costs actually comes true. It has dropped some since Monday, but still quite high. I’ve got maybe two more trips to work before I’m going to have to fill up again. It seems I’m not the only one running on empty because now reports (from AAA) say that people up and down the state are running out of gas left and right because, while waiting for the prices to go down, they waited too long.
When I first heard of the price increase, I figured it was something the entire country was facing (only slightly less since most pay less than we do). But leave it to good ole Cali to get itself into even more of a mess than we are in already. With our cost of living increasing rapidly, the cost of property falling even faster, our sales tax at almost 10%, furlough days, and now gas dollars more than the rest of the country it seems to be getting harder and harder to live here.
Anyways, hopefully my gas lasts until we get some relief at the pump. Wish me luck! I should check to be sure my AAA membership is up-to-date just in case though.