Ages and Ages Ago – Gas Was Cheaper

Each morning I watch the news while enjoying my first cup of coffee. The past 2 mornings I have been told “Oil has reached a new all time high”. Guess what- from this morning at 6:00 a.m. till now- about 1:00 p.m.- oil has hit another all time high-up 2 more dollars- just since this mornings all time high. Will it ever stop?

Pap has in one way or another worked in the oil industry for most of his life-predominately as a truck driver. He can remember when gas pumps only registered 59 cents a gallon because no one ever thought it would go any higher. He can remember when they begin to change out the old pumps and raised the limit to a $1 because no one ever thought it would go higher. The next time it was raised to $4 a gallon.

Today as I was moaning about the cost of gas and what was going to happen next-Pap told me our local country store is at $3.99 per gallon and can’t go any higher unless they once again update the pumps. The diesel is already past the per gallon limit so for a temporary fix the owner has run the price back and has a sign saying the actual price is double what is shown. This tactic can only work for a short time as it is a no-no in the inspection book.

Now that I’ve sent you down the doom and gloom road-please enjoy this weeks Pickin & Grinnin In The Kitchen Spot. It is a Gene Autry song Ages and Ages Ago. My nephew, Guitar Man, hits some very nice licks. His brother, Mandolin Man, was absent from this session. Looks like Guitar Man may be gaining on him in the Great Brother Pick Off. I hope you enjoy the picking and the two-part harmony singing.

How much are you paying for gas? Are there any of those old country stores in your area that have reached their pump limit? Let me know about it, I’d love to know I’m not alone in the Gas Price Blues.


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    Valarie Lea
    May 23, 2008 at 1:20 pm

    i am so glad you stopped by my site! I love yours. My family is originally from the hills of TN, and I just love all the stuff your talking about. I will have to send my sister over here also. Her husband is a musician and loves this music. He has a website if you want to go check him out. 🙂

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    May 23, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    There is just something heart warming watching your family play and sing together in the kitchen. My father played the harmonica, mouth harp, accordian (both squeeze button box and piano) all by ear. He could also yodel and sing….Oh how I miss him.
    Gas….don’t get me started. We live out where there is no public transportation and we already car pool. I remember as a teen the gas was 50 cents a gallon.

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    noble pig
    May 23, 2008 at 12:21 am

    I paid $3.85 a gallon today at Costco and that was a deal! It really unbelievable isn’t it.

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    Miss Cindy
    May 22, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    Most of my life gas was below $1 a gallon. So current $4-ish a gallon is distressing.
    You know I almost wish we would run out so we can get on with a real alternative energy source—not corn!
    We are a smart people, a solution oriented people. I am sure that as soon as the oil people can no longer make soooo verrrry much money on oil they will get out of the way and allow a viable alternative to surface.
    Until then, when I become fearful, I will remind myself that I have a rich Father. I have never missed a meal. I have always been taken care of and I will continue to be taken care of.

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    City Mouse/Country House
    May 22, 2008 at 6:56 pm

    Nice to hear and see that awesome music in the wake of gas prices – it calmed me down … I’m driving 600 miles next week up to the rural house and back. Can’t imagine what that’s going to cost!

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    May 22, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    The year my oldest was born 1999 gas was only 89 cents per gallon. Crazy how it changes, what really makes you wonder is the necessity (hope thats spelled right) of the prices when the gas companies made an 345 BILLION dollar profit in the first quarter. Thats 3 months. Wish I was in that business!!

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    May 22, 2008 at 10:01 am

    Tipper I can tell you that it truly hurts my pocket book and heart thinking of going to the gas pumps. I let my Ford Windstar get to nearly empty this week before I could think of filling up.. when I did it cost me $84 I nearly fell on the ground!!! Our pumps are around $3.79 a gallon for the cheap stuff and I hate mowing because it costs too much!!! But I can’t stand to see the yard get too deep either. Tis crazy that is for sure! Prayer for a break from all this madness

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    May 22, 2008 at 8:58 am

    Gas here in KY is $3.95-$3.99 this week. I can remember it being .89 about 15 years ago. Our country store tried the “double what the pump says” trick too for awhile. They now leave the pumps turned off unless you come in and pay first or unless they know you well. Another store has taken to writing down every single licence plate # and make/model of every gas customer in case of bad checks or drive-offs.
    We have bought a manual reel mower. It saves us around $4 every time we mow. I also have a rechargable electric weed-eater. I love it, it’s so light and quiet.
    We are staying home more, paying attention to the gas milage our vehicles get, and hubby is considering carpooling to work a couple days a week with some of the fellows around here. I email the grocery list to hubby and he does all those town errands now!
    Neat story about the gas pumps! I didn’t realize it until you told it. Now I understand.
    Another great post!

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    May 21, 2008 at 11:04 pm

    I remember in 1962, my brother came running in the house, asking for all the gas cans. Dad was at work and there was a gas war going on across the river. He took all the cans we could find. If I remember correctly the gas was less then 20 cents for just a few hours that day. Today in Jefferson City Missouri the average price is $3.59

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    May 21, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    I drive a Ford F-250 power stroke diesel. I paid $4.39 per gallon on Monday, I’ll bet it’s more by now.
    Pitiful how they are taking advantage of us!
    Love the singing and the picking. Tell guitar man to keep it up!

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    May 21, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    Yeah, gas is $3.75 +/- here in IA. I can’t go to town everyday like I’d like. Stuck out in the country w/ my little ones. Don’t know how those prairie mamas did it!
    We’re thinking of buying a whole tankful and stocking up.

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    May 21, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    Like I’ve said before, I really enjoy the Pickin and Grinnin in the Kitchen music. I think it’s actually my favorite part.
    Don’t have to worry about gas prices, since I have public transportation around … or I walk everywhere. But, I’ve seen the signs on gas stations that read anywhere from $3+ to almost $4 a gallon. Sorta glad I don’t drive. On my little salary, I wouldn’t be able to do it. I feel for those who do have to drive though and keep praying that things will turn around for everyone. xxoo

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    May 21, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    i remember gas at .25, coming from california and gas wars. just down from my house $4.09, i was going to iron mountain so i decided to chance it. in wisconcin where gas is usually higher it is a little cheaper. the first gas station in florence was 3.99 but i decided to see if in iron mountain less…just before you get back into michigan a big liquor store/gas station, was ONLY $3.94. when i went back two hours later was up .15. it is a total rip off and they are diffenately “gouging” the consumer which is actually illegal and a federal offense. i love how they had they big 5 back up on the hill taking major heat. hang em i say!

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    Granny Sue
    May 21, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    Gas is 3.95/gallon here in West Virginia. I drive over 100 miles a day, and more if I’m storytelling.
    I drive a cheap car (it gets about 35 mpg) but I need a new one, something bigger. I’m looking and looking, but boy it’s tough to get something with better mileage that is cheap enough and dependable too.
    Living out like we do, it costs to go anywhere. It’s 12 miles to town, and that’s a small town. Bigger places are at least 50 miles. We’ve always consolidated our trips, like grocery shopping, post office etc on the way to work or on the way home.
    So there’s not a lot we can do to use less gas.

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    Jennifer in OR
    May 21, 2008 at 7:38 pm

    Great song!! The gas – how funny about the pump needing updating. I don’t think the pumps here have that problem. Gas is 3.90-something/gal. Diesel is well over $4.00/gal. already.
    My memories of my first car around age 16 were of gas less that $1.00 a gallon for sure. Could this be?

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    May 21, 2008 at 5:39 pm

    Hi Tipper, I am really enjoying the music, sounds great! Yeah, everyone is really feeling the pinch on the gas prices. I’m blessed that I can work from home and when anyone is coming my way I don’t mind giving a call to pick things up for me, or drop of mail etc. to save even more. I can definitely say I’ve been doing more carpooling, walking and riding my bike. I know many people don’t have the same opportunity and have to drive…so I feel for them… like everyone I just can’t wait for a break from the economic strain… in the meantime I have planted my first ever small garden and intend to can some veggies for winter and I’m enjoying the new ‘healthier’ activities, I should have been doing anyway!

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