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Nice! My car hasn't been started in 10 days. It saves me money, but unfortunately the big picture is more scary. You've all seen the bumper stickers that say, "If you got a truck brought it." That's true. Ditto with trains, boats & airplanes. Petrochemicals are used in countless items, probably even the jerseys you wear. All this is driving (no pun intended) prices on virtually everything higher & higher. I'd be shocked to learn that wages will increase in anywhere a like amount. I'm a teacher. This is a negotiating year for our school district. Currently we are the lowest paid public school teachers in a three county urban area. What did they offer us? Increases of 3% the 1st year, 2% the 2nd year & 2% the 3rd year. That was defeated by more than 2 to 1. We're still negotiating. Pay increases like that will lower standards of living faster than a bowling ball dropped from the Empire State Bldg. With oil prices soaring, all of us are going to pay more for everything, while still making the same wages.

(steps down from soap box and goes to the kitchen for a nice warm glass of milk to calm down.)
 

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Mr. Versatile said:
Pay increases like that will lower standards of living faster than a bowling ball dropped from the Empire State Bldg. With oil prices soaring, all of us are going to pay more for everything, while still making the same wages.
pssst.....bowling ball falls at the same rate as a marble......lol

My truck hasn't been run since last thursday been using the new "gas easy" car...or my bike.

To the op....not the gas I want F*** it's the OIL COMPANIES !!!!

Teachers earn their money....and many deserve WAY more than they get..I was on the school board for 13 years and never voted against a pay raise.....the whole point of schools is to educate kids....I'm just assuming we need happy, well adjusted adequately paid professionals to do that. Are the teachers union out that way?
 

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I looked at my debit card online today and I have not filled up gas since March 24th. I have been commuting to work 24 miles a day. When I do drive I try and car pool. When I drive, I don't burn that much because the Insight gets 60-74 MPG.
 

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Touch0Gray]pssst.....bowling ball falls at the same rate as a marble......lol
No it doesn't, unless it's in a vacuum. The lighter object, even though it has a smaller surface area, doesn't have the gravitational pull to overcome the air resistance. About those balls dropped from the Leaning Tower of Pisa...if they were watching closely, they would have seen the heavier ball reach the ground first.

To the op....not the gas I want F*** it's the OIL COMPANIES !!!!
I'm with ya on this one! :thumbsup: Their profits ,which come at the expense of all of us, are nothing short of obscene.
 

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Killroy said:
I looked at my debit card online today and I have not filled up gas since March 24th. I have been commuting to work 24 miles a day. When I do drive I try and car pool. When I drive, I don't burn that much because the Insight gets 60-74 MPG.
WOW! Does it really do that good? Is that the 2 seater?
 

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My commute is a 50-mile round trip. I tend to ride every day. The only problem with that is that I'm fu**ed by the time the weekend rolls round. Still, it beats sitting on a crowded train and paying stupidly inflated ticket prices for the privilege.
You Yankee boys should try living in the UK - $2.30/litre!
 

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Well then, find out how

edhchoe said:
10 miles to work is doable but i don't know how to get there by bike.
Get a good map, or use online maps, mark likely routes (avoiding bad roads, etc), take your maps and go for a long weekend ride. Explore all the possibilities, take notes, and map out a route that works. Be flexible. It might be a mile or two longer than the most direct path, but if 10 miles is doable, so is 11 or 12. If there are tricky parts, remember to think like a bike, not a car. You can link up sections by cutting through parking lots and parks, using sidewalks, etc.

There's almost always a way to do it. If your locale has a bike advocacy group or government agency that promotes bike commuting, they can often link you up with people who know routes.

Get out there.
 

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Touch0Gray]pssst.....bowling ball falls at the same rate as a marble......lol
No it doesn't, unless it's in a vacuum. .
Hey apparently our government lives in a vacuum...why can I?
 

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Hey apparently our government lives in a vacuum...why can I?
in that case a feather will fall just as fast!

although nothing falls faster then our jaw does when we do have to fill the tank.
I don't smoke but have a strange draw to having a cig after a good tank fill-up

went through a bit of gas the last couple weeks as the mrs and i just moved. glad thats over :)
 

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fleck said:
in that case a feather will fall just as fast!

although nothing falls faster then our jaw does when we do have to fill the tank.
I don't smoke but have a strange draw to having a cig after a good tank fill-up

went through a bit of gas the last couple weeks as the mrs and i just moved. glad thats over :)
so when is our government going to fall again?...
 

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Try Google maps

edhchoe said:
10 miles to work is doable but i don't know how to get there by bike.

I had a tough time finding a route to get to work. To do it, I take my road bike 15 miles each way through a mixture of terrain . . . gravel paths, 3 nasty industrial parks, one "time the sprint perfectly" highway overpass, and a good amount of bike trail, curb hopping, and residential roads. Finding a route that is as safe as possible is key, and for that, it's nice to use Google maps to zoom in on the terrain. Sometimes you can zoom in enough to find a footpath through a hedge row . . . a footpath that will save you from sprinting down the gutter of a busy road. I see it as my own private "spy satellite"! I did exploratory rides for a couple of weekends looking for the best/safest way to get to work and to confirm what the google site was showing. I've been doing it nearly every day now for months and even though it's not an "ideal" commute, it's still the best part of my day.

Good Luck.
 

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Yea, i was going to drive out for some food right now but i think ill take the commuter instead. By the way to the teacher that posted I wish you luck with the neg. That was a total bs offer of raises. I agree that teachers need more cash but in my area its quite the opposite. these bastards threaten to strike because they want more money.... Im sorry but there absolutely nothing you can teach in 5th grade science that warrants a $115,000 a year salary. Yea thats right 115k for a 5th grade science teacher. More than triple a "livable wage" in illinois and this guy is threatening to leave students out of school with a strike. Personally I think they should fire him and use the cash to give raises to other teachers that actually deserve it. Haha, in the same school (5th thru 8th grade) the Superintendant is making $210,000 a year. that is a freakin joke. even with the grade school in the district the combined number of students for both schools is under 700. When I went there I think I saw this D-bag about 2 times in 8 years.
 

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yeah i at first thought it impossible to ride to my workplace, as i just drove straight to the highway... after some investigating though via mapquest and exploring on the weekend i found a pretty efficient route through some neighborhoods that puts me out on the side of the highway for only about a quarter mile.

and to suzie- that junk in front of the garage is a "project", i'll get around to it... gotta install some new handlebars and shifters today though :)
 

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I saw an article on the news about gas station owners having to replace their old pumps because the old ones wouldn't go to high enough prices. The new pumps will also have led screens similar in size to a lap top. They're going to show porn movies while you're filling up. That way you'll get to see other people getting screwed at the same time that you are. :)
 

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on the topic of pumps....did you hear that about a year ago, all the E-85 pumps lost their UL certification due to the fact that the alcohol was eating the internal stuff in the pumps?....must be good for the engines huh?.... I desperately try to stay away from alcohol in my fuel.....I got MUCH better uses for corn squeezin's
 
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