Friday, May 23, 2008

Pain at the Pump Meme

Here it is, Memorial Day weekend - the kick-off to summer and a time when a lot of people generally hit the road to take a much-needed end-of-winter break. Well, at least that's the way it's been in the past but I get the feeling that a lot of people had to think long and hard about hitting the road this long weekend due to the prohibitive cost of gas.

I have absolutely no plans to go anyplace this weekend what with having to work an 8-hour day Saturday, a 14-hour day Sunday, and a 12-hour day on Monday. However, I thought it might be a good idea to top off the gas in my car before prices went up any higher as the last time I put gas in I paid $3.83 a gallon. What I ended up with was this -

I've got to say I'm counting my blessings that I have a very short ride to work (about 3 miles roundtrip) because I'm able to get away with filling up about once every two weeks. I'm not sure how people who have to drive further than that are affording to put gas in their tanks while also buying groceries and paying their other bills. The worst thing is - there doesn't seem to be any end in sight and I've got no doubt that gas will either be at - or hovering around - $5 a gallon by the end of the summer.

The thought occurred to me (blogger that I am!) as I was grimacing at how fast the sale numbers were flying by while the gallons inched along that there was no reason we couldn't try to have some fun with this while biting the bullet. After all, the rising cost of gas had to be good for something other than the bank accounts of oil executives, right? Maybe I could do something creative with this? Maybe I could write a post? Maybe I could start a meme? Yes, that's it - a meme! A "Pain at the Pump" meme! Brilliant!

A meme needs some sort of rules and structure though or it's not actually a meme (at least I think that's written in the Royal Book of Meme Rules somewhere) so here we go ...
  • Rule #1 - Take a picture of the gas prices in your local area.
  • Rule #2 - Post that picture on your blog to share with other readers.
  • Rule #3 - Tag other bloggers as you like - or not! It's entirely up to you!
  • Rule #4 - If you'd be so kind, refer folks back to me at my Pain at the Pump Meme so that I can either feel envious of or sorry for people in other parts of the country/world and their cost of gas!
That seems pretty simple, right? So, when you're done barbecuing those hamburgers and hot dogs, finished eating that last bite of potato salad, and disentangled your fishing gear and put it all away until next time - join in and show us your Pain at the Pump!

For my contribution, this is what Amanda and I found while en route to the grocery store this afternoon. Made me glad I paid only $4.12 a gallon at my local Cumberland Farms!

As for tags, if you're on my sidebar consider yourself tagged and if you're not on my sidebar but stopped by to visit, consider yourself tagged, too! Or not!


  1. Great idea for a meme. I'll put this one in my queue.

    I haven't paid $4 yet, but it's getting close. I have a short commute as well and right now I'm pretty grateful for it.

  2. Anonymous10:35 PM EDT

    wow and i thought it was bad down here in florida at $3.88...

  3. Sure, I'll play.
    OMG seeing your prices is shocking!! I'm Sorry!

  4. ooooo I'm liking this one! I will do it as soon as I can get outside with my camera!!

    For sure I will NOT be moving to your spot in you'll have to come down here..............

  5. Anonymous4:48 AM EDT

    the average price of unleaded has hit £5 a gallon, the UK has had a month of record-breaking prices, and the difference between the cost of petrol and diesel is at its highest ever

  6. I'll try to do this meme (as you read I have a busy social calendar this weekend)

    Sorry you have to work so many hours this holiday weekend, Duchess Linda.

    When do you get your time off??

  7. That's outrageous!! It's not that high here yet but I'll keep you informed. Great idea for a meme though. I'll snap a pic next time I fill 'er up for ya.

    I'm scared to look. Ouch.


  8. Anonymous11:22 AM EDT

    I posted one for you. Check it out -- I think you'll laugh.

  9. Hi Linda
    On this Memorial Day remember my friends who died for your freedom.

    Dear Lord, lest I continue in my complacent ways, help me to remember that someone died for me today. And if there be war, help me to remember to ask and to answer “am I worth dying for?”~

    Eleanor Roosevelt

  10. Anonymous12:50 PM EDT

    My boss filled mine up yesterday since I do a lot of running for the company. It held a half a tank and that was $50!!!! Crazy.

    Next time I fill up, I'll snap a photo with my camera phone.

  11. Petrol here is £1.10 a Litre!

  12. I'm doing my part to *save* and am not going anywhere today! I'll have to see what the price is tomorrow...scary!

  13. I posted one for ya too! This isn't the highest one I've found, but I think you'll figure out why I chose it. :)

  14. Anonymous7:32 AM EDT

    It's not that high here yet but I'll keep you informed. Great idea for a meme though. And also the difference between the cost of petrol and diesel is at its highest ever.

  15. I finally did this meme.

  16. Anonymous2:32 PM EDT

    After a long campaign for Senator Speedy, I posted my Pain in the Rump Pump Gas Station Meme as inspiration to fix my 10-speed bike for the summer! ;~))


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