The scene is a few days ago. We are getting ready to hit the road and the Mystery Woman has discovered she can use the computer to find the cheapest gasoline along our route. A nickel here and a dime there can make a difference over a trip of 1,300 miles. Plus, she loves the thrill of the hunt.
On Thursday, gas was selling at the Racetrack station in Dallas for $3.01. Helluva deal. But when we arrived three days later, the station was charging customers $3.52 – and that was still right at the cheapest in Dallas.
Here’s the question: what the hell happened during those three days to cause gasoline to jump fifty cents in price? Seriously, what the hell happened? Other than the oil companies made a few billion dollars more and the CEOs getting richer, too.
Surely, something else happened somewhere in the world to make gas prices jump this much. The atomic bomb? Al Gore announced? What was it?