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"I am just your ordinary average every day sane psycho super goddess"

"She'll either blow us up or rub soup in our hair, it's a toss-up"

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And this was at the cheap station!!
25th Apr 2006, 03:52   | tags:,


teflon says:

Oh, stop whining. That's 42p per litre.
Most places in the UK charge over $6 per gallon

25th Apr 2006, 10:32

bronxelf says:


Are we going to get into this again?

Sure, why not.

Whereas UK gas prices are undeniably higher, the UK *is not a nation based on the use of automobiles*. The vast majority of US residents have *AT BEST* an *incredibly limited* public transport network, and usually, they have none at all. Unless you live in a major metro area, you are pretty much *forced* to use your car for every last thing you do. Most people who have never been here have no *clue* how big the US is, or how far people travel every day and call it "normal".

For many people in the US, their car is their only real method of getting around. I, personally do not have this problem, obviously. But I've lived Elsewhere(it's one of the reasons I won't ever do it again) and know full well that the people who are crying about gas prices are not doing it because they have some other convenient option. They don't.

Every time someone in Europe brings up the gas price discrepency they conveneintly forget that there's other factors at play here. The cost:time ratio on gas prices is literally causing some people to have to choose between oh, things like food, and making sure they have enough gas in their car to make their weekly commute.

Seriously. It's that bad.

25th Apr 2006, 10:39

eroika says:

And to add insult to injury there is no real reason why prices have to be this high either. I am so disgusted with just the quarterly profits by Exxon/Mobil from the end of last year alone.

I commute to work, not b/c I want to but b/c I have to, I would love it if there was public transportation everywhere but there isn't. Additional I own a vehicle which gets good gas mileage and if I could afford it I'd by a hybrid, I am not one of the SUV gas-sucking ppl.

And as bronxelf said, it is really that bad here and only it's going to get worse.

25th Apr 2006, 12:49

yourhermione says:

you got me beat, hon. I'm paying $3.11 now. For the cheap stuff. I hear you about the need of driving, as much as it sucks. And I do have a gas-sucking SUV. (can't transport 500lbs of pottery in a civic.) *SIGH*

This sucks.

25th Apr 2006, 13:22

eroika says:

Actually it was 2.82 for the cheap stuff so you actually have me beat...bugger that's expensive *sighs*. I know some ppl use SUV for their intended purpose, like to carry things for work etc etc. It's the yuppy type ppl who have no real reason to own one other than b/c they're popular that bug me.

25th Apr 2006, 13:32

yourhermione says:

Yep. Those people drive me nuts too. I actually need my 4x4 to get to work in the winter, on my cowpath roads. I don't need it so I look cool, or so people think I have a big penis. (or my jeans wouldn't fit right.)

25th Apr 2006, 13:50

eroika says:

Yeah I meant to point out that you need your vehicle to function b/c of roads and weather too :)

See the penis thing is why men should wear skirts, not women ;)

25th Apr 2006, 14:29

yourhermione says:

Now I'm gonna think about men in kilts, instead of stupid gas prices. Mmmm....kilty goodness.

25th Apr 2006, 19:44

eroika says:

*nodnods* Mmmm to kilty goodness!! :)

25th Apr 2006, 19:55

Euphro says:

I accept what you say Belf, but I'd like to add that for much of the UK the public transport system is appalling. Fine if you live in a big city, but an awful lot of people don't. I have no choice but to commute to work by car each day (about 25 miles each way, which takes me about 40 minutes each way). Many people drive much farther and UK residents have the longest average commute in Europe. I spend about 40 UK pounds per week on petrol/gas. This is by no means to denigrate what you've said or to trivialise the real hardship that US drivers are experiencing; it's just to illustrate that it's not that rosy over here :)

25th Apr 2006, 20:03

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