April 19th, 2006

Jeff_Annie_Remedial Chaos Theory

Filthy Lucre Post

I'm trying out the Amazon Marketplace because...dude...I feel broke after sending in my check to pay taxes (at the last minute...as always).

I can't believe how fast my Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season One DVD sold (within hours of posting), so that has to get shipped today.

However, I still have 9 books listed for sale and they're all dirt cheap. One of them is a first edition Tales of Earthsea hardcover.

The way I figure it: I get pocket change and clean out my shelves a little while I'm at it. I'm going to see how selling these books go and I'll probably list a boatload more at a later date.

So, check out my Amazon listings. :-)

ETA: And please, for heaven's sake, don't feel obligated to buy anything. I've just noticed that sometimes people on my Flist will mention when they've got an eBay sale going on and thought I'd mention it. You never know when you've got the thing people want at a price they're willing to pay.
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Not exactly shocked here...

You know it's that kind of day when the only music that's doing it for you is The Pixies.

I can't seem to concentrate at all on my work today. I've made only miniscule amounts of progress on my project because the littlest thing has me wandering around like a clueless, rabid bat.

And, ooo, Political Philosophy Meme gaaked from hilleviw.

Just for the record, I am almost 100% certain that no one is shocked by the results of this:

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Question for U.S. Peeps: Beginnings of possible gasoline shortage?

Don't mean to spam the Flist today. I've been very frou-frou with the spring fever.

Anyhoo, the reason why I'm asking the above question is because I've been sort of noticing a weird trend.

Now, I've done a not-so-thorough search on this and I haven't found anything recent that's also U.S.-centric, so I thought I'd take a very unscientific poll.

This sort of came to my attention on Saturday. I was with the 'rents and we were driving somewhere. We passed by a neighborhood gas station that had been in existence since long before I was born.

It was closed.

Not for the day. Nope. It shut its doors and cleaned out the garage and was gone, gone, gone.

My dad mentioned that just days before he went to get gas at another neighborhood gas station and in the middle of filling his tank, the pumps shut off. The gas station was completely out of gas.

Hunh,, thinks I. That's just weird.

Now, on Monday, I was running an errand on my way home and noticed that a gas station not far from me had a big sign up noting that they were out of 87 Octane gas.

I put it down to the fact that this gas staton usually has gas that's a penny or two below the local market rate and didn't think too much about it.

Today, I had to get gas for my Saturn ($30.60 to fill my tank! Yi-yi-yi. Never thought I'd see the day...) since the little gas pump on my dashboard had been glowing a menacing orange for the past two days.

I pull into one gas station, a full-serve one, as it so happens. I don't usually go myself since it tends to be a penny or two higher than the other gas stations, but I was getting nervous about running on fumes. Usually, this joint has cars out to the street (probably because it's full serve more than anything else) with a handful of MBTA transport vans and cars mixed in.

Today the joint had no one and nothing.

Weird, thinks I. But there's no sign indicating that they're closed or out of gas, so I don't think too much about it.

I pull up to the pump and see the guy inside. Now, I'm not a regular customer. I've only been there a couple of times because I usually pump my own gas at a self-serve. However, I recognize him. He's looking right at me. So, I wait, and wait, and wait.

Guy doesn't move. Now he's pretending not to see me.

Instead of marching over to the window and knocking on it with a, "Hey! What's your problem!" I just think, Fuck this shit. I'll give my money to someone who wants it.

Off I go to a self-serve gas station that's usually cheaper than this place anyway. I pull in and find out that the only gas available is 87 Octane. They're out of the higher octane fuels.

Well, lucky me, I've got a Saturn. Ever try to put anything other than cheap gas in a Saturn? It not only belches and bucks, it burns through the gas like it's water. Since my particular Saturn rates somewhere between a 7 and a 8 on the EPA environmental scale (the only way to get higher is to buy a hybrid car...which I can't afford), and gets roughly 38 miles to the gallon, I feel no guilt about putting cheap gas in my car.

So, when I pay, I wander over to the cashier and ask, "What the hell?"

He mentions that they keep selling out, not because there's a run on gas (although there's been mini-runs on gas as the price per gallon keeps climbing, but nothing like it was in the 1970s), but because deliveries have been "slow."

Bwah? thinks I.

Then I think about the past week. Granted, not a lot of evidence here. Mostly isolated incidents. What has made them stand out is that they're just unusual. I didn't even see anything like this when there was a run on the gas pumps just before and during Katrina.

So, I've come up with a little poll. Please fill it out and comment. I'm curious if anyone else has seen isolated incidents that are equally strange in their area of the U.S.

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