No one told me 50 would be this bad.

I never thought hitting 50 would be this bad. In fact, I hit 51 and the thought of going higher repulses me.

Before you think I am about to slip down a slippery slope of age-angst, let me stop you right there. The 51 I am talking about is the $51 it cost me today to fill up my Grand Am. For the first time during the ownership of my wheels I cracked the $50 dollar ceiling for gas.

What a site I must have been. I was in my morning daze as I filled up at the nearest Shell when I had my gasoline epiphany. When the gas stopped rolling and I looked up at the gas pump, I saw the number 51 and could not believe it. Today’s price was also a personal milestone at $1.20 a litre. My astonished gaze must have been similar to those of slot-jockeys at the casino when they hit triple-seven on the Blazin Sevens machine, thing is, I did not feel so lucky.

I know SUV, van and pick-up drivers have been cracking the $50 barrier for some time now but I have been merrily guzzling up gas below the $50 barrier, rather oblivious to the fact the 5-0 threshold was closer than I thought. $51 for a fillup which will last me about four days is hard to swallow. Basically, my gas bill now offially hit the $200 plus threshold for the month at this rate, a hit this reporter’s budget cannot take.

I had promised long ago, as gas approached a buck-a-litre, that whenever I started to hit $50 fill-ups I would have to re-evaluate my driving habits. That time arrived today and I did not have a Tim Hortons to wallow in, just crawling morning traffic. The options I reached so far to beat the gas-bar blues are as follows:

– start taking transit to work everyday (could be tricky since a one-way trip via car is 24 kilometres from home and would require travel across two different transit systems)

– take transit to work two or three days a week (besides the above mentioned distance, without a car I become an immobile reporter- not a good thing for breaking news)

– buy a new, smaller, more fuel efficient car (this introduces a new payment into my life-not cool)

– get a new job which is directly on a transit line closer to the city

– get a second job and make the money made there go into a “gas slush fund”

– carpooling is out of the question, no one lives around here from my office and frankly, commuting with the strangers on transit would likely be a safer and saner thing to do for me.

 So, what will I come up with to beat the $50 plus trap? Have any of you changed your driving habits, patterns or transit ways in order to beat rising gas prices? I will keep you updated on what I discover about my above mentioned options.

 In the meantime, what has worked for you?- let the Ondeadline readers know.


3 thoughts on “No one told me 50 would be this bad.

  1. Patrick McConnell

    Hey vince
    Let me know how that new job search is going? Interested Editors in Glass offices want to know!!
    Give me dingle if I can help in any way …. such as throwing a pink slip your way. That should save you lots of gas money because you won’t have to come into the office anymore.


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