Monday, September 18, 2006

Gas Wars: Episode II

Mmm...Cheap Gas...As I mentioned on Friday, I went down to Cowtown for the UVA-Western Michigan game on Saturday (no comment). So naturally, I'm on 29 and do my usual gas price check for S&G's. For those of you playing along at home, here's what I saw just after 10 am on Saturday:

Wawa - $2.01
Exxon - $2.03

Needless to say, I was speechless. (Recall from Gas Wars: Episode I that the lowest price was at $2.07 just one week before)

So I'm rolling back into town late last night down Gasoline Alley...Guess what our fine fuelish friends are down to?

Exxon - $1.99
Wawa - $1.97


While everyone in Cowtown is freaking out about the insane cost of local gas, I'm rolling on unleaded at prices that even Wal-Mart can't match. And it's all thanks to this insane shooting war between the Macy's and Gimbel's of Gainesville.

I really don't know where we go from here, but I like the way the winds are blowing for now. Until we as a nation decide to go invade some other Middle East country (yo Iran, 'sup?), or one of these places gets tired of bleeding money in a futile attempt to spank the competition, I don't see why this can't keep going:

Wawa: Our gas is $1.95!
Exxon: Oh yeah? Ours is $1.90!
Wawa: Oh yeah? Ours is $1.75!
Exxon: $1.50!
Wawa: ONE DOLLAR! Plus a free Wawa burger, and we'll pay for your car wash at Exxon!
Exxon: We'll give it to you for FREE! Plus the burger and the car wash, and we'll pick the dead bugs off your windshield. BY HAND!

It's like that cartoon where Bugs Bunny keeps drawing a line and daring Yosemite Sam to step over it. Of course, we all know what happens in the end:

Psst.  This is Exxon.

Suits me just fine. When gas is cheap, life is good.

Such a shame that I won't be doing the drive up 29 much anymore. Still, at these prices...


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