questionsare people still unhappy about high gas prices…

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still unhappy or just use to it?
why does it have to be mutually exclusive?
try both: still unhappy AND use to it!
don't worry when it hits 4 again you will start hearing the people complain again.

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My car has a 10 gallon tank, so gas prices don't affect me a whole whole lot. A 10 cent increase in price, while not welcome, usually means that I wind up paying an extra $1 every time I fill up which is about every three weeks. I've also only been driving for 4 years, so I never lived during the time that gas was $1.25/gallon, so all in all, the price of gas doesn't really mess me up all that much.

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even though prices have been high for awhile, I am still not used to it. Taking weekend road trips up and down the California coast used to be a once a month activity for us, now it is more like a one every four months event. Plus, if gas goes up so does the price of most things being shipped via gas powered transportation.

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@captainsuperdawg: Around here gas has gone up close to 50 cents in the past 4 months or so.

And I wish I could get away with using 10 gallons every 3 weeks, but unfortunately I need to get to work (no viable public transit options), kids need to get to activities, etc. etc...

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@tsfisch: We must live in the same area. Our public transit is weak at best. It just isn't an option for me to go through 3 transfers and an hour and a half round trip ride time just to get to the store that's 3 miles away.

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Being someone who has also only been driving his own vehicle within the past few years when gas prices were fairly high, I can't say I "miss" the lower prices since they didn't personally affect me, but I sure do remember them.

That's not to say I'm happy about the high prices, though. It seemed nice to not have to put in more than $20 per fill-up. Now I'm lucky if I pay less than $40. :/

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I go back and forth to work everday~45 miles, add babysitting twice a week for grandkids and thats 60 miles roundtrip. So my cost is very high, and I have small car.

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@tsfisch: I completely understand. My dad has to drive about an hour every night in his truck to get to work and an hour back. I stay at home a lot so I can keep my bill low enough to be able to afford food.

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@matt1976:

I live in NY City, which has one of the best public transportation systems in the country (albeit an older one, at least WRT its infrastructure). Even with a good public transport system, driving can make more sense.

Based on the current bus fare in NYC ($2.25/trip) and completely ignoring the value of the hour (or more) each day that using buses costs me, driving is cheaper for me until gasoline rises to about $5.50/gallon. As my time has value, it would have to go much higher than $5.50/gallon before I'd use the bus regularily. (I can also ride my bicycle, weather permitting.)

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@moosezilla: I'm not sure where you're located, but it's already hit $4 in some parts near me. I have to take note of the places that aren't $4 yet :(

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I was pretty mad for awhile, but then I lost 20 lbs.

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Our public transportation system here (Minneapolis area) is set up to get people downtown. I don't work downtown. To get to my job (from one suburb to another) I'd have to take a bus downtown (2 transfers), then another back out to the 'burbs (another 2 transfers), for a total of about 2 hours, for a trip which takes 20 minutes during rush hour via car.

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I was just commenting on the same question to a friend yesterday. When gasoline was $2.50 and going up, it was a constant topic. Now nobody talks about it very much. It is $3.67 at Race Track for regular here where I live.

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Like high unemployment, high gas prices are the "new normal" and we are being trained and encouraged to just accept it.

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It is no longer news. Everyone is tired of hearing how high gas prices are when we already know that they are high and most likely even going higher.

Now, if you are of the conspiracy mind, it is also an election year as well. So what sells news papers and gets people to click on links changes with that as well.

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I spend over $200 a month in gas just going back and forth to work and I drive a 2000 Toyota Celica that gets approximately 32 miles to the gallon...So yes gas prices do matter!!

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@jandk113: It bothers me a great deal that people are not concerned any longer. I can remember that in the early 70's - 1973 I think, gas was rationed and the lines were simply awful. Same thing with heating oil. A mandatory 20% less to be delivered that winter. We were able to get an exception because my husband was just being discharged from the hospital after 2 months and a miserable time with the after-effects of open heart surgery (valve replacements) which were not common back then.

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I'm not happy about the prices here in the States. However, I am reminded from others that a lot of the rest of the world pays $10/gallon plus (Germany, UK, Canada etc.) So I guess it could be worse.

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I drive 400 miles a week and my jeep gets 16-18mpg (on good days....) 90% of my income is spent on gas (live at home college student mon-thurs, mcd's worker fri-sun) i wish that gas cost less but the only thing i can do is accept it and try to work on through it.

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30 gallon gas tank, $4/gallon gas = $120 per fillup.
$4.50/gallon gas = $135.

a bit painful, but we adjust where we can.

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I too drive an hour to work and the shortest trip I can take is 43 miles one way. I drive a Prius and during the summer I can get at least 50mpg, so I can get by with filling up my 10 gallon tank once a week. My driving is mostly interstate and those back country roads.

That being said I don't like the gas prices any better than anyone else. No matter what, the gas prices are relative to the vehicle you drive.

If the prices pop over 4.00/gal where I live, I'll look into working from home more, but doing that depends on 'The Man' and whether they will let me.

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I am happy about higher gas prices (ducks flying rocks) because where I live it is about 75% high profile trucks and SUVs on the road and I would like for there to be a higher ratio of cars to trucks. I do feel badly for what high gas prices do to low income folks. But I am so tired of not being able to see over or around these oversized vehicles while driving, being run half off the road because they either can't see me or don't care because they are bigger than me, being unable to park because they are so fat they take up the parking space line to line or take up two parking spaces, scared of being in an accident with them since their bumper comes halfway up my car, being blinded by their headlights that are at my eye level. Having to deal with big, fat, metal bullies that anything that pushes them into the minority would be welcome. I know not everyone who drives an oversized vehicle is a jerk, but driving a huge vehicle magnifies the jerkiness of those who are.

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@kitcatbrat: "I'm not sure where you're located, but it's already hit $4 in some parts near me. I have to take note of the places that aren't $4 yet :("

There's an app for that. Sorry, couldn't resist. I've seen an app that gives you the cheapest gas prices within some radius of where you are standing. If I had an android phone I'd get it, but my tablet is rarely with me so I just stick to Costco.

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Not used to it. Angry about it because I do not think it has anthing to do with the actual cost of the product, it's about GREED; in my opinion, our public enemy number 1 these days. We had a mild winter, with a resulting drop in fuel comsumptation. I believe the oil companies are making up for the difference by way of gas prices. It's the same with medications; nothing to do with what they actually cost (and yes, I do understand the need for research and development) but, again excessive, almost disgusting, profits on both fronts (fuel/medications) are all about greed. It's near impossible for the average citizen to do anything about it because these companies are so huge, it's hard to "point the finger" at any one entity.