Years ago, there was a TV ad — I think it was for the AMC Javelin or Gremlin automobile — in which a woman pulls into a gas station and the attendant (this really was many years ago), all oiled up from working on someone’s car (many many years ago), asks how much gas she wants.
“A dollar,” she says.
“A dollar?” he responds incredulously. “Are you sure you can use alllll thaaaat gas?”
She pauses for a moment and thinks and then says, “you’re right. Better make it…. a gallon.”
You don’t get it? You’re too young, then.
(I have searched in vain on YouTube for this commercial. If you find it, let me know, please.)
And now the news: The price of gasoline in the region jumped 20 cents in the last week, and it turns out that the country has less gasoline stockpiled than anyone thought.
The good news is the higher prices may be saving lives, according to a new study.
Minnesota, along with Missouri and New Jersey, still has the nation’s lowest gas prices.
About the blogger
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started the two most popular blogs in the history of MPR and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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