SFR: Gas Prices and Fishing Trips

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  1. P-FITZ98

    P-FITZ98 Active Member

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    I used to tow my boat w/my outback, but recently got an S-10 Blazer that gets better mileage.Yea, Im gonna be choosy about where I go to fish because of the damn ga$. Just live on smack-ramen and go fishin more!
     
  2. wolverine

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    No more long distance day trips for me. I used to think nothing of driving 4+ hrs, fish 8-10 hrs and drive home. The next day I might have done another trip in the opposite direction. Now its going to be 2-3 day trips for me. I don't care if gas goes to $10/gallon. I'm still going to go fishing, but I'll stay longer. Car pooling is also definately an option.
     
  3. hikepat

    hikepat Patrick

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    Amie now drives my truck to work on her Kent to Renton commute and I drive her car for Kent to Seattle commute. We also take the car rather then the truck more often for grocery and other store runs when we know every thing will fit into the car.
    We are also looking into new curtains for the house. Looking at getting the thermal / sound proof thick curtains for some rooms and honeycomb blinds for the other rooms to switch out the light wispy grade curtains that came with the house and to complement the double pane windows the house came with. My old condos energy bill went from $180 per month energy bill down to $90 per month energy bills in the winter, just by switching window coverings even though it had double pane windows.
    We also is talking about taking our vacation to one area to fish and site see thoroughly rather then fishing and seeing a new spot every day.
    As for weekend trips we do not plan to make any changes to at this time and will just budget for the extra $9 per weekend in gas each trip with the saving by switching cars for our weekly driving. We figure the switching of cars saves us $25 per week in gas cost so we are still money ahead till gas hits $4.75 Gal.
     
  4. Mike McCluskey

    Mike McCluskey Macker of the Clan Campbell

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    Anyone wonder how much of the increase in a barrel of oil is due to the devaluation of the USD? Since the dollar has fallen across the board to most other currencies by close to 30%, and since oil is purcahsed with USD, wouldn't that mean that the producers need to get a bit more for their product to make up for this fall?
     
  5. Old Man

    Old Man Just an Old Man

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    My closest gas station is about 18 miles from my house. So when I go fill up I waste a gallon just coming home from there.

    I just did a trip to Washington and back and I totaled up my cost of gas and I spent about $350.00 for gas and I didn't bat an eye. The most I paid on my trip was $3.59.9 and that was in Forks. I'm coming back to Washington at the end of June. God forbid the cost of gas by then.

    So from where I live to go fishing is always a way away I don't worry about the price of gas. I just wince when I pay $35 to $40 to fill up the truck.

    I just love to spend money on gas. bawling: This way I won't spend a lot on food and will soon lose weight. :thumb:

    Jim:beathead::beathead:
     
  6. Kent Lufkin

    Kent Lufkin Remember when you could remember everything?

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    While it's true that gasoline is at it's highest price ever, adjusted for constant dollars, it's also true that the amount people are now paying for gasoline as a percentage of their household income is at it's lowest point ever. Put another way, while the price of gas has indeed increased, the average American's earning power has increased even more.

    K
     
  7. jessejames

    jessejames Flyslinger

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    We have altered our driving habits. Drive less during the week leave the truck at home and take the econo car. This will leave more gas for the weekend trips. I also will put a hitch on the econo car and tow the inflatables for day trips to the rivers for fishing and rafting. I have been working too darn long to get to a point in my life to fish and recreate more I am going to try real hard to not let the gas price affect that. I know I will go for more 2-3 day trips and maybe not go every weekend for the day. But I am going to go. It may take more trips to the plasma center to buy the gas.:eek:
    I thought about car pooling but none of my fishing partners like to ride blindfolded and all of my fishing spots are secret.:rofl::rofl::rofl:
    Blessings
    jesse clark
     
  8. bjgavin

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    Why is it that everytime a company gets "too" profitable, people start getting their panties in a bunch. And whoever said this is not about supply and demand... huh? This is completely about supply and demand, and my guess is that prices could go a fair amount higher before demand really starts to drop off, but supply isn't going to change much.

    The beauty about our economy is that people that create companies that provide products or services that are the best get rewarded for it. The goverment facilitates success in that manner and doesn't hinder it with things like price fixing. This kind of environment also promotes innovation. Do you think if the government fixed gas prices at $2.00 a gallon hybrid cars and alternative fuel cars would be such a big thing right now? Nope, but the global oil supply would still be falling by the same rate. The great thing about our government staying out of business is that when prices start to get too high for consumers, other businesses are always right there to start figuring out how to provide better alternatives, because consumers are more than happy to take their money elsewhere.

    Price fixing would be a short-term solution to a long-term problem and goverment is the least efficient "business" I can think of. If it gets too involved we are going to be in a world of hurt down the road that makes $4.00 a gallon seem like a stroll in the park. In 30 years we are going to have great alternatives to gasoline because of the fact that government didn't get involved.

    And no I won't cut back on fishing. Gas prices have a long way to go before they are that high.
     
  9. Kevin J. Burnham

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    Will I cut back on fishing because of this ? Nope !!! I'd crawl a mile through the tunnel that Tim Robbins did in Shawshank redemption before I'll stop fishing !!!!
     
  10. Stonefish

    Stonefish Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater

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    Gas prices won't reduce my fishing time. I'll just cut back on all the other stuff I end up piss money away on.
     
  11. HauntedByWaters

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    I think they could cut off the subsidies for one.

    I am not arguing with you here but a side point is this:

    A lot of people think this country is capitalist and the system works beautifully but when you look at what is actually going on it isn't like that at all. Once these companies become hugely profitable and basically run the show in their sector, they lobby the government to keep them there with extra help and extra hookups and the government almost always comes through under the guise of protecting "thousands of jobs" and what not while the execs get more money.

    I am all for capitalism but that isn't what is happening in this country anymore. It is government bought and government payed stability for the old goliaths.

    Who around here even thinks about starting a potentially huge business? It isn't even a consideration these days because everything is entrenched mostly because the government is way too involved.

    If I were to have a hugely successful idea, my business would be attacked by competitors and government because I would risk changing the system and change is really scary to guys making billions.

    The truth is fortunes will be lost and jobs will be lost, but new fortunes and new jobs will be made. Everyone sees huge job losses as a bad thing but that isn't very capitalist right?

    In fact a lot of these large companies would have gone under if it weren't for the government helping them and stiffling the competition before "thousands of jobs are lost." There are many examples of times when smaller newer technologies almost through the telecom companies off the tracks but government stepped in with some kind of regulation.

    If someone somehow made a car that ran on air it would be shut down faster than you can blink because think of the job losses all over the gasoline chain and the billions of profits down the drain for government and execs.........BUT government stepping in isn't capitalist AT ALL right? But it would happen.

    I am telling you, the big time bankers and execs that tell you capitalism is a blessing are hypocrites, those guys are constantly trying to buy first place through the Federal Government.
     
  12. fredaevans

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    I'm 'tippsy so I'm not going to read all of the above.

    Divide your 'miles per gallon' into the cost per gallon = cost per mile to drive. Scarry shst!!!!!!!:mad:
     
  13. LD

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    You are correct. The value of the dollar plus the increase in world wide
    demand = higher prices. At one time other countries were afraid of raising oil prices to much. They wanted to make money but not raise prices enough the the US would seek other alternatives.

    The gas prices will have an effect on my trips this year. Will keep it closer to home. I have thought about a second car (have a F150) for a while. With insurance, etc. the dollars never worked. It was still cheaper to buy gas for the pig. With current gas prices and no relief in sight I am seriously looking at a second car.
     
  14. Itchy Dog

    Itchy Dog Some call me Kirk Werner

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    What I have always heard is that diesel prices are impacted by the fact that the east coast heats with kerosene/heating oil, which is basically diesel. We need to get the east coast burning natural gas so the demand for heating oil/diesel isn't so vast. That however, doesn't explain the summertime price hikes for diesel out west, which I have always regarded as oil companies capitalizing on the surge in RV useage during summer months.
     
  15. HauntedByWaters

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    My advice is to sell the pig before it goes extinct (I.E. nobody wants to buy it at any price).

    I suspect that pickups will be DIRT cheap in a couple years.