Yesterday while fueling the mom-mobile I numbly stared at the little numbers on the pump climbing higher and higher as the tank filled up. We are not extravagant people. We do not drive a Hummer or expensive SUV. If not for the fact that we have two children in car seats (which take up more seat space than an average adult) and three other people at a minimum riding with us (we usually have an extra child or two or three) then I’d follow Susan’s lead and trade in my mini-van for a smaller vehicle. As it is, the high demand for hybrids has pushed many of them out of our affordability range. While out perusing the internet for random facts I stumbled upon this table showing some international gasoline prices. The dates vary, but after reading these I realized that things could always be worse here.
|Country/Territory||US$/gal||US$/L||Local units||As of||Sources|
|Brazil (São Paulo)||$4.66||$1.23||R$2,40/L||June 2007|||
|Hong Kong||$7.56||$1.997||HK$15.54/L||2008–04-12||Shell Hong Kong/|
|India (Bangalore)||$4.61||$1.60||INR55.15/L||October 2006|
|Israel||$6.10||$1.61||NIS 6.23/L||2008–01-01||Israel Min. of National Infrastructures (Hebrew)|
|Kuwait (Kuwait City)||$0.78||$0.21||April 2006||CNN Money/|
|Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur)||$2.01||$0.53||RM1.92/L||February 2006||/Google exchange calculator on 15 May 2006|
|Mexico (Mexico City)||$2.36||$0.62||MX$6.80/L||2007–05-05||Banco de Información Económica/|
|New Zealand||$4.17||$1.10||NZ$1.52/L||2007–05-25||Pricewatch/fx.com on 2006–09-29|
|Nigeria (Lagos)||$0.38||$0.10||March 2005||CNN Money/|
|Norway (Oslo)||$9.16||$2.42||NOK 12.54/L||2008–03-03||Shell/|
|Philippines (Manila)||$3.54||$0.94||P 40.57/L||2007–09-17||Shell Philippines/|
|Romania (Bucharest)||$6.32||$1.67||RON 3.8/L||2008–04-15 |
|Russia (Moscow)||$3.04||$0.80||RUR 19.86/L||2007–12-14|||
|Saudi Arabia (Riyadh)||$0.45||$0.12||2007–05-16|
|Switzerland (Zurich)||$6.24||$1.65||CHF 1.79/L||2007–12-19|
|Thailand||$2.61||$0.69||24.79 Baht/L||2007–01-13||Nation Multimedia/|
|Venezuela (Caracas)||$0.17||$0.05||Bs. 97; BsF. 0.097||2008–01-12|
Of course, driving small cars comes with its own set of challenges. The other day at the grocery store I witnessed this…
The driver of the Mini Cooper wandered vainly searching for the driver of the Camry who had parked behind her and boxed her in. Although both cars did fit nicely into the single spot, it was rather rude of the second driver. I was just pulling away with my groceries when he returned. I have no idea what words were exchanged, but it would have been interesting to hear his excuse.
Yesterday my DH and I left work early to attend a luncheon at the school. This is the first time we’ve ever been called by the Principal for something good! Here is A1, second child on the left, receiving a citizenship award for honesty. We now have one of those bragging stickers in the window of our car. You know, the kind that make most of us want to gag. Basking in her glory made choking down the nasty school lunch bearable and we’re very proud of her.
Several more dishrags have been finished and I knitted a hemp soap pouch/scrubby thingy.
Some more rows have been added to the Forest Canopy Shawl too.
It’s FRIDAY! Hooray! Hope you all enjoy a wonderful weekend. It’s really cold here. Brrr.