Discussion in 'The Daily Grind' started by Gord, Mar 2, 2020.
Do you also like classical music, like Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto # 2?
Not familiar with that one , but I do like classical music.
To be more specific , chamber and baroque music.
Ah....You're taking the right Scenic Route #2.... namely, JS Bach's Brandenberg Concerto #2. Very good. #2 to ya!!
Going home Friday lunchtime, motorway route, 3UP, 50°F, tail/crosswind 5NW:
44.9 / 22.5
Tank down 0.2 at 46.4 (FCD 48.9) / 512.2 / Range 110 . Guess gauge F____|__««E . UG steady at 46.2 / DTE 111
Lost pip 6 (of 8) @ 500
Went for a 64 mile bike ride in the afternoon - took 3hrs 20mins
64 miles in that time is very good , Gord !
Saturday after I gpt home , I only drove to GF's place.
We did not leave the house Sunday.
Today , 29 deg F in Woodridge , 27 in Elk Grove Village.
No wind , 23.3 miles , 65.1 MPG.
Tank is at 324.4 miles , 62.7 MPG.
Thanks Edwin - I was really happy with 19.1moh average for that distance!
My winter training seems to have paid off
Today , 37 deg F in both Naperville and Elk Grove.
Wind W 8 MPH.
35.1 miles , 61.0 mPG.
Tank is at 410.1 miles , 62.5 MPG.
Still going to work at the minute while all this madness is going on . Car pooler’s turn to drive.
Take care fellow grinders.......
Things here have not yet come to a standstill.
But don't plan on buying any toilet paper soon.
^^ Likewise. Drove to Clemson to Tuesday AM group bike ride as usual today, despite the iffy ... weather.
OK..... OK.....I've complained that OUR eastern Salish Sea (Puget Sound) area has sky-high gas prices, $3.50 & I saw HIGHER. Some of you gleefully reported dropping gas prices closer to $1 than $2, in YOUR regions.Then, I mentioned a station near the Anacortes refinery reported $2.43, & the next day another refinery area station reported $2.17, an incredible deal for OUR area. I was really getting wound up to..... BUY GAS! THEN, a mini-gas war broke out in one small Washington town, & FOUR stations had gas for $2!!! After 3 days, I couldn't take it anymore. I had to....BUY Washington state TWO BUCK CHUCK GAS. You know where this is heading. Away I & my car went, with 4 gas cans to BUY..... TWO BUCK CHUCK GAS. Even freezing temperatures didn't cool my ardor for TW0 BUCK CHUCK GASOLINE. The closer I got to that town & its 3 (now 4) day GAS WAR, my heart went "pitter patter" in ever quicker beats. Up to the station pump I went, almost screeching to a stop. I bailed out of the car & ran to throw my $60 at the teller, so I could fill my car & all those gas cans. I calmed myself, carefully unscrewing all the cans & popping open the car's gas cap. Taking my time, not spilling a drop, I filled those cans AND the car tank. Then & only then did I look at the price. Yeah, yeah, yeah! You guessed it! The price was NOT TWO BUCK CHUCK GASOLINE. What?! What happened to the GAS WAR?................
Was the gas war over & the price back to the upper stratospheric normal Washington state prices.......... NO, the price had collapsed EVEN MORE.....all the way down to $1.70.
Yowsa. Yowsa! Fooled you. I gotcha.
Out of my given $60 (plus another dollar), I got $20 plus a little change back.... & lotsa GAS. Is the gas any good? Tho the day's temperature was from the high 30's to 45 DegF, & driving in the mountains, the non-hybrid, non-diesel, non-turbo Elantra & computer eventually indicated 49MPG. Got all the cars filled, with a little gas still in the cans.
Anyhow, one happy story, instead of this misery of coronavirus. Hey, & I got one more beautiful day of mountain driving.
Today , 38 deg F in both Naperville and Elk Grove.
Now that I use weather.com , I see how it differs from
wunderground , which very rarely showed the same temp for
two towns that are 30 miles apart. Wunderground used lots
of weather stations ; you could pick the one you want to see displayed.
Wind E 6. 35.1 miles , 60.1 MPG.
Tank is at 480.6 miles , 62.4 MPG.
Another happy story, amid the coronavirus crud from another website:
I woke up this morning, completely unplanned (but knew of the coming event), & went to the south facing computer window. Visually in the southeast, just above the mountain horizon about 10 miles away, I saw Jupiter, looking red, due to the atmospherics & mountain fog, low on the mountain. To the right of Jupiter, with the 8 power Nikon Buckmaster binoculars, I saw dimmer Mars, strongly red with the atmospherics adding to the Martian red. About 5-10 minutes later, our waning crescent Moon began lifting above the mountain horizon, like a knife point. Looking with the shaky 20 power Pentax binoculars, I could see Mares of the Moon, & some cratering. Copernicus crater was excellent on the mid-line terminator, identified using the Bausch & Lomb mirror spotting scope. As the Moon lifted further on the horizon, I saw distance dark mountain Earth trees silhouetted against the Mares & mountains of the Moon. Lifting completely above the horizon, Jupiter, Mars & crescent Moon, DID look like a Smiley face with a twisted grin....... The dark of the Moon was illuminated quite well from Earth shine. If this grouping had been in the south(WEST), I think the Earthshine would have been stronger, due to sunlight reflecting off the Pacific Ocean into the shadow of the Moon. Later, Saturn appeared above the horizon, well to the east of the Smiley Face. Later still, I tried to see Mercury but to no avail. Maybe on the 21st, when the Moon is closer to the planet (& if the clear skies continue), I'll see Mercury.
I saved bunches yesterday with the collapsed price. It appears tho, that within hours of my purchase, gas price jumped back up to TWO BUCK CHUCK.
I had to look that up.
Today , 41 deg F in Naperville , 40 in Elk Grove Village.
Wind ESE 8.
35.1 miles , 61.1 MPG.
Tank is at 547.8 miles , 51 remaining , 62.4 MPG.
Planet Fitness , at least the one in Naperville that I use , was closed yesterday.
Bought some groceries , a lot of bare shelf space showing. Couldn't find
everything I wanted , of course. But I won't starve.
Oh, & the mini gas war continues in the small town. After the station I got $1.69 gas, & later upped their price back to TWO BUCK CHUCK, another station in that town, dropped their price to $1.65. The TWO BUCK CHUCK station now dropped their price to $1.79.
P.S. Now one of my favorite regional gas stations is dropping its gas price, but nowhere near the mini-gas war town prices. Matter of fact, some of my region's highest priced gas stations are charging..... wait for it..... $1.95 cents MORE than the gas war town.
P.S. II..... Now, a short research of prices (outside California), show differences across the country of $2.37 between stations. I'm sure there are even greater differences, too.
P.S. III..... Now the old TWO BUCK CHUCK station dropped their price to $1.65, the same as others in the small gas-war town. For our Washington state those prices are unbelievable, even lower than Idaho & Montana, which is extraordinary.
The following has hit a number of news channels recently, regarding comments by a GasBuddy analyst.
I saw "regular" gas ( probably leaded 87 octane ) in Utah in 1970.
$0.199/gallon(self-serve). Mom filled up with premium( full service ) for
$0.259/gallon. Too cheap then , too cheap now.
I'm back home for several days now, but working from home. I think we have 2 out of 50 staff at the office today. Not much MPG to report.
Well, except for the big van and towing. Empty it gets a consistent 15 mpg highway. With a 4000 lb loaded uhaul trailer it was running 11-12 mpg. At least gas was cheap this week! (too cheap?)
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