I was listening to WCLO on the way to work last week and the topic of the price of gas came up. I’m assuming Stan is the ‘senior’ member of the crew because he asked Tim and Josh if they remembered when gas was under a buck. I think I actually saw the strange look of their face poke through the digital ports in my radio. Gas under a buck? Umm…nope.
The really cheap gas that was prior to the OPEC crisis in the mid-70s is only a fuzzy memory for me. As a driver I remember under-a-buck gas shortly after the start of Desert Storm in the early 1990s. One of the biggest consumer fears over the invasion was the potential of gas to spike over $2 a gallon. It never happened. For a large part of the early 1990s I recall pumping gas into my vehicles at Kwik Trip on Memorial for well under a buck. Gas prices were typically between $.79 and $.99 but I don’t recall paying much more than a dollar until the year 2000.
The memory of pumping gas under a dollar sparked a funny back-and-forth memory with my Grandpa Galbrecht. I inherited a bit of his stubborn string. He wasn’t a Kwik Trip fan. He had his routine and he wouldn’t go to Kwik Trip. He would purchase his gas (no matter the price) at Super America at the corner of Parker and Centerway. I, on the other hand, wouldn’t admit to him that I would ever pump gas at Super America. Of course, the debate on why we purchased our gas at different locations always took place over a cinnamon roll and coffee at Wedge Inn. Those discussions would typically include gas prices that were in the lower than the price of a gum ball. The conversation also included stories of Earl Williams, his junkyard and just about every car that grandpa pumped gas into. That was a regular meeting…one that I look back on fondly and miss dearly.
Stan, thanks for bringing up the price of gas. Your question about gas prices jogged my memory. Initially, it was about the actual cost of fuel. Then, it reminded me of fond memories jokingly sparring with grandpa and solving world issues over coffee. Man, I need to find a coffee buddy again.
So readers, do you remember gas under a buck and where do you typically make the purchase? More important, do you have a coffee buddy? :)