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How about a game of 20 questions?

Aug 23, 2013

By BROOKS TAYLOR

Mt. Pleasant News

Remember me?

It’s okay if you don’t, a little anonymity is appreciated from time to time.

It’s not that I have gone anywhere (save for a few days in the other half of the state), it is just that you haven’t seen my column on this page for a while.

Why?

We have gone through some transition recently at The News, and I decided we all needed a few weeks break.

The transition I am referencing is the departure of Steph Tahtinen and arrival of Megan Cooper. Steph was with us for nearly three years, an eternity in this profession, and left to return closer to her home in Wisconsin. She was an excellent employee and not only will be missed inside but outside the walls of The News as well.

It is said that every problem is a disguised opportunity. Opportunity this time came in the way of Megan, who traded her grade book for a reporter’s notebook.

Megan is a native of Mt. Pleasant and an Iowa Wesleyan College graduate so no windshield tours of the town were needed. She taught in area schools (primarily New London and Winfield-Mt. Union before venturing westward for a year of teaching secondary English at Colfax-Mingo.

I am excited to have Megan on board and like you, look forward to her contributions. She will be an excellent addition to the staff. I did not precede that remark with “hope,” because I know she will.

Remember the fall-like weather in early August?

It is becoming a memory because the heat and humidity has returned. It is not a short-term deal either. The 10-day forecast includes more of the same throughout next week.

Ah, you knew we weren’t done with summer, didn’t you?

Hot, humid weather is a prerequisite for the start of school and the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion, isn’t it?

Remembering back to last year, the weather can’t be as hot and humid as it was during the first few days of Threshers, can it? We will know soon.

I think it is one of the laws of physics; what I mean is that everything that goes up must come down and vice versa.

That law applies to most things except gas prices. Never was I hoping that $3 per gallon gas would be considered a bargain, but in today’s world it is.

Since this column is bordering on an exercise in 20 questions, here’s are two more: Did you ever notice how gas prices rise much quicker than fall? That is contrary to the law of physics, isn’t it?

You can descend a flight of stairs much quicker (and with less effort) than you can ascend the steps.

Recently, I ran across a release from GasBuddy.com., concerning sharp rises in retail gasoline prices in cities in the United States.

While it is popular to believe prices rise more dramatically in major markets like Los Angeles, New York and Chicago, that is not the case.

This year’s largest single-day gasoline increase was 34 cents in Ft. Wayne, Ind. Other one-day spikes occurred in Indianapolis, Ind., 32 cents; Dayton, Ohio, 31 cents; Columbus, Ohio, 30 cents and Toledo, Ohio, 28 cents.

On the West Coast, Bakersfield, Calif., led the way with a nine-cent gain. In the Rocky Mountain region, it was Colorado Springs at 11 cents. The Gulf Coast was led by Lubbock, Texas’ 14-cent spike and Myrtle Beach, S.C., paced the East Coast at 11 cents.

GasBuddy examined the frequency of price changes, too, and found that the Midwest and West Coast regions led the way with the number of days that prices changed a penny or more per gallon. Nationwide, stations in Stockton, Calif., have posted 72 days of price changes over a penny per gallon since Jan. 1. Stations in Jackson, Miss., Memphis, Tenn., and New Haven, Conn., have recorded 67 increases of one cent or more.

“When we look at the number of days with average price increases of more than a penny, we see the Midwestern cities more than doubling every other region in the country,” said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy. “It’s the downside of that rollercoaster ride that consumers easily forget. We complain about the higher highs, but we’re quiet when we benefit from the lower lows.”

That my friend, is human nature.

 

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