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Stacey’s Slice of Life Story: Day 6 (The Price of Gasoline)

I considered going on the weekend, but after having to do a four gallon fill-up on Tuesday night to get-by, I decided to fill-up my tank on my way home this evening.

I get no joy out of pumping my own gas, something I didn’t have to do as a teenager in NJ, where it’s against the law to pump your own gas. Why? Who knows!

I allowed my car to idle behind a mini-SUV for about two minutes. Finally, after nearly forgetting his credit card at the cashier window, the man in front of me jumped into his car and sped away quickly. With my cards already in-hand, I pulled up, turned-off the ignition, and exited my car, ready to pump my own gas.

Why don’t these pumps have the lock on them so I don’t have to stand here holding them, I wondered.

I watched the number of gallons rise on the digital monitor much slower than the price, in dollars, of my gasoline. My eyes widened as it got to $50.00. How much more is it going to take? Finally, the pump clicked-off at a little over $55.00. I stood there, aghast, looking at the monitor, realizing that this was the most I ever paid to fill up my tank — EVER!

Annoyed at the high price of gasoline, I jiggled the nozzle out of the car and put it back on its perch. I took my receipt and headed into my car, grabbing my camera, so I could document the too-high price of gasoline. What happened to the days of my youth when it was $0.87/gallon to fill-up (for regular) at a full service station? 21 years later I realize that a lot has changed!

NOTE: This post is extra-special since it’s #500!

Stacey Shubitz View All

I am a literacy consultant who focuses on writing workshop. I've been working with K-6 teachers and students since 2009. Prior to that, I was a fourth and fifth-grade teacher in New York City and Rhode Island.

I'm the author of Craft Moves (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016) and the co-author of Jump Into Writing (Zaner-Bloser, 2021), Welcome to Writing Workshop (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), and Day By Day (Stenhouse, 2010).

I live in Central Pennsylvania with my husband and children. In my free time, I enjoy swimming, doing Pilates, cooking, baking, making ice cream, and reading novels.

8 thoughts on “Stacey’s Slice of Life Story: Day 6 (The Price of Gasoline) Leave a comment

  1. Wow and I thought my 32 dollars was bad! What kind of car do you have? Gas prices have gone up even more and I’m afraid to fill up my tank again. Argh. When will it ever stop!


  2. 500th post, rock it!

    I did a over 50 fill up the other day as well…it makes me think about my driving a lot more, ya know?


  3. Congratulations on 500! I have been a fan for a very long time — I look forward to continuing to read your insightful thoughts.
    I hit over-$50 recently also — ouch!


  4. I feel your pain. The other day, I said to myself, “It’s under three dollars I need to fill up.” But, as I had half a tank left I passed. By the time I did have to fill up it was already $3.35. It just spiked so fast.

    I too miss NJ for it’s full service gas. Really, for the price we pay ,nobody should have to pump their own.


  5. Makes you wish we had all learned to conserve better and use other kinds of energy sources during the troublesome 70’s, doesn’t it?
    And will we say the same thing in 25 years?
    Thanks for yer slice


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