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Driving on fumes
Another gallon of gas, maybe two, and I could make it to Whitney Point on Friday morning on the way to Boston before gassing up, and thus save 10-11 cents a gallon by buying it at the Hess there instead of at one of the stations in Ithaca. Right off I-81 and Rt 206 (and 11 and 79), at the crossroads of nearly all of my trips out of town, that Hess pretty reliably has the cheapest gas I see within about a 50 mile radius. (Spotted a couple of cheaper stations from the bus window last night, up towards Hamilton, but that doesn't help.)

I know in the grand scheme of things fretting about saving $1.50 on a tank of gas is nutty with 800 road miles ahead of me this weekend, but I feel silly paying the inflated Ithaca gas prices when I have a choice. I know gas is even cheaper in Massachusetts (often even in Boston itself), so I can fill up there, but of course I'll use a whole tank on the sweep through New Hampshire and back home.

Anyway, yes, I'll be in Boston Friday night and Saturday morning, and in Hanover on Saturday night. I've got a car full of folks, so probably can't zip around much on my own, but do let me know if you want to try to get together.
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guinness_duck From: guinness_duck Date: February 17th, 2010 02:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd say before you had out of town put a gallon of gas in the car, just to be safe. That way really you're only paying an extra 10 cents and you don't have to worry about *just making it*.
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: February 17th, 2010 03:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

I was actually thinking about stopping for a gallon or two of gas this morning so I could then fill up in Whitney Point on the way out of town, but the only thing that annoys me more than paying a few cents more per gallon than I have to is stopping for gas more often than I have to.
guinness_duck From: guinness_duck Date: February 17th, 2010 02:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heh, I guess that's exactly what you were getting at. Getting up at 8 isn't good for my reading skills.
kinnerc From: kinnerc Date: February 17th, 2010 04:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
>Anyway, yes, I'll be in Boston Friday night and Saturday morning

Really? Maybe I've not been paying close enough attention (or just paying attention to my vast ranting, perhaps!), but why are you coming to Boston?
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: February 17th, 2010 06:33 pm (UTC) (Link)


Three guesses. First two don't count.

Looks like a dance...
kinnerc From: kinnerc Date: February 18th, 2010 01:18 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: O.o

Heh. I actually got this while exiting the Borders on State Street on the way to the Boston Democratic Socialist Meeting.

My thought process went like this:

1) You're joining me in Saturday's sit in protest at the Back Bay Boylston St. Apple Store! (Just kidding).

2) You're coming to do a weekend long overview of the Italian restaurants in the North End. (Not a bad idea, I don't think, actually!)

3) There's a Cornell-Harvard hockey game going on.
queenmabwords From: queenmabwords Date: February 17th, 2010 05:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
I do the same when I make a trip out of town, if I can. I have plenty of relatives that keep me regularly updated about how crazy I-town prices are. Gotta love 'em, it's in the contract.
willdevine From: willdevine Date: February 17th, 2010 11:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Do you happen to know anyone who needs two tickets to the game? Kristie and I were going to go, but circumstances have gotten in the way. If you let me know before tomorrow morning, I can send Kristie to campus with the tickets and she can drop them off at your office.
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: February 19th, 2010 01:33 am (UTC) (Link)

Got the tickets! I'll see what I can get for them.
polypolyglot From: polypolyglot Date: February 18th, 2010 03:29 am (UTC) (Link)

Out of curiosity...

What's the price of gas in Ithaca? It was $2.759/gal. down here on Lawn Guyland
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: February 18th, 2010 03:39 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Out of curiosity...

$2.859-2.899 for regular. It's $2.899 for regular at the Citgo near me, $2.879 at the cheaper places downtown and in the southwest of town, and $2.789 at that Hess in Whitney Point as of a couple of days ago.
lizliz From: lizliz Date: February 18th, 2010 01:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Come to New Jersey! Not only do we have cheap gas, but we force you to sit in your car and let someone else pump it for you! :)
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: February 19th, 2010 01:44 am (UTC) (Link)

I almost came down for the Princeton game, but the weather down there put the kibosh on that idea. You people and your winters!
lindyhoppr From: lindyhoppr Date: February 18th, 2010 09:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Let me know when you are heading north - would love to catch up again!
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: February 19th, 2010 01:43 am (UTC) (Link)

OK! Any good wineries up there we can visit? Or should we just stick to Sackets Harbor Brewing Co?
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: March 2nd, 2010 01:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

What are you doing this weekend? Cornell has a bye in the first round of the playoffs! :-)
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