atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#4969: That's a job well done.

So today I spent eighteen hours (time slightly inflated) working on getting the yard in shape for winter.

First step: cut the grass one last time. I did it in such a way as to blow the leaves into the street gutter, so I didn't have to rake them; it took a little extra back-and-forth but otherwise it was easily accomplished.

Parked the tractor in the garage. Got out the pusher and got the small areas whacked back.

That done, I stacked all the lawn furniture into the shedlet. That was pretty simple; the hard part was getting the patio raked and swept of leaves, but once that was finished I ran the pusher one more time to get the leaves ground up and blown away from the patio.

Rearranged the power qequipment in the garage, mainly parking the mower and getting the motorcycles arranged so I can still walk through the place yet have relatively easy access to everything, snowblower included; but I also swept the garage floor.

Everything's pretty well shipshape.

Actual elapsed time: two hours, because I didn't take any breaks nor do I work at a snail's pace. I'm extra-sweaty--and I still have to go get oil change supplies, and cat food--but I'm glad that's done, because now that's one less thing I have to worry about before winter.

Oh yeah.

* * *

Crude keeps tumbling to $43 per barrel. This happens over and over again; it seems like every week the price of crude oil is getting "crushed" or is "tumbling" or some other catastrophic terminology is used to describe the precipitous drop it undergoes.

...every week.

How many times does the price of crude have to drop to $43 per barrel before it stops being a calamity? Because--correct me if I'm wrong about this--doesn't the price of crude oil have to climb before it can drop to $43?

Since the price keeps returning to somewhere around $43-$45, it seems to me that's roughly the current organic market price for crude oil, given the circumstances that exist in the world economy right now. That being the case, then, I think the apocalyptic verbage is a bit much.

Is oil at $43 a barrel bad for the economy? In some ways, yes; and it is an indicator that the world economy is not exactly going great guns right now; but it's been around $43 a barrel for months and shows no sign of going--and, more importantly, remaining--significantly lower than that.

Meanwhile, every time the price spikes gas hits $2.50 a gallon, as it did this past week right when I needed to tank up. And so the price of gasoline fluctuates between $2.10 and $2.50 per gallon. I drive 90 miles a day; I'm glad when the price of crude drops, even if that drop is not reflected at the pump for a week or two.

* * *

Speaking of commuting--my last tank of gas, refilled at the same pump, indicates declining fuel economy. I've been averaging between 19.5 and 20.5 MPG, but this last tankful was 288 miles on 15.5 gallons, which is a bit more than 18 MPG. I did have to run the defogger because we had damp, drizzly days, though, and that would/could account for the decrease. I'll have to keep an eye on it.

Still wanting an Elio, of course, to commute in. 84 MPG, for crying out loud, meaning that I'd use about 20% of the fuel that I use now.

...and I have a year to save my pennies for a down payment. *sigh*

* * *

As I writ this my wife is watching "Judge Judy" and I just heard a great band name: "TRASH URINE RAZOR BLADES".

Time to get going on the oil.

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