I think anyone out there who knows me even a little bit is aware of the fact that I could be classified as a bit of a nerd. I like math and programming languages and discussions about quantum physics. I enjoy making elaborate spreadsheets to track rather mundane things, like anticipated loan pay-offs dates and interest saved by early payments. I also track our gas mileage we make in the vehicles we drive*. I think Rhiannon has come to accept that this is who I am and nothing is going to change about that. Most of the time, when we fill gas in her car, I’m with her, but even when I’m not, she’ll write down how many miles were on the tank of gas and give me the receipt. Then I enter it into my spreadsheet – I can tell you how much we paid for pretty much any full tank since mid-2005.
And the kind of cool thing (in my opinion) about the whole process? Instead of saying “Remember when gas was cheap?”, I look back and really know.
And the best part of the whole thing is that right now, gas is as cheap as it has been since I started keeping track of everything. 3 years and 5 months later, I’ve filled for over 4 dollars a gallon and less than 2 in a span of about 150 days.
Now, if someone can explain why the airlines are still charging fuel surcharges and making people pay extra for the first checked bag, I’d really appreciate it.
* - I’d like to blame a little bit of this type of behavior on my dad. As far back as I can remember, he kept a fuel book in every one of our vehicles. I’ve just updated his methods a little to the digital age. Not that I have anything against it; in fact, I enjoy it. It’s just not only me who does this sort of thing.
** - and yes, I missed two days... sigh.