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19 August 2003 @ 10:30 am
It's only 10 am and already this is an awesome day ^^  
See the lightning strike the ground? Hear the thunder? It's only in the lower 90s outside, wet, and the rain makes it a bit chilly. Drop dead beautiful, I love this weather! It was the most awesome thing to wake up to, usually it only rains like that in the evening.

I went to class where I sat next to the window and watched the lightning. We got our early.. 2 1/2 hours early. *smiles* So I went to Best Buy intending to pick up Chicago on DVD for 15.99 and ended up getting both that and the soundtrack for 19.99 because they were running a really awesome special that I didn't see online. *sigh happily*

Oh yes, and it's endlessly amusing to see cars lining up for two or three blocks just to get gas that costs 1.99 a gallon. *laughs at you all* They're the reason that gas prices in some areas of Phoenix have hit 5.00 a gallon. Ahhhhhh *laughs muchly at you stupid foolish people* Man, one pipeline into Phoenix is broke.. this is not the end of the world. The story is that we have 90% of our normal supply of gas, but we have 150% consumption rate because of the panic. XD People are stupid. People that wait in 4-hour lines to pay five bucks per gallon of gas (and most stations are limiting purchase to 10.00) are those kinds of people that natural selection should one day take care of.

^__^ Yes, a wonderful day. I will go revel in the beauty that is Chicago now. ^___^
Current Mood: pleased
athenazandrite on August 19th, 2003 10:45 am (UTC)
Some of us have jobs to get to. There is good reason to panick if you can't get to work. Stop laughing at us T_T I have pleanty now so I won't go back for a week.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん): Potc Rough! by minakochanhinoai on August 19th, 2003 10:48 am (UTC)
Can I giggle? *giggles madly* I understand the need for gas on a normal basis. It's the people that are filling up just because their cars are at 3/4 or 1/2 of a tank that give me the sillies. =^__^=
athenazandrite on August 19th, 2003 10:51 am (UTC)
Well I actually had just under a half a tank, but would have had to go today anyway. Nav was willing to sit in line with me yesterday though and I'd much rather have company in a line that long. So I went yesterday.
Miwa Satoshi: ilpalazzomiwasatoshi on August 19th, 2003 11:22 am (UTC)
My in-laws were in line with us when we went. They really needed the gas - they were driving home to Las Vegas. Did you know that Kingman has the same suppliers as Phoenix, gasoline-wise? Thank goodness they made it home ... crossing Hoover Dam on fumes, sure, but they made it.
Miwa Satoshi: ilpalazzomiwasatoshi on August 19th, 2003 10:53 am (UTC)
Ditto here. The six gas stations within two miles of my house are all out of gas.

I have a day job, and I can't get there with public transportation due to the lousy arrangement of bus lines in this city -- and none of my coworkers live near me, so I can't carpool. So, I need a car.

Cars need gasoline. This is simply the way it is. So if I'm stuck with a 1/4 tank and need gasoline, I *will* wait in line.

Yeah, we are at 90% capacity in the tank storage areas, but there are not enough tanker trucks to supply all the gas stations in town with adequate fuel. So in reality, the accessible fuel supply is perhaps less than 10%.

Good thing I have a Ford Escort, and therefore don't have to worry about this for another week or so.

Plus, since no one is taking extra trips to visit places like, oh, fabric stores, my wife is currently out of a job because of this "fuel crisis".

Just because it's "not your problem" doesn't mean you get to laugh at people for having to deal with it. That's just not fucking funny.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん): Dorky Kagahinoai on August 19th, 2003 10:56 am (UTC)
See my reply to Athy's comment *points up*
Miwa Satoshimiwasatoshi on August 19th, 2003 11:02 am (UTC)
Yeah, but for every two or three panic-pushers in line, there's another person waiting patiently who really does need gas because they're on E and having to wait behind these bozos.

Therefore you may be giggling at someone in genuine need.

athenazandrite on August 19th, 2003 11:03 am (UTC)
The were talking to a lady from corproate 76 and she said they had all the gas, they needed, but not enough trucks to keep the stations stocked. And she 'couldn't discuss prices' because it was against the law -_-

And even though they have trucks, there's not enough spickets? To load them up fast enough. As they fill one station up another goes empty. So they have these horrible rolling shortages.

Four bucks for gas, someone needs to be shot.
Miwa Satoshi: ilpalazzomiwasatoshi on August 19th, 2003 11:15 am (UTC)
That's why I say, "accessible" supply is at 10%.

I propose we just SHUT DOWN all gas stations until the supply is replenished, anyone who is trying to fill up at above 1/4 tank is sent away. Think that's illegal? No more illegal or unenforceable than the even-odd license plate days of '73.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on August 19th, 2003 11:17 am (UTC)
ooh, I agree with that! If people calmed down and stopped filling up when their tanks were 3/4 full, things would be much more managable! Save the gas for people that really need it, and hoepfully (maybe) stop some of the panic.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on August 19th, 2003 11:15 am (UTC)
btw.. I am sorry about your wife. I'm not laughing at her. ^^;; That just sucks royally. ^^; I'm lauging at the people filling up every day and extra bottles and whatnot just because they're afraid.

And apparently we have different information. I've been basing mine off of articles that my teacher gave us last night from some news sites.
Miwa Satoshi: dangerousmiwasatoshi on August 19th, 2003 11:17 am (UTC)
The reality is that the "90%" supply is in the tank farms, and not at the gas stations themselves.

This is what the news does not tell you.

Yeah, hopefully this "panic buying" will cease within a few days, but until then, the economy (which relies largely on gasoline-powered vehicles) is going to really suck. Amazing how the unforeseen lack of just one commodity can really mess with a place like this, eh?
athenazandrite on August 19th, 2003 11:24 am (UTC)
Honestly, I don't understand how it could last more than three days if this is caused by 'panickers'. If they're topping off, eventually they should have full tanks and lines shouldn't be so horrendus. The supplying shortage will still be there because they can't fill up the tanks quick enough. I'd say, give out vouchers. Hell, you can fill up once every five days MAX. Once you're out of vouchers, tough luck. People with jobs that take them any farther than that should be able to fill up outside of the valley anyway. How you choose to fill up (car or bottle) is up to you. Effective, simple and people can sell their vouchers if they don't need it. Do it spread so that a certian amount of people should be out of vouchers in each area at all times.

Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on August 19th, 2003 11:27 am (UTC)
Oooooh! Hey I like the vouchers idea! Only beacause I could sell mine since I don't use much gas. But yay, free money! XD
Miwa Satoshi: icchanmiwasatoshi on August 19th, 2003 11:37 am (UTC)
One problems - the gas stations outside the Valley are supplied by the same pipeline. So unless you go to Tucson or Blythe (which is gas-tank-prohibitive), this won't work.
athenazandrite on August 19th, 2003 01:38 pm (UTC)
You think people are going to use that much gas in five days? If they are, they should be going distances like Tuscon or Blythe. I don't see why it wouldn't work. You are using far too much gas to get a short distance if you're using that much gas.
athenazandrite on August 19th, 2003 01:40 pm (UTC)
I should say, Blythe is only three hours away. If you're going far enough to use a tank in less than five days, that's well outside the valley.
Miwa Satoshi: kurzwebermiwasatoshi on August 19th, 2003 10:55 am (UTC)
Isn't rain fun? ^_^

Brenda Lara: Freedomglass_zero on August 20th, 2003 04:17 pm (UTC)
I think it's funny when the Governer of the state has to go on Tv and pretty much tell every one to quit being stupid and hording gas since most of the cities gas is in peoples full and almost full tanks. Not to mentiont that the demand for gas has gone up almost 100% more than usual. Gas running out even if the line was fixed would be a problem if people wher still acting this way. If it's already reached the 100% mark that's twice the amount that gas is usualy consumed... Then it's to be expected. But no one seems to listen though.

I also thought that it's kinda funny when that whole power outage hit the east cost, everyone expected mobs of angry people and eventual looters, yet nothing happend and everyone came together, but we have a slight gas shortage and everyone becomes rude irrate selfish and agressive. Well more so than usual.

Just another reason why I love living in Phoenix. =P
Shishiwakamaru: Chibifiedshishiwakamaru on August 21st, 2003 05:07 am (UTC)
Actually a majority of the people in line with us were nice and fun to talk to/hang out with XD

Look I'm signed in wrong again.
Brenda Lara: Rebornglass_zero on August 21st, 2003 04:43 pm (UTC)
thats good at least, I heard A lot of people wher getting agravated. I can understand why, But guess it takes a few to sour it up for everyone else.

Another reason why I hate news, it tends to focus on the negative. XP