So gas prices here in SoCal are at 2.67 a gallon at a gas station a couple of blocks away from me. And Orange County applies less taxes to their gas than LA county, so that might be a bit on the low side of things.
The bright side is- I don't drive much. And when I do, it is in a zippy little Accord. Hubba-hubba doesn't have to drive that far to work, and when he does it is also in a zippy little Accord. (ok, its almost 10 years old, so perhaps not quite as zippy as mine)
But, the freedom that is now to be found on SoCal highways! We had to leave Disneyland the other day at about 5:30 due to Mr. Personality not taking a nap that day. Hubba-hubba and I glanced at each other, dread in our eyes at entering the freeway at that horribly inauspicious time. Lo and behold, traffic was moving! We were not forced to wait 20 minutes just to change freeways!
Because, as everyone knows, there are just too many damn people here and if the high prices of gas are curtailing driving habits, I am all for it. People that work with Hubba-hubba are offering him "great deals" on their Toyota Landcruisers and Ford Expeditions. You see, the formerly low prices on gas were not factored in when many people were forced to move 40+ miles one way from their job. For most of them, I can't blame them because if you wanted something that wasn't a termite-ridden shack, you were going to pay upwards of a half mil. Moving out to the Inland Empire and up Santa Clarita way were pretty much your only options for buying a decent house.
Perhaps (*warning! soapbox alert! soapbox alert*) this will change people's ways of viewing oil and gasoline. Perhaps they will remember that oil is a finite resource that is most likely not going to be around forever. But, sometimes it is not possible to tell people what they do not wish to hear.
So, as long as I can get on the 405 without spending an hour riding the brakes, I'm not sure I really care about saving the world. At least, not at the moment.