Gut Rumbles

December 06, 2005

morpheus has left the building

Where is this guy when I need him? Bejus! It's 3:30 in the morning and I'm still wide awake.

The good news is that I'm not craving a drink other than grape juice. I just can't sleep. The last time this happened, I stayed up for about 30 hours and my body clock was screwed up for two days. I'm foggy enough already, with a brain that feels shot full of holes, and I really don't need recurring insomnia on top of that.

I think my real problem is the fact that I didn't actually SLEEP for about a year or so before I went into rehab. I just kinda passed out from time to time. Now I'm trying to behave like a straight Earth Person when my body isn't accustomed to functioning outside a chemically-induced stupor.

Of course, the 16-ounce Coke I drank to wash down a rack of baby back ribs for supper tonight probably didn't help matters any. I think I'll restrict my caffiene intake to mornings only for a while.

As long as I'm awake and blogging, I want to mention gas prices (why not?). I went to visit my grandmother on Sunday. I filled up my car with regular unleaded that I paid $198.9 a gallon for.

Today, I noticed that the very same place I stopped at on Sunday is selling gas for $209.9 a gallon today. Every gas station I passed is at least 10 cents per gallon higher than it was over the weekend. That's a pretty steep increase for one day. Besides--- I thought gas prices were supposed to be coming down.

I speculated that maybe the state gas tax that was suspended after Katrina had been reinstated, but I didn't see anything on the news about that happening. Of course, maybe I DID see it on the news and just forgot about it because I have a brain shot full of holes. It's a bitch to get straight and suddenly not be able to think straight anymore.

What are YOU paying for gas now? Did YOU see a big spike in price today?


Naw, here in Louisiana, they are still dropping. After Rita, for a week you couldn't buy gas for any price. Then, it was like $2.70 for a while. Now, it has dropped out of the $2.00 range and is in the 1.90-1,80 range depending on where you get it.

Posted by: PawPaw on December 6, 2005 07:03 AM

Good Morning! (You're probably sleeping by now).

Gas prices in Marietta on Monday were $1.89. I hope the price isn't going up again. I'm enjoying this. I have a fine appreciation for this price when a year ago I took it for granted. Funny thing perspective...huh?

I know sleep problems are a bit disconcerting but many people suffer this, especially as we age. That's not a slam, that's just a medical fact. Avoiding caffeine at night will be helpful. Sticking to a regular routine is helpful too, but since you're not obliged to go to work every weekday it might be harder to do this. And if you do end up an insomniac at night, at least I get to wake up to some good Acidman punditry and prose, so it's not a bad thing really (for me :o). Again, perspective is everything.

Glad you missed that guardrail and car yesterday. Good on your higher power.

Posted by: Suz on December 6, 2005 07:30 AM

Paid 2.09 here in Illinois too.

Posted by: Cindi on December 6, 2005 07:31 AM

I paid a $1.91 in Port Lavaca Texas.

Posted by: Becky on December 6, 2005 08:14 AM

Southern California. I paid $2.36 and that is LOW for what it's been lately!

Posted by: Maeve on December 6, 2005 08:15 AM

1.99 in Tulsa right now. The price hopped 11 cents while I was at work yesterday and I don't have a clue why it went up.

Posted by: Titan Mk 6B on December 6, 2005 08:44 AM

When I get down there, I'll give you a great massage and you'll sleep like a baby!

Posted by: livey on December 6, 2005 09:20 AM

Livey, I'll take you up on that offer!

Posted by: Acidman on December 6, 2005 09:45 AM

It's never dropped below 2.09 here in this little town in NC.

Posted by: Libby on December 6, 2005 10:13 AM

Was 1.93 here in San Antonio last week... up to 2.05 today... WTF??

The Coca Cola will keep you awake for hours at night... also tea... I've started drinking decaf tea as a result... especially for dinner and afterwards...

Posted by: Madfish Willie on December 6, 2005 10:34 AM

Howdy. Glad to read you're trying the sober thing :-)

I'm up near KC now and gas prices here did the same thing. It was $1.87 one day and $1.97 the next. Like you I thought it was strange.

Posted by: Beth on December 6, 2005 11:23 AM

1.95 in Topeka on 2.14....amazing huh?

Posted by: Shelley on December 6, 2005 11:27 AM

Sheesh, you guys are lucky. Everyone here in southeast Alaska is bitching. Filled up my tank last weekend and paid $2.85 a gallon. You can imagine what I paid to fill up my 500 gallon home heating tank.

Posted by: Alaska Kim on December 6, 2005 11:38 AM

$2.19 in my western suburb of Chicago, in Eastern Du Page county.

Posted by: Mark on December 6, 2005 12:06 PM

Yep, shot up about 10 cents a few days ago...2.11 at my usual station yesterday. (SE Mass)

Posted by: Deb on December 6, 2005 12:43 PM

I saw it at $2.07 in Homasasa Springs this morning. It has been jumping around from two bucks to two and a dimefor the past week. I hope the prices stay down for a month or two.

Posted by: GUYK on December 6, 2005 12:57 PM

Way up here in MN we had $1.96 on Monday morning and $2.25 (lowest was $2.23) on Monday evening. $0.20 is not an unusual jump for us, but almost $0.30 is.

Anyway, guess when I filled up. Grrr...

Posted by: Steve G. on December 6, 2005 01:06 PM

Oregon, $203.9, Stable.

Could it be your area just switched to winter-time alcohol-blend? That's a plausible speculation, I suppose.

Posted by: Sigivald on December 6, 2005 02:03 PM

$216.9 was the low in Gainesville FL-- back into the $220s now.

Posted by: Stu on December 6, 2005 04:46 PM

1.87 here in beautiful Bonaire, Georgia since last Wednesday.

Posted by: Michelle on December 6, 2005 04:57 PM

It was up to 2.14 when I went out today.

Posted by: Libby on December 6, 2005 10:32 PM

Filled up at 1.90 the day after Thanksgiving. A week later, down to 1.80. Today it's 1.99 here in Waco. WTF ?

Posted by: G on December 8, 2005 02:52 PM

Went up a dime here in Panama City, FL, too. Walter Williams says 1950 gas adjusted for inflation is $2.30. Guess we don't have a crisis yet, eh?

Posted by: Larry on December 9, 2005 10:09 PM
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