Sixty miles west of Boston, Massachusetts there is the small New England town of Sturbridge. Located at the junction of I-90 (The Mass Pike), and I-84 it has become known as the "Crossroads of New England". The town was first settled over 300 years ago, and like other small New England towns it has grown just enough over the years to be in a difficult place today. How do we embrace the future without forgetting how we got to our present? How do we attract the right kind of growth, and maintain who we are? And, what about our culture out here in Central Massachusetts?
These pages will cause one to think about how to protect what we have, our future direction, and how to move on in the very best way.
Those thoughts, and other ramblings, will hopefully inspire more thought, conversation, action, and occasionally a smile...
...seems to be working so far
Monday, August 30, 2010
Sure Feels Like I Am Being Gouged
Case in point: This past week Mary filled her gas tank in Leominster for $2.45 / gallon. I filled my tank here in Sturbridge, at the Mobil across from the Picadilly, for $2.79 / gallon.
Thirty four cents difference. Not three to four cents difference, but thirty four cents. The other towns in our area are low, too, but not as low as Leominster. They were at least twenty five cents lower.
Well, the first thing you are thinking is, "Well, duh, Wally, you are filling up at the most expensive place in town."
I know. No excuse. When I drive by Cumberland Farms, which traditionally has one of the lowest prices in town, it is usually filled with cars, and so the next place is the Mobil. Poor excuse, but when the difference is ten cents a gallon I can live with it. The difference is getting much greater, and now the Pilot gas station on old Route 15 is the least expensive in town, not Cumberland Farms. One would expect the Pilot to be more expensive since it grabs the tourists right off I-84.
Until now I could justify a "convenience fee" for myself, but no longer, the price difference here in town is too great.
I have to wonder how the Mobil can justify their price. Doesn't matter really, they will charge what they can for as long as they choose to. When a products price varies so greatly in a small locale one has to wonder a bit. I, on the other hand, have to change my ways.
They say it takes thirty days to start, and embed a new habit into your regimen. I'll let you know how I do around October 1st. Last evening I took the family out for ice cream at Friendly's, and then for gas at Pilot.
I know, I know, I am just too damn fun.