I remember when I moved to Ann Arbor, the first tank of gas I purchased was 99 cents per gallon. Coming as I was from California, this seemed near miraculous! Of course, those prices are long gone, but that was only six years ago. Part of the problem, of course, is the war. Part of it is the “recession” (I know…vicious circle), and part of the problem is greed. As it stands now, we’re paying ~$3.50 for the cheap stuff. You try and live by a budget, but it can be tough when the cost of a commodity keeps increasing which not only drives up your direct costs, but also drives up the costs of other key items as merchants and manufacturers have to cover their fuel costs. I’m afraid fuel costs are going to drive me into the poor house…and I *walk* to work!!!