The First Time I was Startled by Gas Prices
The first time I was shocked by gas prices came from an article claiming gas reached 8 dollars a gallon in California over the Memorial Day weekend. I can handle $6, and $7 wouldn't have had the same effect. But $8 is a psychological marker that only existed in my brain to denote the price my teachers would use to warn me about how bad Venezuela was collapsing or something.
The line has been crossed; we're now in "failing state" gas price territory.
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