My brain is very number oriented. I'm not a math genius or anything like that, trust me. But numbers stick in my brain. I only remember a few of the kids in my first grade class but of those I do, I remember their birthdays. Back when our phones didn't store phone numbers, I had the phones numbers of nearly everyone I knew floating around up there. It's actually annoying.
And, as Donna and I have discussed, I'm also a little OCD-ish. The numbers and the OCD are probably connected.
One way that has worked out is that I've never bought a car unless I could have expected to pay less than 10 cents a mile for gas to drive it. So, if gas was $2.50/ gallon, my car would have to get more than 25 MPG. I've never had trouble.
Our last car before this one was a Honda Civic Coupe. It got about 35 MPG new. We gave it to a kid I worked with with about 150,000 miles on it and it was still was getting 32 MPG and gas was about $2.50, even less.
Donald Trump was President.
We bought this Camry Hybrid in September 020. The sticker said that it would get 52 MPG.
My experience with Toyota hybrids is that they do well in warm weather, not so much when it's cold.
When we drove it off the lot in September, still warmish in Pennsylvania, it started out at about 48 and built up to 52.3 for a few miles until the cumulative MPG began to tumble. By the next spring, MPG fell to 48.6. Last summer it peaked at 52.2. We were in the south during this past winter and the average only fell to 51.7. Now, it's back to 52.0. We're getting about 54 MPG on this tank.
Thing is. Joe Biden is President.
Shortly after we bought the car, I wrote a post on a blog actually complaining that I paid extra for the hybrid and gas cost me less than 5c a mile.
But, as we know, Joe's in the Oval Office now.
Today, at the station we use, Regular is 4.96 with, as they say on Billboard, a bullet.
Today is June 4.
Whadaya wanna bet? Before the Fourth of July, because of Joe, pb will break his 10c/mile rule of thumb?
pb's a geezer. After all these years! I'm expecting that my OCD will go bonkers.