Monday, May 20, 2013

Tank 350 - 18 May 2K13 - Flies in the Gasoline

I refilled the tank of the Mighty Corolla yesterday. I also changed the oil as well. The car had gone 375.4 miles, and I put in 10.628 gallons, making for a mileage of 35.32 mpg. Pretty good, I guess, particularly since I didn't make much effort to curb my driving to work on good mileage. Maybe I just had fewer in-town little trips to bring my mileage down even further.

So I changed the oil, too. Last time I went to the dump, I saw that in addition to oil recycling, they have a used oil filter drop off location as well. Great, I thought, because I usually always have an used oil filter after changing the oil, so I was happy to see I could drop that off for recycling as well.

But NO! I went to the dump on Sunday afternoon and the area where the oil filters are dropped was closed and locked! Behind a chain-link fence!

Crap. But still, I dropped off my used oil filter right there where the oil went. I figure somebody'll see it there and take it to the right place when it's open.

This time last year, I had spent $680.86 on gas and had driven 7267.4 miles. This year, it's been $436.21 on gas and 4582.1 miles. Gas is averageing about 25 cents less per gallon this year over the same period of time last year...

Monday, May 6, 2013

Tank 349 - 4 May 2K13

I refueled the Mighty Corolla yesterday at the Fas mart near my house. I couldn't use the pump I usually use, because some fool in a Mercedes convertible has pulled up enough that his car pretty much blocked the open gas pump. I guess I could have parked it there and filled up my tank, but the nose of my car would have been kissing the nose of his car and I didn't want to literally get all up in his grille.

So I swung around and used the opposite side of the pump he was using. And as we all know, when this happens, each pump goes slower. And at this gas station, the pumps are not very fast to start with.

Anyway, after a mere 359.9 miles, I put 10.563 gallons of gas in there, making for a pitiful mileage of 34.07 miles per gallon.

I don't even know why I even bother any more. 34 miles per gallon is the Expected fuel economy for this car (highway).

A silver lining of sorts, I have spend $400.94 in gas so far this year. Last year at this time I had spent $642.57.

The dark cloud is that it's probable that we're all going to move to a different house next month that's about 7 miles farther away from the office. But the good news there is that it's a much less densely populated neighborhood so it promises to be quieter and more peaceful.

But that's another story for another time.