(Full disclosure: I originally planned on writing this story last week, but since it would have been outdated almost immediately, I'm glad I waited. Even though this story is going to age like a gallon of milk on the back porch anyway.)

It is literally impossible to afford to live anymore.

This morning, I drove by an EZMart on Quaker Avenue, where the gas prices were $4.09 at around 7am. By 1pm, it was up to $4.29. I don't care what excuses y'all come up with, but this is bulls#!t.

Image: Lance Ballance-Townsquare Media
Image: Lance Ballance-Townsquare Media
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Image: Lance Ballance-Townsquare Media
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I took these two pictures last week, mostly to complain that I thought that a certain retailer was engaging in shenanigans abut gas prices, because they would have  a station that was 30 cents higher than the one right down the street.

But then, from just moments ago at the 7-11 at 98th and Slide, we have a new champion:

$4.49 per gallon.

Whoa.

We'd do the research, but it's fairly apparent to us that these are the highest gas prices that we in Lubbock have probably EVER seen. If you wonder why things cost more in stores, its because gas and Diesel to fuel the trucks to get your Pringles there is more expensive, and those costs are getting passed onto you. And, no...buying electric cars isn't going to do a damn thing to help. 99% of the population can't afford them anyway, and I won't be caught dead driving a Volt.

I'm old enough to remember when THIS was what gas prices were like in Lubbock.

Image: Lance Ballance-Townsquare Media
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This was October of 2020, at the United Express at 98th and Quaker. Just 19 months, and one election ago. I was bragging to my friends on the West Coast how great we had it here. Now, we've become part of the third world nation that is the Unacceptable States of America.

Gas prices are up 350% in less than 2 years. People are buying gas, just so they can go to work to buy more gas, and sacrificing simple joys like food. Now, I'm no expert on economics (and neither are you, so sit down Poindexter), but we can just look at what has changed in our world to cause this mess, and it ain't the pandemic.

Now, any odds on when we'll see $5 a gallon in Lubbock? At this rate, I'm thinking it's be sometime after lunch tomorrow.

This is bulls#!t.

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