Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Report: January 7 – 13

Today The Boy 5 began to tell me how to grow a beanstalk. Start with beans. Get mom & dad’s permission and toss them out the window. Then it grows. Thinking I knew a thing or two about beanstalks I asked him about climbing it. He said yes, climb it to get to Canada.

I blame the liberals!

Not a particularly good MinusCar week, but hey…I’m trying. Besides, I made up for it by not going a whole lot of places. Let’s not forget, it’s very January.

Trips -

MinusCar: 3
Multi-occupant Auto: 3
Single occupant Auto: 3
Destinations: 24

One of those multi-occupant trips was KT and DDD and I playing the occasional annual DDD birthday round of disc golf. We uncovered two discs buried in the snow and nearly lost one ourselves. Stomping through the snow at lower Tuthill got pretty tiring. Maybe snowshoes are in order.

We all drove together.

My Car Miles: 34
My Bike Miles: 25

This week I crossed the 5,000 mile mark since the beginning of The MinusCar Project. 5,025 in 31 months = 162 average.

I filled up my car with gas 7 times in 2007.

Drove 1,977 miles compared to 1,917 the year before.

Rode 2,580 miles compared to 3,378 the year before.

Auto service three years prior to MinusCar inception = $210/month.

Auto service since = $86/month.

Fuel three years prior to the MinusCar inception = $135/month.

Fuel since = $143/month.

An increase of 6%.

Average fuel price three years prior to MinusCar inception = $1.54.

Average fuel prices since = $2.49.

An increase of 61%.

It's clear that my lack of demand for fuel is causing quite an increase in prices.

Sorry about that.

Update: after a couple hours of sleep I recognize that I may have a faulty understanding of the law of supply and demand. I'm not a rocket economist. The numbers though - those are correct.


bikingbrady said...

Well done with the Stats. Scary to see the fact you are driving less but it's costing you more. Nice to see you take the blame for the price hike. I'll take a share of the blame for you too :-)

Eric A. said...

Get some snowshoes.
They are fun.

Snakebite said...

That's too many stats for me. Could you please YouTube all of this???

SD_pedalpower said...

I usually skip people's stats but I like the way you laid this out.

John Umland said...

you gotta put in your bike expenses, tune ups, rubber, hardware, clothes, etc.
God is good