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Just a O predicted to no one in particular at the gas station last night, gas prices started to go back up today in anticipation of the 4th of July holiday. This morning they were at $1.16/gallon and by lunch they had gone up to $1.37. I anticipate $1.89 by tomorrow. Anyway, i was driving back from lunch and spied a Phillips 66 station still at $1.16 but changing it's prices. So I snuck in and topped off my tank before they could get the prices changed on the pump. To everyone in Illinois who did not heed my warning....suckers!


In other news, I got an email back from Jim Derogatis. Jim wrote a book about the late Rock Critic and editor of Creem magazine, Lester Bangs (one of my favorite writers). Lester was portrayed quite well by Phillip Michael Hoffman in the movie "Almost Famous" last year. Anyway, I wanted to know what Jim thought of the movie and if the portrayal of Bangs was accurate. I never thought Jim would be so accesible as to actually answer his email but I got a really nice response as follows:

"Hi Mark

I think Cameron (Crowe) did a good job of portraying the Lester he met in 1972 -- which
was just one side of the man, but I recognized the Lester I met in there too. I
am a bit biased, as I like Cameron a lot and I helped by providing Hoffman with
my tape of my interview with Bangs -- he was walking around the set listening
to it to get into character. But I think he's a tremendous actor and really
captured some of that gonzo Lester spirit.

Anyway, thanks for reading the book, and for caring about Lester!



Now ain't that just cooler than shit? Lester Bangs career for me represents a road not taken. One ofthe many of my life. I used to be a big time journalist and entertainment critic but I took a different path. It's nice to learn about someone who stuck by his guns to the end.




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Jul. 2nd, 2001 05:43 pm (UTC)
$1.16?????!!!!! Gas was a dollar SIXTEEN??!?!?!?!
*moving to Illinois after the 4th*
I'm still paying $1.41/gal over here...damned tax. They are so worried about people getting upset with the state tax on gas, that they have little signs on the gas pumps telling you how much the gas was at cost, the federal tax, and the state tax... YEAH, RIGHT!!!!
wow...I could be paying $10 a tank where you live...
Jul. 2nd, 2001 10:46 pm (UTC)
It's amazing to me the discrepancies in pricing even between different regions. In MO, for example, it was only $1.34 this past weekend, although I haven't checked it out recently, so it may have skyrocketed like in Illinois. And in Goldsboro, it's usually even cheaper, if you can believe that.

Jul. 3rd, 2001 07:40 am (UTC)
Yeah, in Illinois, people who live near the Missouri, Iowa borders generally go across the river to get gas in another state. It's usually up to 20 cents cheaper across the border. I live about 40 miles away at the farm so generally I just get gas in town and hope I don't need to go on a longer trip.


Jul. 3rd, 2001 07:35 am (UTC)
Well, it's an illusion. All winter long it hovered around $1.75 as the lowest price. Then it dipped early in the spring then rose to $1.92 around Memorial Day and then came down to around $1.47 for most of June and had been steadily dropping day by day for the last two week giving everyone a flase sense of security so they could jack it up for the 4th and keep going up until Labor Day. It's holding steady at $1.37 this morning but I predict by noon we will see $1.69 and by tomorrow $1.89. Mark my words. We have the highest per gallon gas tax in the nation. 40 cents per gallon. And this in a state with a lottery that raises millions of dollars per day. Oh well, I guess the mobsters in Chicago gotta eat too.


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