November 24, 2008

November 24, 2008
Happy Trails to You!

We've reached Thanksgiving week. (Wasn't it just St. Patrick's Day?) I had a great week spending time with my partner. I hope you made some special memories for yourself.

Some of you are already on vacation and some of you do not start until Wednesday after work. I wish all of you a safe and great trip. Many of you are traveling to be with loved ones near and far.

I wanted to thank you for your emails and well wishes. I am very busy this time of year with World AIDS Week coming up and my Teddy Bear Touchdown for children with HIV and AIDS. Before I know it, I will look up and it will be New Years Eve. So I have to remind myself to stay in the moment and enjoy every second of it. Life is too short to take it for granted.

But because I will be so busy for the next few weeks, I will not be going home to see my family in Pensacola this year. I want to send my love and holiday wishes to all of you and I look forward to seeing you this next year.

But for those of you on the road, there is great news. Well at least it is great compared to five or six months ago.

I am talking about the price of gasoline of course.

Gasoline prices continued to sink, falling for the 67th day in a row, according to a national survey of gas station credit card swipes released Sunday.

The average price of gas in the United States fell to $1.929 a gallon, shedding 2.4 cents from the previous day.

Gas prices have shed $1.926 over the past 67 days, and have fallen more than 50% since hitting a record average price of $4.114 in mid-July.

Gas has already dipped below an average of $2 a gallon in 36 states, and continues to sell below $3 on average in all states. Even in Alaska - which has the most expensive gas in the country - the average fell below $3 a gallon on Sunday. Gas was cheapest in Missouri at an average of $1.624.

Diesel: The price of diesel fuel, which is used to power most trucks and commercial vehicles, fell to a national average of $2.848 a gallon from $2.868 a day earlier.

Diesel prices have fallen more than 40% since hitting a high of $4.845 in July.

Prices at the pump have been falling along with the price of crude oil, the main ingredient in all petroleum fuels. Crude investors have been concerned that as the global economy slows, demand for fuel will fade worldwide.

Oil prices on the open market have fallen more than 60% since mid July. On Friday, oil futures settled at their lowest levels since May 2005.

So give thanks being able to afford the visit to see loved ones this year. No telling where the price of gasoline will be in another year.

But for the holidays, I am going to keep the blogs positive. Even in down times, we can find a special moment to bring a smile or tear to our face.

Hope you have a great week whatever you are doing.

Wishing you health, hope, happiness and the best of holiday seasons.

Big bear hug,

Daddy Dab