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  • Yes, and at a time when gas prices are around 2$ for regular. Hee.

    May 08, 2004
  • In WA state here, most places have regular around $2.20 — with premium closer to $2.45. Yikes! Glad I almost never drive any more. Sheesh.

    May 08, 2004
  • Yes, the Seventies are returning: gas prices, mideast crises, inflation. Break out your bellbottoms and Styx albums.

    May 09, 2004
  • Hiya Bob-

    I heard the song, and now its stuck in my head. Thanks!! 😉

    A friend mentioned that a movie was made based on this one tune , is that true? If so, was the movie any good?

    May 09, 2004
  • There was in fact a movie, a very silly movie, “Convoy,” directed by Sam Peckinpah, and starring Kris Kristofferson, Ali McGraw and Ernest Borgnine. One critic said: Late, atypical entry in the Sam Peckinpah cannon, wherein the drama and blood-letting are toned down in favour of a daft tale of rebel truck-drivers hauling their loads…

    May 09, 2004
  • Gak! (choke)

    I was filling (well, not exactly filling) my tank Saturday, looking around and watching the Suburbanites in their Suburbans, Expeditions, Gaseaters, and such, and thinking, I wonder if they’re even feeling this or even thinking about it…

    You know, I’m having these flashbacks from the 1970’s…

    May 10, 2004
  • Styx albums, check. (But I only acknowledge Styx to before the “Mr Roboto” album. Even parts of the “Paradise Theater” album were getting a bit on the “Dennis DeYoung Does Showtunes” side).

    Bell bottoms…uh, can I substitute cutoffs? I don’t think I can afford to buy new bellbottoms. I’d go raid my mother’s weirdo cache of my childhood clothes, but I’m afraid they’d fit more like Capri pants-bellbottoms, which I’m afraid would be terribly unhip (and uncomfortable).

    Now all we need is a Fundie President and an administration full of scofflaws and Constitution-subverters and it’ll be comp…oh. Never mind.

    May 10, 2004
  • Yers, difficult to believe that was a Peckinpah flick. Definitely had lost his touch by that point (and “Straw Dogs” was only 6 years before!). And Ernest Borgnine…what an interesting actor to choose as his “signature” stable-actor.

    May 10, 2004
  • I must be really tired, because that review you linked me to made the movie sound…well…not half bad!

    Pretty mean that they took care to mention the director was drinking heavily 🙂

    I can’t wait to see the commercial for this.

    May 10, 2004
  • I grew up watching “McHale’s Navy,” which did for the Navy what “Hogan’s Heroes” did for Allied prisoners of war. As you say, Borgnine was an interesting casting choice.

    May 12, 2004
  • Pretty mean that they took care to mention the director was drinking heavily

    Yeah, that was a little cold-blooded, even if they did mention it by way of explaining why he directed the movie. At least they didn’t mention his wife-beating. (Kidding–I’m kidding!)

    May 12, 2004
  • Yeah, you kind of hit the nail on the head there, didn’t you. Amazing to think, given the current occupant of the White House, that we considered Carter a fundamentalist. Well, that’s the difference between an evangelical and a fundamentalist: all fundamentalists are evangelicals, but not all evangelicals are fundamentalists.

    May 12, 2004
  • My nephew and his wife both drive SUVs, and they live in Arizona, where one has to drive to everything (including the bathroom), and the average driving distance tends to be longer. I assume they will be selling their children for oil soon.

    May 12, 2004

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