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A ripple in The Force?

Livermore Oil Well

To borrow a line from the USGS (United States Geological Survey) pages, “Did you feel it?” :-)

And then I remembered that “Reversal is the movement of the Tao.

I picked up my son from the Dublin-Pleasanton BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) station this afternoon and told him that I needed to get gas from Costco, since tomorrow is a holiday. As is my custom, I once again drove my half-full (not half-empty) 1996 Toyota T-100 (155,000+ miles) to Costco, one of the least expensive places to fill up around here.

However, I was not mentally prepared for what I found there! When I looked at the pump, the price was $4.369/gallon, DOWN 4 cents/gallon from what I paid on June 28! I took off my glasses, doubting my vision, but the numbers would not change – $4.369! I looked at my watch to make sure that time was still running forward, not backward!

The space-time continuum appears to be just fine!

I am at a loss to explain what happened. Sometime, between June 28 and July 3, something happened that resulted in a decrease of 4 cents at the pump for regular gasoline at Costco. Was this an isolated incident? Did other gas stations show a decrease? Was this localized to Livermore, to the Bay Area, to California? Was this part of a general phenomenon nationwide?

Or was this merely a statistical aberration, a blip on the chart…?

I looked at CNN, but I still did not see an explanation! As far as I could tell, the headline over their map was about $1/gallon BEHIND!

If anyone out there can explain what happened, please write to let me know. Otherwise, for those of you in the United States, have a great Independence Day holiday tomorrow!

(Update on July 10, 2008: Regular gas at Costco has dropped ANOTHER 3 cents/gallon to $4.339/gallon. I am not an economist (I do know a thing or two about “ripples,” though.) but it seems very hard to explain, by “supply and demand” :-) in the market, how very recent decreases in the price of crude oil become so rapidly reflected in the price of refined gasoline, but as I said, I am not an economist. I will leave “the dismal science” to others more suited to it.

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