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A lose-lose situation - Jaya Franklin

GAS. The word makes me sick.

Sometimes, I ride pass gas stations on "E" just because I'm too stubborn to stop.

I know it's irresponsible, because I could run out of gas, but I hate going to the gas station. I feel like I'm being stifled, and all the gas station employees are laughing at me.

I can't stand putting the pump in my tank and seeing the numbers increase slowly but surely.

Because of this, I have an attitude as soon as I pull up to a Quik Trip or any other gas station.

The cashier's friendly greetings and warm smiles don't help the situation much. It just makes me want to purchase an infinite amount of gas cans and fill them up to capacity and just drive off. That way, I won't have to visit the dreaded gas station for awhile.

But of course, I'm too smart to do something like that. Besides, it's illegal.

It would be great if you could purchase a certain amount of gas for six months to a year, and pay one set price,no matter if the price of gas increased later on. That would be cool.

Or what if you could get gas from places other than gas stations? For example, what if we could get unleaded and premium gas from inside a Wal-Mart or Target? That would be wonderful.

As consumers, all we would have to do is look in the paper for the weekly sales ads and go to the cheapest place. If this were true, then gas wouldn't be such a hot topic or a major burden on consumers.

I wish I owned an oil company. That way, I would benefit from all of this money being spent at the pump.

But no, I'm just a regular, 24-year-old just trying to survive. I wish I worked within walking distance of my house. That way, I could walk everywhere or ride a bike.

However, considering the fact that I work forty miles from my home, that wouldn't work out very well. Besides, I would look pretty stupid walking or riding a bike down 675 South. Unfortunately, there is no other alternative. I will just have to continue to pay a ridiculous amount for gas until prices decrease, and I don't think that will happen anytime soon.

Jaya Franklin covers government for the Henry Daily Herald. She can be reached via e-mail at jfranklin@henryherald.com.