Take the Scenic Route

Sunday, April 30, 2006

A Mandate

No, a Mandate. Not a ManDate. With the increased price of Gaskranken, I've been starting to wander whether some Scenic Detours might be moving toward not just scenic, but economic sense. That is, if a minor route is significantly shorter, but with a poorer quality of road, then it might just make sense to take that route over the main road.

I tested this theory out over the easter break, so there will be a full-ish report soon, considering whether there might be more scenic ways to save fuel.

Friday, April 21, 2006

What's in a name?

Just popped back in to the office after my extended easter holiday, and I now have my name engraved in plastic and screwed to my door...

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Seventy Dollar

So it's been a while. A very busy while.
Doubtless there's an argument that I should write something thought-provoking.
Instead, I'm going to whine about the exchange rate, but also be thankful for driving an economical car. I put $70.07 worth of petrol in my car tonight, something I've never done before. I remember, once, back in the good old days thinking that even if it was right empty, I'd never get $50 in.

Pretty weird times. And also weird because over the last while I think we've got used to things always getting cheaper. But I think that time might be over. Pity the fool that dreamed up the whare's Price Rollback marketing strategy. Rolling the price back up won't seem so fun, although perhaps they won't advertise that the same.

Anyway, a picture paints a thousand words. The exchange rate dropped pretty steadily for four odd years, then climbed for a while, screwed round last year, and is not on the wrong side of the lines...