Johnson Automotive

Not being a high-volume Retail operation, you’d expect your supplier to be slow to respond, but that’s not been the case with Hopkins Oil. They fully understand how critical this is to Our needs and treat us as a true ‘partner’, as if we were buying 100,000 gallons a month!

Bob Humphrey 
IT Director
Johnson Automotive

Today’s Smile

 

Jack Daniels Fishing Story

 I finally got around to going fishing this mornin’ – but after a

 While, I ran out of worms.

  Then I saw a cottonmouth with a frog in his mouth, and frogs are good

Bass bait. Knowing the snake couldn’t bite me with the frog in his

 Mouth, I grabbed him right behind the head, took the frog and put it

  In my bait bucket.

 Now the dilemma was how to release the snake without getting bitten –

I grabbed my bottle of Jack Daniels and poured a little whiskey in

Its mouth.

His eyes rolled back, he went limp! I released him into the lake

 Without incident and carried on with my fishing, using the frog as

bait.  

A little later, I felt a nudge on my foot.

 There was that damn snake with two frogs in his mouth!

Unbranded Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Prices

 

Good morning,

 

Gasoline prices dropped 4.7 cents today. Diesel prices are down 4.8 cents. Crude is up 65 cents at this time. Prices are:

 

2/26/2010

AV.RACK

FEDERAL

STATE

SPILL

COST

   PRODUCT

  PRICE

  TAX

TAX

TAX

With Tax

UL REG

2.0888

0.1840

0.3055

0.0019

2.5802

PREMIUM

2.2471

0.1840

0.3055

0.0019

2.7385

ULS

2.0925

0.2440

0.3055

0.0019

2.6439

ULS RD

2.0897

0.0000

0.0025

0.0019

2.0941

 

Have a safe weekend,

 

-Larry H.

Unbranded Gasoline and Diesel Price Changes

 

Good morning,

 

Unbranded Gasoline prices are up 3.3 cents at the average rack in Selma. Diesel prices are up 1.9 cents/gallon. Prices are:

 

2/25/2010

AV.RACK

FEDERAL

STATE

SPILL

COST

   PRODUCT

  PRICE

  TAX

TAX

TAX

With Tax

UL REG

2.1360

0.1840

0.3055

0.0019

2.6274

PREMIUM

2.2893

0.1840

0.3055

0.0019

2.7807

ULS

2.1410

0.2440

0.3055

0.0019

2.6924

ULS RD

2.1372

0.0000

0.0025

0.0019

2.1416

 

Job claims announced today were up 22,000 to 496,000. Crude is down $1.83at this time to $78.17. Akio Toyoda, President of Toyota (spelled with a t instead of a d) apologized for his namesake’s failure. However, he did not commit seppuku like some of the lawmakers wanted him to do. Toyota sent out a press release saying they were changing their motto from ‘Moving forward’ to ‘Moving forward but stopping safely’. That works for me. Toyota owners are being told to practice, while they are driving, shifting the car into neutral. An ABC reporter drove with a professor who has figured a way to short out the Toyota electronics and induce the surge. Even though he knew it was coming, the reporter failed to shift into neutral. The computer read ‘no codes’ afterward.

 

Best regards,

 

-Larry H.

Larry Hopkins

President

Hopkins Oil Co. Inc.

5211 Trademark Drive

Raleigh, N.C. 27610

Direct Line: 919-534-2309

Cell: 919-622-8205

Fax: 919-833-8122

larry@hopkinsoil.com

A Letter To Congressman Price

Dear Congressman Price:

I have a simple idea that might help.

People are receiving unemployment checks but would rather work.

Employers are reluctant to hire at this time but some of them would like to do so.

Why not allow unemployed persons to continue to receive benefits while allowing employers to hire them and pay just the difference between those benefits and the normal pay (in other words a discount for an incentive).
This would be a two year agreement signed by all three (including employment security folks). The unemployment benefits would be paid only for the first year and the employer must retain the worker for an additional year at full pay or have to repay the incentive.

Unemployment benefits are already loaded into the system so this would not cost the tax payer any additional monies and debt, but it would allow employees to pay their house payment. In two years the economy should be on the way to recovery. This would bridge that two-year gap and reemployment and housing would pick up much quicker.

Persons would have to be out of work for some period, say 6 months. Otherwise, SOME employers would lay all of their employees off and then rehire them just to receive the discount. That’s what made America great.

Best regards,

Larry H.

Gasoline and Diesel Rack Price Changes

 

Good morning,

 

It looks as though we are about to receive one last gift from winter’s weather. The average unbranded gasoline rack is down today by 5.6 cents. Diesel fuel at the average rack in Selma is down by 3.6 cents. Crude is up only 5 cents at this time. Prices are:

 

AV.RACK

FEDERAL

STATE

SPILL

COST

   PRODUCT

  PRICE

  TAX

TAX

TAX

With Tax

UL REG

2.1026

0.1840

0.3055

0.0019

2.5940

PREMIUM

2.2560

0.1840

0.3055

0.0019

2.7474

ULS

2.1223

0.2440

0.3055

0.0019

2.6737

ULS RD

2.1182

0.0000

0.0025

0.0019

2.1226

 

I have been reading again, a book by Malcolm Gladwell entitled ‘Outliers’. It is an easy and thoughtful read. His premise is that there are reasons that some people succeed and others don’t. Gladwell reported on a study of the Baltimore school system. The study found that poor kids did just as well as the more wealthy children during the first grade, but over the summer, the poor kids scores dropped while the wealthier jumped up. (They knew this because they gave the California aptitude test at the end of June and the beginning of the fall term). The wealthier kids had resources over the summer that the poor kids did not such as travel and books, and, most probable, their parents had more education. With each grade, the poorer kids dropped lower in the aptitude test and the wealthier kids were selected for the more advanced classes, thus the gap between the two grew wider and wider with time. The implication is that going year-round to school is a positive step.

 

Gladwell gave the example of the KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) schools, which started in the Bronx. There are no entrance exams. Applications are chosen by lottery. These are mostly Latino and African American kids. This is a year-round school with hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. These kids not only succeed but by Grade 8 they place above the national average in math. Eighty percent of the kids go on to college and succeed. These are just average kids, picked at by lottery, from a very poor environment and the schools work.

Our analogy of the schools system seems to derive from our farming methods. Fields that are planted on every year are soon depleted. The idea back in the 1870’s seemed to be that too much education would deplete the mind. One study of 1500 insane patients in a mental hospital deduced that over 200 of them were driven insane by too much education.

 

Asians have a different view. They plant rice year round and try to put in two even three crops. By flooding their fields with water and nutrients they enrich their fields, not deplete them. Asian children go to year round schools and place higher on achievement tests than American kids.

 

Perhaps Wake County should consider placing all students in year-round schools. The children will learn more and not forget their learning over the summer, and our investment in school facilities would be more efficient.

 

 

Enjoy your day,

 

-Larry H.

Larry Hopkins

President

Hopkins Oil Co. Inc.

5211 Trademark Drive

Raleigh, N.C. 27610

Direct Line: 919-534-2309

Cell: 919-622-8205

Fax: 919-833-8122

larry@hopkinsoil.com

Gasoline and Diesel Rack Price changes

 

Good morning,

 

Crude oil is down this morning by $1.69 to $78.69 at this time, from its close yesterday over $80/barrel. Gasoline prices are up 2.3 cents today at the average unbranded rack in Selma. Diesel prices are up 8/10ths of a cent today:

HOPKINS OIL WEBSITE CALCULATOR

AV.RACK

FEDERAL

STATE

SPILL

COST

   PRODUCT

  PRICE

  TAX

TAX

TAX

With Tax

UL REG

2.1588

0.1840

0.3055

0.0019

2.6502

PREMIUM

2.3058

0.1840

0.3055

0.0019

2.7972

ULS

2.1580

0.2440

0.3055

0.0019

2.7094

ULS RD

2.1550

0.0000

0.0025

0.0019

2.1594

 

Prices should drop tomorrow if crude remains down.

 

Best regards,

 

-Larry H.