Gasoline and Diesel fuel Prices

 

Good morning,

 

The Stock Market went up yesterday and carried commodities with it. Gasoline I sup 2.7 cents. Diesel fuel is up 4.5 cents. Diesel is also heating fuel and when it snows in New York like it is doing today, one can say the commodity trader saw his shadow. Prices are:

 

UNLEADED     $1.9351

PLUS              $1.9905

PREMIUM      $2.0874

ULS               $2.0133

ULS RD         $2.0103

 

It will be really strange if Vancouver doesn’t have enough snow for the Olympic Games when Philadelphia is expected to break the all time winter record today of 62 inches. Maybe they could move the games to Philadelphia.

 

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

Gasoline and Diesel Rack Prices

 

Good morning,

 

We are in for more rain. The water table can’t be down very far now. We may all be living in Venice soon. Gasoline went down at the average rack in Selma by 4/10ths of a cent. Diesel fuel went up at the average rack by 6/10ths of a cent. Prices are:

 

UNLEADED   $1.9082

PLUS            $1.9623

PREMIUM     $2.0581

ULS              $1.9688

ULS RD        $1.9668

 

Just what we need, more rain! Last Friday night carrying my son from hockey to the basketball game at Cary Academy, I was driving through that section of I-40 between Crossroads and Wade Ave. that I call the ‘Cary Squeeze’, where three lanes are squeezed into two. They are working on it now to widen that stripe and I applaud the effort, but it was very hard to see in the rain that night. Many of the lane reflectors have been scrapped off by the snow plows and one can hardly see where the lanes are. I am having eye trouble. My eyes have naturally developed bipolar vision until my left eye is farsighted and my right eye is nearsighted but they have diverged so far that my vision is blurred  at night and I have to even close my right eye to be able to see the road. I was just trying to keep in line with the tail lights of the car ahead of me. You know it is raining hard when you try to turn up the speed of the windshield wipers and they are already on high.

I mentioned to my son that I thought the reflectors had been scrapped away and he agreed as we could see the shattered remains by the roadside. I made kind of a joke that maybe the DOT should bury LED lights in the pavement between the lanes. Michael immediately said that it would cost too much and no one could see them buried. I thought a minute and agreed about the cost, at least for now, but I thought that burying the lights but covering them with a tough, clear plastic cover, flush with the pavement, would work. Just for fun for Michael, I added that the lights should flash along in sequence at the speed limit of 65 miles per hour, guiding us through the rain. He thought that would be cool.

 

I thought about it later and here is the fun part. What would you see when you gradually reached speed with the lights at 65 mph. I would predict that the moving lights would seem, relatively, to have stopped because we were moving at the same speed. This is Einstein thought problem again. If you looked back at Crossroads, what scene would you see. The scene, assuming great vision and probably a telescope would be that time has stopped because the picture you are looking at is reflected light that is moving exactly as your speed. But the picture would be getting smaller. So what would happen with the relative speed of the lights if you sped up to 70 mph? You would seem to be passing  the lights, just like you would pass a slower car and they would recede between you. So If you could go faster that the speed of light heading toward Wade then looking back at Crossroads, the scene would seem to be going backward in time as you caught up with the previously reflected light in the scene from the past. So Time is relative to your speed with the speed of light which is Einstein’s theory of relativity. Cool, huh? As far as going forward into the future, I don’t see how one could ‘see’ a scene that has never reflected the light. Does That make sense? My wife says I am a terrible teacher but I try. I am simple. I figure if I can understand it then anybody can. Whether I can explain it is another thing. Traveling in space between planets is a tough sell because the distances are too great. It may only happen if we find alternative dimensions and can slide between them.

 

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 Prices

 

Good Monday morning,

 

Gasoline has dropped another 7.8 cents today. Diesel fuel is down  3.4 cents. Prices are:

 

UNLEADED   $1.9126

PLUS            $1.9678

PREMIUM     $2.0659

ULS              $1.9627

ULS RD        $1.9609

 

Crude is up 4 cents from its close on Friday. On Friday I was late getting home to pick up Michael and take him to hockey practice. There were so many wrecks on the Beltline. He plays goalie on a Peewee Raleigh youth league. He was the last guy on the ice. Afterwards, we had to hurry over to Cary Academy where my daughter was being presented along with all the seniors and she was a cheerleader for the girls and boys basketball games with North Raleigh Christian, the Knights. The girl’s game wasn’t even close, The Chargers beat the Knights easily. It was interesting to watch girls with their mascara and painted fingernails fighting it out. They all wore ponytails but added to that, each team put rubber bands around their head to hold the casual hair back.

The guys game was entirely different. North Raleigh ran away from Cary Academy in the first half and at one point was leading by 21 points. I was ready to go, since we had already had Kenzie’s presentation ceremony but Terri wanted to wait and see if they could come back again. The Knights had the tallest player on the floor, a good looking guy with Great Hair. He was everywhere, with deft passes inside, shooting from the outside, penetrating to draw a foul. They took him out with 2 minutes to go in the half. I said the coach did not want him to get a third file before the second half. Terri said No it was because he had to fix his hair. The Knights lead by 11 points at half.

In the second half, Cary Academy took it up a notch, doing the same things, but much quicker and they started to narrow the score. By the end of the second half, the Chargers were ahead by 2 points, the two teams running back and forth, trading scores. And then with 2 seconds left, Great Hair took the final jump shot and sure enough, he swished it. Overtime! As the minutes ticked off the clock, Great Hair had finally gotten some strands of hair out of place, floating around above his head. He probably should have borrowed one of those rubber bands from the girl’s team. I would bet he had many willing admirers on both girls teams. The Chargers were leading again by 2 in the final seconds and a 3 pointer would have won it for the Knights. The Knights fired off the last jump shot and it bounced around and out. They probably should have let Great Hair take the shot. Disney could not have written a better outcome.

 

 

Enjoy your week,

 

-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 & Diesel Prices

 

Good Morning,

 

The Dow lost 268 points yesterday and dropped to a low it has not seen since November 2, 2009. Problems in Europe were blamed. The dollar went up so gold and crude oil dropped. The Dow is presently at 9945, down 56 points. Crude oil closed at $73.14 yesterday and is down to $72.77 at present. Gasoline at the average rack in Selma is down today by 7.4 cents. Diesel fuel is down by 7.6 cents:

 

UNLEADED    $1.9905

PLUS             $2.0201

PREMIUM      $2.1147

ULS               $1.9966

ULS RD         $1.9957

 

Enjoy your weekend,

 

-Larry H.