Gasoline & Diesel Price Changes

 

Good morning,

 

Prices of gasoline are down 2.7 cents today. Diesel fuel at the average rack in Selma is down 3/10ths of a cent:

AV.RACK

FEDERAL

STATE

SPILL

COST

   PRODUCT

  PRICE

  TAX

TAX

TAX

With Tax

UL REG

2.2644

0.1840

0.3055

0.0019

2.7558

PREMIUM

2.4439

0.1840

0.3055

0.0019

2.9353

ULS

2.3577

0.2440

0.3055

0.0019

2.9091

ULS RD

2.3550

0.0000

0.0025

0.0019

2.3594

 

On a day when the Dow dropped 213 points, the stock of Goldman Sachs went up $1, even with the Senate hearings going on. Apparently, many of Goldman Sachs’ clients were so outraged with the lynch mob mentally of the hearings that they called and pledged even more business. In one example of the eleven hour exchange and grilling that went on, the incident that was on all the news where the Senator asked the Goldman representative about an e-mail that mentioned a certain business deal that was a “piece of shit”, the Senator never gave the man a chance to explain. What he was trying to say before was rudely cut off was, that if it were a piece of shit then the buyer would have seen that and priced it like a piece of shit. The buyers dealing with Goldman are not homeowners, they are sophisticated traders. It would be like selling a clunker to an experienced car salesman who would know a clunker when he saw one and would price his purchase price accordingly.

What they need to do is break up these big conglomerates into vertical, agile operating units. When the CEO of Merrill Lynch heard about the mortgage crisis, he had to ask his mortgage unit how many they had bought. That’s when he found out Merrill was bankrupt. He had no clue what was going on. Just like Wells Fargo/Wachovia they have a commercial banking division, an investment bank, they have a mortgage division, a stock brokerage division, a leasing section, etc. One could conceive of how a family could invest their stock with Wells Fargo, buy their mortgage on their house from them, put your savings and checking in their bank and if Wells Fargo went belly up, the family could lose every dollar they had earned. I say break these conglomerates up and send the stock holders five or six shares of stock, one share for each division. Then none of these units would be too big to fail and they would be more competitive and move more quickly in their markets. The CEO would actually know his division that he heads and could make intelligent investments in the future of his stock holders.  Break up CITI, Bank of America and all the too big to fail and this would solve the problem.

 

No, our Senators are just playing to the crowd and voters this Fall and doing nothing useful which will solve the problem.

 

Best regards,

 

-Larry H.

 

 

You can view gasoline/diesel price changes at any time on our website at http://hopkinsoil.com/ but you must first Logon to see them

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.flywheelsites.com

 

 

 

 

 

A Simple Idea on Healthcare

 

After my cataract surgery, one of my c-store dealers e-mailed me and asked if I had gotten any ideas from the surgery about Healthcare. The short answer is ‘No”, at least not new. Forty years ago I was in Pharmacy School at UNC and that summer I was working in John Treadwell’s Person Street Pharmacy. A lady came in with a welfare prescription for 500 mg. of Tetracycline. I filled it. The next day she came back with another prescription from another doctor for 500mg. of Tetracycline. I called the doctor and he cancelled the second prescription. As I learned more about drug contraindications, I saw what was needed was a way to catch them before they were filled. People may go to several different doctors and the doctors whether an internist, heart doctor, urologists, etc and these doctors are never sure what drugs the other physicians may have prescribed. That’s why one ends up filling out all those forms over and over. I concluded that all of the pharmacies in the country should be linked together with each patient’s medical history and the drugs they were taking. The software would check for any contraindications. An example of a drug contraindications might be heparin, a blood thinner, and simple aspirin. Heparin is bound up by albumin in the blood, leaving only a limited amount to thin the blood. If one takes aspirin it competes for the site on the albumin, freeing up more heparin resulting in an inability to clot.

Anyway, the idea was to create one “Source” computer that was would contain the newest knowledge on all drugs on the market. This is important because it was always said as a joke, that one could look at the books a pharmacist has on the shelf and you would know what year the pharmacist graduated. In other words the youngest pharmacist would have the most up to date knowledge but, unless they kept reading and studying, their knowledge was like a stop action photograph. “The Source’ that all the computers would access would be located at one of the premiere pharmacy schools in the country and this school would have the responsibility for updating all knowledge on drugs. This school would immediately attract the finest faculty and students and would become world famous. I mailed the idea to Jim Goodnight at SAS, and unbelievably to me, he wrote me back. He said it was a good idea but he did not think government would spend the money. I still have the letter.

This was 15 years before the Internet and the personal computer which would make it much easier to implement today. It is still a good idea and we could widen the field to include all doctors, pharmacists, etc. and put everyone’s health history on line. With health insurance companies required to accept any preexisting conditions, there should be little problem. If one were brought into an emergency room, the doctors could immediately access the information they need to make informed decisions on treatment by your name or health card. One might even carry a barcode on a bracelet for example. One can see, though, how life insurance companies would be a problem.

Just a side note. I took a drug manufacturing course in the pharmacy school and we were supposed to come up with a unique idea or product. I chose as my project, tablets of acetaminophen. One had to get the granuals to a precise size so the punches could mash them into tablets of the exact dose and that the tablets would be smooth and not come apart.  When I was home later, my sister Beverly mentioned she had a headache.  Naturally, I pulled out my tablets of Acetaminophen and offered them to her. ‘Like I would take some drug that Larry mixed up in a lab,’ she told my Mom. Not long after that, Johnson & Johnson came out  with a new product that they named Tylenol. Acetaminophen was actually manufactured for Tylenol at Mallinckrodt in North Raleigh. I have delivered drums of lube oils to their maintenance shop.

U.S. News and World Report lists UNC as the #2 Pharmacy School in the country (2009).

 

Best regards,

 

-Larry

 

You can view gasoline/diesel price changes at any time on our website at www.hopkinsoil.com but you must first Logon to see them

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.flywheelsites.com

Gasoline & Diesel Fuel Price Changes

 

Good Monday morning,

 

We have another week in Paradise. Gasoline jumped up 5.3 cents. Diesel fuel is up 3.9 cents at the average rack in Selma:

 

AV.RACK

FEDERAL

STATE

SPILL

COST

   PRODUCT

  PRICE

  TAX

TAX

TAX

With Tax

UL REG

2.3012

0.1840

0.3055

0.0019

2.7926

PREMIUM

2.4728

0.1840

0.3055

0.0019

2.9642

ULS

2.3712

0.2440

0.3055

0.0019

2.9226

ULS RD

2.3672

0.0000

0.0025

0.0019

2.3716

 

Have a good week,

 

-Larry H.

 

You can view gasoline/diesel price changes at any time on our website at www.hopkinsoil.com but you must first Logon to see them

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.flywheelsites.com

Gasoline & Diesel Price Changes

 

Good Friday morning to you,

 

Gasoline prices edged up 6/10ths of a cent today. Diesel fuel went up by 4/10ths of a cent  at the average rack in Selma. Crude is down 37 cents to $83.33 at this time. Prices today are:

 

AV.RACK

FEDERAL

STATE

SPILL

COST

   PRODUCT

  PRICE

  TAX

TAX

TAX

With Tax

UL REG

2.2480

0.1840

0.3055

0.0019

2.7394

PREMIUM

2.4195

0.1840

0.3055

0.0019

2.9109

ULS

2.3322

0.2440

0.3055

0.0019

2.8836

ULS RD

2.3286

0.0000

0.0025

0.0019

2.3330

 

 

I have been reading again, a book entitled Freakanomics about a think tank of creative minds, organized to make money and file patents. But part of their time was spent on solving society’s problems. The central theme of the book was how creative ideas solved the world’s problems, not government intervention. The best example was the problem of horse manure in large cities in the late 1800’s which created a huge health problem. It was said that the manure was so deep at times that it was piled up on the side of the roads like snow that had been plowed. Rats bred by the legends on the feed left in the horse manure. Disease was rampant.

Those Brownstone walkups that we all admire were originally built to elevate the first floor buildings out of the dung, which seeped into basements. A meeting of large cities’ representatives in 1875 broke up early and in despair for a solution. Enter the invention of the motor car. This solved the problem.

 

One of the ideas presented was how to tackle global warming. They considered how volcanoes spewing sulfur into the air brought the temperature down. The eruption of Mount Tambora in Indonesia in1815 resulted in a year without summer as a dry fog of dust covered the world for a year. Price of grain increased by eight times. The failure of crops resulted in the greatest world-wide famine of the 19th century. It snowed in Washington, D.C. in June. Ice on lakes and rivers was observed as far south as Pennsylvania  in August. The temperature could jump up to 95 degrees during the day but plummet to below freezing at night.

These think tank guys have come to the conclusion that catastrophic effects of global warming are unlikely. Plants would grow much better in higher levels of carbon dioxide. But on the chance that a problem should occur, we should have a plan to cool the earth back down. They picked as the most likely method was mimicking a volcano eruption by injecting sulfur into the Stratosphere. They noted that oil companies have mountains of sulfur sitting around. They sketched out a delivery method using pumps and long hose suspended by balloons up into the Stratosphere with nozzle jets injecting sulfur into the air, creating a shield that would block the UV rays and cool the Earth. The method is controllable and reversible and they thought it would be good to test it. The amount of sulfur needed to accomplish this cooling is surprisingly small and the cost was estimated to be $433 million which is a fraction of what Al Gore is spending on his public awareness campaign.

 

I finished the book one night last week and got up in the morning to hear on the news that a the volcano in Iceland erupted spewing ash and dust into the air. Talk about a coincidence.

 

Have a good and safe weekend, Oh, and I have attached above my on solution for our energy problems for those of you who have not yet been bored with it.

 

-Larry H.

 

You can view gasoline/diesel price changes at any time on our website at www.hopkinsoil.com but you must first Logon to see them

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.flywheelsites.com

Gasoline & Diesel Price Changes

 

Good morning,

 

Gasoline prices are up by 1.4 cents today at the average rack in Selma. Diesel prices are up 3.6 cents. Prices are:

AV.RACK

FEDERAL

STATE

SPILL

COST

   PRODUCT

  PRICE

  TAX

TAX

TAX

With Tax

UL REG

2.2425

0.1840

0.3055

0.0019

2.7339

PREMIUM

2.4147

0.1840

0.3055

0.0019

2.9061

ULS

2.3280

0.2440

0.3055

0.0019

2.8794

ULS RD

2.3252

0.0000

0.0025

0.0019

2.3296

 

A pair of Canadian geese just walked past my window with two small babies. Amazing! Our office has more weeds than grass but they seem to find something to eat in them. There is a five acre pond behind our property.

 

Have a good day,

 

-Larry H.

 

 

You can view gasoline/diesel price changes at any time on our website at www.hopkinsoil.com but you must first Logon to see them

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.flywheelsites.com

Gasoline & Diesel Price Changes

 

Good morning,

 

Gasoline prices moved back up at the average rack (oil company) in Selma by 2.9 cents. Diesel fuel Diesel fuel went up 3.0 cents. Prices are:

 

AV.RACK

FEDERAL

STATE

SPILL

COST

   PRODUCT

  PRICE

  TAX

TAX

TAX

With Tax

UL REG

2.2290

0.1840

0.3055

0.0019

2.7204

PREMIUM

2.3956

0.1840

0.3055

0.0019

2.8870

ULS

2.2920

0.2440

0.3055

0.0019

2.8434

ULS RD

2.2897

0.0000

0.0025

0.0019

2.2941

 

I noticed one of those blue and white circled ‘Evacuation Route’s signs the other day. It looked half hidden by bushes and forgotten. I am older than most of my customers so they may not remember the fifties and early sixties and the imminent threat of cold war. I remember thinking about those Evacuation signs and wondering what good they were. One would have to know where the bomb was going to hit to know which way to evacuate or you could be driving right into the path. At New Hill and the nuclear plant, the signs have some logic. One wants to drive away from the plant.  If the prevailing winds are the deciding factor, as it is in most days, then a plume of radioactivity would probably move North and East toward downtown Raleigh.  One would want to move out of that path.

 

In school, back then, we had  these drills where we were suppose to take cover in case of a nuclear attack. I remember in Martin Junior High they would line us up and march us down into a basement hall. They had these signs on the facing wall that told you what to do. You were supposed to kneel against the a wall away from windows, put your arms over your head, and put your head between your knees. Someone invariably would write below that ‘And kiss your ass goodbye”. What an insane time the Cold War was and I have no wish to return to that time or have my kids endure it. That’s why I think it would be big mistake to try to push all the countries surrounding Russia into NATO: Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia and the big ones like the Ukraine and Georgia. The Russians would go nuts. We need buffer states between our tanks and their tanks. How would we feel in Russia was staging troops along our Canadian border. It drives some people nuts just to picture unarmed Mexicans invading our southern border just to find work.

 

Have a good day,

 

-Larry

You can view gasoline/diesel price changes at any time on our website at www.hopkinsoil.com but you must first Logon to see them

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.flywheelsites.com

Gasoline & Diesel Price Changes

 

Good morning,

 

Gasoline prices nudged up today by 2/10ths of a cent. Diesel prices dropped by 5.3 cents. Go figure? Prices today are:

 

AV.RACK

FEDERAL

STATE

SPILL

COST

   PRODUCT

  PRICE

  TAX

TAX

TAX

With Tax

UL REG

2.2012

0.1840

0.3055

0.0019

2.6926

PREMIUM

2.3690

0.1840

0.3055

0.0019

2.8604

ULS

2.2617

0.2440

0.3055

0.0019

2.8131

ULS RD

2.2594

0.0000

0.0025

0.0019

2.2638

 

A couple of notes to cover for some of my newer customers or old ones where the manager might have changed. I used to just give you the Average Rack and one had to insert it into an Excel formula that I provided. The formula changed over the years because of changes in the tax. I came to the conclusion that it would be easier to give you the whole cost with taxes and then you could easily add the margin in your head to the Cost With Tax. Simple. No need for the Excel. I have provided total transparency in the pricing and hope that this will build trust with my customers and, over time, gain their loyalty.

 

Other notes:

When I give the change in gasoline, I always use the UL Reg.

When I give the change in diesel, I am using the ULS.

I use the Average Unbranded Gasoline Price as the base which leaves out he Branded gasolines which are always much higher.

I use the Average rack for diesel.

 

I hope you have a productive day,

 

-Larry H.

 

You can view gasoline/diesel price changes at any time on our website at www.hopkinsoil.com but you must first Logon to see them

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.flywheelsites.com

Gasoline & Diesel Fuel Price Changes

 

Good morning,

 

We have another exciting week here in Paradise. Gasoline dropped 4.8 cents at the average rack in Selma. Diesel fuel dropped 2.9 cents. Crude oil is down $2.36 to $80.88 at this time. Prices are:

 

AV.RACK

FEDERAL

STATE

SPILL

COST

   PRODUCT

  PRICE

  TAX

TAX

TAX

With Tax

UL REG

2.1989

0.1840

0.3055

0.0019

2.6903

PREMIUM

2.3718

0.1840

0.3055

0.0019

2.8632

ULS

2.3148

0.2440

0.3055

0.0019

2.8662

ULS RD

2.3123

0.0000

0.0025

0.0019

2.3167

 

 

Have a great week,

 

-Larry H.

 

You can view gasoline/diesel price changes at any time on our website at www.hopkinsoil.com but you must first Logon to see them

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.flywheelsites.com

Gasoline & Diesel Price Changes

 

Good morning,

 

Gasoline is 2.7 cents higher today than it was on Wednesday. Diesel fuel is 3.8 cents higher today than Wednesday. I was out of the office yesterday but Chris posted the prices on the website. On cannot view the price changes unless you actually Log On. Prices today are:

AV.RACK

FEDERAL

STATE

SPILL

COST

   PRODUCT

  PRICE

  TAX

TAX

TAX

With Tax

UL REG

2.2467

0.1840

0.3055

0.0019

2.7381

PREMIUM

2.4178

0.1840

0.3055

0.0019

2.9092

ULS

2.3434

0.2440

0.3055

0.0019

2.8948

ULS RD

2.3397

0.0000

0.0025

0.0019

2.3441

 

 Crude oil is down at this time  by $1.03 to $84.48/barrel.

 

Best regards,

 

-Larry H.

 

You can view gasoline/diesel price changes at any time on our website at www.hopkinsoil.com but you must first Logon to see them

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.flywheelsites.com

My Trip to the N.C. Coast

 

I took a trip to the coast yesterday. I got to visit with some old friends at the Shell  station at Atlantic Beach. Then I drove back in time to meet with some new friends in Youngsville, who are thinking about branding Marathon. In between I decided to visit the Aquarium there on Bogue Banks. I might never get by there again so it was worth a stop. If you have not seen it, you should make the effort. What a gorgeous and inspiring effort it is. I loved how they took the Mountain to the Sea theme.

 

Back when North Carolina was considering building a Zoological Park, I was quite taken with the idea. Since I was just starting out in life, driving a truck for a living, I did not have much money to contribute. What I did have or at least thought I had was some useful ideas. I wrote the guy who was heading up the Zoo and gave him the following ideas:

 

  • 1. Divide the Park into the different continents with animals representing each continent, and then the Ocean.
  • 2. Breed valuable but more easily bred animals so we could trade with other parks and grow faster.
  • 3. Partner with the fledgling NC Vet. School, for mutual benefit. The Zoo would receive some inexpensive expertise and students and faculty would experience animals they would not normally encounter.
  • 4. Group animals that could live together peacefully in large enclosures, animals such as giraffes, gazelles, elephants, etc. Then run a tunnel underneath the enclosure so visitors could journey through the tunnel and exit on to a platform in the middle of the enclosure. Example: one would have the feeling of experiencing what it would be like to be in the middle of the African Plain. This also is the reverse of most zoos, with the animals standing outside, looking in at the people.
  • 5. Include Botanists in the effort ‘because elephants look funny standing under pine trees’.
  • 6. Place predator and prey in separate enclosures but juxtaposed so they can see and smell each other, keeping both more alert (instead of sleeping all day).
  • 7. If there is a nuclear reactor nearby, one could utilize the excess steam for inexpensive heat to heat the park’s animals in winter, especially animals/plants that came here from tropical and hot environments.
  • 8. Place private nooks for the use of photographers and artists.

I wanted to place the new Natural History Museum there in Asheboro (not a mistake) and  build a Large Aquarium Center (big mistake).

 

I later realized that the Aquarium Center needed to be near to the ocean for a source of water, of animals/plants and food for the animals. The concept I called ‘CAROLITE’. It would have had as its symbol, a large candle-like pole with a bright light on its tip, a beacon. The light would stand at the entrance to the harbor. The main functions of Carolite would be three:

 

Research- to study the marine life of North Carolina, inshore and offshore

Education-they have done a great job with the present facility- I wanted to build a giant ocean aquarium in the shape of a doughtnut, with the people in the middle and the fish swimming completely around them, in a constant one-way current. Again, this places the people in the cage with the animals watching them. The reverse of most zoos.

Fun-sort of like a Marineland

 

As part of the research, I wanted to put cameras and underwater lights on one of those noncoral reefs off our coast( hopefully no one is going to drill for oil or gas in these areas-maybe we need to declare them an underwater park and, therefore, off limits to fishing and spear fishing too). These cameras and lights would be powered by ocean current generators (does this sound familiar?). There would be a buoy at the surface with a transmitter to transmit pictures 24/7 back to shore. One could view these pictures on the Internet. There would be motion detectors that would turn on recorders whenever any motion was detected. One would have the time and date recorded of what is out there in our oceans. I think we would see creatures that we would never has suspected, not by making short dives into the water or looking at fisherman’s catches. We could transmit other data too, such as temperature, salinity, acidity, level of oxygen and carbon dioxide.

 

And if you are wondering what happened with the guy I mailed the ideas, I never received any acknowledgment from him though he obviously used some of my ideas. I did, however, receive a request for money. Go see the Bogue Banks Aquarium. It is well worth your time. There is also nice aquarium at Fort Fisher. My family has a brick by the fountain.

 

-Larry Hopkins