When I first started driving, back in 1973, I think the price of regular gas was about 27.9 cents a gallon.
Then the first oil embargo occurred, and gas prices skyrocketed to — oh, I don’t know — maybe 55 cents a gallon? And the nation was outraged.
In those long ago days, the idea that Americans would pay more than $60 to fill up their gas tanks would have been absolutely ludicrous. Now, unfortunately, it is commonplace.
Which is why I felt young again when Kish and I stopped to fill up the tank at Giant Eagle on Sunday, and our accumulated Fuel Points allowed us to get premium unleaded gasoline for the ’70s-era price of 55.9 cents a gallon. A complete fill-up for less than $10! I felt like going out for a sausage pizza at Tommy’s and then taking Kish to watch the terrifying new thriller Jaws.
Who would have thought that a marketing technique like Fuel Points could make you feel like you were back in high school?
The internet has made plagiarism both easier and more difficult. Easier, because there is so much content that can be borrowed with a few clicks of a mouse; harder, because there are now software programs and services that can scan phrases and compare them to see whether matches are found in the mass of words floating somewhere in the cloud. It’s hard work, but if teachers care enough, they can ferret out plagiarized work.