The price of gas is going up nation-wide due to the continuing goings-on in Iraq and Syria, with two major oil companies already leaving the country.
Relatives in Missouri recently told us their gas price jumped from $3.47/gallon to $3.69 in 18 hours.
Here in Anchorage, the average price has risen to $4.03, with rural communities paying $7/gallon. (We'd love to see $3.69; it hasn't been that low here in two years.)
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My mother-in-law flew in Wednesday at 0100 hours, fairly normal for flight into Anchorage. Wednesday morning at work was an experience in what it's like to be a zombie, as a result of only 3.5 hours of sleep, distributed over three widely-separated attempts to snooze.
Coffee didn't help much, but fortunately I got my second wind, so to speak, and carried on. Of course, that didn't happen until mid-day, but what the heck. After that, I looked and felt okay ... unfortunately, I had the attention span of a gerbil on crack.