"Fill 'er up!No matter how fast you pump the gas, the price rises faster
. At the pump the other day, I waited my turn behind a landscaper, glad not to have to pay his charges. You can see the pump tally when I snapped the picture, but this was still incomplete. For the pump clicks off at $300.00 [us
] and he still hadn't filled the tank. In addition, he was filling the tanks for all his mowers, leaf-blowers and such. When it was done and over his petrol bill [diesel for the truck / gas for the mowers] came to $497.00[usd]
. So he can say he got away for less than $500!
I imagine I ought to feel relieved that cost for topping off my tank was a mere $91.00[usd]
He asked what I was going to do with the pictures, and I told him I'd post them on my blog. So he turned around and said, "Take a shot! I appreciate the advertising." That's Barton's Landscaping based in Haddam, Connecticut, 860-345-4052.
Comparisons: The price for regular unleaded in Connecticut this morning is ranging between $3.94[usd]
/gal and $4.69[usd]
./gal. But today I am in Montreal, where the cost per gallon is $5.60[ca-d]
, or closer to $6.00 [usd]
Just in case you wonder where all that gas money goes, I submit the following:
4/18/08 HOUSTON – Exxon Mobil Corp., whose $40 billion profit last year again broke the record for a U.S. company, gave chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson an 18 percent raise to $21.7 million, according to an analysis of a proxy statement filed Thursday." and let's not forget Lee Raymond's golden parachute: Raymond's retirement package was worth about $400 million, the largest in history for a U.S. public company.
FYI: $400 million a year comes out to approximately $27,500[usd] per hour
However, the majority of that sum consisted of retirement-independent salary, bonuses, stock options, and restricted stock awards from his final year and prior years that, while high, are by no means unprecedented among major American CEOs. Retirement-specific payments in accordance with the standard pension plan provided to all ExxonMobil employees totaled around $100 million, calculated based on his over forty years of service and his salary upon retirement.
Lee Raymond is the vice chair of American Enterprise Institute's board of trustees.
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