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  1. My vehicle uses diesel. In my area, diesel is priced higher than premium gasoline in many instances. Considering the fact that diesel is nothing more than heating oil, and requires far less refining than gasoline, the normal state of affairs is that diesel should be cheaper than gas. Of course, what is normal these days? No doubt about it, a whole lot of gouging going on.
  2. I'm not sure of the gas prices in New Jersey, since I use diesel, but prices tend to vary depending on what part of the state you're in. Even though Exxon and Mobil have merged, Exxon stations always charge more than Mobil for diesel. Last winter I remember seeing diesel at $1.90 at an Exxon station, and driving a bit further down the road and seeing it for $1.35......... At the present, diesel is anywhere from $1.13 to $1.35 here.
  3. >Yes, it is nice, but I just wonder if the starfish get hurt >on the impact of hitting the water. PETA might have some >problems on this one. Just trying to cover all angles. Oh dear.....hadn't even considered PETA....what a world we live in. :7
  4. Thanks Marc: Guess it's politically incorrect to be "positive" these days, but I can assure you that doesn't stop me. Let the negative ratings flow!
  5. In spite of the recent events of September 11 and a lot of dismal news and doings that give us a pretty negative outlook on life and the world, I remembered a story from the writings of Loren Eiseley called "The Star Thrower". Maybe you've already read it or heard it, but I think it's worth sharing. Hope someone else finds it as useful as I have. Eiseley was a very special person because he combined the best of two cultures. He was a scientist and a poet. And from those two perspectives he wrote insightfully and beautifully about the world and our role in it. The Star Thrower Once upon a time, there was a wise man, much like Loren Eiseley himself, who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work. One day he was walking along the shore. As he looked down the beach, he saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself to think of someone who would dance to the day. So he began to walk faster to catch up. As he got closer, he saw that it was a young man and the young man wasn't dancing, but instead he was reaching down to the shore, picking up something and very gently throwing it into the ocean. As he got closer, he called out, "Good morning! What are you doing?" The young man paused, looked up and replied "Throwing starfish into the ocean." "I guess I should have asked, Why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?" "The sun is up and the tide is going out. And if I don't throw them in they'll die." "But young man, don't you realize that there are miles and miles of beach and starfish all along it. You can't possibly make a difference!" The young man listened politely. Then bent down, picked up another starfish and threw it into the sea, past the breaking waves. "It made a difference for that one!" His response surprised the man. He was upset. He didn't know how to reply. So instead, he turned away and walked back to the cottage to begin his writings. All day long as he wrote, the image of the young man haunted him. He tried to ignore it, but the vision persisted. Finally, late in the afternoon he realized that he the scientist, he the poet, had missed out on the essential nature of the young man's actions. Because he realized that what the young man was doing was choosing not to be an observer in the universe and make a difference. He was embarrased. That night he went to bed troubled. When the morning came he awoke knowing that he had to do something. So he got up, put on his clothes, went to the beach and found the young man. And with him he spent the rest of the morning throwing starfish into the ocean. You see, what that young man's actions represent is something that is special in each and everyone of us. We have all been gifted with the ability to make a difference. And if we can, like that young man, become aware of that gift, we gain through the strength of our vision the power to shape the future. And that is your challenge. And that is my challenge. We must each find our starfish. And if we throw our stars wisely and well, I have no question that the 21st century can be a wonderful place
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