"F" as in Frank

Life in the slow lane

With gas prices above $4 per gallon, and apparently at that level or higher for the foreseeable future, I've been driving in the slow lane.

I haven't done any scientific research, but the fuel gauge needle moves slower when I'm driving about 10 miles per hour slower on the freeway.

I try to stay at that slower speed, though if in a hurry for an appointment I'll allow myself the luxury of driving the speed limit.

It's funny, 70 now seems so fast.

It was humiliating at first to see big semi-trucks pass me by on the freeway-yes Virginia, they, at least a lot of them, do drive well over their 60 miles per hour speed limit.

The slower pace gives me time to think, a time to pause between destinations.

In fact, life in the slow lane is pretty good. It's taught me to slow down in other areas of life, as well, to enjoy the summer, go on walks with the family.

Maybe, just maybe, we'll see gas prices dip below $4 a gallon-never thought I'd think of $3.99 for a gallon of gasoline as a good deal.

Even then, I think I'll stay in the slow lane and take in the scenery.


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