My previous gas efficiency works out to an L-100 (litres per 100km) of 7.3. So, 7.3 * (distance) * (price of gas) tells you how much you'll have to spend to get from A to B. On that earlier trip, gas was $1.10/L, meaning I paid $48.18.
Just by keeping my speed down, though, I got into Edmonton with an eighth of a tank to spare -- an overall L-100 rating of 5.6! At $1.30/L, that means the trip cost me $43.68.
There it is, ladies and gentlemen: I spent five dollars less on gas this weekend than I did when gas was twenty cents cheaper. It's hard to argue that logic.
And, was this discount trip to The Hidden City worth it? Aye, that it was. I enjoyed the company of some wonderful friends, saw some wonders of the human anatomy splayed before me in all their glory, and I even managed to catch Kung Fu Panda on the IMAX. Wonderful.
Oh, and there was one other thing I did on the weekend: I wandered down to Listen Records, one of my favourite alternative/independent music stores in Edmonton. I approached the clerk with a copy of Nick Cave's latest work, "Dig, Lazarus, Dig", and asked if I could listen to it.
"You won't be disappointed," he enthused. "Well," he recanted, "you might be, depending on your tastes. But I think it's great."
I sat down, and listened to the first ten seconds of Track 3. Nick Cave's haunting voice sailed through the headphones and started chanting:
"When I came up from out of the meat-locker
the city was gone..."