(Once again, Usedcarsalesman's sole writer veers towards the subject of the automobile. What is my F***ing hang-up, right? Usedcarsalesman needs a Car columnist, amongst other columnists, so he can get back to specializing in Honest-Abe postings on Tech and Media! :)
Well, anyway, the title of this post mentions "surfing" and "gas prices." So, you might think that I am implying that one should "surf" from gas station to station in L.A. shopping for the best fuel prices. Nahh... (although, I do occasionally hear that the Costco price for gas is pretty good!). Actually, what I mean by "surfing" is kind of a generalization, as in when one uses available tools to stay comfortably on top of a cultural flow in a given direction.
Ok, so on with the post. What can you do to Surf Gas Prices in LA, that is to stay comfortably on top of the flow towards higher and higher prices? Answer is, "live without using much Gas." Here's 5 things that I've been doing:
1. GPS - If you are navigation-challenged like me, drive a low-tech, paid-for car (Old Jeep Wrangler, in my case) and go to new places in L.A. on an almost daily basis, then buy a cheap, handheld GPS and use it in your car! It's worth its weight in platinum and I don't want to talk about how much time, gas and stress it has saved me over the last 2 and a half years in LA.
A few years ago, I pull in to L.A., Thomas Guide already in hand. I drive around to the numerous places I need to go to get set up. Thomas Guide is in my lap, I'm looking down at the guide or talking on a phone while driving; now, I'm not saying that I was a safety hazard or anything, but... After a few days of this, I get so fed up with my coffee-stained, deteriorating Thomas Guide that I take immediate drastic action: I decide to pay retail for an electronic device! I drive over to the West Marine store in Marina Del Ray and plunk down money for a Garmin GPS V.