Booyah!

This was the headline that came flashed on the newsfeed on my iPhone this morning. Seems that the national average price for gas has topped $4 a gallon as gas costs continue to soar in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Don’t hate me, but seeing that headline made me smile. Why? Because last August I bought an electric car and, as a result. I haven’t set foot in a gas station ever since.

Photo credit: Frederick J. Brown via Getty Images

And what made me smile even more was this photo above of a gas station in Los Angeles. Ouch!

I live in Northern California, and California is the only state with an average cost per gallon over $5. In fact, the price of gas for regular gas is averaging a whopping $5.28 per gallon in the Golden State, by far the highest in the nation. Selfishly, as the owner of an electric car, this dubious distinction for my home state doesn’t faze me at all.

And at the risk of sounding like I’m gloating, I just finished doing my federal income taxes for 2021 and instead of having to write a check to Uncle Sam for north of $900, because of the federal tax credit of $7,500 for the purchase of an environmentally friendly electric vehicle, Uncle Sam will be sending me a check in the amount of $6,600. Booyah!

So yeah, I’m very happy with my decision to purchase an electric car last summer.

I Got Hitched Yesterday

That’s right, I got hitched. Well, my car got hitched. I had a trailer hitch installed so that I can attach a bike rack to it. That way we can put our new ebikes on it if we want to take them with us to ride somewhere other than near where we live.

I took the hitch to a guy who supposedly is an experienced trailer hitch installer. I told him the hitch needed to be installed on an electric car and he said, “No problem. A hitch is a hitch and a car is a car. I’ve installed dozens of them.” He told me it would take about an hour to install it.

It turned out that he had never before installed a trailer hitch on an electric car and it was way more complicated than installing one on a gas-powered car. I’m not sure why that is, but that’s apparently the case, at least with my EV. He ultimately had to entirely remove the car’s rear bumper in order to bolt the hitch to the frame. So what was he said would take about an hour, ended up taking him five and a half hours.

But at the end of the day, I was hitched. My new bike rack, one specifically designed for ebikes, should be delivered today or tomorrow.

Should You Be Interested…

For those of you who read my blog from time to time, I have a few updates to share with you. If you don’t regularly read my blog, this post will have no context, so you might want to move on. Or, you can click on the three subheadings below to link to the relevant posts.

Electric Car

We’ve had our electric car for nearly four months and I love it. It handles great, it’s fun to drive, it’s quiet, and, given the price of a gallon of gas where I live…

…I love smiling as I pass by all these gas stations and never have to fill up my tank.

Electric Bikes

The electric bikes I ordered online were delivered and I dropped them off at a bike shop to be fully assembled by professionals. This week I’m having a hitch installed on our electric car and later in the week my bicycle rack capable of carrying two electric bikes should be delivered. If all goes well, my wife and should be taking our first e-bike rides this coming weekend.

Prostate Cancer

I had an appointment with a urologist last week, and after reviewing my blood work and the MRI, he concluded that I probably do have prostate cancer. He said the next step would be for me to have a biopsy to confirm that. However, because (1) my PSA blood test showed levels only slightly above the high end of the range, (2) the mass is a relatively small one, and (3) cancer of the prostate is generally slow growing and men of my age are likely to die from something else before succumbing to prostate cancer, I said I’d prefer to take a “watch & wait” approach. So he agreed to wait for six more months and to take another blood test to see if my PSA number has increased enough to make it concerning.

My Last Photo — September ‘21

Brian, aka Bushboy, posted his monthly prompt that asks us to…
  1. Post the last photo from our camera’s SD card or the last photo from our phone taken in September.
  2. No editing — who cares if it is out of focus, not framed as you would like, or the subject matter didn’t cooperate?
  3. No explanations needed — just the photo will do.
  4. Create a pingback to Brian’s post or link in the comments.
  5. Tag “The Last Photo.”

So here’s the last photo I took on my iPhone in September.

You might think I took this photo at a gas station and that I’m filling up my car’s gas tank. Well, you’d be wrong. This picture was taken in my home’s garage and I’m actually charging my electric car’s battery.

I bought this car in early August and I haven’t driven into a gas station since then. Woo hoo!