Gooolllllyyyyy!!!! I have to hook that rubber band thing from my chin to my nose ---- my mouth just fell wide open and my chin hit the key board. I guess I have always known that petro was expensive in Europe, but the price was always stated so much per liter, and I think you all have learned that I have little perspective on the metric system. Then of course you have to consider the exchange rate of the all mighty Yankee dollar. ( you know that green piece of paper that we indiscriminately print and give out to others for payment of our debts.) And finally, I guess, I never really knew anyone in Europe, so it was of little concern. My conversations with JO have changed that totally.
When I started driving, I paid 19 cents per gallon, and then it went up to 25 cents. I'd put one dollars worth in my '49 Studebaker convertible and we would drive to South Bend, ind. Fort Wayne, or Kalamazoo just for a burger and fries, There weren't any McDonald's, or Burger King.. We usually went to a "truck stop". They had the best "quick meals".
So that is where my head is and I have to pay ten times what I payed then. I guess it is relevant. Dad bought a new '47 Studebaker for a little under $2,000's and a new car today would cost you about $23,000.
These items are on the "cost" side of the equation. The income side is kind of like JO says about Sweden; we don't have the same proportion of income increase in that time, so we should not be as well off as we were, and yet I feel we live quite well ( I can still buy welding rod ) So in the meantime I will frown a little when I buy dino fuel, but I will smile a little at the same time knowing that JO is beating the system in Europe. I have more respect for anyone in other countries who are DOW. TomC