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Arizona Views: Thoughts about gas and exercise

December 23, 2018

Parts of Northern Arizona have some of the highest gasoline prices in he state. Not a new thing. In September, local newspapers reported this — and little has changed since, except that gas prices are falling elsewhere in the country; GasBuddy.com reports that gas prices have fallen in all 50 states, highlighting “what will greet motorists at the pump this Christmas.”

However, Dennis Thomas, a truck driver, has noticed that gas prices are higher in Prescott and Prescott Valley than practically anywhere.

For instance, it costs $2.49 in Mohave Valley, $2.75 in Flagstaff, and 10 cents more than that in Cottonwood, he said.

Thomas understands stations have their gas hauled in, which is one of the price factors. Since gasoline distribution in Arizona all stems from either Tucson or Phoenix, northern Arizonans are all subject to the same rule: the farther north you live, the more expensive it is to transport the gas to that area, according to AAA Arizona.

Thomas knows that gas stations in Needles, California, have only a 5-cent difference in price across town. That may be because they all have the same owners, he added. “But that’s not what’s happening in Prescott. I am all over the state and compare prices. It used to be Flagstaff being the highest because they had to haul it farther.

He concluded that it is because gas stations have to maintain a certain profit margin.

According to AAA, other factors include stations that sell the most gas (volume), cost of crude oil (which is falling, by the way), transportation costs, the brand of the gasoline, the marketing a company does to attract customers, and whether they are independents or corporation-owned.

Local factors also include the cost of real estate in the area, and then there’s the wrench in the system: competition. That is the human factor.

Know this: we’re going to keep following this and asking the simple question, “Why?” I too would like to save a couple bucks here and there.

• EXCERCISE: Last week I told you about a survey stating that Arizonans wouldn’t walk very far, sometimes even if their lives depended on it.

I have met someone who exemplifies “why?”

“Therese” is an “older” woman, she said (she’s in her 70s). “I have never been very athletic or good at sports, except maybe golf, which I hated. In my younger adulthood, I would sporadically start an exercise routine and stay faithful to it for months at a time. Then I would quit until the next time I was motivated,” she wrote this week.

“The reason I didn’t exercise more when I was younger is very simple: I find exercise just for the sake of exercise terribly repetitive and boring. I just can’t wait till it’s over.”

That is something I have often battled and agree with; my mind wanders too much when exercising. Sadly, there are consequences.

“So now I am paying the price,” Therese said. “Now when I try to get into an exercise regimen it is very painful, and I don’t seem to improve with continued effort. It’s too late for me, but I would caution all those couch potatoes out there to heed that old adage, ‘a body in motion stays in motion.’”

Very true, Therese. Thank you for writing. ’Nuff said.

Tim Wiederaenders is an editor at the Prescott Daily Courier and a former Lake Havasu City resident.

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