to pay an additional $0.56 for a gallon of gas doesn't really hurt my feelings too much. for it to go up that much in a year is a shock at first, but think about how cheap it has been, and for how long. it's amazing that we don't pay way more than $2.00 a gallon. premium here is as much as $2.19, and that's what my car calls for. it's not really killing me, and i need gas anyway. bitching about it won't fix anything. i think it's okay for now, and it may cause more people to think twice about stupid, unnecessary trips (like the guy up the street from me who drives to the mailbox!).