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Accepting change for what it is

Almost as prevalent as all the ice and snow, are the constantly fluctuating gas prices.

Driving around the metro area, it seems that every gas station has slightly different marquee postings for price per gallon that seem to vary by a few cents from day-to-day, differing from upward to downward, or vice versa.

Don't get me wrong, I don't mind paying the price for the gas.

It's just the constant teetering that makes you think they are preparing you for even larger increases and are posting the daily differentials to get you used to it.

It really makes you wonder if it all isn't just part of a mind game, feeding off the recent attention paid to statements that say gas prices are going to trend much higher.

Who knows?

No matter how old it is getting, statistics say prices are indeed at an increase.

Average retail gasoline prices have risen in the metro area 11.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.06/gallon on Sunday. This compares with the national average that has increased 0.9 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.07/gallon, all according to gasoline price website

Including the change in gas prices during the past week, prices Sunday were 37.6 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 24.0 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 10.4 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 33.8 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

I guess when all is said and done still a good deal compared to the highest recorded average of $3.97 per gallon almost three years ago.

So I guess we should be happy to put up with the ongoing fluctuations, since we are a far cry from those high ranges we've experienced in the past.

As the saying goes 'it is what it is,' so there is really nothing we can do but deal with it anyway.