Wis. man won't buy gas for 31 days, maybe longer

Brian LaFave could care less how high gasoline prices go these days. He's parked his pickup truck and is buying no gas for a month and possibly longer. Full Story
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Jess

Minneapolis, MN

#1 May 16, 2008
Way to go, Brian!

We've been driving less here, too - my husband bikes to work often and the kids and I either bike, bus, or walk to most of our activities. It's more of a health/resource conservation thing for us rather than a reaction to gas prices, but it is nice to not be filling up the gas tank nearly as often!
PJ the DJ

Owatonna, MN

#2 May 16, 2008
But you still see those SUV drivers doing 75-80mph on the highway. If people only realized how much they'd save by going 60 or 65 they'd be amazed. But then again they must have deep pockets to put $80.00 -$100.00 worth of gas in each fill up.
Brian lets hope you have stared a movement where a majority of us drivers follow your lead!!!!

“NASCAR = BORING”

Since: Apr 08

Hudson, WI

#3 May 16, 2008
It's good that he's doing this - exercise is great, but seriously, he feels like he's going to die after 1 mile on a bike and he's only 31??? WOW - he wasn't kidding, he isn't in very good shape. He must have trouble even walking up stairs if that's the case.

What's with all the people using the phrase "could care less?" It makes no sense in that context. I think what this author and those who say this mean is "couldn't care less."
Mary

Saint Paul, MN

#6 May 16, 2008
He will do great. It will take a week or so to get the biking muscles tuned up. He will be doing 9 miles in no time then. He will get in shape, and maybe the Saudis will have to wait a month or so to add another room to one of thier mansions. May a sandstorm bury them all soon.

Only thing that I see as tough will be grocery shopping. Or worse yet, carrying a case of beer, and a bottle of brandy home. After all it is cheese-land.
Doug

United States

#7 May 16, 2008
Good plan. Many people could do this. And they wouldn't have to get exercise other than just walk or bike to work. However it might be a bit cold in the winter. Wisconsin isn't exactly Florida. Since I'm a real estate appraiser I drive my motorcycle (55 mpg) instead of the car when weather permits. I can go a week on 5 to 10 gallons, vs. the car that's nearly double that. But you can cut gas consumption in half just by: carpooling, going somewhere only when you have something else to do the same direction, taking public transportation, buying locally or on the internet instead of wasting energy going to stores hours away. There are hundreds of ways. If we cut consumption by 10 to 20% gas prices would automatically come down.
JAdams

Minneapolis, MN

#8 May 16, 2008
How about a story about how environmentalists and demoncRAT political agendas are making gasoline prices increase. And why it is being used to take away our freedom to drive.
jr in stp

Saint Paul, MN

#9 May 16, 2008
JAdams, why don't we do a story on what Bush and Cheney are doing to help the situation?

It would be a real short article.
Got Brains

Saint Paul, MN

#10 May 16, 2008
Great idea Brian. The Big Oil fatcats and Dick Cheney have had their day. It's time for American consumers to make a stand and refuse to contribute to the oil industry rip-off!
Suburban Mom

Saint Paul, MN

#11 May 16, 2008
Not only is this a nothing story, it's a poorly written story. "Brian LaFave could care less how high gasoline prices go these days." Is it any wonder the general public is grammatically challenged? "... could care less"? Where are the AP editors?

I could NOT care less about the rest of the story. Nine miles on a bike? I'm assuming he's single so he's not giving up time with a family. He's only committed to one month. And he'll still accept rides. Big deal. We have several friends in their 50s who have been riding their bikes to work for years.

Now, if he'd sell that big honkin' truck, he might get my attention. It's time for real sacrifice, people. This isn't it.
Red Ryder

Minneapolis, MN

#12 May 16, 2008
maybe we'll see a story about how thin Owl Gore is now since he gave up international private jets and one of his huge houses and started riding bike everywhere.

Since: Feb 08

Hollywood, FL

#13 May 16, 2008
This is a start to true sacrifice although obviously not everything. At least he is giving some effort and if everyone did the same for only one month, it would make a HUGE difference.
ToMcAt

San Antonio, TX

#14 May 16, 2008
Way to go Brian! If more people would sacrifice for the greater good and stop being so self serving the impact would be enormous. There used to be a time in America when people were more active and riding bikes and walking to the store. But we have become a bunch of spoiled, I need it right now, obese greasy chicken eating zombies. Hopefully your story will start a movement to do the same.
PJ the DJ

Owatonna, MN

#15 May 16, 2008
Poorly written or maybe it's just that you fail to understand the concept Suburban mom.
Tim - St Paul

Minneapolis, MN

#16 May 16, 2008
I applaud him as I got my bike from a local bike shop with my stimulus check and have been biking to work everyday since then. My only suggestion is to make it go further then 31 days. I plan on riding as long as I can stand the weather. I am not sure I will be able to ride in the winter time as I am a freeze baby, but I will sure give it a try :)
Sen Amy K

United States

#17 May 16, 2008
jr in stp wrote:
JAdams, why don't we do a story on what Bush and Cheney are doing to help the situation?
It would be a real short article.
GW is asking that we start domestic drilling for oil. Dems say "no"

they say no to;
coal
Nuclear

EVERYTHING
Jerami

Saint Paul, MN

#18 May 16, 2008
some of us don't have the luxury of public transportation or biking to work...I work 20 miles away from my job...thats the nature of being a consultant. 20 miles to work and back??? I'll let the Oil Crooks win...I need to drive to work.

Does this person live in a big city where the only way to get places is to be on the Interstate? You aren't allowed to do that...so while its great for him to ride his bike or what have you...many of us don't have that option. Telling us to sacrifice? What sacrifice our jobs? Hide in the house because its too expensive to get out of it? No thanks...sorry.
Suburban Mom

Saint Paul, MN

#19 May 16, 2008
PJ the DJ wrote:
Poorly written or maybe it's just that you fail to understand the concept Suburban mom.
And what is the concept? This is just not really newsworthy, but it's a very timely topic. HUGE difference. I am an editor and if someone submitted this to me my response would be: So what? Give me more! How much is he going to save in a month? What is this organized effort referred to in the article all about and what is the collective result of what their members are doing? What does the writer want to move the reader to do or feel? Why should the reader care?

I wasn't the only one on this board with the same response. Perhaps some of us are just deeper thinkers than others.
Suburban Mom

Saint Paul, MN

#20 May 16, 2008
Tim - St Paul wrote:
I applaud him as I got my bike from a local bike shop with my stimulus check and have been biking to work everyday since then. My only suggestion is to make it go further then 31 days. I plan on riding as long as I can stand the weather. I am not sure I will be able to ride in the winter time as I am a freeze baby, but I will sure give it a try :)
See, Tim's already given us a better story! Used his govstimcheck, long-term commitment. Way to go Tim!
wtf

Saint Paul, MN

#21 May 16, 2008
Justs imagine how much he'll have to pay for gas in a month.
JAdams

Minneapolis, MN

#22 May 16, 2008
jr in stp wrote:
JAdams, why don't we do a story on what Bush and Cheney are doing to help the situation?
It would be a real short article.
Sorry, they can't. Congress voted drilling down.

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