Month: February 2007

DOE Report Review

The DOE report again was a let down. Refineries are still operating
with utilization that is too low (86%). Gasoline production is
increasing slightly, but not enough.

Oil stockpiles climbed 1.4 million barrels. Gasoline fell 1.9 million barrels, and distillates fell 3.8 million barrels.

Midwest PADD is doing good at 55.5 million barrels (which tells me our huge Whiting, Indiana refinery is producing all out).

Look for wholesale prices to climb a few cents today.

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Triple Hike? Possibly.

Wow, this week could bring an unprecedented THIRD rise. This is less
likely than the previous two days, but I would NOT count it out. I’m
about 66% certain we’ll see a hike to 2.54 or so tomorrow.

For those who haven’t filled up yet the past few days… prices are going to go nowhere but up for the time being.

The DOE report today was very lousy. Refineries need to kick it into
high gear to start producing gasoline for summer demand (yes already!)

Watch out tomorrow (Friday) for another hike!!

~Patrick

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A double whammy week? Probably!

Ouch everyone!

Looks like the traditional Spring run up in prices is going much faster than anticipated.

Due to worries on the commodities market of a large draw in supplies
(due to cold weather last week), oil and gasoline futures are way up.
Back up to 1.70 wholesale when just a month ago we were at 1.45.

The price gain on the market today has me fairly certain that we’ll see
$2.49 very soon- perhaps tomorrow morning. The DOE report comes out
tomorrow, and if it is better than predicted we’ll likely see prices
dive. This sets up a situation unfair to the consumer. Prices go up
today on concern about a report tomorrow… then tomorrow that concern
reaches pumps in the form of a price hike. Then tomorrow when that
report isn’t as bad or is better than expected, prices dive on the
wholesale market… but that fall takes DAYS to reach the gas pump.

Keep those tanks full as we continue to see price hikes that will lead us to the opening of the driving season, Memorial Day!

A quick note: many stations in Cascade at East Paris and Cascade Road
area are at 2.25. I would definitely try and stop by this evening or
first thing tomorrow and top off.

~Patrick

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David Snyder Obituary

From the GR Press:

David Clyde Snyder, aged 50, of Grand Rapids, died of accidental injuries and went to be with his Lord on Saturday, February 10, 2007. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Marlyce; his children, Rachel Snyder, Christopher (Alisha) Snyder, Jeffrey Snyder and Patrick Snyder. He is also survived by his parents, Clyde and Carol Snyder; mother-in-law, Bertha Vander Pol; grandmother, Carolyn Ziegler; sisters, Carolyn (Ralph) Ritter, Deborah (Robert) Foster; brother, Philip (Jennifer) Snyder, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Ruth (Stanley) DeVries, Harold (Annie) Vander Pol, Allen (Marcia) Vander Pol and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. A memorial service will be held Monday 2 p.m. at Neland Ave. Christian Reformed Church with Rev. Leonard Kuyvenhoven, Rev. Carl Kammeraad, and Rev. Ruth Boven officiating. Friends may call at the Zaagman Memorial Chapel Sunday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Neland Ave. CRC for Scholarships for Christian Education.

Sunday Night Update

Just got back from the hospital. Marlyce came out of surgery and is doing OK. For a while she had quite a few visitors and was talking a fair amount. Some of Chris’ friends and I played euchre in the surgery waiting room, then went back to check on Mrs. Snyder. She talked to us and Bob, a friend of ours, told her that we had been playing euchre with Scott and Chris.  We told her that Bob and I won (I’m a noob) and she asked how Scott was taking it (Scott is competitive) and she was joking that she didn’t think Scott could take it. It was a good thing to hear her making humorous remarks like that. She seemed much more “awake” after Alisha adjusted her bed. Many family members are on their way to Grand Rapids and we hope that all have safe travel.
Mrs. Snyder will be having another surgery either Tuesday or Wednesday Chris tells me.

For now she looks to be doing well (as I mentioned above).

Please keep the prayers coming, and for those who haven’t yet signed the condolence book, you may do so at http://www.thegasgame.com/snyder/ I will be printing all those entries out and giving them to the family.

Funeral arrangements are still unknown at this time as Marlyce continues her recovery.

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