I want to publicly congratulate Patrick on this step forward in his career. He had been keeping me abreast of his conversations with GasBuddy, and I was anticipating when this day will come.
When Patrick joined up with me a few years ago, The Gas Game was just a hobby of mine. Some of you may recall my article in the Grand Rapids Press in 2002, along with my web site at gvsu.edu, as examples of this hobby. With Patrick’s hard work, thegasgame.com became something special, with a great logo; RSS, reader comments and other tools to expand access; and several other obvious and hidden enhancements that have increased the visibility of this site. Thank you, Patrick, for all the work you’ve done on this site.
Patrick and I have gone through a lot with this site the past few years. The explosion of gas prices from below $2 to $4.25 brought us a lot of attention, and the dizzying drop this past year back below $1.50 has been amazing, too. Due to all the news about gas prices the past few years, the site has been noted in media from Chicago to Washington, DC.
I don’t want to make it sound like we’re done now. I will continue to post regularly to the site, making my comments and predictions about gas prices and possible hikes. But with Patrick moving to Gas Buddy, postings on this site will be less frequent, and, as you may have noticed, I tend to focus on connecting the price of the futures to retail prices and pay less attention to refinery issues and Speedway rewards programs. My quiet study of diesel continues, and I expect to have something intelligent to say about diesel pricing before the end of the year. And, perhaps I’ll get another featured writer for the site.