Because of my age, and also because of where I live, I am too often slow to realize stuff. IOW, I end up being surprised by things everyone else already knows. This could easily be one of those situations:
I was surprised and delighted this morning to find, for the very first time in perhaps (I really dunno) thirty or forty years, availability of gasoline, at a regular service station, containing no ethanol.
No trip to the airport needed!!
Now of course this is something a much younger version of myself took for granted . . . . like so much else that has been lost in the more recent years. It was easy as pie, years ago, to buy 100% gasoline. I did so myself countless times. And I could buy, at my option, several different grades of “real gasoline” back then, too.
The real gasoline I saw offered for sale this morning was available only in “regular”. But that’s still a wonderful thing. Did I buy some? You betcha! The cost? OK, here it is:
Regular gasoline with 10% ethanol was selling for three bucks/gallon. The real, 100%, regular gasoline was selling for $3.60/gallon. That is cheap considering I operate a 25hp mower engine, worth a lot of money, which dies a slow death when you try to run the ethanol garbage through it. But up until today I had no choice. And I’ll likely switch my automobile over to real gasoline, as well, though this morning I “filled 'er up” with the junk gasoline, I guess just out of habit and because I was so “took by surprise”. I mean, again, it has been years since I could buy real gasoline so easily.
Anyway if you live where all this is, and has been, commonplace you are (in my eyes) very fortunate. So far I am finding this real gasoline at just a single station. I certainly hope it catches on and becomes widely available here where I live. Ethanol is junk.