I am writing this at the beginning of June, when the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline is sitting at $3.98; don't even get me started on the price of the premium fuel my car requires. The tremendous increase over what we were paying just this time last year (roughly $1/ gallon less) has really brought home to all of us just how much the price of oil effects our everyday lives. People are now actually altering their behavior because gasoline has gotten so expensive. In fact, my brother-in-law and I were chatting the other day about how much he was spending to fill up his large pick-up truck. He said he was thinking of getting rid of it, but was afraid that either the dealer would not even accept it in trade or would offer him an extremely low price for it. In so many words, he was saying that he's afraid he's stuck with it.