This morning I filled up my tank at $3.77.

This afternoon I noticed that the price had risen to $4.15.  By an amazing coincidence, that was the price for every filling station I passed on the fifty-mile drive home.

So… why did this happen? There was no news of calamity or doom of which I am aware, and no major fluctuation of the price of crude. Some say “shortage”. “Bull”, say I.

Here’s my theory:

PALPATINE: It is time for us to extract our TRIBUTE!

VADER:Yes, my Master.

In entirely unrelated news, Chevron reported annual profits of 30.4 Billion Dollars.

As they say down south, “somebody’s got some ‘splainin’ to do”

(Additional: by the following morning it had dropped to $3.99)

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