Pain at the pump -- and the grill

Now they’ve gone too far.

Yes, we have officially entered the era of $4-a-gallon gas. There are at least two stations in Delco where the pain at the pump now means shelling out more than four bucks a pop for a gallon of petrol.

Yesterday AAA said there are 24 stations in the Philly region that have cleared the $4-a-gallon plateau.

In the meantime, the daily drip, drip, drip of money out of our pockets continued to go up.

Prices were up another 4 cents overnight to $3.91 a gallon. Truckers were being equally pained, paying an average of $4.89 a gallon for diesel. Both are all-time highs.

This time last year we were paying $3.10 a gallon.

But that’s not what really has me frosted.

Nope, there is one final indignity. It’s going to cost a lot more for that Memorial Day ritual, the first cookout of the summer season.

Everything, from hamburgers and hot dogs, to charcoal to rolls is costing more, and almost all at least in part due to rising fuel costs.

The price of an average barbecue is expected to rise 6 percent this year.

It’s enough to make you cry in your beer.


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