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This week I had a rare opportunity to leave work early and go out for lunch. I had two places in mind, one in Maryland and one in Va. (And to answer your question MDT, having to cross the river did not play into my decision ;).) Both had mouthwatering options that would have made me quite happy to drive that far to enjoy them.

In the end I decided not to go to either because each involved driving a fair amount. With gas prices what they are today and all the talk about leaving your carbon footprint, I didn't want to use up the gas just for a drive to lunch.

Has anybody else stopped trekking out to their favorite place because gas prices now need to be added to the cost of your meal?

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This week I had a rare opportunity to leave work early and go out for lunch. I had two places in mind, one in Maryland and one in Va. (And to answer your question MDT, having to cross the river did not play into my decision ;).) Both had mouthwatering options that would have made me quite happy to drive that far to enjoy them.

In the end I decided not to go to either because each involved driving a fair amount. With gas prices what they are today and all the talk about leaving your carbon footprint, I didn't want to use up the gas just for a drive to lunch.

Has anybody else stopped trekking out to their favorite place because gas prices now need to be added to the cost of your meal?

In a world where people are lining up to spend $18 on a hamburger, $3.50 gas is laughably cheap.

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Nope, I just keep patting myself on the back for buying a Prius hybrid two years ago. (I've dislocated my shoulder a number of times, by now ;-D) Two weeks ago, we drove from DC to Shelter Island, NY --off the Northeast end of Long Island--on 3/4 tank of gas--50 mph on the highway. MD or VA for lunch? How much does a thimble-full of gas cost?

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There is always public transportation. I hopped onto metro last night to get to Etete instead of driving in from the boonies. Took a whole hell of a lot more time to get there, but at least the reward at the end of the day was worth it.

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Oh yeah....I don't go to Fairfield for Super Duper Weenie or Pepe's (only once, but I'd go back) nearly as often as I used to. Driving 15 minutes each way for a hot dog just seems insane. And these are awesome hot dogs.

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I don't drive much to begin with, so it doesn't really make much difference. We tend not to eat out real often or to go to places that are much of a drive when we do.

My biggest driving is my weekly shopping/errand running, and I arrange that so I have a route I cover to do everything in one sequential trip. Sometimes I do two routes in a week; other times, it's one every two weeks.

Unless there's something particular going on that requires a lot of driving, I buy gas once (or maybe twice) a month, and I usually refill at about half a tank. Depending on the time of year, my husband usually drives even less than I do.

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My motorcycle gets 60 mph. That's the good news. The bad news is, I simply will not allow myself to drink when riding - absolutely no alcohol whatsoever. None at all. And I love to drink with a good meal. And, Mr P doesn't ride. And for some reason won't ride b**ch on my bike. ;)

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My commute of 10 miles (anywhere between 25 and 90 minutes depending on the day and my luck) keeps me on the road much more than I would like. I suppose as a result I'm still willing to drive for good food. However where I feel the pinch is with cabs. Last year's increase (that's when it was, right?) made me say "ouch" and now there's a $1 surcharge. From my upper NW place to dinner around Logan Circle is now $12 plus tip. Double ouch.

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