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May Day 2017 Gas Prices


Wrapping of a May Pole at Brenau University

May Day! May Day! May Day!  May Day is a traditional spring holiday in many cultures around the world that is often observed on May 1st. In the late 19th century, May Day was chosen as the date for International Worker’s Day. For 2017, workers and activists are marking this holiday with defiant rallies and marches for better pay and working conditions. This May Day provides an opportunity to make a price check of both gasoline and diesel fuel across these United States (Source:  AAA Gas Prices):

Regular      Diesel

$2.385       $2.526       Current Average (Avg.)

$2.388       $2.529       Yesterday’s Avg.

$2.419       $2.534       Week Ago Avg.

$2.320       $2.505       Month Ago Avg.

$2.213       $2.196       One Year Ago Avg.

For the most part, the average price for either fuel product over the past 24-hours and one week ago are unchanged. However, today’s gas prices reflect a rise of $0.17 over last year, and $0.33 higher for diesel product for the same period.

My earlier memories of May Day include the wrapping of the May Pole that was always included as an event at the spring festival hosted by the parochial school that I attended in South Carolina. As children, we wrapped or braided a pole with brightly colored ribbons. Although I didn’t understand the concept of tension then, I knew it was important to hold each ribbon real tight as we looped them over and under each other.

The other Mayday that I want to include in this post is an emergency procedure word used internationally as a distress signal in radio communications. Please note that this Mayday is one word not two, and it is used to signal a life-threatening emergency primarily by aviators and mariners, however, in some countries firefighters, police, and transportation organizations also use the term. The call is always given three times in a row (“Mayday, Mayday, Mayday”) to prevent its being mistaken for some similar-sounding phrase under noisy conditions, and to distinguish an actual Mayday call from a message about a Mayday call. [Source: Wikipedia]

Happy May Day!


About Vi Brown

Vi is principal and CEO of Prophecy Consulting Group, LLC, an Arizona firm that provides business and engineering services to private and public clients. Prior to establishing her consulting practice in 2001, Vi worked with Motorola, Maricopa County Government, Pacific Gas & Electric, CH2M Hill, and Procter & Gamble. As an adjunct faculty member, Vi teaches undergraduate calculus classes and graduate level environmental courses. She is also a professional speaker.


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