When I was in college, I lived about 5 hours from home, so once a month I would jump in my Chevy Cavalier and hit the road. But before I did, I stopped at “Happy Gas” (yes, that’s what the station was called) on the edge of town and filled up my car for just 99 cents a gallon. Oh how I miss my “Happy Gas.” I know we will never see those gas prices again, but for the first time in a very long time, I filled my tank for less than three bucks a gallon… all thanks to some of the cheapest gas prices in months and my trusty Fry’s Rewards. According to www.gasbuddy.com, the average price of gas in Phoenix is $3.09. This time last year, we were paying $3.50. Hopefully, prices keep dropping, bringing us some extra “happiness” for the holidays.
The other day while I was hiking Deem Hills I ran into a volunteer with the City of Phoenix. We made small talk about the gorgeous weather and then she told me about a new trailhead that was about to open northeast of the Shops at Norterra. It’s called the Apache Wash Trailhead. The city has been working on it for a few months. What’s so special about this trailhead is that it has plenty of parking, a restroom and access to more than 20-miles of trails in the Sonoran Desert Preserve, some of which are paved and perfect for strollers or bicycles. The grand opening of the trailhead was last Saturday, November 9th. I haven’t been there yet, but I’m looking forward to going.
Once again, a number of stores including Wal-Mart, Target, Macy’s, Kohl’s, Best Buy and Toys ‘R Us are kicking off Black Friday on Thanksgiving Thursday. But there’s a bit of a twist this year. Some of these stores are adding special sales and deals to the Thursday line-up. For instance, Wal-Mart announced two big sales at 6pm and 8pm on Thanksgiving Day. Experts say this is a first for the start of the holiday shopping season because most stores save the exclusive sales for Black Friday. They say these earlier sales may mean fewer lines overnight and more availability of the top products. We’ll see. When I was working in a newsroom, you always made room in your show for the “Toy Store Brawl” that you knew would break out… it was just a matter of time.