People react differently to soaring gas prices.
I walked up to a young professional filling up his sport utility vehicle and asked him what he would do if regular gasoline hit $3 per gallon?
"Nothing," he said, appearing miffed at the suggestion an extra nickel per gallon would force him to change his daily routine.
I then asked 59-year-old Dianne McClung the same question and got a candid answer.
"I have to have enough gas to drive to work," the Lilburn resident said. "I've cut down on my other trips, I don't eat out as much, and I don't go to the mall as often. I just don't understand why gasoline is $2.65 one week and nearly $3 the next."
She's not alone.
Sometimes, even the guys paid to understand the oil market say its volatility is surprising. Twice this week the price of oil per barrel surged past $75 to set a new record.
"If you think back to the recovery after Hurricane Katrina, it looked like the worst was over," said AAA spokesman Randy Bly. "I don't think anyone would have said they expected the cost of oil to be this high at this point. ... Things don't look great for gas prices right now."
Gas prices will never look good when a gallon of regular is $3.
They don't look great at $2.94 a gallon either, the price they stood at in metro Atlanta on Friday.
A big influence on oil prices this past week was North Korea's missile tests - another worry added to a long list of concerns including the war in Iraq, Iran's apparent nuclear aims and rising global demand. It all makes the traders panic - and the price of gasoline soar.
"All of this is very frustrating to the average motorist," Bly said.
Hard work pays off
Earlier this spring, the CEOs of several local companies sweated in the April sun to build a playground for the D. Scott Hudgens Jr. Early Education Center.
It showed how much businesses got behind the $6.7 million addition to Gwinnett Technical College in Lawrenceville. In all, local businesses raised nearly $4 million for the Early Education Center, which will open at 7 a.m. Monday with the ability to serve 215 children.
The Center has 14 classrooms, four indoor play areas, observation booths for training and three playgrounds.
But its other role - the one businesses and educators applaud - is on-the-job training for Georgia's newest crop of early childhood education teachers. The origin of the Early Education Center was a community needs assessment that found a shortage of teachers that can prepare students to excel in the public school system.
Now, education students can come to the Center and train with 37 teachers, all of whom have degrees in early childhood development.
The idea behind the program is to improve early childhood education in Georgia, which has some of the lowest standards in the United States.