Insignificant statistics; better conditions for the fall; the passage of a legend –

SSince I consider myself your favorite gas friend, here is your latest gas price update. First, apparently we have better quality gasoline in Platte County than in other areas of the Kansas City metro. Why? I do not know. I’m just basing myself on local prices, which seem to be consistently higher than other parts of the metro. In recent months, gasoline prices in northern Platte County have been significantly higher than the average price across the metropolitan area.

For example, the average price at KC is $ 2.79 per gallon, but Tuesday afternoon the going price in northern Platte County – at least in the Platte City area and north – east of $ 2.89. Maybe it’s because we have so many fuel outlets along I-29 and the stations take advantage of the captive audience of the freeway? Just a thought.

Anyway, according to the GasBuddy.com website, which tracks such things, the lowest fare on the KC metro is a station priced at $ 2.57 and the most expensive outlet in KC is $ 3.15 a gallon. Gas prices in Kansas City are 4.5 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and 83.7 cents per gallon higher than a year ago.

Here is an expert’s point of view on the matter:

“Overall prices have remained close to the 2021 peak price set in early August due to COVID-19 supply and demand imbalances,” said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy. “The relief in average gas prices has only really been seen west of the Rockies so far and may continue to be delayed by an active hurricane season that has kept gas prices from falling normally. While I’m optimistic that we will eventually see a drop in prices, the drop probably won’t be as noticeable as I expected due to the above-average hurricane season and demand remains seasonally strong. “


Sometimes I want meaningless statistics and I like to pass them on to you. This is one of those times. No need to thank me.

Here’s some fuel shutdown information that doesn’t make sense to you: What time of the day do you think is the most popular for refueling? A new study from GasBuddy says that in Missouri and Kansas, the most common time of day for motorists to refuel is 4 p.m. It is a cooler time of day to be outside the car. Plus it paid off for me on Tuesday of this week as the local gasoline price was $ 2.79 when I refueled Tuesday morning, but the price jumped to $ 2.89 on Tuesday after- midday. Thank you so much.

Residents of 24 states most often buy gasoline between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., 23 other states fill up most often between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Plus, what is the most popular day of the week for drivers to refuel? Friday, which gets 15.9% of weekly fuel sales, according to GasBuddy.


As you’ve probably figured out by now, Tech Man Schneider is in charge of everything related to The Landmark’s NFL Pickem Contest (don’t forget to enter, you can’t win if you don’t play).

Tech Man Schneider sends weekly results notifications / emails to those who have registered as attendees on plattecountylandmark.com. This week he told me he was referring to Game of Thrones in his emailing and asked me what I thought. I told him it was a good thing he told me it was a Game of Thrones reference, because if he hadn’t told me I never would have known. I’ve never watched Game of Thrones. Just like I have never watched any of the Star Wars movies. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying this as some kind of weird boast but more of an explanation. If you and I are immersed in a conversation and you refer to sci-fi movies, Marvel movies, or fantasy movies, I will have no idea what you are talking about.

Look, I don’t despise anyone who likes this kind of movie, just saying no. I blame my profession. My newspaper background guides me to enjoying fact-based films and films with at least some resemblance to things that could actually, you know, happen. I’m not into fantasy superhero movies and the like, although I might reconsider if Rihanna ever stars in a superhero movie. In the absence of that, I gladly leave the fantastic stuff to the Chris Kamler and Tech Man Schneiders of the world, and I bow to their expertise on these topics.

Be you. I am not crazy.

Remember, if everyone thinks the same, no one thinks.


We’ve had a few 90 degree days recently, but we need to calm down. The first two or three weeks of October are usually my favorite weather days of the year. A little coolness in the air awakens the senses, makes a person feel alive and full of energy, doesn’t it? Windproof weather is the best. Don’t fight it. Kiss him.


Are you excited to see the colors of fall? Hang in there, it’s almost time. As you probably know, the brilliance of fall colors is entirely dependent on the weather. For the brightest colors, you have to hope for certain weather conditions: sunny days and cool, but not freezing, nights are the optimal weather ingredients for vibrant fall colors.


Platte City lost a good man with the death of 85-year-old Jack Coots last Friday at his home. Jack was a well-respected man in the community and a legend of downtown Platte City, always personable, always professional, and always fun. He worked at Wells Bank in Platte City for over 60 years, starting as a cashier and working his way up to bank president before retiring. I plan to share one of my favorite memories of Jack in this column space next week.

Local historian Olin Miller says there have been a number of people over the years who have worked for a Platte City company for 50 years. “But Jack worked for Wells Bank for over 60 years. William Giffee, who ran the harness shop, ran or worked for this company for 63 years. The only other owner / employee over the age of 60 is Ronnie Pine (Pine’s Barber Shop), ”Miller said.

(Talk about fantastic movies with Foley anytime. He will ignore these emails to [email protected])

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