I ran down the last of the Tehachapi gas from the pass till my tank light turned yellow, after crossing through counties with joy as my bounty, feeling righteous and mellow. I paid forty dollars to top off the hollow that lingered within my machine, and into the rain I made my way home from the scene.

A picture from inside my Honda Civic Sunday, March 19, 2023 in San Pablo, California, of its dash with its fuel indicator well past reading a full tank, and its odometer reading 1566.6 miles, all but 90 of which came during a recent vacation road trip, with an average 40.1 miles per gallon due to high speeds, wide open interstate traffic lanes with few other vehicles around, and good luck avoiding obstacles like speed traps and such.

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