Friday, May 16, 2008

L.A. Prices

I bought a tank of gas from Hertz when I picked up the rental Mustang. They charged $3.89 a gallon. According to the morning news show, the average price per gallon here is now $3.91. So I got such a deal.

I was hungry after my flight, so after I checked in to the hotel, I stopped at the Pizza Hut Express in the lobby and picked up a “personal pan” pizza and a soda for $11.00. Whoa, that’s a pricey pizza. Oh, and the hotel charges $15 a night to park your car in their lot even if you’re a paying guest. Harrumph.

However, once my folks got checked in we went across the street to a little Mexican restaurant and had a great meal; lots of good food, great guacamole, excellent enchiladas, and, according to my dad, a decent margarita. And the three of us got out for $42.00. That’s comparable to a dinner at Casa Barron in Perrysburg.

The moral of the story is that there are expensive places and rip-offs in every city; I’m sure Miami has its share of gougearamas and $7 toy pizzas, but if you know where to find them, you can have a good time, stay in a nice place, and not spend a lot of money.