Back in the day, I was paying about $0.97/gallon for 95-octane premium, at a time when I was making $3.50/hour scooping ice cream and stocking shelves. So paying $2.85/gallon for unleaded when I'm making $17/hour isn't as much fun as paying $2.25/gallon, but it's a long way from the $4.71/gallon if prices had risen with my pay.
On a completely unrelated topic, since tokenfanboy has closed his comments I guess I'll have to explain things to him here. Nobody on the new board is trying to tell the new chairman what he ought to do regarding the membership fees. He's not inclined to make changes, but he expressed an interest in hearing reasons why we should. As head of Registration, I think I'm entitled to an opinion; as ATC Secretary, maybe not so much, and the same is true for the other people currently on the core list. We're all affected by the membership numbers, and changes in the fee structure have an effect on those numbers. If the chairman wants to change the fees, of course I'd like that; if he doesn't, it's his decision and I'd support it.