Ahh, North Dakota, it's still populated by a group of people that are tough as nails. I know, I work with someone who grew up there. Also, they are an independent and determined bunch as anyone who has seen the movie "Fargo" can appreciate. Anyway, here is an example of how you can't push these people around even if you are seemingly holding all the cards like these darn oil companies. Giddyup Jim!
MINOT, N.D. (AP) - Jim Jundt was so determined to rein in his spending on gasoline that he got out of bed early and rode his 14-year-old quarterhorse mare to work.
Jundt lives 15 miles south of Minot and works as a mechanic at Goodyear Tire & Auto Service in the city.
He said he and his co-workers had been talking about rising fuel prices, and he joked that he would ride his horse to work if gasoline ever hit $3 a gallon.
His co-workers laughed, but when the price at the pump soared to $3.20 last week, Jundt headed for the barn.
He said he was only five minutes late riding his mare, Patty, to work.
While he worked, Patty waited patiently, eating hay out of the back of a truck.