Here's something you didn't request of Santa — the highest gasoline prices in history for the final two weeks of the year.
If this sounds familiar, there's a reason. In 2010, California broke its 2007 record for an average price for a gallon of regular gasoline on Christmas Day by 3.2 cents, at $3.297.
This year, it's a record by a mile. In California, prices were averaging $3.535 a gallon, up 26.6 cents from last year, according to the AAA Fuel Gauge Report.
Nationally, prices were averaging $3.206 a gallon, up 22.3 cents from last year.
To drivers such as Mitchell "CoolHand" Meyer, 41, of San Pedro, filling up feels like "being in a train wreck. My quality of life has taken a real hit because of it."
Meyer, a computer repairman who drives a 2000 Ford Ranger, is still struggling from the recession that reduced his repair jobs from six a week to just six a month.