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M48ortal  (Level: 248.2 - Posts: 3734)
Sun, 23rd May '10 1:11 PM


When my kids were young, as I pumped gasoline, when the pump kicked off I would ask the kids, "What happened at this date?" If it kicked off on a date where nothing truly historical happened, the child who could name an event closest to that date got bragging rights.

$10.66 = 1066 --> Battle of Hastings

$15.88 = 1588 --> Spanish Armada

My wife asked me last year if I ever did that since the kids moved out. As I watched the gas pump total roll past $35.00, I just told her, "No, my psychic powers are on the blink."

Calamari  (Level: 12.4 - Posts: 249)
Sun, 23rd May '10 10:08 PM

If you're still pumping gas, I'll try to stop by when my tank is 3/4 full.

M48ortal  (Level: 248.2 - Posts: 3734)
Mon, 24th May '10 12:13 AM

I didn't mean I pumped gas as an employee. (I have, but that was before marriage and kids) I know of only a few places where you can still get "full service." I meant when I had to fill up the family car, if the kids were along, I would quiz them about whatever important historical event matched up with the dollar figure on the pump. I haven't been able to do that since gas went past about $1.50.

The other day my groceries came to $19.78, and when the cashier announced the total, I said, " That was a pretty good year." The cashier replied, "I dunno, we didn't get that far in my history class."


Mickeym  (Level: 87.5 - Posts: 1803)
Mon, 24th May '10 4:51 AM

The pumping gas issue gave me pause, and I checked the internet for USA. Only New Jersey and Oregon are full service states...that is, you cannot pump your own gas, and full service is mandatory. Most other states are mostly self-service, with few full service pumps offered anywhere. Tho for some reason (speed?) Boston has lots of full/self service stations. In upstate NY it is hard to find stations that have any full service pumps.
That being said, it presents a problem for the Americans with Disabilities Act. Basically the act says that if there are ANY full service pumps the station must provide assistance at ANY pump for the disabled, and charge the lower rate. BUT if the station is operating with one attendant remotely (the common situation I think) they do not have to provide this service.
Luckily we still have some gas stations that are also service stations, so that the disabled can get gas pumped during the day.
Wonder what the rest of the world does??????

Surreyman  (Level: 257.2 - Posts: 2766)
Mon, 24th May '10 5:09 AM

Since our petrol is now around $10 a gallon, and a tankfull costs around $80.00, we have a problem with that game in the UK!

Mickeym  (Level: 87.5 - Posts: 1803)
Mon, 24th May '10 5:26 AM

Oh dear, we just drove up north from south eastern US and complained that the $2.75 per gallon had gone to almost $3. Drove 2000 road miles plus lots of local driving for about $185. Admittedly our Honda Fit gets great highway mileage! Ann

Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Mon, 24th May '10 6:32 PM

It costs me about fifty Ozdollars a week for my regular driving.

Wow Alan...........that "go-juice"sure is expensive in your part of the Global Village !!!
Is BP trying to recoup the mega-gazillions of dollars the Gulf of Mexico leak is gonna cost from the British public??

Speaking of prices and times going by: I remember when my weekly grocery tape was about a dollar per inch at the check-out....Now it's about ten - twelve Ozdollars per inch....!

Petrol was 17 Ozcents per litre in my first car: a VeeWee it's about $1.35AU per litre, but cheaper on Thursdays.


Tresgatos  (Level: 201.7 - Posts: 4146)
Mon, 24th May '10 8:47 PM

Yes, in New Jersey, you're not allowed to fill your own gas tank. It's one of many things I had to get used to when I moved here from California. I still think about it every time I go to a gas station. To me, full service should include cleaning the windshields and checking the oil and tire pressure, but all they do is pump gas.

Oh well, there could be worse things in life -- like no ice cream.

-- Geri

Calamari  (Level: 12.4 - Posts: 249)
Mon, 24th May '10 9:01 PM

Cripes! $10 a gallon???!!!

I'd better air up my bicycle tires just in case!

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