GAS PRICES (224)

TECHNOLOGY HAS ITS UPSIDE (S).   ONE ACCESSIBLE ENTERTAINMENT IS READING SCRIPTS OF MOVIES, THAT ARE AUDIBLY BEYOND OLD FOLKS HEARING.  THE BEST MONEY SPENT LATELY  WAS ON “RABBIT EARS”.  THERE ARE NOW BRITISH PRODUCTS I CAN PARTIALLY  DECIPHER.

ALSO YOU CAN GOOGLE ALL KINDS OF QUOTES.   TWO OF MY ALL TIME FAVORITES ARE FROM “JUSTIFIED” ( ELMORE LEONARD’S RAYLAN, BOYD AND ART. )  AND (2) ”  “LONESOME DOVE”.

THE FAMOUS BAR SCENE  FEATURES AN UNRECOGNIZED CAP’T GUS MCRAE COLD-COCKING A SURLY, SLOW BARTENDER WITH HIS SIX-SHOOTER.  BACK “…WHEN PEOPLE AROUND HERE WANTED US TO BE SENATORS, WE DIDN’T TOLERATE DAWDLING SERVICE.   AND WE DON’T NOW!” BOOM GOES THE EMPTY SHOT GLASS.

IN THE NEXT SCENE, ON HORSEBACK AND HAVING EXITED  THE BAR, GUS HUFFS TO WOODROW–“WHEN WEE WILLIE MONTGOMERY WAS AROUND HE DIDN’T TOLERATE ANY DAWDLING BARTENDERS!”   WOODROW RESPONDS:  “YOU WERE JUST MAD BECAUSE THEY DIDN’T KNOW WHO WE ARE.”

I THINK EVERY YOUNG PERSON SHOULD WORK IN A SERVICE JOB, DEALING WITH THE PUBLIC.  EQUALLY, WHEN CUSTOMERS RUDELY ATTACK DEFENSELESS WAITERS AND SUCH, MY TEMPERATURE RISES.

MY MENTOR IN SUCH MATTERS, “COUNTRY” BOYKIN , WAS GIVEN SOME LONG, PJAMA PANTS FOR CHRISTMAS.  FLOWERS AND SUCH.  NOT QUITE HIS STYLE.  WITH RECEIPT IN HAND AND A REFUND REQUESTED,  HE WAS OFFERED HALF OF THE RECEIPTED PURCHASE.  REASON?  “THIS ITEM IS NOW ON SALE FOR THIS NEW PRICE”  HEATED DISCUSSION FOLLOWED, CULMINATING IN THE FOLLOW DIALOG BETWEEN THE SALESPERSON, THE ASSISTANT MANAGER, THE MANAGER AND MY FRIEND.

FRIEND:  DO YOU HAVE A PAIR OF SCISSORS?

MANAGEMENT:  WHAT DO YOU WANT SCISSORS FOR?

FRIEND:  SO I CAN CUT UP THIS CREDIT CARD AND GIVE EACH ONE OF YOU A PIECE TO STICK   — —- —!

RECENTLY ANOTHER EXAMPLE FEATURED “COUNTRY” HAVING LOCKED HIS KEYS IN HIS HIGH LEVEL VEHICLE, THAT CAME  COMPLETE WITH EYE IN THE SKY TECHNOLOGY TO UNLOCK SAID VEHICLE.    ONE PROBLEM.  “WHAT IS YOUR PASSWORD?”

OUT OF TOWN, NOT THE FOGGIEST GUESS AT THE PASSWORD, AND DENIED SEVERAL REQUESTS TO “…JUST UNLOCK THE DOOR!”  USE YOUR OWN BEST LANGUAGE TO FILL IN THE FOLLOWING:

“LOOK, YOU (BLEEP),  I WRITE YOU A (BLEEP) CHECK EVERY (BLEEP) MONTH FOR (BLEEP) DOLLARS.  NOW (BLEEP) YOU FORGET ABOUT SOME (BLEEP) PASSWORD (BLEEP), AND OPEN UP MY (BLEEP) CAR, LIKE YOU (BLEEP) SAID (BLEEP) YOU WOULD, OR  (CONTINUED BLEEPS, THREATS, AND PROMISES)

QUIET.  CLICK.  THANK YOU.

GAS STATIONS NOW HAVE THEIR OWN PUZZLES.  WITH 80 YEARS OLD IN SIGHT I CAN REMEMBER A “GAS WAR” THAT REDUCED A GALLON OF SOUTH CAROLINA GAS TO ELEVEN CENTS.  NOT ONLY THAT AN ATTENDANT WOULD PUMP THE GAS, CLEAN YOU WINDOWS, CHECK THE OIL AND WATER, AND  THANK HIS CUSTOMER.

GAS GOT UP TO FOUR DOLLARS PLUS IN THE SUMMER OF 2008.   PRETTY STEADY TILL JUST RECENTLY, BUT EDGING UP WITH OMINUS PREDICTIONS FOR FUTURE.

NOW EACH STATION HAS ITS OWN MAZE,  REQUIRING READING THE CONSTANTLY CHANGING DIRECTIONS.  FUNDAMENTAL QUESTION  FOR LUDDITE CASH CUSTOMERS IS DO YOU PAY BEFORE OR AFTER PUMPING.  NEIGHBORHOOD CONSIDERATIONS?

LAST WEEK I PULLED INTO A FAMILIAR STATION IN A TOWN I HAD LIVED IN TWENTY YEARS.  NOT ONLY THE FORMER STATION MANAGER WAS FRIENDLY, HE WAS A LONG TIME EMPLOYEE.  NOW THE STATION HAD CHANGED HANDS, MANAGERS AND PUMP DIRECTIONS.   PULLING TO MIDDLE PUMP, AND ABOUT BEGIN I SAW THE SIGN SAYING “DIESEL ONLY”. OKAY,  I PULLED UP TO THE NEXT PUMP WITH THE TYPICAL THREE CHOICES AND PUNCHED IN “PAY INSIDE” AND WAITED.    NO INSTRUCTION FOR A LONG TIME SO I WENT INSIDE AND LEFT 30$.  I LIFTED THE PUMP, PRESSED UNLEADED AND LET FLY.   GOT TO $5.91 WHEN IT STOPPED AND THE DESK JOCKEY COMES RUNNING WITH HALF A DOZEN INSTRUCTIONS, WITH THE DAWDLING BARTENDERS ATTITUDE.

WHILE FINISHING  PUMPING AS DIRECTED I DECIDED TO BE CIVIL.  I WENT INSIDE AND SAID, “SORRY”.  HE GRUNTED AND GAVE ME THE SAME LOOK OF DISDAIN.

THEN IT KICKED IN.  I SAID “…AT LEAST WE WON’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THIS THE NEXT TIME.  HE GRUNTED AGAIN AND I ADDED “…BECAUSE THERE NEVER WIIL BE A (BLEEP, BLEEP, BLEEP) NEXT TIME.”

I’M A QUICK STUDY.  THANKS, COUNTRY.

“HERE’S  TO THE SUNNY SLOPES OF DAYS GONE BY”

 

 

 

 

 

One thought on “GAS PRICES (224)

  1. Gerry Ritter

    Ok so that s where the “New York “ Dan came from. !! Got a laugh out of me 👍🏻love sis

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