Do You Remember Not Pumping Your Own Gas?

Jan 11, 2018 Author Guy

Here is one for the “you learn something new every day file.” When I first starting seeing all the posts on social media about Oregon passing a law to allow self service gas stations, I thought it was a big joke. I can barely remember the good old days of full service gas stations. It seems like I have been pumping my own gas for decades. I laughed at the comments from people on Facebook such as, “I don’t even know how to pump gas and I’m 62!” I had no idea some states still have full service gas stations, so I decided to dig a little deeper into the subject.

Oregon has just passed a law effective 1-1-18 allowing counties with 40,000 or fewer residents to have self service gas stations. Back in 1951, they had passed the law allowing only full service gas stations because of the fire hazards associated with dispensing fuel. They did not trust people to pump their own gas and thought it should remain in the hands of professionals.

It turns out, it’s not only Oregon. In 1949, a law was passed in New Jersey for the same reason. So there have been two states in the country that have only full service gas stations. I had no idea!

In New Jersey, motorists can be fined just for touching the pump! The only down side to this, I am hearing, is that it is often a long wait at the pump, especially if you pay cash and need to wait for change.

So, this is what I learned today!

Much More Fancy ATM at the New Bank

Jan 29, 2013 Author Guy

Finally get fed up with my old bank and dumped them. My new bank is just down the street and today I used the ATM to make a deposit, something I would never trust my old bank to handle. There were nothing but constant problems with my account at the old bank – sometimes a deposit would not even show up on my account for 5-6 days after I had given them my cash money.

This new ATM is really fancy – probably three or four generations better than the one at my old bank. The new bank lets you credit your own deposit slip at home on the PC and integrate with the accounting software they gave me for free when I opened the account. It tracks everything that comes in and everything that goes out, and at the end of the year it does my fucking taxes for me, too. How about that?

So, this new ATM has a lot of options to get you exactly what you want, fast and easy. And it takes a photo of each check that you stick in the deposit slot, printing out a little paper receipt that includes the pictures in case you ever have a problem. My account is credited immediately and they send me emails and gave me the phone number of a real live person if I ever have to call the bank with a question. I feel a lot better about trusting this bank with my money.

Fucking Check Engine Light On Again

Jan 26, 2013 Author Guy

Why the fuck does the check engine light come on just a week or two before I have to take the damn car for the Emissions Inspection so I can get my tags renewed? How does the car know that this is the perfect time to fuck me over? Can’t drive on dead tags and can’t get tags with the check engine light one. So there goes a fast $800 to get the car worked on again.

Fucking I Phone

Apr 28, 2012 Author Guy

OMFG I have a love hate relationship with this fucking I Phone. It crashes at least once a week and I lost my information the first time. Fortunately I saved my old phone and was able to get the info transferred again. It was a pain in the ass though to have to go down there and do it. This time I am using the online feature to save my info, that way if it crashes again I can just log on with the phone and download it like that.

I really didn’t know that this feature was there until after I had to go back to the store.  One of my friends has one and told me about it. You would think that the people who sold it to me might have mentioned that to me when I bought it. Some people are just lazy ass hats though. Honestly, if you aren’t going to do your job right, then find a new one and let someone who actually likes the job have it. Lord knows there are plenty of people looking for work right now. Anyway, I am still calling them to bitch about the crash problems and if it keeps happening, I will take it back and ask for my money back.

Blah fucking blah

Apr 4, 2012 Author Guy

I am so fucking tired of hear these damned politicians talk shit. Ninety percent of them are all lying, cheating crooks and the other ten percent are just plain ineffectual. I suppose it is not the fault of the ten percent, because anything they try to do that is right, the crooks will not allow. These election campaigns are the worst part about it. I think it is wrong for big business to be able to fund the campaigns. They do not represent the rest of us. The only thing they represent is corporate control.

I am not very optimistic about the next four years or any after that. This country is in so much trouble financially that I am not sure that we can ever come out of it. Between the gas prices and the constant rise in consumer products, it is becoming more and more difficult for people to live. I may do well myself, but I have to watch various family members struggle regularly and it totally sucks ass. I miss the way things used to be before this so called recession. Life was so much simpler then and a lot easier for so many people. I will watch and wait and hopefully it will get better.