Friday, April 08, 2011

No Self Pump Here

Are you squemish about blood?  You are?  Ok...I'll save that story for next time.

I have to say that I'm the type of guy that will let my car run on fumes before I go to the gas station.  The gas station is just a waste of my time and so the fewer times I have to go there; the better.  Oh, and I have one of those cars that when the dummy light goes off that means:  "Do not pass Go, go directly to a gas station!"

When I bought this damn SUV I didn't want a V8 motor.  I wasn't planning on towing the house behind me to go camping.  It's more fun trying to pack the contents of the house inside for 48 hours and then unpack them again.  But I didn't opt against the car because at the time, gas was less than $2 per gallon.  Who knew?

I'm also fortunate to be in one of the only two states in the nation that don't allow you to pump your own gas.  I like that.  Some people get all incensed like their freedom is being yanked from them.  Get a grip and move to Montana!  Sheesh.  They obviously don't live in Portland where it rains 2000 days a year.  So while the idiots in Washington just north of us have to get out in the cold and rain and figure out how to operate the damn pump, I'm snuggly in my car letting some halfway-house employee do the job for me.


I mean really, look at the idiots that have pressed the stickers instead of the actual buttons on this photo of a gas pump with instructions!  I'll admit, on occasion I've been forced to pump my own gas because I would have had to push the car over the border back to Oregon to avoid it; and there have been times when that was just as tempting.

So go out there in your dress ups and shower your hand with gasoline as you go to your big night out.  I'll be listening to tunes and letting somebody else bath in fuel instead.

15 comments:

sybil law said...

Man. I pump my gas all the time, and it really is pretty easy and not a big deal at all, ya pansy!
Ha!
But there are also places you can go where they pump it for you- I go there when it's pouring or freezing or I'm just feeling particularly lazy.

Janna said...

We have to pump our own gas in Michigan.
Years ago there were a few places that had "special days" where an employee would come out and do it for you, but I haven't seen any of those in a long time.

Usually it's not that much of a hassle, I guess.

Except for the wintry/snowy/icy/rainy/miserable/summery/hot/humid days, which is most of the time here.

Megan said...

Plus no sales tax! Why doesn't everyone live in Oregon?

Oh yeah...that rain thing. Yeck.

:)

Roy said...

Of course, in places that have self-serve, the gas is cheaper if you pump it yourself. Saving money is a big incentive to do a little work.

ReformingGeek said...

Gas? I can't afford that stuff but after a night's work selling myself, I'm finally able to pay for a tank.

Then I have to master swiping my credit card. Yes, I know there is a photo/image telling me how to do it but that would imply getting out my readers.

Rain? What is this stuff you call rain? Send it to us, please!

VE said...

Sybil law – Yeah…and I suppose you like to balance your checkbook manually and do long division at the grocery store to calculate discounts and hand write all the checks for your bills and change your own oil too… 

Janna – I’ll bet there are parts of Detroit where you can get paid to be a security guard while a person has to leave their car to pump gas…

Megan – Nope…no sales tax. Just don’t buy a house…you’ll never have money again with the taxes they put on those…

Roy – That doesn’t seem to hold up over here. I see the prices in Washington and they are self-serve and they are no different than ours and there is no different pricing whether you pump it or don’t…

Reforminggeek – I sold myself too…the whisker stubble goes for big dollars on ebay now that I’m so famous and all…I’m working on my own toast likeness…

00dozo said...

There is one station here that allows you to pump your own gas for the bargain basement price of five or ten cents less per gallon than full service price. Big fecking deal because the pump itself is like the Rubik's cube of gas pumps. Otherwise, it's always full serve and by "full service", you might be lucky to have someone clean the windshield.

secret agent woman said...

I don't mind pumping gas and I've ever gotten it on me. But since I get 50 miles a gallon, I don't have to fill up all that often.

Mrsupole said...

When I first started driving, we were not allowed to pump our own gas. It was against the law. We would hop out of our car and convince the guys to let us pump the gas. We really thought we were being women libbers who could show the men that we could do something they felt we were too stupid or incapable of doing. Then came the first middle east embargo and gas shortage, next thing we knew they were telling us we had to pump our own gas or pay someone a lot more to do it for us.

I have never minded pumping my own gas and with our mostly great weather, it is not a big deal.

I guess it is just a matter of perspective and having the freedom to now make a choice.

But thirty days of rain might change how one looks at pumping gas.

God bless.

lime said...

what amazes me is in NJ you can't pump your own gas yet their gas is consistently about 20 cents cheaper per gallon than ours is in PA

Subby said...

Many, many times have I seen someone drive off with the damn pump hose still attached to the car! WTF? My SUV was a small Tracker. Wimpy 4 cylinder but still enough power to get out of the mud. And great mileage :)

But the "Kia-pet" is better on petrol...and like yourself, VE, I avoid the pumps as much as possible ( I also drive in neutral...a lot! ) Saves on the clutch ;) and more...

Jaime said...

i thought jersey was the only place that didn't let you pump your own gas!

it was rough when i went down to MD for college. i couldn't figure out how to pump my own... happy to be back where the attendants have to brave the rain and cold in order to fill me up.

Subby said...

That reminds me: A friend of mine works at a truck rental depot that also sells diesel. Unfortunately he has to carry a persuader so the drivers don't take it upon themselves to fill up ( which they will if no-one's payin' attention ), then drive off w/o payin'...( which can and has happened ).

His persuader is a snub-nosed .38...!

VE said...

00dozo – Yes, I save that much already by not liking coffee…I’ll take full service anytime…

Secret agent woman – Remind me to call you if I’m in your state…fill mine with regular, please…

Mrsupole – It’s still against the law in our state…always has been. The problem I have with the freedom of choice is that there isn’t one once they move to self serve. 90% of the stations make you pump it. Where’s the choice in that?

Lime – Ah, it’s NJ that is the other state. Yes, we see the same thing here. You can get over to Washington in about 10 minutes where they have self service and it doesn’t change the price.

Subby – A clutch? What is that? I haven’t had one of those since 1993. And here I thought I’d never own an automatic…

Jaime – No, Oregon has made it illegal to self serve since we’ve had gas stations. We also don’t have a sales tax here. We’re just diffirent…

Subby – Good persuader…I always listen to them…

Boom Boom Larew said...

I'd happily let someone else pump my gas for me. Because I'm such a dainty lady...