Strange Happenings At My Local Gas Stationgreenspun.com : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread
I'm driving to work the other day and I notice I need some gas. So I start looking at the price eaderboards at the various gas stations, but to my dismay they are all blank.
Finally I pull into Greedy Gorilla Station on the corner of 3rd and Healthdrink. As I start to get out of my car I am approached by a smooth talking,slick looking, fast talking fellow who reminds me very much of a used car salesman.
He asks me if I want to buy some gas. Irritated, I ask him what other reason could I possibly have for pulling up to a pump at a gas station. He asks me what I think a fair price for gas is. Puzzled, I tell him I think $1.23 is a decent price. He then pats me on the back and says "son, since I like you, I will let you have it for $1.23 a quart. My jaw dropped to the ground. I told him he had to be kidding, that is highway robbery. He seemed to get angry at me and raised the price to $1.50 a quart.
I told him I would not pay that much and started to leave. I heard him say "You'll be back" as I was pulling out of the driveway. Sur enough, after visiting three other gas stations I decided his was the cheapest.
But, before I headed back there I knew I needed something I could use as a bargaining chip. So I decided to purchase the gas with GOLD. Good thing I did this. He gave me a cheaper price and I didn't need to go through the credit check process.
Is this happening all over the country, or is it unique to my town?
-- Butt Nugget (firstname.lastname@example.org), January 23, 2000
I think it's unique to your brain.
-- (Schmegma@goober.com), January 23, 2000.
Please add Dingle Berry to the banned spammers list.
-- (@ .), January 23, 2000.
From what I'm reading on the internet, gas and oil shortages seem to be appearing east of the Rockies in the U.S., but not west of them. It would appear that the mountains divide the U.S. into two gas and oil regions. I have also read that with the price of oil going up in the eastern U.S., tankers bound for the west coast are being diverted through the Panama canal to the east coast. Actually, I didn't know that they could get through it. Oh, well. The other interesting piece of information I read is that some oil tankers bound for the eastern U.S. have been diverted to Europe. Best of luck to everyone.
-- nothing (email@example.com), January 23, 2000.
The west coast is largely supplied by Alaskan crude, which hasn't been disrupted. We know Venezuela has been disrupted. If you you've read this http://hv.greenspun.com/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg.tcl? msg_id=002Mfa you'll know that mideast supplies have been impacted. It's not really hard to see what's happening, as long as you don't look to the local media or network news.
-- Dog Gone (firstname.lastname@example.org), January 23, 2000.
If you live in France, then that's what your going to pay. Don't be so surprised. P.S. Those are liters not quartz.
-- snooze button (email@example.com), January 23, 2000.
Price of Regular gas in Salt Lake City is $1.20. Brigham City, Utah, a small town only $1.16
-- ... (...@...com), January 23, 2000.
So someone here thinks bn should be banned for injecting some humour? What is the charge, excessive satire?? That must be a very serious crime. Are you serious that you think this person should be banned- can you not stand someone who disagrees with you? Do you think this board is nazi germany that you can simply decide you do not like something that is said and say ban the poster?? Oh my God.
-- Futureshock (firstname.lastname@example.org), January 23, 2000.
If you knew my thoughts on the subject...You would be SHOCKed.
-- Shakey (email@example.com), January 23, 2000.
"...I pull into Greedy Gorilla Station on the corner of 3rd and Healthdrink..."
Such wonderful names tip off the reader, way too early, that the story is bogus.
If you really want to dupe us, stick with real, unimaginative names.
-- on the whole it (firstname.lastname@example.org), January 23, 2000.
An anthropologist would have a field day observing the interesting social types populating this community. Butt Nugget, you're managing to tread the fine line which makes people almost like you for your glibness. You've found your niche which works. This was a different kind of a post for you, where you originated it (instead of being a disrupter in other trains of thought) and you did a nice job of entertaining. You must be the kid in the back of the class who makes the off color wisecracks to disrupt the teacher, but the teacher really kinda likes him.
Thanks for the Nugget!
-- Chuck (email@example.com), January 23, 2000.
Thanks for posting your psychic vision of the future. In your next vision, see if you can find a newspaper so you can supply us with the date in the future when this vision occurs.
-- Dean -- from (almost) Duh Moyn (firstname.lastname@example.org), January 23, 2000.