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  • Originally posted by lonewolf View Post
    While we are in Mafia mode, I told this story before that is both amusing and sobering.
    Twenty years ago, during my publishing phase, I had PR man in Vegas whose father was a casino boss in the 1940-50s. One night he called me in some distress. He had fronted the $100,000 appearance money for an A list celebrity, who was a no-show for some event. The promoter of the event reneged on repaying him immediately as agreed and he had a serious short term cash flow problem. He was calling ten of his clients to borrow $10,000 each for a day. I agreed to wire him the money the next day. Before I got around to it, he called me back to say Thanks, never mind. He called some of father's old associates,retired to Florida, had a cashiers check from the promoter in hand as we spoke.
    Minus $5.99 for a couple of bags of cement mix....

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    • Originally posted by Conor Dary View Post
      Self service is up in Oregon for now...I wonder how many Oregonians have never done it....I think I will avoid gas stations for awhile...

      Oregon gas temporarily self-serve

      https://www.registerguard.com/news/2...ily-self-serve
      I thought you would have had experience from your time in England? Self-service has been the norm here for decades.

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      • Back in the 70s I used to love Italian jokes and loved telling them. I had a good friend in New England golf. I was about 20 and he was about 40 and Pietro "Pete" Z------iino. He and I were good friends and one day on a putting green I was telling him some of them, He laughed, but after a couple asked me, "Hey Billy, you know what's black and blue and floats down a river?" Me, "No, what?" Pete "An Irishman telling too many Italian jokes." Last one I told him.

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        • With the lock down there is time for viewing some fantastic wild life stories :
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0O1Dp2cocQ

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          • Originally posted by Conor Dary View Post
            Self service is up in Oregon for now...I wonder how many Oregonians have never done it....I think I will avoid gas stations for awhile...

            Oregon gas temporarily self-serve

            https://www.registerguard.com/news/2...ily-self-serve
            Back when I was a kid in CA all gas stations were full serve. That stopped with the 1973 oil embargo and ensuing long lines with odd/even rationing days, etc. In a short time most gas stations were self serve. 1973 also happens to be the year I started driving so I've always pumped my gas. One thing about moving to Oregon I don't mind at all is the mandatory gas attendant.

            If you pump your own gas that's a good time for a pair of rubber/nitrile gloves in the car.

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            • I started driving my grandfathers 1916 Model T truck in 1938. ( I just realized, that car was only a year older than my current, considerably more plush 2001 Lincoln) He did not let me drive his prized 1918 Model T coupe until I started driving, more or less legally, on public roads in 1943. In the olden days, every station was full service,with windshield wash and oil check. On the farm, we filled up with 10 cent/gallon gas from the 1000 gallon overhead, gravity fed tractor fuel tank. I do not remember the first time I did self service at a gas station, which has, of course, become the norm. Having motored extensively through all 50 states (well, I did not motor in Alaska), Oregon is the only state I can recall that did not allow gasoline self service in recent years.

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              • Originally posted by user4 View Post
                Many of us have lived among the Canadians for more than a spell, truly salt of the earth people, very kind, caring, generous, hearty and self reliant. One of the other things I learned from the Canadians is that they like to make their own spirits!... everything from wine and beer to the harder stuff.
                I enjoyed my two year sojourn in Calgary, nice people, delightful city. The only problem, it was 2000 miles too far north for human habitation.
                lonewolf
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                Last edited by lonewolf; 03-31-2020, 06:29 AM.

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                • Originally posted by lonewolf View Post
                  Oregon is the only state I can recall that did not allow gasoline self service in recent years.
                  New Jersey still does not allow self service.
                  https://www.phillyvoice.com/new-jers...d-19-pandemic/

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                  • Originally posted by tandfman View Post
                    New Jersey still does not allow self service.
                    https://www.phillyvoice.com/new-jers...d-19-pandemic/
                    I guess i never had to buy gasoline in NJ.. thanks

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                    • the first time I ever had to use self-serve was at Munich in '72, and it was a completely automated system, so there was no attendant to give me any help. Needless to say, trying to figure out what it was telling me in German was difficult. Next guy in line finally got frustrated, jumped out of his car and came to help me in a somewhat pushy fashion. At which point I pulled the nozzle out of the tankk and sprayed him with gas. Oops.

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                      • Originally posted by user4 View Post
                        With the lock down there is time for viewing some fantastic wild life stories :
                        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0O1Dp2cocQ
                        Both TV shows and videos on wildlife, zoos, animals in nature have become a viewing habit during my "lockdown". I am watching less news by the day.

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                        • Originally posted by tandfman View Post
                          New Jersey still does not allow self service.
                          https://www.phillyvoice.com/new-jers...d-19-pandemic/
                          Stopping at one of the stations along either the GSP or Turnpike a few years back I started to get out of the car as a force of habit and I thought the attendant standing there was going to clothesline me.

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                          • When I went to the 08 Trials and had no idea Oregon was full-serve ONLY, I pulled into a station in my rental car (with
                            OR plates) and as I was getting out, a guy walks up to me and says, 'Can I help you?'
                            I smiled and said, 'No thanks', and went to put my card in the pump.
                            He says, 'You can't do that, ' and I said, 'Oh no problem, I do it all the time.'
                            It devolved a bit from there before I finally realized he just wasn't go to let me do it, and I figured out why.

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                            • Originally posted by lonewolf View Post
                              Tlhe abysmal retail gasoline prices have the opposite effect on me. Even at $1.12/gallon,my car has not been out of garage for a week, trying to conserve my tankful with oil at $19.00/bbl.
                              Drove by Costco. Gas 1.65 a gallon. Down by 50 cents. 5 cars at 6 lanes. On the other hand 2017 after Hurricane Irma Gas up 50 cents a gallon 5000 cars at each lane!

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                              • Originally posted by bambam1729 View Post

                                My wife and I got in the car yesterday and just drove around for about 25 minutes with our dogs, just to break the tedium and get out of the house. Plus, our dogs were jonesing for their usual "car rides"
                                We made some sandwiches and drove to the seashore. Everybody had the same idea, including a motorcycle club who were not socially distancing. On the way home went thru a Dairy Queen drive in. Got our ice cream with 2 plastic spoons sticking in them. We wait 2 or 3 weeks...?

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