Fill ‘er up

A guy pulled up at the pump behind mine at a gas station in Falls Church this afternoon. I’d bypassed that pump because there was an “out of order” sign on it, but apparently this guy didn’t notice it. He attempted to use the pump, with some difficulties, and I debated telling him about the sign, though I was distracted by issues of my own (stupid credit card swiper).

Finally, he got the attention of an attendant, and I thought he was going to ask about the pump and have to be told that there was a sign right in front of his face saying that it was out of order. Instead, he told the attendant that the pump was actually working. Rather than asking if he knew how to read, the attendant suggested that he take off the sign so he could see how much he was pumping. “I don’t really care,” Mr. Observant replied.

Well. If only we could all drive Mitsubishi Monteros and not care that we’re spending $2.36 a gallon. Maybe he’d like to pick up my $27-something tab?

3 Comments so far

  1. Alex Payne (unregistered) on August 6th, 2005 @ 10:06 pm

    Valid commentary or not, is Metroblogging DC anything more than a litany of complaints? You guys make DCist’s mind-numbing Metro section reposts look worthy of a Bloggie.


  2. JennB (unregistered) on August 6th, 2005 @ 10:21 pm

    Complaining about complaining…that’s a way to make yourself look credible. No one’s holding a gun to your head and making your read our site.


  3. Tiff (unregistered) on August 7th, 2005 @ 11:37 am

    What blog are you reading, anyway? Of the 15 posts displaying on the front page of Metroblogging DC at the time you post your comments, did you miss the NINE POSTS that weren’t even remotely complaints about DC? Here, let me provide those links to help you actually, you know, READ a site before passing judgment on it…

    Loosing it on K Street

    Warm Up Those Credit Cards

    Pershing Park

    Bye Bye Wing-Woman

    Puppy Rental Service

    Riding the Rail

    Zoom Zoom DC

    Heave Ho

    Engadget Meetup

    And then there’s Alexandria Bank Robbed By Village People, which is really more a statement of incredulity on the weird-ass criminals we get in this area than a complaint. So really, it’s 10 posts, giving us a 66.7% ratio of NOT complaining, just out of the last 15 posts, which only represent a couple of days of posting.

    As for the other 33.3% I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but the average length of time a non-DC-native lives in DC is three years. There’s a reason for that.

    Meanwhile, your own site has about a 50% (5 of 10 on the front page) bitching ratio, a mere one post away from ours, so you might want to throw smaller stones in that glass house of yours.



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