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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

At The Gas Pump


I cut it close running to the end of my 18 gallon tank! haha.
I usually cut it close but not THIS close!
I usually fill up when I have about 1/8 of a tank left.
So, what kind of driver are you?
Do you panic when you're below half a tank or do you
wait until you know you're on fumes?


69 comments:

  1. Half full is empty for me.
    I just couldn't do what you did. I'd be freaking out!

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    1. lol...well, as you probably already know, nothing really freaks me out. hahaha....

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    2. It's true! ..and you know it...lol...

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  2. I used to fill up anytime I got to about half a tank. Now I cut it close like that because I have no job or money. Your gas is sooo much cheaper than where I live. I literally just filled my tank less than half an hour ago and paid $2.43 a gallon.

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    1. Our grocery gives fuel points, so I got a 50 cents per gallon discount.

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  3. That's just being 'chicken'! Many times I forgot to keep an eye on the petrol gauge and only looked at it when the car coughed a few times, and I knew I only had 17 miles to find a garage. Usually in the depths of Winter the engine just cut out and there was an eerie silence as the car rolled to a standstill. It was only then I realised that I didn't have any warm clothes to wear as I trudged through the blinding snow storm to the garage 5 miles away. . . . . .

    Even then I never learned a lesson!

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    1. Sorry about all the "only"s. It's the whisky y'know.

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    2. A blinding snow storm in jolly ol' England? lol....

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    3. Don't think you Colonials have a monopoly on snow storms. Ha!

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    4. I do! You say it's freezing outside and I'll check on Google and your current temp will be 50F. haha.

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    5. To an old man like me 10C is cold enough to do me some damage, or cause hypothermia. Why do you use the mediaeval term "Fahrenheit"? The modern way is "Celsius"!

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    6. Why does an old man like you embrace the modern? Besides, you know how I love vintage...Fahrenheit included. haha.

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  4. Gosh you almost had to get out and push there . . . lol
    I am a quarter of a tank and fill up man . . . :)

    I am astounded at your low gas prices . . . $1.78 per gallon.
    Here in UK it is £1.30 per litre which is £1.30 x 4.55 = £5.92 per gallon = $9.03 per gallon against your $1.78. Most of that here is tax.

    Gosh what a difference . . .

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    1. Maybe it's supply and demand. Did you know that your whole country is the size of the state of Alabama?

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    2. Does not surprise me . . . and we have almost 64,000,00 people, half of them driving around on crowded roads . . . Many more and the country might sink or tip up . . . :)

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    3. Interesting...I think we are around 300 million.

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    4. Hi Keith, I think he means he does not know UK would fit into Alababa.

      Betsy, so you outnumber us by about 5:1 and just look at how much more room you have . . . we are packed in here like sardines in a tin . . lol

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    5. . . . or even Alabama . . lol
      I wonder how many UKs would fit into Ohio . . .

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    6. Don't you leave any room for farm land, National parks, mountains, lakes? :)

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    7. England would fit into USA more than 39 times . . .

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    8. Yes . . . lol . . . we still have quite a lot of room left for things like that . . . notably in Scotland and the Lake District . . . still a lot of space left . .

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    9. You'll have to invite more in, then!

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    10. Oh no . . . . I don't think we'd want that, we get plenty as it is. Not that long ago I remember our population around 50 million.

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    11. Canada has tons of room and less people are had
      Maybe because of all the polar bears and igloos at our pad? lmao

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    12. It's so warm here the p bears would in their pelt
      Sweat so much and their icebergs would all melt.
      So they are happy in Canada but alas
      I would be too cold and have to warm my - - - -
      Eskimos are a little bolder
      Because they all like it colder
      I'd like Canada in the summer
      But in winter I'd find it a 'bummer' . . . . lol
      Australia in the middle has lots of room too
      But it's so darned hot people are very few
      And lots of nasty creatures wanting to eat us
      If they had a chance to ever meet us . . . . . . . .. lol

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    13. lol yeah I'd avoid down under
      Too many animal wanting to plunder
      Plus that heat would scare me away
      Sweating out every place is not fun at my bay
      The eskimos sure like the cold
      As they stay there and let it take hold
      I get enough heat though
      So no freezing my ... at my show

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  5. Always running on empty. Funny story, back in the days before cell phones, I ran out of gas on a beautiful country road. I was standing by my car hoping someone would pass when finally a friend did...but she just waved and kept on going. A few minutes later she returned and she said she thought I was just pulled over taking pictures, but the more she thought of it, she realized I didn't have a camera!

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    1. Oh, that IS a funny story! haha....so glad she returned!

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  6. I often see a little orange light on my dashboard. I suppose that means I'mean running on fumes.

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    1. Well, that wouldn't be very much warning!

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  7. haha bah to it I say
    When I have one or two bars left then I go get it at my bay
    Unless we are in for a crap ton of snow
    Then I'll make sure it is at least half full at my show
    Not sure why
    Because don't drive anywhere when the snow does fly

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    1. It used to be you wanted to keep it more than half full
      when it was winter and the sun was dull.
      Something about fuel line freeze up was to blame
      but now they have that cured and it's all the same.

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    2. Ah, maybe that was it
      So now I don't have to bother with the umm spit

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    3. Well, if you freeze up this winter
      don't come crying to me like a kid with a splinter. hahaha....

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    4. lmao I'll still blame you
      There at your zoo

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  8. I usually fill up at near 1/8th of a gallon too, but if it goes much below I'm pretty nervous. Our grocery store gives fuel points too. Love that!

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    1. Love those fuel points. Sometimes I go to fill up and have zero points...then I know T&L have used them. haha.....(with our permission)...the things we do for our kids, huh! haha...

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  9. Man, you really like to push it to the limit, eh? Got Jackson Browne's Running On Empty in my head now. And that is really cheap gas!

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    1. Nice little song...think I'll be humming that now that you brought it up! haha.

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  10. I can get down to about 1/4 of a tank, but that is it!

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    1. That seems to be the most popular here...haha.

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  11. Lol I ran out of gas a few months ago and my mom hasn't let me forget it!!!

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  12. Ok, now I have the same song playing in my head as Yuji. I let my tank get down to about 1/8 - 1/4.....just because I don't like to stop for gas. Having said that, with all the driving I do, I have regular spots that I stop for gas. I have gas station criteria. HaHa!

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    1. I've been singing that song ever since he commented! haha. I don't like to stop either, ...I think that's why I wait.

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  13. My first car was a old '67 Mustang. The gas gauge was broken and I coasted into many a gas station. Looking back I can laugh but it wasn't funny then. I don't usually get down to 1/4 a tank before we fill up the car. In earthquake country that is one of the things to do that is pretty easy.

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    1. yeah, that doesn't sound fun....I like to know how much I have and how far I can go.

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  14. I don't drive so don't have to worry.
    But i have driven with some friends who cut it very close! Hmmmmm, maybe I'm invited to help push!

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    1. haha....oooh...I would not volunteer to do that! I say you steer and they push! haha...

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  16. Hi Betsy - I'm almost at that point now ... but am only going around town and need to fill up completely for my trip away next week - so that's a job waiting. Mind you I have no definitive sign telling me to hurry along to a pump - mine is a thick needle winding its way to the end! A light does come on signalling ... running on fumes! That was close ... to put it mildly! Cheers Hilary

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    1. Yes, even I would say that was a little too close!

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  17. In 2003 a tree branch touched a power line in Ohio and then spread throughout Ontario and eight U.S. states shutting down all power utilities. Some cities did not get their power restored for four days. We could not get groceries, cash from the bank or pump gas. Nothing was working. Since that time I very seldom go below a half a tank. I also make sure I have cash on hand as debit and credit cards were useless without electricity.

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    1. It sounds like from everyone's comments, that the ones who have needed gas and couldn't get it at some point always make sure they don't go too low! Can't blame any of you, that is for sure!

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  18. Oh, you risk taker, you!! 1/4 tank is my limit. Must pull in when it reaches that point!

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  19. Yikes, I'd never knowingly get that low. Usually keep a half full tank these days, but it harks back to when my mum was ill and I never knew if I'd get a call to dash 70+ miles in a hurry. I do, however, have a bad habit of leaving the car lights on and running down my battery. Being deaf, I don't hear the warning alarm.

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    1. I can see how that would be so easy to let happen! Don't blame you for keeping it full. Dead batteries are no fun either!

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  20. I am very lucky...
    My boyfriend keeps both vehicles fueled up!
    Spoiled, eh?? hahaha!
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. We already knew you were spoiled...lol.....

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    2. You really think I'm spoiled? Hahaha!

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  21. Betsy, google "Jill the squirrel". I discovered her photos today. Be prepared to squeal when you see them. One of the most adorable animals I've ever seen She could give Slate and Star a run for their money. :-) Lynne in NC

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    1. Oh. My. Goodness. What a cutie! Aw....Her owner certainly has a lot of fun with her, doesn't she?
      Thanks for telling me about her....that was really fun!

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