Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2003 01:21:03 GMT
From: 'nuther Bob  <>
Subject: Re: 9-5 Gas Mileage?  Urgent

On Wed, 16 Jul 2003 21:41:04 -0300, Dexter J <> wrote: >> Remember the moment in "Back To The Future" when our hero arrives >> in his home town of 1955? In the background is a Caltex (IIRC) >> filling station. A car pulls in and four (4!) smartly uniformed >> attendants run out to cater to it's and its driver's needs. >> -- >> Andrew Stephenson > >Ahh - for days gone by and the almost forgotten vintages of youth.. I thought it was Texaco and five attendants. Now you're gonna force me to watch it again. >I think what bugs me more about the current trend in pumping stations over >here is that you are lucky if anyone even knows the directions to an actual >garage if you need it.. But you - can - get 34 different kinds of chips >(crisps for all the ships at sea) and all the pre-paid long distance cards >you need.. Same in the 'ol USoA. I know a guy who used to own a gas/repair station. He wanted to be a mechanic and he sold gas (also) to pay the bills and get customers to come by. He was a Mobil franchise. One day they insisted that he change the station into a mini-mart. He stood fast and refused since he wanted to be in the auto repair business, not the grocery business. Mobil stood firm too. Push came to shove, so he sold the station and got out. Bob

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