Pet peeve of the day

There are many things that we used to be able to do that are no longer possible, or at least no longer easy or simple.

I could also include things that you used to be able to get away with, even if you did them accidentally, like running a red light or pushing your luck just a bit on a yellow. Used to be you only had to worry if there was a cop watching. Now you see that strobe-like flash and three days later you get a ticket in the mail along with complete photographic documentation of the event.

I used to be able to put $40 worth of gas in my truck (or $10 or $20). Now it’s almost impossible. I can put in $39.98 or $40.02, but for the life of me I cannot get the pump to stop on exactly $40.

It might be that my reaction time is not what it used to be, but the darn pump runs so fast that there are probably only a few people in the world with reflexes quick enough to stop it on a predetermined amount. It drives me batty when it comes time to do the books.

All those stray cents and odd numbers just add to the stress.



  • A.J. Hamler says:

    The reason the pump runs so fast is because the gas is much higher priced than it used to be. In the old days, it took more gas to make the price ticker move up a penny, now it only takes a few drops.

    Plus you’re old and not what you used to be. There’s that.

  • If you go in and pay the clerk $20, after waiting in line 5 minutes behind people who only shop at gas stations for their milk or cigarettes, you will get exactly $20 worth of gas. The minor irritation of uneven numbers on the pump is well worth using a debit card at the pump. I avoid going inside one of these insane asylums like I avoid the plague.

  • Chuck R says:


  • I have to laugh, the only thing that runs faster on the gas pump is the price, I don’t think the actual gallons per minute has changed at all. So, in the end it has nothing to do with getting older. Right?

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