When did buying gas become so complicated? Well, not really complicated, but when did we get so many options?
It struck me earlier this week when I made a visit (an infrequent visit, I might add – thank you Seoulmobile) to my neighborhood filling station.
It really wasn’t in my neighborhood – more like on the highway en route to the 9:5. Also, I know they haven’t been called filling stations since the 70s. I just like to reminisce about the days when we had neighborhoods and neighborhood filling stations.
The pump has what must be an unprecedented five options. Choice is always a good thing, even when it comes to what you put in your tank (or fuel cells?). Always being a bit of a blue collar motorist, I’ve never had much need for anything more exotic than regular.
I’m not complaining, in fact I probably wouldn’t be ruminating on this if I had been paying more attention during the petroleum filling process. For the sake of full disclosure, while at the pump, I was too focused on the work day ahead instead of the immediate task at hand, and as a result I almost pumped diesel fuel in the Seoulmobile. Not so much a senior moment, just a feeble attempt at multitasking!
I guess the days of having just a couple of choices – regular and high-test (those under 40, click here) – are over. How long will it be before we have a rocket fuel nozzle for George Jetson to gas up?
And another thing…when did we get so many Coke choices?!?!?