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10 hours ago, TravelerThom said:

 

Really? You feel old?

I remember when gas was 25 cents a gallon, and I sat in the car while the uniformed attendant pumped the gas, washed my windshield, checked my oil, and then thanked me. 
 

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39 minutes ago, jagsfan said:

Really? You feel old?

I remember when gas was 25 cents a gallon, and I sat in the car while the uniformed attendant pumped the gas, washed my windshield, checked my oil, and then thanked me. 
 

When I first started driving, gas hovered within several cents above and below the $1.00/gallon mark. I remember being very happy when the gallons dial moved faster than the dollars dial, and disappointed when it was the opposite. 

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47 minutes ago, jagsfan said:

Really? You feel old?

I remember when gas was 25 cents a gallon, and I sat in the car while the uniformed attendant pumped the gas, washed my windshield, checked my oil, and then thanked me. 
 

No Credit Cards back then.

And, you were given S&H Stamps.

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A man who just died is delivered to a local mortuary wearing an
expensive, expertly tailored black suit.

The female blonde mortician asks the deceased's wife how she would
like the body dressed. She points out that the man does look good in the
black suit he is already wearing.

The widow, however, says that she always thought her husband looked
his best in blue, and that she wants him in a blue suit. She gives the
blonde mortician a blank check and says, 'I don't care what it costs,
but please have my husband in a blue suit for the viewing.'

The woman returns the next day for the wake. To her delight, she finds
her husband dressed in a gorgeous blue suit with a subtle chalk stripe;
the suit fits him perfectly.

She says to the mortician, 'Whatever this cost, I'm very satisfied.
You did an excellent job and I' m very grateful. How much did you
spend?' To her astonishment, the blonde mortician presents her with the
blank check.

'There's no charge,' she says.

'No, really, I must compensate you for the cost of that exquisite blue
suit!' she says.

'Honestly, ma'am,' the blonde says, 'it cost nothing. You see, a
deceased gentleman of about your husband's size was brought in shortly
after you left yesterday, and he was wearing an attractive blue suit. I
asked his wife if she minded him going to his grave wearing a black suit
instead, and she said it made no difference as long as he looked nice.'

'So I just switched the heads.'

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1 hour ago, GeeDunk said:

No Credit Cards back then.

And, you were given S&H Stamps.

No universal credit cards, but all the major oil companies had credit cards that were good only at their stations. Good marketing as it made people much more loyal to a particular brand. 
In addition to S&H.Green Stamps, they would have limited time specials such as a free glass if you bought 8 or more gallons (and a coordinated pitcher if you bought an oil change). The pitcher is long gone, but I still have a few glasses from Esso (way before it became Exxon). 
The cheapest gas I can remember was $0.229, but I sure remember the grousing when it passed $0.30. Then came the 1973 Yom Kippur War embargo and the 1979 Iran Embassy hostage stand off and no more gas under $1. 

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Years ago when I was a little kid my mom would take me to wedding and baby showers if I behaved. Of course I did. When you were a little kid, sat in the corner and kept your mouth shut, you heard the most delicious gossip.

I remember one game they played. Who had the most charge cards (waaaay before Master, Visa and Discover were on the scene).

My cousin had 60! One for every store in the Minneapolis area. She won the prize.

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10 hours ago, jagsfan said:

Really? You feel old?

I remember when gas was 25 cents a gallon, and I sat in the car while the uniformed attendant pumped the gas, washed my windshield, checked my oil, and then thanked me. 
 

Yep - but I have seen it at 19 cents back in the 50's............and got S&H Green Stamps..............and sometimes free glassware. Go figure!!!!!

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Maude and Claude, both 91, lived in The Villages.
They met in the social center and discovered over time that they enjoyed each other’s company. After several weeks of meeting for coffee, Claude asked Maude out for dinner and, much to his delight, she accepted.

They had a lovely evening. They dined at the most romantic restaurant in town. And despite his age, Claude was still a charmer.

Afterward, Claude asked Maude to join him at his place for an after-dinner drink. Things continued along a natural course and, age being no inhibitor, Maude soon joined Claude for a most enjoyable roll in the hay.

As they were basking in the glow of the magic moments they’d shared, each was lost for a time in their own thoughts.

Claude was thinking: “If I’d known she was a virgin, I’d have been more gentle.”
Maude was thinking: “If I’d known he could still do it, I’d have taken off my pantyhose.”

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10 hours ago, TravelerThom said:

No universal credit cards, but all the major oil companies had credit cards that were good only at their stations.  

2 hours ago, cruise wizard said:

Yep - but I have seen it at 19 cents back in the 50's............and got S&H Green Stamps..............and sometimes free glassware. Go figure!!!!!

 

 

2 hours ago, cruise wizard said:

 

Didn't it feel great to drive into the station and say............give me two dollars worth and it almost filled the tank!!!!!

 Worked at a four pump Gulf Station when I was 14. (Long story)

Paid, as I recall, 0.25/hour, under the table.

 

Gas may have been about 0.19/gal., can't recall.

 

Hated when folks paid with pennies.

Hated putting on tire chains.

Hated repairing tire chains with Monkey Links.

 

Check all fluids, battery, etc  while pumping.

 

From what I recall, every thing was cash; 

no Credit Cards.

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13 hours ago, John&LaLa said:

A man who just died is delivered to a local mortuary wearing an
expensive, expertly tailored black suit.

The female blonde mortician asks the deceased's wife how she would
like the body dressed. She points out that the man does look good in the
black suit he is already wearing.

The widow, however, says that she always thought her husband looked
his best in blue, and that she wants him in a blue suit. She gives the
blonde mortician a blank check and says, 'I don't care what it costs,
but please have my husband in a blue suit for the viewing.'

The woman returns the next day for the wake. To her delight, she finds
her husband dressed in a gorgeous blue suit with a subtle chalk stripe;
the suit fits him perfectly.

She says to the mortician, 'Whatever this cost, I'm very satisfied.
You did an excellent job and I' m very grateful. How much did you
spend?' To her astonishment, the blonde mortician presents her with the
blank check.

'There's no charge,' she says.

'No, really, I must compensate you for the cost of that exquisite blue
suit!' she says.

'Honestly, ma'am,' the blonde says, 'it cost nothing. You see, a
deceased gentleman of about your husband's size was brought in shortly
after you left yesterday, and he was wearing an attractive blue suit. I
asked his wife if she minded him going to his grave wearing a black suit
instead, and she said it made no difference as long as he looked nice.'

'So I just switched the heads.'

That was just mean!

you made me choke on my bagel! 

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5 hours ago, cruise wizard said:

 

Didn't it feel great to drive into the station and say............give me two dollars worth and it almost filled the tank!!!!!

When I was a teenager, we would pool our money to come up with a dollar for gas. 
That left us a dollar to cruise through our favorite hangout and each get a Coke. 
we were on top of the world back then!

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19 minutes ago, cruise wizard said:

I just went to Publix for some "hurricane watch" supplies - the drive was a bit fun - it is WINDY and the surf is rolling - it is supposed to get worse this evening and lasting effects through Thursday.

I have a friend of a certain age who moved by herself to Key West a couple of years ago. Never lived outside of Missouri. Knowing her, she’s probably throwing her first hurricane party. 
Up here in Jax, we’re being told to expect a little wind and rough seas. 
I think our meteorologists just flip a coin to predict our weather. 

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Regarding gas prices (in the USA), I've got what is possibly an unpopular opinion:

 

Raise the Federal fuel tax by $0.001 per gallon. That 1/10 of one cent may have  meant something when gas was $0.199 per gallon, but at today's prices, it seems a bit silly. A 20 gallon fill-up would go up by 2 cents. That's about a buck a year for those who get gas once a week. We mostly live in a motor home, so we would pay considerably more, but not enough to notice. The offset in lighting up signs and pumps with one fewer digit would likely more than make up for the cost to the consumer, anyway. 

 

At 142,000,000,000 gallons of motor gasoline a year, plus 47,200,000,000 gallons of diesel, That's $1,892,000,000 dollars that could be spent on road infrastructure annually, with minimal impact on the consumer, and those using the roads more than those who use them less. 

 

And to stay on topic:

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6 minutes ago, MamaFej said:

Regarding gas prices (in the USA), I've got what is possibly an unpopular opinion:

 

Raise the Federal fuel tax by $0.001 per gallon. That 1/10 of one cent may have  meant something when gas was $0.199 per gallon, but at today's prices, it seems a bit silly. A 20 gallon fill-up would go up by 2 cents. That's about a buck a year for those who get gas once a week. We mostly live in a motor home, so we would pay considerably more, but not enough to notice. The offset in lighting up signs and pumps with one fewer digit would likely more than make up for the cost to the consumer, anyway. 

 

At 142,000,000,000 gallons of motor gasoline a year, plus 47,200,000,000 gallons of diesel, That's $1,892,000,000 dollars that could be spent on road infrastructure annually, with minimal impact on the consumer, and those using the roads more than those who use them less. 

 

And to stay on topic:

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Not a bad idea but in Pennsylvania they would get the money and immediately move it to something else then complain they need more money for infrastructure.  It is a never ending cycle of taxes.   

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