Gas station

At times I would laugh (to keep from crying) when I thought of how low gas prices once were. Low gas prices meant a whole different gas station experience. One that most young people would not recognize today. As a child, I can remember going inside the gas station for a soda, a candy bar, or maybe a small container of ice cream. I can remember my dad or my granddad having conversations with other drivers while they each filled up their gas tanks during the stop. They might even share a joke. But for far too long, there has been no laughing at the pump.

The whole gas station experience changed over ten years ago when gas prices shot through the roof. I was a sophomore in college when the gas prices first took off. Some people might have saw it coming. I wasn’t one of them. During college, I pretty much stopped putting a full tank of gas in my car altogether. That was too expensive. No matter where I was heading, I would put just enough gas in the tank to get me there and back. With gas prices at an all-time high, it was more important than ever to know just where you were going, because getting lost was a terrible waste of gas. And forget about trying to talk to me at the pump. I was too busy being annoyed with the gas price. Besides, when you’re paying three, four, or five dollars per gallon, there’s no time to have a conversation with another driver while you’re pumping gas. You have to keep your eyes on those numbers, or risk pumping more gas than your budget allowed.

In fact, I would prepay for my gas just to avoid that problem. There’s nothing like explaining to your date how we can’t go to the movies now because I accidently pumped too much gas. And what of convenience store snacks? Over time, I forgot what those were. For a long time, I didn’t walk inside a convenience store unless I was going to prepay for gas. Other than gas, I couldn’t tell you what gas stations sold. I could barely afford the gas, so I didn’t care about anything else they offered. This Labor Day weekend, gas prices fell to their lowest average price in over 11 years. A few places in and around the Charlotte Metro Area had gas prices below $2.00 per gallon. In some stations, the prices were well below that. I am happy to report that while filling up my gas tank this weekend, I stepped inside a gas station and purchased a Snickers Bar and a 20 ounce Coca-Cola. I also spoke to a driver who was going out of state for the Labor Day weekend.

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David Simmons
Associate Attorney
When David is not practicing law, he enjoys exercising, playing pool, watching the Carolina Panthers, spending time outdoors, and traveling. He especially enjoys spending family time with his wife and son, David II.

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