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  •  I wonder how much... (5+ / 0-)

    ...US fleet fuel economy would improve if we required all gas to be manually pumped by the driver, using one of those long pump levers like on old-fashioned wells (with automatic pumps or attendants for those displaying handicapped placards).

    If nothing else, it would probably decrease the obesity rate a little... :-)

    "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

    by JamesGG on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 06:10:27 AM PST

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    •  I tell you, sonny! Back in the day..... (9+ / 0-)

      Reminds me of growing up in the pig farm and hand pumping a godzillion gallons of Diesel into an One-Ninety XT or 7045. While Dad is inside in cab smoking a ciggie, sipping a beer, and catching up on the Chicago Commodities Market on the radio. You pump with one arm until it feels like it's going fall off. Then you pump with the other arm until it feels like it's going to fall off. And you switch arms again. And again. And maybe finish off weakly pumping with both worn-out arms.

      I got to smile and scroll my eyes over how much this builds character.....

      "If this Studebaker had anymore Atomic Space-Age Style, you'd have to be an astronaut with a geiger counter!"

      by Stude Dude on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 06:33:55 AM PST

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    •  There are a lot of us w/ arthritis & bad backs... (0+ / 0-)

      who really appreciate the handle lock gas pumps.

      Please remember that making things harder for people is NOT usually a useful solution to a perceived problem.

      And the pic is captioned as taken at La Jolla, California.

      Something that doesn't make good sense, makes bad sense. That means someone is being deliberately hurtful & selfish. Look for motives behind actions & words.

      by CA wildwoman on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 10:53:42 AM PST

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