Thursday, May 15, 2008


REARDAN, Wash. - Mom-and-pop service stations are running into a problem as gasoline marches toward $4 a gallon: Thousands of old-fashioned pumps can't register more than $3.99 on their spinning mechanical dials.

That's from a Tuesday AP story.

How perfect is that -- we can't imagine where we will go to.
We can't foresee at all the heights to which we will climb...

These guys can't afford the $10,000 for new automated pumps. They can't even fill up SUVs because the pump numbers don't go over $100 for a single sale.

Of course, we don't want to see the future.
Of course, things always keep moving.

In the future, soon, there will be other forms of fuel.
In the future they will laugh at our inability to predict...

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