I didn’t know the gas tank held 21+ gallons.
When I took the Splattered Van to the pump the other day I expected to pop for the usual 17 or 18 gallons it requires when the needle drops to E. I knew we’d been riding around a while with the “low fuel” light on, but I had put off the fill-up, hoping the price of gas would come down.
I knew I was riding on fumes but….
As the gas continued to flow past 18…19…20 gallons I actually looked under the vehicle to see if it was gushing out onto the concrete. Finally it maxed out at 21.086 gallons. $3.925 per gallon. $82.85. Yikes.
I’ve run out of gas only once, years ago, in a company car. I was near Detroit’s Cultural Center when the buggy sputtered to a stop. I walked to the nearest gas station to fetch a container of gas and the guy behind the counter asked me where I’d left the vehicle. I told him the location, just a couple of blocks away.
He asked me if I wanted the car to be there when I got back to the spot. It took me a second to understand his offer. I thanked him and declined the offer, explaining that it was a company car, and we laughed.
Hey, at least he asked first. Those were the days.