Captivity at the Gas Pump

These last few weeks have been kinda mostly overwhelming in the demands on my time. Stuff happens. I’m working on a new post, but I must dig through the scrapbooks for pictures before we moved to digital photography. Sorry, no spoilers here.

In the meantime, enjoy this post about the need for entertainment no matter where we are.

When I was out of town recently, I stopped to get gas at a station I rarely go to. Before I got out of the car, I heard loud voices. No one was standing nearby.

The gas pumps had TV screens.

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It doesn’t take very long to pump gas, right?

A captive audience for the five or so minutes it takes to do the job.

With all the stories about staying alert and keeping an eye out while we’re pumping, this gas station has a TV running news (sports and weather) on every pump. There were probably ads, too. If there were, I ignored them, as usual. Don’t you?

Admittedly, it was nice to see the weather. I learned that I was about to drive in rain for at least two hours. It was something I hadn’t checked before leaving my sister’s house. It could’ve warned me about the fog in Dallas though.

I’d love to hear what you think. What do you think about these gas pump televisions? Have you seen TVs in other unexpected places?

8 comments on… “Captivity at the Gas Pump”


  1. Aaron Dyer


    Never seen that one. I’m used to the TV going in Walmart every few aisles. Then again, I haven’t gotten gas anywhere but Sams or Costco for years (with the exception of a few rare times when I found myself running on fumes).

    It reminds me of being in airports and seeing CNN on the TV screens in the baggage claim and the terminal seating areas. That’s being a captive audience for considerably more than five minutes. Oddly, that takes third place in that sort of annoyance. In second place is in-flight movies which, even if I don’t have a headset, is an unwelcome visual distraction. Top of the list by a wide margin is sitting in the jury pool with “The View” on the nearby television. Hoo, boy…


    • Diana Beebe


      I think you nailed it with your list of annoying TV placements. 🙂

  2. I’m not exactly sure how I feel about that. It doesn’t take long to fill up the tank. I’d probably glance at it but I wouldn’t pay attention to it, most likely. I’d rather listen to music while I wait. But that’s different!


    • Diana Beebe


      Music would be a better choice. I would probably tune that out, too, just like I do in the grocery store.

  3. Another aspect of this ‘Internet of Things’ that seems to be mirroring the very horrifying SF distopian ideas of what our electronic world might look a few years from now … a computer in your toothbrush telling you the depth of your tartar buildup, anyone?


    • Diana Beebe


      Oh, you think like I do. What’s up with all these devices that are going to make us better and smarter. Sheesh. I think more people need to read SF, especially some of the classics.

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