Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Air at 25% APR

For a couple of years when I was growing up, my dad had a gas station. Now let me digress a little. The gas station was leased from Gulf Oil. This company was bought out by BP. Now BP's biggest worry is gulf oil. Cliff Note: Though I appear to joke, I know the situation in the Gulf of Mexico is no laughing matter.

Anyway back to the gas station. This was back in the days that you could get maps and air for free. Well maps at gas stations haven't been free for a very long time, and you have to pay for air at most places today too though some establishments are proclaiming free air as if it's the best thing since sliced bread.

Today I gassed up at a convenience store whose name sounds like a ranch. After I fueled up, I went inside and bought a fountain drink. I got into my car and drove around the lot and was reminded when I passed the air machine that it accepted plastic. Funny
that if you don't pay your credit card bill, you are being charged a high percentage of interest for essentially nothing.

Okay back to BP. They now have a very tarnished name and many of us baby boomers and older in Ohio sort of missed the company they bought out on their way to re
assembling the Standard Oil monopoly. So maybe if they would change their name here in Ohio, that would be a nice start. I have a suggestion about what they could change it to...

3 comments:

Mike Golch said...

I to miss the SOHIO stations as well.

Syd said...

BP is in a big mess of their own making. I guess that I never thought about how corrupt oil companies could be when I was a kid. But lately when I hear the lies coming from the BP talking heads, it reminds me how naive I once was. Nothing seems to be free or for service anymore--chasing the $$ seems to be what everyone is about.

Margaret said...

I remember Sohio signs when I was living in Ohio. Didn't realize that the are a thing of the past.