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Official Old Fart Thread!

Post in 'The Inglenook' started by Jack Straw, Jun 20, 2013.

  1. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    The cheapest I've ever bought gas was $0.079 per gallon. No, that is not 79 cents per gallon, it is 7.9 cents per gallon. I also remember once when I was driving a Volkswagen and it really ticked me off because it cost over $3.00 to fill that tank. That really got me at the time.... But then, I also used to send mail with a $0.03 cent stamp and then there was the penny postcard.

    I can easily relate to what Craig wrote too. To me a $10 bill is still a lot. But then, it takes almost that much just to get a haircut. Cost me $8.00 here but I know it is higher elsewhere.

    I also remember buying our first brand new car. $1835.00.

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  2. PapaDave

    PapaDave Minister of Fire

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    Happy anniversary Dennis and Judy. Sorry I missed this yesterday.
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  3. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    Back in the early '70s $3 was pretty common for a fill up and the tank had to be pretty low. Gas was like $.15/gal before the oil embargo up in rural CT at the time. If my Barracuda needed $3 of gas it was running on fumes.
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  4. Jack Straw

    Jack Straw Minister of Fire

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  5. WeldrDave

    WeldrDave Feeling the Heat

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    I don't remember gas that cheap, but I was a kid pumping gas at an ARCO station during the OPEC embargo B.S. 1975 I think, Gas went up every day I went into work! we had odd and even days, Only allowed to get $5.00 max for the day. I saw fist fights, people swapping tags in the parking lot, a guy wanted to trade me a case of beer one time for $2.00 worth of gas, I was beat up once after I put $5.00 in a persons car and they couldn't pay, "not an easy task for them" Ah, the good old days;hm
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  6. Joful

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    I have the same problem now, that most stations around here stop the pump at $100. I can't remember the last time I went to the station and needed less than $100, between the truck, tractor, and lawn mower.

    One station around here still stops their pump at $75! :eek: I don't bother resetting it. I hope that seeing lots of max'd out $75 charges will encourage them to finally set a more realistic limit.
  7. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    I never thought I would see the day I gave thought to how much it cost to fill up the garden tractor. >>

    Nineteen cents a gallon is about as cheap as I remember. I do remember getting chewed out by the lady that owned the station when I didn't cut the pump off soon enough on a one dollar purchase because the extra ate her profit for the next ten gallons sold.

    I was busy washing the windshield and checking the oil and tire pressure. Standard practice then but when is the last time ya seen that? Or a free drinking glass with a fill-up.
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  8. begreen

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    It costs me now about as much to fill the lawn tractor's wimpy tank as it did to fill my car in 1971. And I am going through 12-15 gallons of fuel a month when the grass is growing strong. :mad:
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  9. Ehouse

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    Or a free cup of coffee if you wandered in.
  10. DAKSY

    DAKSY Patriot Guard Rider Staff Member

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    Just got back from a run on the Gaspe Peninsula in Quebec. $1.359/liter = $5.144/gallon. Not gonna get into the conversion rate. Many places took NO US Dollars, so you had to use a credit card & then get hammered with additional "out-of-country" fees...
  11. Joful

    Joful Minister of Fire

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    Well, at least you got a cool avatar out of it, Moderator Daksy!
  12. Retired Guy

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    Late week we were up north and exchange rate was a couple pennies from par with the dollar a bit stronger. Cdn. gas taxes and 18% sales tax take a big bite.
  13. begreen

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    Yep. Many folks come down from Vancouver to shop and fill up in WA state.
  14. DAKSY

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    Agreed. We gassed up in Calais, Me., on the way in & most of the cars in the station had New Brunswick plates. They came across, gassed up & headed back north. Probably one of the more profitable Citgo stations on the planet!
  15. MasterMech

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    I don't qualify as an "old fart" by any strech, but I did spend a good bit of time as a kid on a '47 John Deere B cultivating corn 2 rows at a time. (Organic Grains Farm, who else uses cultivators anymore? ;lol) Lot's of time to think on that one. :confused:

    We had a one row picker too!
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  16. WeldrDave

    WeldrDave Feeling the Heat

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    Well, my daughter is 20, so anything over 30 is an old fart to her. Now I'm under the impression that baby boomers back qualify as old farts, hence 50+;)..... I'm sure the peanut gallery will let us know, what's your take Dennis?
  17. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    If you ask Dennis, an old fart is one whose wood has long gone dry. ;lol
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  18. Jack Straw

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    It's a state of mind........you would rather wear something comfortable as opposed to something cool.;)
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  19. webbie

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    I'd say 50 is a good cutoff date...
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    That is the age where I stopped having "elders".
  21. Backwoods Savage

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    I'm amazed to realize none of our grandchildren ever lived when there were no computers. I guess I'm a bit too old to be a baby boomer but 50+ works for me.

    Ya Begreen, the wood dries faster as you age....
  22. Backwoods Savage

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    Then there was the day when I realized our US President was younger than I....
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    As long as you're not talking about Reagan, you're in okay shape. ;lol

    <-- assuming Clinton.
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  24. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    The morning after Reagan was elected I woke up hearing a groan on the other side of the bed. I said "What's the matter kid?". She replied "I just woke up and realized that a bad B grade movie actor is the president of my country.".

    Any question why me and that girl have been married for 38 years? Well, sharing a closet for 40 years.
  25. Backwoods Savage

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    A real old fart also remembers the time he could change a spark plug without removing many other things before he could even see them!

    I also remember when the family car had a crank. One used that to start the engine. Many folks also learned new words as engine was being started.

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