Saturday, November 12, 2016
Circle K Gas Station
Do you remember the "good ol' days" when gas stations were gas stations; when you pulled up to a pump and waited while an attendant came out from a small office to greet you and pump the gas. Sometimes the attendant also checked the tires and the oil and often washed the windows.
Those days are long gone. This picture symbolizes our current state of affairs. As you can see, this place looks more like a small convenience store than a gas station. If you want your tires and/or oil checked and your windows washed, you do that yourself.
But there's more. I didn't photograph the entire building. To the right of what you see there is a restaurant with inside and outside tables. In front of the building and out of sight there are about 10 gas pumps which are almost always in use.
Another strange thing is that these places are allowed to sell beer and wine. That makes no sense considering the problems we have with people driving under the influence of alcohol.
At one time, if I recall correctly, this was a Shell station, then it became a Kangaroo station, then a Shell station again, and now it's a Circle K station. What will it be in its next incarnation? Only Dick Cheney knows.