I Got The Slow Pump - 09/27/13

    Why does this happen?  You know, you pull up to the gas station hoping to fill up in about two minutes and be on your merry way.  It always happens on THE day you're running behind, trying to cram two hours worth of commitments and errands into 20 minutes.  All moms do this.  It's just the way we're wired.  I digress... sorry.

   Anyway, it DOES literally happen when I can least absorb the time loss.  Like yesterday, I pull up, swipe the Kroger Plus card for points, swipe the credit card and expect to be looking at that pump in my rear view mirror in about 3-4 minutes.  Instead, at the 3 minute mark, the pump had only given me about 3 gallons.  I pulled in at 12:02.  I left at 12:17.  I am not kidding you.  I wanted to leave before I filled up, but I had earned 30 cents off a gallon on my Kroger Plus card, so the cheapo in me just couldn't pull away. 

   Since curious minds want to know, I decided to delve into this a little further.   I got online and found that the sluggish rate could have to do with a plugged filter or a weak pump.   I also read where most newer pumps (and this one was,) have a variable speed device that if adjusted right will speed up the flow when it sees a drop in pressure.  Well, that must have been broken too.

    Since my car wasn't racing, my mind was.  I thought, I should leave a note for the next guy.  You know, as a courtesy.  Let the poor person know they're in for a long haul here.  Then I thought why isn't there some light on the pump that would indicate, 'Hey, I'm the slow one.  Stop here only if you have time.'   Why is it such a secret?  Why does it have to be a surprise?

  Then as I stood there watching everyone pull away but me, I realized maybe God's just telling me to slow down.  You know what?  It's the weekend.  I think I will.  Happy Friday!


 

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