Wednesday, November 16, 2005

      ( 8:24 AM ) teahouse
Self Service

I had a nice weekend. I'm not excited about being back at work, but it was good to get away from the Big Apple for just a couple of days.

The Boy and I rented a car and shared a ride down the Atlantic coast with another couple.

At one point, we stopped in a gas station in Maryland. They offered to pay for gas, which was nice of them since we did all of the driving.

The girl took out her credit card. I waited for her to get out of the car, swipe it and grab the gas pump. But she sat there and kind of waved it at me for a minute.

"Ok," she admitted, after an awkward silence. "Uh, I don't know how to do this. I grew up in New Jersey."

In New Jersey, all gas stations are full service. Yes, it's illegal to pump your own gas in that state.

Am I the only person disturbed by this phenomenon? Whole generations of people growing up, without a very basic set of skills crucial for survival in our society?

I took her card, swiped it through the machine, and then showed her how to open the gas tank, lift up the lever and insert the gas pump.

She watched, fascinated.

I felt like I was teaching a kid to tie her shoelaces or something.



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THIRTYSOMETHING (!!) year old Asian American New Yorker, lawyer, amateur musician, curious girl taking a bite out of the Big Apple. Don't mess with me - I'm short and I look demure, but I carry a big purse. And I've just embarked on the journey of married life in Manhattan.

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