Gas TV


Thank you gas stations across America for invading  one of the last bastions of peace and quiet I have (had).  I can no longer pump gas with only my thoughts to keep me company. Now I must listen to a moronic advertisement and a news sound bite repeated endlessly and finally an admonition at the end to like Gas TV on Facebook and Twitter. This request is the ultimate example of adding insult to injury.

Gas TV is a new phenomenon, yet I already yearn for the days when I could quietly observe the random mixture of people crossing paths at the gas station and wonder about their lives.

Are you happy? Are you sad? Are you stressed out?  What are you heatedly saying into your cell phone while making those intense gestures? Who is on the other end? What is your relationship?  Are you always enmeshed in some daily drama of one kind or another? Are you well-to-do or have you spent your last dime to impress me with that Mercedes 550e?

I miss the opportunity a gas station stop provided to take inventory of my day’s to-do list.  Gas TV has also stolen the precious minutes I had to re-assess my existential situation.

Gas TV is some asshole’s greedy idea to make money any way possible without regard to my peace of mind.  It is another idiot’s stupid decision to buy it.

Let’s take a poll. Who thinks we need Gas TV? Please raise your hand.

If your hand is not in the air, complain to the gas station manager.

Thank you. Enjoy the rest of your day.

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  1. #1 by Joe Canzano (@happyjoecanzano) on March 5, 2015 - 1:14 am

    In New Jersey, we don’t pump gas – but I totally relate to the stupid idea of television screens being everywhere. I went into the restroom in a restaurant the other day, and there it was over the sink–a television. It nicely complemented the six TVs in the dining room. I suppose I might have missed a really important commercial while I was washing my hands.

    • #2 by David Gittlin on March 5, 2015 - 2:46 pm

      Yeah Joe–it’s important not to miss commercials. Maybe someday advertisers will pay us to watch commercials instead of flipping channels or tivoing them out–now there’s a good idea!

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