Running Out Of Gas In A Traffic Jam

An Empty Tank Of GasSo the other night I was driving home from work and I noticed that I was getting a bit low on gas. When I get below a quarter of a tank or so I start thinking about where/when I’m going to fill up next. (For iPhone users out there, check out the app GasBuddy. It’ll save you a TON of money at the pump.) I was running a bit late as the wife had to be somewhere so I made the decision to stop on the way to work in the morning. This wouldn’t have been a bad decision to make if I’d have remembered to actually stop and get gas in the morning. See where this is going?

My commute is typically between 30 and 45 minutes. People in Cleveland are pretty stupid though, and when it rains or snows their brains fall out of their collective heads and they forget that they’ve been driving in rain and snow since they’ve know how to drive. There was a light mist the next morning, so naturally I was sitting at a virtual standstill for 10-12 minutes at a time. This wouldn’t be such a big deal if I didn’t look down and see that my gas light had some on and I was quite literally running on fumes. Houston, we’ve got a big problem.

So, rather than sit idle (see what I did there) and run out of gas I took action. I got out of line to get onto the ramp that I’d been sitting and waiting for, went completely the other direction to drive 5 miles out of my way and limped into a gas station for a long overdue fill up. I simply can’t tell you how happy I was to see this:

A Full Tank Of Gas

After my detour, I took another route into the office which in retrospect turned out to be MUCH faster than waiting on the traffic to die down. Man… stupid drivers in Cleveland. I’m already worried about winter.

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