Friday, September 26, 2008

Sup? Country Girl Goes to the Ghetto

This was my view all morning. Gas lines. Some people got up at 4 am - YES I said 4 am - to look for a place that has gas. Since I have no job, I was able to get up and meander my way to this gas station in the ghetto. Sure, I could have been a victim of a drive by, but more likely than not, they would have ran out of gas before they could have gotten away. I try to always see the bright side of my situations. So I waited and when it was finally my turn at the pump, I noticed a sign. I thought it might say, "Free coffee inside cause you all had to wait so long."

Or maybe, "I hope your day is as beautiful as you!"

Or possibly even, "How do you make a tissue dance? You put a little boogie in it."
Ya know, to make people smile and all.

But I was wrong.
It said this....Uhm, exsqueeze me? Baking powder? I have an SUV gas guzzlin, kid haulin. mombo-jombo vehicle. This $12 will get me out of the parking lot, maybe. So I got back in line, three more times. And then they ran me away...literally. It crushed me. But on my way out of the ghetto, there was this poor sweet young man who had ran out of gas and was trying to get to his new job on time. I asked him if he planned on raping and pillaging me. He said no. He looked honest and all. So, I told him I took his pic and I was twittering about him, so he better not plan anything shady. He thought twice about gettin in. After all, I had not applied make-up yet.
But I took him back to his car...an El Camino. And he said VERY little cause he saw the wildness in my eyes. And I told him I was packin. He gave me a weird look. You think he thought I meant groceries?

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

Does not look like the ghetto- why do you use that reference? Is it in reference to the young man?

Tracie said...

$12 only! Why bother? That's just crazy! I was just complaining this morning that gas was .20 cheaper in the town my daughter played volleyball in last night than in my town. But atleast I can get a full tank. Can I send ya some? I wonder how you ship gas?

Crafty Hicks said...

Gas is no problem here in the Dallas area...So I can't even imagine what you are going through...we have 4 vehicles with all 4 of us going in different directions all day long, so I hope it doesn't hit this area! I can't believe that you picked that guy up...YOU ARE CRAZY!!!

Adventure girl wanna be said...

OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
You crack me up! For real! This is the perfect story to exemplify why I have you in my post today! I hope you don't mind;)

Dreams of a Country Girl said...

annon -- it use the reference of ghetto cause it is described as a "portion of a city in which members of a minority group live especially because of social, legal, or economic pressure."

and i live less than 2 miles from that gas station...i am them, they are me...we live in the ghetto. we are all one....i am a lover, not a fighter.

Dreams of a Country Girl said...

and PS Annon-

There are church chairs sitting by the road outside the gas station. to watch the traffic and all...

yet in some twisted way, i like that about my neighborhood.

nuff said.

Jenn said...

$12 limit?! That's ridiculous!

Marchelle said...

so where is the hitch hiker's pic?? we want to see him!

"el camino...." did you ever see The Mexican with Julia Roberts and Brad Pitt? Hilarious. OH, and Tony Soprano is in it too, plays a gay guy. Funny stuff.

Dreams of a Country Girl said...

$12 limit -- it is like that all over town and beyond

actuallly...the highest amount i have seen anyone able to get is $15

over half the gas stations are closed cause they cannot get any gas

so many are car pooling ot teleworking

and "they" say it is gonna get worse.

i am curled in a ball sucking my thumb

Dreams of a Country Girl said...

marchelle --

the hitchhiker is in the pic...yellow shirt....by the sign....with the gas can....

Lo said...

oh my goodness. what kind of car do you have??? maybe it's time to trade that sucker (literally) in for something more fuel-efficient. although. hybrids are so ridiculously priced!! i wish i could get you some gas. we have more than enough here in Illinois. i think bc i live outside of Chicago, a major city, is why we still have tons and tons of gas. even if it costs as much as, you know, my coach purse.

good luck finding gas. sigh. oh, you can go online and search these websites for gas, did you know that? www.gasbuddy.com is one that i've used before. maybe that can help??

(o if we took a road trip? i pinky promise i'll drive and you won't have to worry about gas!)

Laura said...

It was very sweet (and brave) of you to give that guy a ride. You are my hero.

Chris said...

LOL! That poor guy will probably never get into a car with a stranger again. There is plenty of gas in Joplin and in KC (where I live).

Chris said...

BTW-We live 2 miles away from the ghetto, too. Sometimes we can hear gunshots. Yikes!!

Elisa said...

I was in the ghetto yesterday (where the closest DMV office is). Didn't take pictures. I was afraid they'd steal my phone. Also, I was hiding not to get caught in the crossfire of the gang shooting I am pretty sure I would have witnessed had I stayed any longer. Yonkers, NY. Charming place.

The Wife said...

So the ghetto is the last place to find gas? I bet you scared that poor boy, wild eyed and heat packin'!

Adventure girl wanna be said...

I made up my own award! It is for "bein' sweet to a newbie". I am giving you one. You can pick it up here: http://adventuregirlwannabee.blogspot.com/2008/09/thank-you-for-being-so-sweet-to-newbie.html

Share the love by passing it to people who were extra sweet to you in your very beginning days;)

Tricia said...

Ha! I liked your post. I'm a first-time visitor to your blog, but I'll be back. You made me laugh. Good for you...calling the ghetto a ghetto. I grew up in a ghetto and I call it New York City's armpit. Things are what they are and there's no need to gloss the truth.
-Tricia
www.thedomesticfringe.com

Nicole Mc said...

Ok, i'm fixing to sound really dumb....but i'm a sahm mom who lives in a cave...but what the heck? What is causing the gas shortage...is it going to spread everywhere?? Yep, i feel stupid...but please answer! (going to watch CNN...quick!!!)

Marchelle said...

ooooohhh.... 10-4.

yeah, i was thinking more along the lines of a shot of him sitting in the passenger seat with a look of fear and concern on his face.

Anonymous said...

OK...I have a limit for myself of one gallon as needed to get to a job interview and/or .80 to get back...sheesh...@$4.19 I would be walkin to Crest! Queen of Everything

Mama C. said...

I drive a Dodge Durango, another honkin' mo-fo SUV. And $12 bucks worth of gas might just get me out of my driveway. I couldn't even imagine what it's like for you.

Are you in Texas, or does your gas get pumped in from there? I have an online bud in one of my Mommy chat groups who's going through the same situation. All of her community's gas gets pumped in from Texas, and because of the hurricane, there are shortages EVERYWHERE. It's just awful.

I hope you're able to get your normal $5,000 fill up soon! :)

k8mc said...

Hilarious post!

I'm just glad we're not running out of gas down here in the sunshine state because I don't have time to brave those lines multiple times a week!

The Kelso-Winter Family said...

heard on the news wayyy up here bout the troubles in your 'hood. that one of the reasons your state is having so much trouble with gas supply is bec. they have extra regulations on the kind of gas you can use (which usually is a GOOD thing but not under the extraordinary circumstances. hope it eases up soon.