Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Things You See At Night

Last night I was waiting for my tea bag to soak in my cup and as usual I was standing at the window of the dining room, looking toward the Esso station on the corner of Ropewalk Lane and Empire Avenue. The Esso station is closed overnight but for security reasons, all the lights are left on, which makes it look as though the place is open. Many people drive to the pumps, only to realize the place is closed. While looking out the window I noticed a car driving very slowly toward the entrance, but before entering, the car stopped, halfway out into the road. Seems as though the car ran out of gas. The driver must of been so relieved to have made it so close to a gas station.

A young fella steps out of the car and tries to push the car, from the driver's side door, up the little grade toward the pumps. He didn't have much luck. After speaking to someone else in the car, a young lady steps out, dressed to the nines in high heels and mini skirt, looking apparently miffed at the driver. She reluctantly goes to the back of the car and begins pushing. After some effort they manage to push the car to a gas pump. The young lady gets back into the passenger seat and the driver goes to the pump and takes out his wallet. He places the gas nozzle into his car and after pushing some buttons on the tank and beginning an argument with his passenger through the car  window, he realizes the station is closed!

Then the guy lost it! First he started swinging his fists in the air and then he started pounding on the hood of the car. He even kicked a tire and looked as though he injured his foot. I started laughing because it reminded me of the British sitcom Fawlty Towers episode where Basil Fawlty (played by John Cleese) begins beating his car with a tree branch.

The young fella eventually calmed down and took out a cell phone and then hobbled away from the car, leaving his female passenger in the car. She didn't stick around for long, as a car came shortly, which she got into and left. Hopefully she wasn't on a date! The young fella came back about 30 minutes later with a gas can and managed to get the car moving again.

Sometimes the most entertaining things are not on television, but just outside your window. Especially at 3 o'clock in the morning! 

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