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  1. John 20:29 says:

    Oregon finally has to pump their own gas?
    It’s the end times for certain…. ?

  2. Dan from Georgia says:

    The intrepid reporters at the Babylon Bee have that one covered Em!

  3. Michael says:

    No, we do not have to pump our own gas. I’ll have a lot more to say about all this later.

  4. John 20:29 says:

    Dan from GA, I remember my first adventure pumping gas…. and my most embarrassing… I went in and told the attendant that the pump wasn’t functioning she came out and said that she couldn’t see a problem. I said there’s no display. she said, yes. there is, it’s right there. we went a couple rounds of “yes, there is” and ” no there isnt” … finally the guy pumping his has at the next pump spoke up, “take off your sunglasses” … seeems that Polaroid glasses cancel out the display…. Fortunately the clerk had a sense of humor

  5. Dan from Georgia says:

    That’s funny!

  6. John 20:29 says:

    A lot more to say on pumping gas? Now I’m kind of sorry I brought it up… LOL

  7. Michael says:

    The legislature passed a law that allows gas stations in very sparsely populated parts of the state to have self serve pumps.

    In the rest of the state, it is still illegal to pump your own gas.

    It’s been this way in Oregon since the early 50’s.
    We like it this way.

    This very old news made new again has caused us to be the target of much derision.

    This is what I had to say about it on Facebook…

    “So glad to see that Oregon’s laws about pumping gas seem to have given people a reason to avoid the state. You should also know that wild beasts freely roam the streets and all of our water reeks of beaver urine. Those postcards you see of our natural beauty are just that…postcards…of other places. Nothing to see here…except all of us pumping gas into our trunks. Best to stay where you are…”

    I have become an old man raging at people to get off my yard…

  8. Dan from Georgia says:

    I would be curious to find out if other states had similar laws.

    Seems like a lot of states have their own unique ways to keep out the riff raff…Minnesota has brutal, cold winters and the Minnesota Golden Gophers college football team…Georgia has stifling humidity and that banjo kid from Deliverance…

  9. Michael says:


    New Jersey has a similar law.

  10. John 20:29 says:

    If you experienced the Pacific Northwest before the population boom, the changes in the last 40 years make you cry… this wasn’t a land designed for large populations, I don’t think… dunno
    I remember a poem … “Man marks the earth with ruin – his control stops at the shore”… not anymore… We fallen creatures now seem to be able to pollute our oceans, too
    If the Bible didn’t make so much sense,, if I couldn’t trust it’s promised (I do trust them) I might be a humanist, too, but one in despair because, at heart I think I am a realist
    Maybe the end really is near …?…

  11. John 20:29 says:

    Keep out the riff raff? Ok – we have the threat of an imminent catastrophic earthquake sending a giant tsunami up the Straights of Juan Dr Fuca – if you value your life, don’t come here! ?

  12. The New Victor says:

    Gas attendants will hand motorcyclists the nozzle to fill their own tanks. After I moved back to Cali’ I heard that and old biddy in the legislature heard about this practice (which had gone on for who knows how many years) and initiated a crackdown. After it fell off the radar, most attendants went back to letting bikers fill their own tanks.

  13. Josh the Baptist says:

    From across the country, it is an oddity. Had no clue that such laws existed.

  14. Dan from Georgia says:

    Yeah, it’s sad how we ruin our environment (my inner environmentalist speaking here)…God calls us to care for creation, and we act like “it’s all gonna burn anyways”..

  15. Michael says:

    I’m all for oddities.
    Homogeneity is boring.
    You folks eat grits for breakfast,we pay people to pump our gas.
    Viva le’ difference!

  16. Dan from Georgia says:


    Back when I lived in Minnesota, we actually joked how the cold kept out the riff raff.

  17. Dan from Georgia says:

    Amen Michael!

    ‘Cept I refuse to eat grits and boiled peanuts, and never did partake in lutefisk while in MN.

    Oh, and I’m picking the Vikes to beat Pittsburgh in Minneapolis on Feb 4th.

  18. Michael says:


    I will expect the Vikings to lose in some soul crushing fashion until they win it all and I put my hands on the Lombardi Trophy.
    I believe, help my unbelief…

  19. Dan from Georgia says:

    That’s funny Michael ’cause I am talking ’bout Vikings football and their post-season chances, and that is almost exactly what one of my co-workers said! Unfortunately, the Vikes have that way.

  20. Josh the Baptist says:

    Oh, sure. That is not an insult. I spent last week in Savannah, GA. Wierd, wierd, place.

    Can’t wait to go back.

    (As for odd breakfast foods: my hometown has an annual livermush festival. If you haven’t been here, you don’t know what livermush is, but it is weird and delicious. )

  21. Michael says:


    It’s self preservation…Lucy always picks up the football…

  22. John 20:29 says:

    Dan, our Seattle neighbors had been affiliated with the Mayo Clinic – they left because of the mosquitoes LOL

  23. Dan from Georgia says:


    Savannah is a nice place! Been there several times, including nearby Tybee Island. And yes, there is a peculiarity to that area.

    That doesn’t surprise me…the mosquitos around the Great Lakes are HORRIBLE! The worst I’ve ever experienced was in far northern MN and the UP of Michigan.

  24. Josh the Baptist says:

    Dan, yah we went out to Tybee for the morning. Beautiful, but not as quirky as the historic district. My wife and I walked around there for days discovering all kinds of strange cool stuff.

  25. RickfromTexas says:

    When I was a kid growing up in California, it was illegal to pump your own gas until shortly after the first oil embargo in the early 70’s. The reason I was told is it had to do with fire safety laws.

  26. Michael says:


    I think that was the reason in the 50’s here.
    Now it’s just a quirk we like…

  27. John 20:29 says:

    I don’t like pumping my own gas, but I’ve learned to set the nozzle trigger and walk away while it fills. … finally learned that … There is one advantage those attendants always manually pumped a little more in after the auto shutoff and I understand that that extra squirt evaporates right back out – wasted money

    Strange thread …. ?

  28. Dan from Georgia says:

    Strange thread indeed….but sure beats judging one another’s salvation based on what denomination one belongs to.

  29. Scooter Jones says:

    What’s funny is I pumped my own gas today here in Oregon. My county has more than 40k residents too.

    It’s a country market down the road from where I live, owned by an eastern Indian guy named Raj, who is a huge Ducks fan 😉

    Anyways, I went inside to pay and the young girl working the register was engaged in a full fledged gossip conversation on her cell phone.

    She handled my credit card transaction, including the purchase of one of those Costco blueberry muffins, without skipping a beat.

    These young kids today got skills!

  30. Dan from Georgia says:

    I saw that there was one winner for the $450,000,000 Mega Millions Curse…er…lottery.

  31. The New Victor says:

    Good. Now I won’t get sucked into the group at work buying tickets. Peoples’ attitudes are interesting. I might buy 2-3 tickets per year. I told people at work that if I netted a few million, say, I’d gift everyone in the group $14k. “That’s all?” Well, times 17 people, that’s $238K. That’s the max IRS gift limit, after which you’d have to pay taxes. [strange look]

    “If I won, I wouldn’t show up to work!” Depends upon how much. $2M/20 years=$100k/yr, which where we live, isn’t that much (a 1000sf old house in San Jose is $3k/mo rent, a 1 bedroom is around $2k/mo). Besides, if the whole group quit, you might have some leverage if you stayed on to help transition into a new operation.

    I think next time I might not participate in the pool, just to see the reactions. Like when I don’t participate in the super bowl squares pool, and people act like there’s something wrong with me.

  32. dusty says:

    Happy Saturday everyone….it is so cold out hope everyone is staying warm.

  33. Jean says:

    How bad can things get?

    During WWII, a pastor in Stuttgart, nameed of Helmut Thielicke, who opposed to the Nazis, whose church was destroyed in the Allied bombings, and who had lost many parishioners, preached a sermoneto his remnant.

    In his sermon, he said: “He who has the victory of the last hour, can endure the next few minutes.”

    Because of the resurrection of Jesus, Christians have the victory of the last hour. May we believe it!

  34. John 20:29 says:

    Jean has nailed the focus that we need … for both perilous times and peaceful prosperous times ! fact, not opinion IMHO. ?

  35. bob1 says:

    Another unbelievable thing about Thielicke:

    During the Nazi takeover, his name was on a list of pastors destined for extermination.

    He escaped only because his name was on the crease of a page that had been folded so many times that his name was unreadable. From what I’ve read, he was God’s man that helped Germans rebuild their country after the horrors of the Third Reich.

  36. The New Victor says:

    I caught a matinee of Darkest Hour today. It made me think how significantly human history can turn depending upon the actions, or inactions, of a few.

  37. Jean says:

    More Spurgeon:

    “We need not fear a frowning world while we rejoice in a prayer-hearing God.”

    – Treasury of David, Psalm 3

  38. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    The Lutheran float in the Rose Parade last week.
    This should settle things that Jesus is Lutheran.

    the pastor in white at the front of the float is my Orange County pastor.

  39. Dan from Georgia says:

    The New Victor (@31)…

    Full disclosure here…I have participated only a few times in lotteries…never won.

    I hear way too many tragic stories of people who have won the hue jackpots, mostly involving divorce or bankruptcy. Sure, its fun to imagine what we’d do with all that $ (and I have done that imagining myself!), but in reality it seems like most people who win squander it and never plan for the future. I also think only 6 states in the U.S. allow winners to remain anonymous. ONLY 6 STATES! That to me is totally absurd, considering all the crap people have to go thru to sift out all the riff raff (there is that phrase again!) that come out of the woodwork when someone wins.

    Hence the “Curse” verbage.


  40. Scooter Jones says:

    Hey MLD, that lady waving in the background with blonde hair looks like she was wearing a MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN hat! 😉

  41. Scooter Jones says:

    I meant back row, under the smiling Jesus.

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