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Question of the Day: Got Gas?

I’m borrowing the “Question of the Day” format that my buddy Momo Fali uses on occasion, not only because it works in this case but because Momo often feels like bad/odd/embarrassing/uncomfortable situations seek her out somehow, and, well, just read this.

You know how you go out of town for Parent Weekend at your kid’s college, and you have an awesome time taking him out to Target, and to eat, and to the football game, and to Casino Night, and then when you get up the next day you take him to breakfast and hug him goodbye and then go to fill up the gas tank before you get back on the road for the ninety-minute drive home, and your wonderful husband gets out of the car to start pumping the gas so you don’t have to and then he tells you that he is going to run in to get a drink and go to the bathroom (not necessarily in that order) and because you are still getting over a bad cold (which means your mind is a little bit fuzzy about three-quarters of the time), you are sitting there in the car next to the pump and you think to yourself as you look at the pump, “It’s done; why am I sitting here? I should move out of the way and pull straight forward to park next to the building so someone else can use this pump”, and then you start the car and slowly pull away from the gas pump, only to hear a horrible noise that was caused because the nozzle was still attached to your car and by driving away you have yanked it away from the pump to which it was formerly attached, and then you have to go tell an employee that you BROKE THE GAS PUMP while you try not to shrink into a person the size of a thimble, and then you have to explain the whole thing to your husband, who is cluelessly standing in line with his bottle of Cherry Coke and wonders why all of the color has left your face, and then you hand him the keys and sob like crazy?

Yeah, me too.

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  • Momo Fali October 23, 2011, 8:46 pm

    Aw! Your question of the day is all sad! I’m sorry and for crying out loud, you have been sick ENOUGH! Feel better.

  • Mom24.4evermom October 23, 2011, 8:53 pm

    Oh Melisa! So sorry!! Feel better. Poor thing. Glad you had fun with D.

  • TheNextMartha October 23, 2011, 8:56 pm

    I know this is wrong but I laughed at this. But hopefully, at this point, I’m laughing WITH you. yes? So what happened?!

  • Brandie October 23, 2011, 9:35 pm

    Oh man. That sucks. But also, is kind of funny. But only because it didn’t happen to me. And also, I hope you feel better soon.

  • Flawless Mom October 23, 2011, 9:36 pm

    Oh. My. God.
    I would have sobbed, too. (Of course.) But holy shit that was funny.

  • megryansmom October 23, 2011, 10:00 pm

    No pictures?

  • As Cape Cod Turns October 24, 2011, 12:00 am

    That was funny until the crying part 🙂
    However, I can totally see you doing this and the whipping out your camera and taking a picture for your blog post before you went in and told the cashier you had broken his pump.
    Does the rule, “You break it, you buy it” count in this situation?

  • Toni October 24, 2011, 7:48 am

    oohh nooo….I would have totally done that. *hugs*

  • Sheena October 24, 2011, 7:49 am

    Oh my goodness what a story! A funny one. I hope you feel better. I can totally relate to those foggy moments… too often. Thanks for the laugh this morning :).

  • Liz October 24, 2011, 8:10 am

    As a self-professed magnet of awkward situations — THIS is one of my biggest fears, also, I would have blown the pump up, just sayin’ {{{hugs}}}

  • Sally October 24, 2011, 8:21 am

    How is this your fault? Wasn’t it wonderful husband that was suppose to put the nozzle back in the pump? Just asking. Hope you are feeling better. Big hugs to you!

  • lceel October 24, 2011, 8:48 am

    Now if MY wife had done that, there would be a way – some way, I’m sure – that it would wind up being my fault. So, in this case, I’m glad it was you, because otherwise, it would have been me.

  • Tara R. October 24, 2011, 10:57 am

    Oh no! So sorry you had such a horrible day.

  • Tom October 24, 2011, 3:44 pm

    If my guess is correct, you may salve your frazzled nerves a bit with the knowledge that hoses on gas pumps now employ a break-away connection for just such a situation. So… I’m sure everything is okay at the gas station. Not that it was fun to experience… You poor thing.

  • Patty at A Day in My NYC October 25, 2011, 7:40 am

    Aww Melisa 🙁 I’m so sorry this happened to you. {Hugs}

  • tracey - justanothermommy October 25, 2011, 7:59 am

    Oh NOOO!!!! I’m sorry! And I’m totally not laughing right now. Not at all…

  • Emily Sims October 25, 2011, 9:17 pm

    This made me laugh so hard… I hope enough time has passed that this is now something you can laugh at when you remember it. This is so something I would have done!

  • Tara Burghart October 26, 2011, 3:27 pm

    Oh my … This truly made me laugh out loud. Especially the fact that you just thought to yourself that you should move out of the way to be polite after seeing the pump still in your car … OK. I’m laughing even as I type this. Well, I’ll tell you my story about falling in a koi pond last month and then you can laugh at me. Thanks for sharing this one.

    Loved the writing style on this one, too!

  • Dawndi October 26, 2011, 4:44 pm

    OH NO! I’m trying to think…someone else I know did this once a long time ago, but I can’t remember who it was….I’m sure I’ll remember as soon as I hit send. lol FEEL BETTER!

  • melissa October 30, 2011, 3:40 pm

    oh, that sucks. sorry you had a lousy, no good, terrible sort of day. xoxo

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