Richelle Mead (blue_succubus) wrote,
Richelle Mead
blue_succubus

Just give us our gas and leave us our dignity

So, I've often mentioned my hatred of personalized license plate holders--but have yet to elaborate on it or show you my album of shots I've been getting of them all over Seattle. I'm one picture away from completing my collection, and then I'll post about why they tick me off so much. The short version is that I guess I just don't want to have people impose their ideas and "wit" on me while I'm driving. By this logic, you'd think that bumper stickers annoy me too--but they don't. Just license plate holders. And, well, a gas station.

There's a Chevron station not far from where I live that has a sign out front that they frequently change the message on. And rather than using the sign to advertise sales on Mountain Dew and Funyuns, the maintainers of said sign try to enlighten drivers with witty messages. Usually, it's the kind of thing that you can find in some kids' book of puns and plays on words, like: "If olive oil comes from olives, where does baby oil come from?" Groan. Stuff like that. There was one about a unicorn once too, but I can't remember it.

Anyway, lately, they seem to be going in a slightly different direction with their messages. One recently said, "If you make something idiot proof, they'll just make a better idiot." Today it read (and my wording my not be 100% verbatim, but it's pretty close), "Don't believe everything you think" on one side and "Don't let your mind wander. It's too small to be let out on its own." Call me crazy, but I kind of feel like this gas station is making fun of me. There have been other slogans there lately with similar subtle digs on passing drivers' intelligence and the general populace's lack of free thinking. Honestly, must we suffer the indignity of high gas prices and gas station signs with attitude? Who are you to judge me, Chevron?

It's a world gone mad, I tell you. Which is why I drove out of my way to get gas from the Shell station up the street yesterday.

Speaking of the world: this got mentioned by a few commenters, so I'll break the bad news here. Succubus Dreams is only out in U.S. right now. The UK version doesn't come out until December, alas. You might be able to find the American version at some specialty store, but otherwise, you'll have to order it or wait. Sorry!
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