Friday, September 19, 2014

Checkers at Service Station



Today's picture shows a great scene for America's past . . . some old guys sitting around a service station playing checkers. What a common site this used to be, but just about completely gone now. I can not remember the last time I saw a scene like this.

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  1. I see it now and then, but it's dominos, not checkers. Still, your point's well taken. It's uncommon, even though it hasn't disappeared.

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  2. As a kid in New Mexico, I used to go to a similar gas station. No checker players, tho. I remember the sqeaking screen door, the Coca Cola my grandmother would buy me -- and I remember the old truck. The seats were moved aside when we needed to gas up, because that is where the gas tank was.

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  3. It was not just checkers either. Many of these gathering places (especially in East Texas) involved very fast and animated games of dominos. "42" seemed to be the favorite.

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  4. A friend was telling me just the other day that there is only 1 state in the US that does not allow self service at the pump. He thought it was Oregon. Can anyone out there confirm that?

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    1. I think New Jersey does not allow self service.

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    2. Oregon does not allow customers to pump their own gas.

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  5. I don't know what the others see, but I see a checkerboard with red and black men on it. In Dominos the pieces would be touching each other.

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  6. Great week! Thanks, PJM.
    -Anne K.

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