Dave Talks #7: I lied. Full service gas stations, and Pokemon STD checks?

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 08-16-2016 01:51 PM 633 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Okay guys this actually is fairly safe for work… And all but the absolutely stuffiest of pastors, priests, or rabbis wouldn’t fuss at this…

In my video, well I didn’t get to do anything on my shelf. Honestly what woodworking time I have had lately, is for a project I can’t post online as it involves a relatives living situation repairs / modifications, and they do not want their home on camera, sorry…

I ran across something that used to be a fixture in just about every neighborhood, and community in the U.S. that has sadly dwindled down to next to none, and that is a real honest to goodness service station. Those have a special place in my heart as I spent plenty of time working in those when I was young, I had a lot of fun, and learned an awful lot when I was there…

In yet another sign of the massive changes in our culture over the years, well… we also ran across a rather, well unique billboard in Houston advertising for a free STD check clinic. Now that isn’t what is so unique, but the way they seem to be targeting their services to kids is… You just have to see it to believe it….

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#1 posted 08-17-2016 01:42 PM

I never worked in a service station, but you took your car to a service station for repairs back in the old days. The dealerships had overpriced themselves for routine maintenance. Nowadays, everything is different, of course. Vehicles were much simpler to repair, so every gas station was a service station. Sometime during the 50’s, the gas stations selling cut rate gas, and offering no service started popping up. I can remember the first of the new breed in my home town quite well.

Since I have no relatives living within in Anchorage that might need repairs, that is not on my plate. I have a BIL in town, but he is quite handy himself, and so I am not helping him, as well. But I am staying busy with DIY projects and repairs at home and her in La Conner, so the demand is high.

Good weather here, my BIL from Dallas is here visiting now…...........


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#2 posted 08-17-2016 04:20 PM

LOL. Yeah, actually a lot of service stations actually were geared up and trained up for the newer cars. Yes there are computer controls etc… on newer cars, but oddly enough, many of the modern auto technicians are not what you would call a mechanic. There actually IS a difference. Kind of like the difference between assembling IKEA furniture and building furniture from scratch. A technician can troubleshoot, disassemble and reassemble things. A mechanic is the guy that finds a problem, let’s say a shift cable ball end has broken off rendering the transmission unable to be shifted into / out of any position. A Mechanic would actually fix, if possible, the existing cable. A technician would swap out a new one for the old.

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