Friday, October 17, 2008

I reek of gasoline. I mean, I am trailing a plume behind me. I am soaked in the stuff.

Why? Because the legislators in this state are smarter than me (so they think) and have forbidden normal gasoline cans in favor of the so-called "safety can". I have spilled more gasoline over the past five years using the "safety can" than I have cumulatively in 40+ years of using normal gas cans with a spout.

The "safety can" has a spout that you have to stick into a tank and depress in order to dispense the gas. Sounds good in theory, but there is no air inlet, so immediately the can starts to pull a vacuum. The gas then begins to sputter and splash. You have to repeatedly pull the can out of the tank, depress the gas-soaked spout with your bare hands to introduce air pressure into the can and then stick it back into the tank. Then repeat.

So far the environmental safety can has caused me to dump more gasoline than the Exxon Valdize.

Someone went to the legislature and took some people golfing, to a restaurant; all the while talking about this wonderful invention that is going to save lives, the environment and all.

Well, it's a piece of junk and like I said, I've spilled more gasoline with it than I have over a lifetime of "normal" gas cans.


Billy Oblivion said...

1) Don't run out of gas. I've tried it both ways, and I find that generally if I fill the tank *before* it goes empty I don't have to push the bike as far (which IS good exercise, but after two or three miles gets pretty boring) and I get where I'm going on time.

If this fails:
2) Punch a hole in the plastic at the opposite end from the spigot. If you do it in the right place it will let air in. If you do it in the wrong place it will let gas out. So figure it out ahead of time.

No, no thanks necessary, just a public service.

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Snakeeater said...

"Don't run out of gas" is a good idea, but I can't drive the tractor to the gas station. I sort of have to fill it with gas cans.

I will give thought to punching holes in the back of the cans, though. Probably against the law, but no more so than drowning a woman in a Massachusetts river or having a boyfriend operate a gay prostitution service from your apartment.

Anonymous said...

I just wanted to know what you think about this info I bumped into (dont mind the first babble about dead chinese and go straight to the cia frog fury black op)

Anonymous said...

Welcome to the Party!

The good intention counts, and the normal suspects getting public money.

/btw, I arrived from your WLF registration