The world is full of human beings all just rushing about these days, no body seems to have time to wait or have any patience anymore. I saw a dog the other day, trying to have a pee up a lamp post. No sooner had the poor pooch cocked it's leg, it was dragged off by it's owner with lead in one hand, mobile phone in other........the dog looked up as if to say 'put that phone down and let me wee for goodness sake'.
That's what happened to me this morning. The phone bit, not the wee bit.
There I was at the local Shell garage, and I thought I'd use my 'fill and go' app. I got shouted at by the van driver behind me for being on my phone. I can see he probably thought I might have been sending some important emails or text messages while he sat behind me waiting but as if I would do that!!
If you've not seen it, the service works via the Shell Motorist app. Choose a pump on the forecourt, and from inside your vehicle scan the QR code or key in the pump code. The app activates the pump and you can simply Fill Up & Go. Once finished, a receipt will be automatically sent to your phone. For more details go to www.shell.co.uk
It's great if there is a queue in the shop or if you have a small human in the car. I would have loved this when I had my babies. Makes it so much easier than having to disturb baby, especially if they have just nodded off. I know what you're thinking as well, about the safety issue and that it is unsafe to use your phone at a petrol station but they do allow it as long as you stay in the car while using the app.
It doesn't seem very effective if there is a queue on the forecourt though as you do have to just wait a couple of minutes to register the pump and get it going. Customers using it could do with a flag you put on the roof of your car just to let impatient white van drivers that your not sexting your current squeeze but actually doing your best to fill up and go without any hassle.
That's it you see, maybe we've been given too much technology that it's made everything very fast, flash and convenient so much so that we find it impossible to wait. Most of this impatience I do find, takes place on the road. I must be frustrating to some as I do tend to chug along to the speed limit but only because I got a speeding ticket and it cost me a fortune. I got caught 2mph over the limit in a hire car. Not only did I have to pay the speeding fine but also a premium to the car rental company and to go on a speed awareness course.
They are funny things! A room full of stubborn sulky drivers who don't know why they are there as they consider themselves to be the perfect driver. My speeding offence was in Wales so I didn't even get caught in this country, maybe I thought that shouldn't count. It was quite informative and a good reminder of what I really should be paying attention to on the road. Since then I really do try and keep to the limit now but sometimes I feel like I'm the only one.
Wouldn't it be nice if we all slowed down a bit, left more time for journey's, and just chilled out more. It should be compulsory to do Yoga, you can't have road rage while your trying to balance your emotions and tie yourself in knots. I don't recommend driving while doing Yoga but maybe me and angry van man could have just got our mats out and yoga'd it out rather than me using my alternative sign language.
I do apologise to him, he probably just wanted to get on his way. He was actually very lucky I wasn't gasping for a Costa Express or that I needed to go into the shop and get a load of travel snacks, soft drink and a road atlas.
So make a change and relax, slow down and lets all be nice to each other.
I'll catch you tomorrow for Free from Friday........
What to Buy Wednesday
From May 2020 I will be writing a poem about something I may have purchased or would like to purchase.