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A question for the Gas Station Guy
The gas station guy who filled my tank this afternoon in a southern New Jersey town appeared very excited and so full of smile when I rolled down my window to speak with him – leaving me in a state of puzzlement.
What a great attitude, I was forced to think.
I gave him a 2-dollar tip when he was done serving me, and started driving off; but he ran after me and knocked at my window, as if having second thoughts.
I rolled it down and he said, “Ma’am, I just want to tell you you’ve made my day.”
Glad my 2 dollar tip was that valued, I replied with a big smile: “Well, my pleasure.”
Then he added, “I was in London when the album was first released.”
I rolled my eyes before it sank in. It was the music I was playing.
“Oooooh, I seeeeee!!” I replied, laughing uncontrollably.
“It was my favorite song,” he continued, “I used to work at a bar and it was played there every night,” he added before running back to pump gas into a car that had just pulled in.
I couldn’t stop smiling as I drove off.
“Dance Party,” by Eddy Grant, from the “Born Tuff” album, released in 1986 in the UK, was the song I was playing.
And what high school student in West Africa in the mid eighties to early nineties didn’t dance his or her feet off to this song.
I got home still smiling when suddenly, the question popped up in my head: What the heck is he doing selling gas in 2012 when he was a bartender in 1986?