It was the days when your license plate determined whether you were allowed to buy gas, assuming you could wait it out to get up to the pump in the first place.
Ways to Keep Sane in Gasoline Lines:
I really hope these weren't ranked in order of importance...
Rotate your tires
Change your oil
Clean your glove compartment
Wax your car
Tan on the hood
Make the grocery list and week's menu
Read a good book or write a short story
Work a crossword puzzle
Make Christmas ornaments and shop via catalog (to save on driving!)
Knit, crochet, embroider
Clean your jewlry
Fold the laundry
Clean your glasses
Roll your hair
Clean out your wallet
Pluck your eyebrows
Put on your makeup
Do your nails
and . . . then . . FINALLY . . .
GET TO KNOW YOUR CHILD ;)
"As the average vehicle of the time consumed between two to three liters (about 0.5-0.8 gallons) of gasoline an hour while idling, it was estimated that Americans wasted up to 150,000 barrels of oil per day idling their engines in the lines at gas stations." 1979 Energy Crisis