The Nanny State

So I leave the house this morning — already in a black and foul mood because my main hard drive crashed on my Mac and none of the utilities I’ve run have been able to recognize any ATA device on the computer — when I notice my fuel gauge is almost at “E” and the little warning light has come on. These days, as all of you know, going to the gas station for a fill-up is a joy beyond description.

I drive into my neighborhood Shell station, a few blocks from my house, and start filling up. Regular, this time, ’cause the gas that actually makes my car run better is priced outrageously high. This particular gas station has installed those new pumps with the cute little TV monitors so that the customers become hypnotized by the idiot tube while they’re getting gang raped. As I’m walking away to go inside to buy a pack of smokes, out of the corner of my ear, I hear a lady’s voice coming from PumpTV advising me to stop smoking. She proceeds to give me an 800 number to call, and a web address, where I can “quit now.” Thanks.

It’s not enough to charge me four fucking dollars and eleven seventeen point nine cents for a gallon of gas; I now have to hear a lecture about the dangers of smoking. What’s next? Advice for the love-lorn? Shell Oil Co., here’s a clue: Save the money you spent on the stupid TV monitors and lower the price a few cents. And, oh, please: go fuck yourselves.

19 thoughts on “The Nanny State”

  1. Nope. Bought it in 2006 and did not get AppleCare (a mistake I won’t make again). I’m taking it in for service tomorrow. DiskWarrior didn’t recognize the drive; I think it may be FUBARed.

  2. I don’t think there’s any “maybe” about the FUBAR. If it doesn’t show up on the ATA device list, then the old disk was dead, dead as doornail. If you’re lucky, they might be able to scrape some files off the drive, but I wouldn’t bet on it. Hopefully you have a good backup available.

    TimeMachine is the biggest reason to get Leopard, especially with an external drive or a TimeCapsule access point.

  3. It’s the original drive that came with the iMac in late 2006. It’s an internal Western Digital Caviar ATA drive. Up until last Saturday, it had had zero problems. One small burb then that disk utility fixed flawlessly — or so I thought.

    Luckily, I keep just about everything on external Firewire and USB drives. I have about 10% of my data on this drive. Nothing mission-critical, but important, nevertheless.

  4. No Ruth, I wasn’t smoking by the pumps. Unless my fuming about my &^@%$ hard drive counts as fire…

  5. If it’s your internal drive it’s a serial ATA drive. System profiler should show only the optical drive as ATA. The serial ATA tab down a way. Don’t know if this is of any use but they’re different busses on the recent Macs.

  6. I know. The optical drive is recognized and functions fine, but not the serial ATA. I am hoping against hope it is a hardware issue that can be fixed. If not… Well, I have some single malt Scotch that may come in handy.

  7. George-

    Please tell us how you really feel about the price of gas and the tv on the pump. I am unclear on this.

    “click, click, click.”
    OUCH

  8. So sorry about your Mac; guess there’s no such thign as a crash-proof drive.

    That anti-smoke video is bad enough; what next? maybe videos in public stalls telling us that our fannies are not clean enough for prime time …

    Here, we don’t have videos yet at the gas pumps, but we do have these little screeching gadgets with blaring music ads that are set off by the pump once you start filling up. And you can’t shut them off — they just annoy you until you drive away.

    Where’s Elvis with his shotgum when you need him?

  9. cigs in canada are 25/$10.
    gas in canada is now 1 litre $1.40

    still, having to listen to some inanimate object telling you how to live your life… ah who I am kidding, I live in Canada.
    “nanny state central”

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