I headed south to the Study Butte Store this morning with the intent of getting the propane tanks filled and to get gas for the generator/charger and fill up the falcon. I also decided to get a few supplies. I did get the gas, BUT the guy that is supposed to fill the propane tanks decided he was not going to fill anymore tanks until it warms up. How warm does he want it to get? Who knows?. Its barely supposed to make 40 degrees (if it even makes that.) While I was there it was pretty cool, but the sun was shining and there was no wind at all so it didn't feel bad. Now I could have left the tanks there and HOPED he decided to fill them by in the morning (along with what looked like at least 15 more tanks waiting on him) Then I'd have to made another 40 mile round trip just to pick up filled tanks or who knows maybe empty ones? Its now 32 degrees, but the wind is starting to really howl so I wonder if the "wait until it warms up" will be come "Wait until it warms up and the wind isn't blowing" ??? Hell... during holidays and what not when he decides to head out of town there is no place down here to get tanks filled no matter how cold it is.
With this said I think its time for me to start making trips North instead of South because gas is usually about 25 cents per gallon cheaper in Alpine and so is all other supplies. I'd suspect propane is cheaper there to and probably sold without the attitude or charging for more propane than is actually used to fill the tanks. Its 20 miles to SB or really about 23 to the Study Butte Store from here so if I'd had to leave the tanks and go back on the chance that they did get filled that would have been 86 miles for the two trips. Its 58 miles to Alpine, but like I said everything there is a lot cheaper and there is a lot more stuff to be had.
BTW I got my other supplies at the Cottonwood Store and it will become my place to shop down there. I guess if I really get in a bind then I'll get gas at the BBMI. I'll try not to get caught with my pants down again and always make sure I have enough propane for times like these. So far the propane is holding up for the big heater in here, but I have a feeling I'll get pretty cold some time between now and Monday when I go to Alpine for propane and supplies. Evidently the guy in Study Butte doesn't give a damn about people freezing their posteriors off because he refuses to fill tanks. May the high wind and cold chap his @$$!
For those who don't know what Terlingua Time is? Well down here a lot of people just get around to doing stuff when they want to and not when they are supposed to. That is Terlingua Time.
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