It has been a bunch of years since I received the service I did last Saturday in little Millersburg, Ohio.
My wife and I went to Amish Country in Sugarcreek, Ohio, and Berlin, Ohio, for her to check out fabric stores for material to make quilts ... as if spending days in the Amish region of northern Indiana the week or so before wasn't enough.
I have to admit, the lack of AT&T cell phone service in the area more than just a little disappointed me, especially when I saw others talking on their cell phones and receiving calls while mine merely stated "no service." I guess the 97 percent of Americans who AT&T touts as being covered by its service doesn't include those in Amish Country either as visitors.
I know there are dead spots for cell service along U.S. 50 toward Clarksburg and on Interstate 77 toward Charleston, but in those desolate areas I would expect lack of service, but not in a high tourist area such as Amish Country.
But, back to the amazing part.
After Amish Country, my wife wanted to go to nearby Millersburg, Ohio, to check a quilt store we later learned no longer was there. In the process, though, we stopped to get gasoline at a Marathon station where gasoline was $2.499 a gallon -- 20 cents a gallon cheaper than in Parkersburg.
The amazing part, though, was as we pulled in beside the pumps, two men met us. One of them pumped the gasoline while the other washed the car windows. ... all for $2.49 a gallon!
I ask, when was the last time someone pumped your gasoline and cleaned your car windows? I can't remember the last time it was done for me. I can remember when it was common practice for station attendants to pump gas, wash windows, check oil and check tire pressure ... but I thought those days were long gone.
Ah, sometimes one has to go to smaller towns to remember how things used to be.