I bought a drink at a gas station this week because I was impressed with their bathroom.
I had a large soda during a movie earlier that day and had to stop before I got home.
The gas station didn't look like it had a bathroom inside, so I was afraid the gas station attendant was going to hand me a key attached to a soup can and tell me to go outside around the side of the building.
Everyone complains about those bathrooms and so do I because they're disgusting, but I wouldn't mind them if I could move doors and toilet seats with mental force.
Some people blame gas station employees for those dirty bathrooms, but I don't because those employees weren't the first employees not to clean them.
I know I wouldn't suddenly start doing it.
"Hey guys," I wouldn't say if I were an employee. "Would it be OK if I cleaned that bathroom none of you have ever cleaned in the last few years?"
Anyway, the gas station bathroom I went into after I drank a large soda during a movie was wonderful.
Clean floors, bright lights, a full soap dispenser.
I didn't want to tell the gas station attendant that the bathroom was amazing because that would have made me feel uncomfortable. I bought a drink instead and said "thank you very much" a little too loudly when he gave me my change.
The drink I bought was an energy drink, but I don't know why I bought it. Maybe it's for the same reason I've bought energy drinks at gas stations for several months, but I don't know why I've done that either.
They're expensive, taste like sweetened aluminum and never give me any energy.
Maybe I'm intimidated into buying them. When I'm in a gas station and see a bright can that says something like "BUY THIS DRINK IF YOU WANT YOUR FACE SMASHED WITH ENERGY!" - I buy it.
Some day I'll go back to buying buckets of soda like I used to. I actually switched to buckets of diet soda a few years, so I will probably drink those when I stop buying energy drinks, because I want cancer.
Also, maybe those buckets will lead me back to the best gas station bathroom in the world.
Application forms for the Alyce McCracken Memorial Scholarships, sponsored by the Sierra Nevada Association of Realtors are available at local schools. Scholarships are offered to high school seniors in Carson City, Douglas, Churchill and Lyon counties (except for Fernley, which is part of the Reno/Sparks Association of Realtors).
Application forms are available in the counseling offices of each high school or directly from the Sierra Nevada Association of Realtors by calling 885-7200.
There are seven scholarships for $1,000 each.
Novus Optimum Inc., a San Francisco-based vitamin company, bought four acres in the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center.
Novus Optimum sells vitamins and key nutrients, heath care products and also has a program to determine what vitamins and supplements a person might need.
It expects to break ground for the new facility as soon as the weather permits.
The Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN) has announced its executive committee for 2008. The committee took office on Jan. 1.
The executive committee for 2008-2009 includes: Chairman Jack Prescott, Irwin Union Bank, F.S.B; immediate past chair John Breternitz, WIN; vice chairman Russ Romine, Griffin Transportation Services Inc.; secretary/treasurer Stan Thomas, Wade Development Company Inc.; president Chuck Alvey, EDAWN; marketing chair Stephanie Kruse, KPS3 Marketing; business builders chair Scott Wait, RS Wait, Chtd.; industry advisors chair Steve Anderson, Merrill Lynch; workforce network chair Leigh Goddard, McDonald Carano Wilson.
Play It Again Sports at 911 Topsy Lane, Suite 226A, was recognized for achieving a "Gold Standard" measurement. The "Gold Standard" is reached when a store achieves a set of standards set by the franchisor during the evaluation process. The store achieved the customer satisfaction, store operations and product quality standards to earn "Gold Standard" recognition in 2007.
Nevada Wood Preserving Inc. donated $2,500 to its neighbors in Fernley to help with disaster relief.
A new H&R Block opened at 18601 Wedge Parkway, Suite B, in Reno in the Campus Commons Shopping Center. For more information, call 284-0950.
Wells Fargo announces Lynn Heislein has joined its Northern Nevada government banking team. In her role, she will serve as the primary relationship manager for municipal clients in Northern Nevada.
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