From one of my earlier sketchbooks:

June 22, 1979, waiting for the station to open

Pelikan Fountain Pen. Pen and ink line drawing.

It was 1979 and the odd/even rationing was in effect.  Being an early riser, I was the third in line at the gas station waiting for it to open, passing the time by sketching.  If I didn’t get to the pumps at least half an hour before the station opened, I would have to wait at least an hour after it opened to get my gas.  I recall many pleasant conversations with strangers, gathered around with cups of hot coffee, discussing the gas crisis as the sun came up.

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