Since so many people have moved to Nashville since the dark ages of 2008, you may not know that almost two years before the devastating flood of 2010, our city ran out of gas. Yep. It was dry. It was CRAZY. How can there be no gas? The secret that no one knew about was that there was gas at the Russian Shell station in Sylvan Park, before Sylvan Park was so trendy. It was cash only with pumps so old there weren’t even credit card readers to disable. But, everyone who knew this secret wouldn’t tell anyone else or dare put it out on social media. And then again, not as many people were on social media. This was a time when iPhones were only a year old.
Why we were out of gas? Hurricanes Gustav and Ike blew through the coast in quick succession and the rumor mill started … seriously this whole shortage was based on rumors. Rumor had it that the gas refineries were all offline that fed our southern gas stations. And, just like Kroger before a snow storm, everyone hit the gas stations at once and BOOM, at least 85% of our gas stations were completely sold out of gas with days left before we could get more. As I said, it was CRAZY.
In the midst of this crisis, someone, and the genius was never discovered, made an hysterical video with Hitler cursing his generals about Nashville being out of gas. But, then the video disappeared; it was pulled down. This video was cry-in-your-cup funny (cry at home, because you weren’t leaving your house … there was no gas.)
But, I found a copy of the video on YouTube. It’s not a great copy, as it’s a video of the video. But you know what? I’m gleeful to be able to see this again, bad copy and all! I still don’t understand why the original copy was taken down …
Here you go, a trip down a forgotten part of Nashville’s not-so-distance past. The gas shortage that blindsided us in September of 2008. And, the video that made us a little happy it did … just to see this fine example of Nashville creativity:
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