Thursday, December 6, 2012

Gnarly, dude

Perched on top of the cashier's office/convenience store at the Chevron station at the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Sunset Boulevard is an animatronic pelican that talks.

"Whoa, dude!" you hear a voice say as you're pumping gas. "Great set of wheels! Cool car!" It has the voice of the quintessential California surf-stoner, Jeff Spicoli.

The thing's beak opens and shuts, and the wings give a quiver. Then the whole thing swivels left, then right. Then it stops and goes silent. A minute later, it starts up again.

"Welcome to the station, dude!"

OK, this is both gnarly AND creepy. I don't want to have a stoned robot pelican talk to me while I'm pumping gas.

It looks demented, truly.
What about you, dude?


small mind said...

that "thing" has frightened the life out of me at least twice ... I can't stand it - you stand there, vulnerable, a woman on her own pumping gas, often late at night as I prepare to drive up the canyon ... and this 'thing' starts talking at you ... I don't like it, especially at night! Patricia

Sharon said...

The pelican sounds a little scary where it is, but I'd love to have one in my office cubicle at my day job. I'd program it to say stuff to the boss that I couldn't get away with on my own.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

stoned robot pelican

My band name, at last I haz it!

Claudia from Idiot's Kitchen said...

This totally sounds like something you would find in the (not so) great state of Florida. I think I'll pass on the gnarly stoned talking pelican thank you. I can also pass on watching TV on my gas pump for the few minutes it takes me to put gas in my car. Somehow I think I can muddle through my day without those extra few minutes of Mario Lopez.

Claudia from Idiot's Kitchen said...

Geez, I sound crabby. You kids get off my lawn!

Sean said...

That thing drives me crazy. I didn't realize it was a pelican, I just heard the stoner voice. Wow, bad idea gone wildly wrong. I don't even go to that gas station anymore because there were weird things happening when I tried to use my credit card.

Anonymous said...

How did I miss it? Maybe because I alwasy sit in my car and listen to the radio while I refuel. Will pay more attention next time