May 4th, 2010


a game I play

You're welcome to play along, if you like.

Or perhaps it's best that you don't.

The Gas Tank Game

The game is played when I go to the gas station.

  • I WIN if I put 15 gallons or more of gas into my tank.
  • I LOSE if I run out of gas on the side of the road.

I've never lost this game, and I've won a few times. I made this game when I thought that my gas tank took 15 gallons, which would make the game hard. I guess I expected that there was an undocumented reserve that I was tapping, like Jack Ryan in the helicopter.

Turns out, and I'm sad to discover this, my tank is actually 16.9 gallons. There may still be an undocumented reserve, but my refills are typically in the 14-15 gallon range, so I haven't experimentally determined how many miles I can go after the gas light turns on.

Like I said before, maybe you shouldn't play this game. The only winning move is not to play.