Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Thursday Thirteen #5

Thirteen Reasons Why I Hang at Tim Horton's

Mostly because I have no choice - one must go somewhere during one's child's interminable lessons whether they be dance, piano or whatever

and I don't enjoy going to malls and wandering around aimlessly

and besides, my daughter's dance lesson is in a small village

where the only places that are open are the local Candy Shoppe,

Subway, a gas station and Tim Horton's.

And beside's, it's a Canadian Tradition, hence the capital T.

1. The Free Tea Bag: as I mentioned in a previous list, Timmy's gives you an extra teabag (on the side) when you buy the extra large size. Just add hot water.

2. Foot Stools: not really, but they don't seem to mind if I put my feet up on the seat across from me, I appreciate that after a long day on my toes.

3. Rolling up the Rims: once or twice year Timmy's has a Roll up the Rim contest. I've never won a big prize but usually win a few free coffees and muffins. I like free stuff... a lot.

4. Cheap...oops I mean Economical: although there was a recent hike in prices a coffee at Timmy's is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay less than the more upscale competitors. And I don't know what to say in those other places - I'm a dinosaur.

5. HOCKEY: It all began with Mr. Tim Horton - called NHL hockey's "strongest man" by Gordie Howe, Horton is often credited with inventing the slapshot! He played for the Toronto Maple Leafs during their golden years, winning 4 Stanley Cups during his 18 years with the team. As a Canadian and an avid hockey fan, my heart belongs to Timmy's.

6. Entertainment: yes indeedy, there are some mighty interesting folk coming in and out of Timmy's at all hours of the day & night. I once whiled away an hour talking to a woman about her divorce woes as she showed me legal document after legal document that told the tale of a long, drawn-out and highly unsuccessful battle. It's not highbrow stuff, but you get what you pay for.

7. Staff: the staff at Timmy's are perky and friendly, as witnessed last night as one female worker whizzed by throwing a loud "sick hair" out to the slicked up hairstyle wearin' customer next in line. (Sick means good these days for you other dinosaurs.)

8. Food: beyond the usual coffee, donuts, cookies and muffins Timmy's offers some substantial fare that is yummy and nutritious. Everything bagels, egg salad on a whole grain baguette, minestrone soup, chili, mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

9. Hours: no matter the time of night or morning, no matter the day of the week, or indeed, day of the year - you can always find the welcoming lights of the Tim Horton's famous sign ON! This comes in very handy when you need to pick up a cake at 6:30am for a student's birthday on the way to school.

10. Ice Cappuccinos: Ice Cappuccinos.

11. Location: you could literally drive from coast to coast in Canada (the TransCanada Highway is 7604 km long!) stopping only at Timmy's along the way. Although I must confess, there are very few to be found in Quebec! The picture above shows the only one I could find while driving arounr the entire Gaspe Peninsula.

12. Jobs: they hired MY child.

13. Environmentally Conscious & Charitable: their cups/lids are recycleable, they sell only sustainable coffee, and they send thousands upon thousands of kids to camps every summer.

Enjoy your TT, and have a cup of java on me!

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Nicholas said...

They didn't have TH when I lived in Canada, but I like the sound of them from your description. I especially like it that they have savoury food available as well as sweet. Starbucks is all cookies and cake -- not what I want when I am hungry.

TeaMouse said...

I'm with you on Ice Cap's and their great lunch menu as well as their super friendly staff.

Lori said...

It sounds like a cool place to hang out:) Wandering the mall???Aimlessly??? My favorite pass time!! Happy TT and thanks for stopping by...

Janet said...


Adelle said...

A few years back when I was a struggling single mom, my girls were picked to go to the Tim Hortons Camp in Kentucky, all expenses paid. They had the time of their lives.
Happy T13!

~TAMY 3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

I checked out the website and now I wish there was one near me! Sounds great.

tommie said...

I have never been to a TH! But, after reading this, I would definitely be going to one.

Thanks for visiting my TT.

pjazzypar said...

We don't have Tim Horton's here in Dallas, Texas (at least not to my knowledge). I think they have them in Michigan, which is much closer to Canada.

SandyCarlson said...

I've never been to one of these, but I would if I needed to hang out for a bit throughout the week!

SJ Reidhead said...

Be glad you have a place to "hang".

The Pink Flamingo

Alice - I Was Born2Cree8 said...

I also love Tim's for many of the reasons you said. I usually go there with others from Toastmasters after our Monday evening meetings... and often on Tuesday afternoons when I park me, my books, and my laptop computer at a table for 4, then get an extra large tea (double/double - milk not cream... which for non-Canadians, that means 2 sugar and 2 milk). They never mind that I sit there all afternoon nursing that tea while doing my homework for that night's class, often with feet up on a chair, then getting hot water (double/double of course) for my 2nd tea bag. Usually I buy myself a sandwich for dinner before I head off to class, but either way I'm always made welcome there.

Reba @ Reba's Run said...

Whoof!! I often wait outside in the truck while Mom 'Bean is at Tim Horton's drinking tea. They won't let me in there. Bark!!

Happy T13!!

Hootin' Anni said...

#6? Oh my gawd, I'd go insane! rofl

My 13 movie stills is shared for T-13 this week. Come by if you can.

Sue said...

Hehe I mention T.H. in my TT this week too :) Waves from Toronto!

Happy TT and great list!

Bethany said...

I do like Tim Hortons but for some reason hardly ever go there! Great list though :) Happy TT!

storyteller said...

Interesting T-13. I’ve never been to a Tim Horton’s … but it reminds me why I go to Peet’s, Starbuck’s, and the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (among other options here in Southern California). FYI … my T-13 is always at Small Reflections rather than Sacred Ruminations, but feel free to visit both blogs because I posted on each yesterday too ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

siteseer said...

They advertise here in MI, but I don't know of a location of one in my area. I'm not a coffee drinker (don't hate me) I'm allergic to the coffee bean, but I'm sure they sell other just as drinks that I would just love. And I can put my feet up? I'm in

She Became a Butterfly said...

i'm a tim's fan too. in the summer, i like to get hopped up at work on the iced mochas!!

Brenda ND said...

I've never heard of Tim Hortons, but if I get to Canada I'll look for one. Happy TT!

Lilibeth said...

Same here. Tim Hortons. I thought it was a local place until I read your TT. Now I feel wiser.

creme brulee aka GH said...

re the slap shot; I know you're a Canadiens fans and would appreciate knowing the player who popularized the slap shot was Boom Boom Geoffrion of ze Habs!!

Tim Horton brought it to Toronto after stopping a cannonating drive off his leather helmet.


creme brulee aka GH said...

re ze slap shot;

"But it was as a player that Geoffrion really stood out. He was the first to bring his stick far above his head when shooting, creating a powerful shot that led to his nickname - the sound of his stick hitting the puck made a boom and the sound of the puck hitting the boards made another boom."

re Tim Horton;

"he played for ze Leafs and along with ze Johnny Bower stopped many pucks wiz hiz face."


ps we see you dis Saturday fer de coffee, yes?

No Nonsense Girl said...

I love tim horton too. :) The coffee, the food, the nice people. :D