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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23 comments:

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...

Timbits!!!

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".

SJR
The Pink Flamingo
http://thepinkflamingo.blogharbor.com/blog

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.

gah

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."

gah

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