I consider 7-11 to be a bit of a cultural mecca* that has only recently for me been replaced by Sheetz/Wawa. I like that it's filled with all walks of life and all sorts of items you never knew you needed. There are very few places that I walk into and automatically start craving a hot dog. I can also get a cheap bottle of Andres champagne or a mega slurpee if I so desire.
Every time I hear of a new, more obscure soda product I automatically assume 7-11 will be the one to bring it to the masses. When I was looking for the pink cigarettes put out by Camel where did I go first? 7-11. It shouldn't surprise you that when looking for the new Diet Pepsi Max** this Friday that I automatically assumed 7-11 would be place to go. As we strolled into 7-11, it soon became clear that they were Max-less. Never one to turn my nose up at a Diet Coke, I grabbed the nearest chilled bottle and made my way to the register, stopping only to search for that mystical cupcake. However, almost all routes to pay lead you past the hot dog roller. What proceeded was, upon reflection, a conversation that very much reminds me of Beavis and Butthead for some reason.
Scarlet: "I love their hot dogs."
Me: "Me, too. I'm going to get one."
Scarlet: "Me, too."
Seconds later my eyes alight on two of my favorite words: clearance and $1. There, in a bucket by the cash register was perhaps the best clearance sale ever. "Clearance. $1 beers. Any kind."
Me, nudging Scarlet: "Look. They have beers on clearance for $1."
Scarlet: "Really? We kind of have to get one."
Me: "Ummm...yeah. How can you not get clearance beer for $1."
Scarlet: "Yeungling. I'm getting the Yeungling."
Scarlet: "Miller Lite blah blah blah is good."
Me: "I'm getting the Yeungling. I think I can drink a Yeungling."
Me: "We can drink these at my new secret place."
So it was with a Diet Coke, hot dog, and a Yeungling that I left 7-11.
7-11 is vintage.
*Cultural mecca a la Fast Food Nation-style infamy.
**with supposedly more caffeine