For the most part I do all of my shopping at Thornton's. Thorntons is oil company and they have filling stations/quick marts in Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee and Connecticut.
Seeing how Connecticut borders Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana this makes perfect sense to me. I need to do a little investigation as to what's up with that, but another time.
Thorntons is clean and has about the best customer service I've ever received at a filling station. The prices are very reasonable for a convenience store. Take gas for example, gas is 1.67 a gallon right now. Not bad. I filled my tank up the other day and it cost me less than 20 bucks.
Many a night when I'm driving home from work at 5:00 AM I'll stop in to get a frozen pizza or a couple of boxes of mac-n-cheese. I also go straight to Thorntons whenever I want to drink a nice cold Budweiser. 18 Packs are always on sale there, but if I need 18 beers I might as well play it safe and go with a case.
Note: I do not buy Porno magazines at Thorntons! I'm not even sure if they carry Porn mags. Back in the early 90's when I lived in NJ I had the Birdman buy all my porn mags at 7-11 when we would get off form work at 5:00 AM. I didn't want the owners of 7-11 thinking I was some kind of scumbag so I always hid in the car while Matt picked out some of my favorite titles like, Swank, Club and Cheri. Today I get my porn for about 89 bucks a month. That price also includes cable television and high speed Internet.
So the other day I was shopping at Thorntons for some contraband and I threw a pack of gum up on the counter with the rest of my items. It was a pack of Extra. It wasn't an impulse buy or anything like that because I always chew Extra except for when I decide to go with Trident or Copenhagen. By the packaging it looked like Extra had changed their gum. I was very excited to try out the new gum but when I opened the pack it was the same old dumb gum just new packaging. I think they call is classic bubble now. Don't be fooled and fucked like I was folks.
Note: When buying unfamiliar packaging of gum always take 30 seconds out of your day to read what's on the pack.
I spend a lot of my hard earned money on gum. Gum is expensive these days. It's like a 1.67 a pack and let's just say that I am more than slightly disappointed with Extra right now. I don't know if Wrigley's has noticed or not, but the economy isn't doing so well. Don't fuck with your bread and butter Wrigley! Not now.
Sometimes Extra gives me the hiccups, but it's good for those hard to reach places, and even more importantly, Extra Classic Bubble has gone from 8 calories a stick to 5. Sweet!