Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Originally I was going to write a post about gum, but apparently I had a few other things on my mind as well.

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!

22 comments:

Jay said...

These companies need to think twice about screwing over their customers. They just never know when one of them may have a world famous blog and then the company will be the one who's fucked! $1.67 is kinda high for gum. Maybe it's the location. Or maybe you're paying extra so they can also ship gum to Connecticut.

Tod said...

I spend a lot of time in Thorntons too. The difference is over here Thorntons are a chain of chocolate shops.

Tod said...

Oh, and I pay a lot less for my internet porn... :)

furiousBall said...

I admire the crap out of you dude. you don't mess around - Cheri, Oui... none of that weak Playboy and Penthouse

Burfica said...

That's funny, when we go to flagstaff, we stop at two convenience stores. One for gas, and the other for their awesome treats and clean big bathrooms. hehehehehe I would never use the bathroom at the cheap gas place, it's just icky.

Tranquillitatis said...

Fewer Calories...Higher Cost...Coincidence? I think Not!!!

The Lone Beader said...

I don't chew gum too often, because sometimes it gives me a headache. But, when I do, I buy the multi-pack so it costs less...

Dana said...

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

Odd ... guess what my verification word was on the last blog I commented on? Cheri

OK, I realize this has NOTHING to do with your post, but still!!

Joshua said...

+10 Points for Club!

That is all.


p.s. Gum is good.

Palm Springs Savant said...

I'm a Trident original kind of guy, and yes it HAS gotten expensive. yikes.

captain corky said...

Jay: You're right, these companies have no idea who they're messing with... I'm Captain Corky for Pete's Sake!

Tod: What kind of great deal are you getting over there?

Furious: I do my best to be a very good role model, and I won't touch a copy of Playboy until Britney Spears graces the centerfold.

Burfica: Yeah, and I usually will never go back to a gas station if they have the bathroom outside. Fuck that shit!

Tranquillitatis: Yep, the better it is for you the more expensive it is. It's a sin.

captain corky said...

Beader: I buy the multi-packs once in a blue moon at the grocery store, but it's not very convenient. ;)

Dana: If we could only set the words used on those verification things... That would be sweet.

Joshua: Gum is good. Club is better.

Rick: I probably like Trident better than Extra, but I buy more Extra so clearly I'm brainwashed somehow. ;)

VE said...

Yeah...why buy porn there when you can get it free online. Wait...did I write that out loud....nevermind.

Ok...VE has called upon you in his time of need. You must proceed to his Tue blog post (sorry, takes me more than a day to go through the blog roll) and details will be provided. The gnomes are waiting...

Leslie said...

Wrigley's spearmint is now "NEW Slim Pack and Improved Flavor!".

No it's not.
It is fewer sticks of gum for more money.
Look, I can count and chew at the same time, and they are not fooling me.

Anonymous said...

Captain Corky is back! And better looking than a young John Travolta as ever!

Aunt Jackie said...

I have had alot of different gum favorites through the years, remember "splash"(?). I have always been a big Wrigley's patron... guess I usually chew Extra.

I'll have to check out the fruit sensations... one can never have too many sensations. :)

captain corky said...

VE: You can count on my vote cause I already voted.

Leslie: They're always out to get me, and I'll never understand why! After all, I have the face of an angel.

Anonymous: Not only that, but I could school his ass in Ratshit any day of the week.

Aunt Jackie: Good point! I love a good sensation as long as it's sensational. ;)

Biddie said...

I hate when any of the classics are messed with. That whole Coke thing??? They just couldn't leave it alone and now I drink Pepsi.
In your face, coke!

jAMiE said...

Oh man, i hate when that happens...i love gum too.

captain corky said...

Biddie: I'll drink either and like both, but when it comes to purchasing I always buy coke. I'm definitely brainwashed!

Jamie: It's great to hear from you!

Knight said...

Everyone is messing with their packages lately. *now I'm laughing at myself because I didn't intend to sound like such a pervert*

I work in advertising tracking and it's sad to see everyone jumping on the new packaging band wagon to trick you into thinking the product has been reworked. I was most recently annoyed by the new Reese's packaging.

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