Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Where Canadian Zombies Hang Out

So yesterday evening, my daughter asked if we could all walk over to the Tim Hortons near our home and have a coffee. It’s not very often the teen wants to hang out with us old fogies, so we happily agreed. But when we got there, the store was closed, even though the employees were inside. There was a sign up stating that they were doing some maintenance, and would be temporarily closed from 6 – 9 PM. It was 8:40. So we decided to walk around and waste some time until they reopened. We found a picnic table at a business nearby and sat down. And that’s when I noticed other people peeking in the store’s window. Walking away disappointed. But not leaving. They were hanging around like us. Waiting. Watching. Lurking.

Like Zombies.


For those of you who don’t know, Tim Hortons is a huge business in Canada. HUGE. It is our largest fast food service with stores everywhere.


Everywhere.


We are addicted to the coffee it offers. And the occasional contests.


Canadians flock there. On foot. In cars. On horseback...


It is a cultural icon. And when the zombie apocalypse happens, well...


Tim Hortons even ends up in news headlines...

Read story here.

And it's the first stop of every trip...


Yeah, us Canucks really love this place. And we were glad when it finally opened last night so we could get our Timmies fix.


Aside from my Canadian friends, do you know of this place?

37 comments:

  1. Store #1 is near me in Hamilton, it is closed for renovations... Poor Harvey, the man who waits at 5am for the store to open, I wonder what he will do until December? Myself, I don't like the taste of their coffee, but I am an anomaly.

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    1. I don't think you're an anomaly. I'm sure a lot of people don't like their coffee. On my end, I'm not a fan of Starbucks, and so many people love their coffee. Maybe it's their astronomical prices that turn me off.

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  2. I guess it's almost official now.... Burger King is purchasing Tim Hortons and moving to Canada.. I hope they don't ruin it for you.

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    1. I'm a bit shocked they could do so. BK has slowly (at least I think so) become less relevant in the fast food for years and years.

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    2. I hope so, too, CraveCute. I was surprised when I heard this news, and like Adam, I thought they were not relevant anymore. So this was definitely a surprise.

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  3. Oh that last picture almost did me in! If ever there was a Canadian look when Timmy's isn't open - that is it! hahahahahaha. And I can't tell you how excited I was one day when i was over the river (the Niagara River) and found a Tim Horton's in the USA! Of course we went right in. Funny though, it wasn't the same. Just a bit off, not sure what it was. Like it was just an ordinary shop masquerading as a Tim Horton's, a paler version of the real thin. I wonder if anyone else has had the same experience. Very strange

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    1. I know exactly what you mean, Francie! We discovered a Tim Hortons one year when traveling in the States, and it just wasn't the same. Perhaps the lack of fellow Canadians was the reason :)

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  4. The only reason I heard of Tim Horton's is it was recently in the news. I guess Burger King is purchasing it. Hope they don't screw up a good thing.

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    1. I hope they don't, Linda! I was surprised about this news as I'm sure most Canadians are.

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  5. Never heard of it! Sounds pretty popular!

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  6. Bravo, Martha! You got more laughs out of me from this post than any other post in a while. In the first one, those zombies are clearly Canadian. American zombies would be rudely and obnoxiously attempting to break the doors down. Your zombies are much more polite and peaceful.

    Cheers, and be well.

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    1. We go there regularly for coffee. And sometimes for a quick lunch.

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  8. Great post! We sure do love our Tim Hortons!

    When I lived in Toronto there was a Tim Hortons that was only a seven minute walk from my apartment. I loved walking over for a Timmy's treat. Now the closest one is a ten minute drive, but it is worth it from time to time. It is also a great place for a date with Mom (she loves Tims!). I go there most often during Roll up the Rim - just like that cat in the photo! :)

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    1. We do love it. Good coffee. Laid-back atmosphere. And great prices. What's there not to love?

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  9. I have heard of it but I have never been to one. I need to see if they have them in the states. I definitely understand the addiction to coffee though :)

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    1. I believe there are a few, but I'm not sure where they are located. We visited one when we traveled years ago to the States, but I don't remember where. We were just passing through.

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  10. Love this post, Martha! And of course, I love Timmy Ho's!

    And damn right, turn the Senate into a Tim Horton's! Parliament Hill needs one!

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  11. Okay, I know Tim's is a Canadian icon and my wife thinks there's nothing like Tims but I don't like them.

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    1. Well, you're certainly not alone. I'm sure many other Canadians don't like this place either.

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  12. Yes... and what a todo Burger King is causing with its buyout of Tim Horton's.... BK says they're not doing this for tax purposes .. ha!

    I'm not a Burger King fan and I'm surely not now! ... hopefully, they will not move their headquarters to Canada because I tell ya... that's a real sore spot here.

    Corporations own American politicians! for the most part and get by with well... rant rant rant.. ;) they sure as hell don't need tax breaks... blows me away! and hiss onit!

    otherwise! g'night, Martha ;) haha... where zombies hang out...

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    1. I'm sure there's more to this story than they let on, Carolyn. Personally, I don't think many Canadians will be happy that an American company is buying a Canadian icon. That's a sore spot here. But they don't tell us the real story behind all this. It could easily be for tax purposes.

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  13. This was too funny Martha girl ! You gave me my morning laugh fix ... but now all I can think of is Tim's !!
    I am so mad about this insane plan of Burger King actually buying a Canadian icon ? WTF ??????? this is OUR'S .. hands OFF ... stay away or we will become zombies and head for you !!! while dragging a store behind us to ensure we do get our fix before we FIX you Americans !!! hahaha
    Joy
    PS ... Home Sense has Halloween goodies .. I bought some yesterday, go have a look !!

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    1. I know what you mean, Joy! It is an insane plan, and having a Canadian icon being bought like this is a real sore spot. There's more to this story, for sure, but we won't be told.

      Yes, it's that time of year! Halloween goodies. I will definitely visit Home Sense soon.

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  14. We have three just in our area. We don't live far from Canada. Often there are Canada shoppers in our area and cars from you guys as well. Anyway, I just had jalapeno bagels from Horton's twice this week and yesterday bought the Asiago cheese so that I can make them at home.

    The Horton's on the hill (mountain), has better seating. But the one in town, has fresher bagels.

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    1. Three? Wow! I think that's some kind of record. Perhaps having Canadians dropping in has encouraged the opening of so many stores. I don't think I've ever seen a jalapeno bagel at one of these stores. That is something different.

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    2. Four, I forgot one, but that's because I never go to that one. All four stores, I think opened at about the same time. Two have ice cream, but all locations are super duper expensive. And sadly for me, all have too much salty foods so I can't eat any of their sandwiches and soups. But now and then a jalapeno bagel works out.

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    3. Ice cream?! Wow! I've never seen that here. And expensive, too? That is something. Sounds like it's a little different down there.

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  15. Make mine a double-double ... love Tim's

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  16. Margie stole my line!! lol
    I really think Canada and Canadians would fall apart without their Timmies!! I wouldn't want to get in their way!!

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    1. Hahahaha...you are probably right, Jim! Too many Canadians need their Timmies fix.

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  17. I loved this, Martha! And of course, the among first things I do when I go to Canada is stop at Timmies and get a fix. A number of my family members have hit the Timmies in Dubai. I hope to myself. Have a good one!

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    1. You can't visit up here without stopping in at Tim Hortons! It's so darn popular...

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