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My Half Birthday Slurpee Adventure

While everyone else was waiting in line at a Fido or Rogers store trying to get a 3G iPhone, I had my sights set on the other thing that made July 11 significant.

July 11.

7/11.

Free Slurpees1!

Now the Slurpees that they give out for free on 7/11 are small – just 7.11 oz to be exact:

But since there are 7-11s on every other street corner, Kalev and I decided to spend our afternoon chasing down as many free Slurpees as we could stomach.

After a big ass breakfast2 at the Templeton, we went off on our quest. Stop #1 – the 7/11 on Granville and Drake. We both decided to start with a fairly standard flavour: Pepsi Slurpee.

Wanting to minimize our plastic usage, we decided to keep our giant Slurpee straws for the duration.

Next stop: the 7/11 at Homer & Helmcken.


Here, Kalev decided to try the new “G-force” Slurpee – which is a Slurpee made with orange Gatorade, while I went for Banana. Which lead to a discussion of “why the heck doesn’t “banana flavour” even remotely taste like bananas?” as we made our way Stop #3: Seymour & Dunsmuir.

And this is where our story takes a turn. Thus far, our intrepid heroes have valiantly acquired not one, but TWO free Slurpees. And the day is still young, what with it being only 12:48 p.m. They enter the 7/11 at Seymour & Dunsmuir. But they do not see the bright pink and turquoise mini-cups that have come to represent free Slurpee goodness. What they do see is a hand written sign that says “No more free Slurpees after 12 noon.” Um, hello? Free Slurpee DAY? What part of D-A-Y do you not understand.

Seymour & Dunsmuir = EPIC. SLURPEE. FAIL.

But fear not, gentle blog reader, for Kalev and Beth, they did solider on. The trusted that the universe would not let Free Slurpee Day end at noon! Especially since the first two Slurpees they had each consumed thus far were acquired after 12. And so they made their way to Stop #4 (Slurpee #3): Robson & Cardero.

At this store, we grabbed the last two mini-cups on the shelf – and then when this other dude who had just poured himself a regular Slurpee asked what the deal was, we were all “Slurpees in this size of cup are free today!” and he actually went to the counter, asked for a small cup, and dumped as much of his big cup o’Slurpee as he could into his little cup and said, “I’m not paying for this! I like free!” That’s right, Kalev and Beth bring Free Slurpee Awareness to randoms.

For the record, I decided to try the G-force (tasty!), while Kalev opted for the Pink Grapefruit… which I thought sounded nasty, but which Kalev liked.

Next up was Stop #5 (Slurpee #4): Denman & Comox, for a Cream Soda Slurpee for me, a Coca Cola Slurpee for Kalev.


I have to admit that at this point, I was starting to get a bit Slurpeed-out. But I had it in my to get one last Slurpee!

So we went to Stop#6 (Slurpee #5):the 7/11 at Davie & Hornby, where we learned that if there is a little flashing orange light on a Slurpee machine, it means that the Slurpee is not yet really frozen, so we ended up with a pair of fairly liquidy, yet still tasty, Lime Slurpees.

And thus ended the Great Slurpee Adventure for 2008.

2Also, my half birthday. Happy 31.5th birthday to me!
2I’m not even joking. On the menu it’s actually called the “big ass breakfast.”

8 Responses to My Half Birthday Slurpee Adventure

  1. jacks says:

    i *love* that you went on a free slurpee adventure! you two are too cute! i might have puked or vibrated out of my skin from the sugar high but you two are serious troopers. well done!

  2. chris says:

    I went as soon as I could (damn work!) and managed to get the very last 7.11 oz cup at the local 7-11. 😀

  3. Sarah says:

    Dudes – it gives me indigestion just thinking about that trek. I LOVE free stuff, so I am totally in awe of the ingenuity. Sadly, however, I am TOTALLY off sweet stuff right now. As in – nectarines are about the sweetest things I can handle without horrible nausea. Boo!

    But mmm – Cream Soda. Gotta love the fluorescent pink shade!

  4. Beth says:

    @Jacks – Ya, especially considering I only ever drink diet pop, it’s amazing that my body (and brain) was able to handle that much sugar. Of course, we did walk 3.6 miles (I’m about to post the map), so that must have helped burn off some of that sugar.

    @Chris – You should have just skipped out on work and gone on a Slurpee adventure. Where are your priorities??

    @Sarah – Ya, the fluorescence of both the Cream Soda and the Banana was quite shocking!

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  6. julie says:

    how do you know about half birthdays?!! i thought i was the only one in the world who celebrated my half birthday! (unless anyone else from my nursery school w/a summer bday also remembers these occasions fondly…since we couldn’t bring cupcakes & have a fuss made over us like those whose bdays fell w/in the school year, our days were celebrated on our “half birthdays!”)
    🙂
    a happy early 1/2 birthday to you! enjoy the free slurpee(s) in your honor! 😉

  7. Beth says:

    My friend Kalev introduced me to the idea of 1/2 birthdays just in time for my 29.5th!

  8. julie says:

    perfect timing! that’s a nice way to ease into your 30’s 🙂 makes the transition a little easier…downplay the “Big 3-0” hooplah, opt for the 29.5, whoop it up for your 30.5! 😀

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