Since May 2015, Big Gulp (BG) and I have gone to the 7 Eleven near Cobb’s Hill where I fill her with coffee for either 1.08 or 1.61 depending on how the clerk rings up the sale. We’ve averaged about 5 visits a week.
Frequently BG and I go to a picnic table near Cobb’s Hill where we write these caffeinated articles.
The 7 Eleven corporate bylaws on allowable BG refills are murky. Ultimately, refill policy is up to the discretion of each individual store. The only store in Rochester to do so, the 7-11 near Cobb’s Hill kindly allowed BG refills with any liquid (myself the only taker.)
At 7-11, BG has been filled every kind of coffee: Regular, Hazelnut, Brazilian dark roast, Colombian, Guatemalan, High Energy, as well as the specialties and seasonals, Blueberry, Salted Caramel, and Pumpkin, plus 7 Eleven Chillers iced coffee.
The flavoring and mixing possibilities are endless: STOK Black Coffee Shots, Half and Half, French Vanilla, Irish Cream, whole milk, Pumpkin Spice, Cinnamon gourmet flavored syrup, Vanilla gourmet flavored syrup, Honey Mocha gourmet flavored syrup, Honey gourmet flavored syrup, Chocolate gourmet toppings, Cinnamon gourmet toppings, white chocolate, chocolate caramel, mini marsh mellows, sweat cream, sugar, and non-dairy creamer.
I liked the triple vanilla BG: Vanilla coffee lightened with non-dairy French Vanilla and laced with Vanilla gourmet flavored syrup. For a difficult story to write, High Energy and a couple of STOK Black Coffee Shots.
But all good things come to an end. Yesterday 7- 11 management decreed that coffee refills for Big Gulps will no longer be offered.
Our last refill was a Mocha Chiller near Lake Riley, watching people play bocce ball.
Since that May day when she first joined the staff, BG has been one of our top Talkers of the Town. In A Boy and his BG: A Love Story (visual poem) (below), she reported live from a rain soaked baseball field in Brighton, from under a bridge, promenading along Monroe Avenue. And even on a stolen kiss at Lake Riley.
In Diehards and the Cobb’s Hill Tennis Courts, she helped Dean and I collect tennis balls to be sold at the Get Some Balls! stand at the Meadowbrook Garage Sale.
BG was there looking for love and hope in the Rochester Subway.
And BG gave me a Valentine’s Day gift in From BG with Love.
BG and I will still be together. If anything, this event had brought us closer. Soda refills are still allowed so I will fill her up with Coke or Dr. Pepper at the Elmwood 7-11 on hot summer days after biking or walking on the Brickyard Trail.
BG was there at National Cheesecake Day.
Anyway I have had enough coffee. It’s good to break old habits.
A Boy and his BG: A Love Story (visual poem)