7 Eleven cuts off Big Gulp

7 Eleven cuts off Big Gulp
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BG will now be filled up with freshly brewed homemade coffee

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.


True Love at Lake Riley! from A Boy and his BG: A Love Story (visual poem)

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.

She was up there with me and Mel at our yoga and icecapades in Manhattan Square Park.

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.

Why did BG climb the mound? Because it was there.

Why did BG climb the mound? Because it was there.

In On a mound at Cobb’s Hill! And how the City of Rochester handles its loose leaves., BG ascended.

Anyway I have had enough coffee. It’s good to break old habits.

SEE  UPDATE: A year after Reverend Mothers, Empaths of Enlightenment and American buskers at the Park Avenue Festival

A Boy and his BG: A Love Story (visual poem)

Rainout -- No game! (1)

Rainout — No game! (1)

Rain Out -- No game 2

Rain Out — No game (2)

A terrible accident!

A terrible accident!


Trapped under the bridge!


To the rescue!



Not really BG's style

Not really BG’s style

BG makes a new friend

BG makes a new friend


A star is born!

BG getting filled

BG getting filled

BG getting paid for

BG getting paid for [even in love money changes hands]

True love at Lake Riley!

True love at Lake Riley!


A year after Reverend Mothers, Empaths of Enlightenment and American buskers at the Park Avenue Festival

About The Author


Welcome to Talker of the Town! My name is David Kramer. I have a Ph.D in English and teach at Keuka College. I am a former and still active Fellow at the Nazareth College Center for Public History and a Storyteller in Residence at the SmallMatters Institute. Over the years, I have taught at Monroe Community College, the Rochester Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher College. I have published numerous Guest Essays, Letters, Book Reviews and Opinion pieces in The New York Times, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News, the Rochester Patriot, the Providence Journal, the Providence Business News, the Brown Alumni Magazine, the New London Day, the Boston Herald, the Messenger Post Newspapers, the Wedge, the Empty Closet, the CITY, Lake Affect Magazine and Brighton Connections. My poetry appears in The Criterion: An International Journal in English and Rundenalia and my academic writing in War, Literature and the Arts and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Starting in February 2013, I wrote for three Democratic and Chronicle  blogs, "Make City Schools Better," "Unite Rochester," and the "Editorial Board." When my tenure at the D & C  ended, I wanted to continue conversations first begun there. And start new ones.  So we created this new space, Talker of the Town, where all are invited to join. I don’t like to say these posts are “mine.” Very few of them are the sole product of my sometimes overheated imagination. Instead, I call them partnerships and collaborations. Or as they say in education, “peer group work.” Talker of the Town might better be Talkers of the Town. The blog won’t thrive without your leads, text, pictures, ideas, facebook shares, tweets, comments and criticisms.


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