When we first moved into our current place one year ago, I took the opportunity to point out that there was a 24 hour convenience store located just down the street. “Quite handy that will be” I said. Mike now has the audacity to point out how “handy” that particular 24-hour convenience store is …. Every time we pass it. Which is just about every day. (“Oooh look… that store is open 24 hours. That’s good. You know, just in Case.” )
So in the year we’ve lived in this area, we’ve never actually been to that store, but I still maintain that it’s nice to have it there. In fact, I ALMOST got dressed one night at 3 am to go and get Pepto Bismol from that store so: shut it.
Yesterday we were out driving around the new neighborhood and lo and behold I noticed a 24 hour Shopper’s drug mart, not two blocks from our new house! Joy!!! (That’s what I felt in my heart when I saw this.) It made me feel… reassured… and not alone…. That’s weird isn’t it?
Every day I wake up to 24 hour News Talk radio.
It gives me traffic (I don’t drive) and weather on the “ones” (7:11; 7:21; 7:31; 7:41… and so on and so forth.) It also provides very brief and surface level information on breaking news… in addition to weekend charity events and bus cancellations (I don’t have kids). It’s what makes me jump out of the bed in the morning. I like that no matter what time that may be, there will always be people on the other end of that exchange, like clock-work.
I love the concept of 24 hour diners. Sometimes I try to make myself stay up late and then convince someone to go and get a poutine with me.
Not because I have just left a bar and need something to soak up stomach-booze… but just because the prospect of sitting on a sea foam green, vinyl booth seat, sipping tea and eating heavy food at 2 in the morning is quite appealing to me. In fact, I like to go to bed early, so I’ll fight the regular sleep patterns just to get these returns on life.
When it comes down to it, I think it's comforting to me that you can always find someone going about business as usual and that the world is always turning...Kinda like a soap opera that airs everyday for 20 years straight.