K, I just got ma’am-ed. There is no more terrifying word in the English language for any woman over, ahem, 25.
Here I was trying to do a good deed, and that’s the treatment I get. Sheesh.
A young woman with a sparkly nose ring stopped and asked me where Tim Horton’s was. Now, as you may recall, my sense of direction is not great at the best of times, but I usually know where every Timmies in a five-mile radius is located. (In fact, I think it’s now a requirement for renewing your passport here.)
So I took care to describe exactly how she could find her way to the closest caffeine/cholesterol connection and she smiled ever-so-sweetly and said, “Thanks so much, ma’am.”
I politely replied “You’re welcome” and refrained from bonking her with my cane….
- The chain was founded back in 1964 — and back then, a coffee and a donut cost 10 cents!
- Tim Horton played 22 seasons in the National Hockey League — for the Leafs, Penguins, Sabres, Penguins. (Wow.)
- Tim’s real name was Myles Gilbert Horton. (“Let’s go to Mylesies” not quite as catchy.)
- The beloved Timbit was introduced in 1976.
- In the U.S., you can find Timmies in Michigan, Ohio, New York, Maine, Kentucky, West Virginia, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvannia. (Did not know that.)
- The term “double double” (two sugars, two cream) was added to the Canadian Oxford Dictionary in 2004. (Did not know that either.)