Sometimes it takes an American friend…

Today I went to the post office inside a drug store. They have a counter at the back and handle the mail from there.

When I was done, I wandered slowly back to my car which I parked on a residential street.

I didn’t want to go home.

I looked for a coffee shop that was open but there wasn’t one, so I drove a bit further past the little bakery I frequent on occasion.

Before I pulled into that parking spot, I remembered that they were closed on Mondays.

This is a new covid closure. They didn’t used to be closed on Mondays, because the bulk of their morning business was the college peeps from the campus across the street.

But not anymore. The college is teaching remotely, which means the staff and students are staying home pushing buttons on their Keurigs.

No coffee for me.

Next, I decided to drive to the other side of the neighbourhood and pop into the LCBO for some booze.

The Liquor Commission Board of Ontario had revamped their stores some time ago and shopping for both standard, everyday alcoholic beverages and specialty wines, spirits and liqueurs became more like a hoity-toity adventure. There is even a refrigerated ‘closet’ selling all sorts of beer.

I wanted to pick up some white wine. I was out of white wine.

It’s been summery here in Toronto, and as much as I enjoy a glass or three of red wine, warm weather has me craving iced white wine spritzer with lime.

So I got to the store a few minutes later, donned my mask over my face and wandered up to the to entrance.

It was closed.


I immediately pulled out my phone and complained to a friend who happens to be American.

I explained my predicament.

Less than a minute later, I was sent an article by the Daily Hive (no idea who that is) which announced these Monday closures of the LCBO back on November 4. Apparently it was all part of an evil plan, to keep these stores closed on Mondays.

Tells you how informed I keep myself these days regarding local events. πŸ™„

Moral of this rather ridiculous blog post today is this:

It takes an American to educate me of my booze distributor’s store hours. πŸ˜›

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22 thoughts on “Sometimes it takes an American friend…

  1. As soon as I read about your bakery being closed Mondays I thought of the Monday I went to my local LCBO and was so disappointed it was closed! It’s been much longer than since November 4th here (Ottawa – but I assumed the same across the province – don’t know). That was back in the spring I did that. LOL

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  2. I appreciate how the LCBO re-branded and prettied up their stores and image from the Draconian set up of years ago with record profits from the parched mouths of Ontarians (Just Like Us) … But, “Fuck-No-Wow-Me-Not-Are-You-Still-Shitting-Lies?” with this bovine poop of closing on Mondays as per their posted response to COVID-19: “… the LCBO remains open but is implementing additional measures for the health and well-being of employees and customers.” Okay, The Ontario Government Sin Tax Collectors had revenue of nearly $6.5 Billion. How is closing one day a week helping anything but their bottom line, e.g. reduced payroll? The revenues will stay the same with the faithful jamming their stores in 6 days causing longer lines and further delays at checkout. “Way to move the queue quicker during the Pandemic.” This coming from a guy that will never run for public office and spends < $100 annually on Boozy Libations that he mostly gives away. Also, their complimentary “Food & Drink” magazine is about the best of the planet. πŸ™‚

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      1. Drive North 10 minutes … Vaughan is open for restaurant business inside and out. I’ve probably done a dozen patios this summer 😳 … and a couple open-ended tents this fall. They’re intelligently planned and constructed. Be smart. Be safe. Enjoy life responsibly. The hospitality industry globally will never recover from this.

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  3. Closed on Monday? Must have missed that one. I am a beer drinker, so lots of options these days. It isn’t like my university days when the Friday line up was the low tech version of Facebook.
    I suppose, you could have gotten some white wine at the grocery store too.

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