Okay. Let me tell you about my day. From 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, I sat at the library. From 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm, I went to TA my tutorial. From 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm, I sat at the library. Again. So, let's review. That's about nine long hours spent at the library today.
This Elections essay is taking over my life.
My knee is numb from sitting too long, and I'm so exhausted. Plus, as I stumbled out the library this evening, I realized that the last time I ate was at 12:00 pm today.
Yeah. I forgot to eat.
So, obviously, after trudging out the library, I was both tired and starving. But since I've been living at the library the past two weeks, I've barely had time to go to the grocery store. However, though I toyed with the idea of walking to Metro tonight, I was just too tired (read: lazy) to head all the way there.
So what's a tired grad student going to do for food? I thought I'd, you know, pick up something quick to cook at the local convenience store near the library, promising myself I'd start eating healthier next week.
THE CONVENIENCE STORE THAT RIPS YOU OFF
So have you guys been there? That Campus Variety Store at the corner of Earl Street and Albert Street? You haven't? Oh, that's okay. Don't go there. No, believe me, don't go there.
I hadn't checked out this convenience store all year, but resigned and tired, I fully expected items to be slightly overpriced because, well, it's a convenience store located right at the heart of the Student Ghetto. But, for the reasons outlined above, I couldn't go to a real grocery store. So I thought I'd suck it up, and get something to eat quick, as I didn't think prices would be that unreasonable.
I guessed wrong.
I walked down the first aisle, and the first indication of beyond overpriced food came when I glanced at a package of Catelli Smart pasta and saw it priced at $5.99.
What?!? That's $1.99 at Food Basics, yo!
I walked to the meat section to see how much their chicken was.
Yeah. A box of, like 10 chicken strips was priced at $12.99.
What?!? That's $7.99 at Food Basics!
I can't even.... yeah. No. I left. Right away. Why are you ripping students off, Campus Variety? Why?! I was indignant. I couldn't believe how overpriced the items were. And for students?! Who will inevitably need this food the most?
I cannot comprehend the absurdity.
THE CONVENIENCE STORE THAT SAVED MY DAY
Yet as I down Johnson Street, I realized my indignation still left me starving. Hungry. I was so very, very exhausted and hungry. I needed to cook and eat something, quick.
Then I remembered a convenience store that my housemates had mentioned earlier in the year. One that they said was relatively cheap because it was situated beyond the Ghetto. I wasn't too far away, so, off I walked, to the tiny little convenience store at the corner of Brock Street and Nelson Street.
It is, aptly, named Convenience Store.
I walked in, surprised to see how absolutely tiny it was. I'd never been inside. Looking around, I spotted an older Asian man waving at me, calling out a cheerful, "Good evening!"
Except. It was weird. He said "good evening" like a song. I mean, he said it like, "Good EEEV-neeeng!" Dragging out the syllables in a sing-songy manner, complete with high and low octaves. I can't even explain how weird and funny it was.
No, seriously. It was hilarious. Convenience Store is owned by the most quirky Singing Korean Man.
So, in a hurry, I headed down the meat aisle and found fresh sausages at an extremely reasonable price. My housemates were right about this place, I was so pleased.
And here, came the best part of my convenience store quest.
Because, well, Singing Korean Man kept singing as he rang up my purchase.
"ArEE yoUU ChiNEESEE?" he sang, jumping from higher and lower octaves.
Confused, yet amused, I replied I wasn't.
Pointing to himself, he sang, "I aMMMM KorEEEEEan!"
Nodding in excitement, I replied, "Really?! I watch your dramas all the time!"
"YoUUU watCHHH KorEEEEan drAAAmas?" Singing his heart out, he paused from putting my sausages in a bag and lifted his laptop from under the cash counter.
Oh, it was epic. Because, well, Singing Korean Man was, hilariously, watching a Korean drama on his laptop while he waited for customers. He was, of course, singing along with the Korean pop song blaring out of his speakers.
"Wow!" I enthused, "That's a good drama you're watching!"
"Thank Youuuuuu!" he handed me my sausages, "Gooood NIIIIGHT!"
Oh, my gosh. He was hilarious.
SO THE MORALS OF TODAY'S STORIES?
1. Don't forget to eat.
2. Campus College Variety is overpriced.
3. And Singing Korean Man who owns the Convenience Store on Brock Street is too awesome beyond words.
Go buy something and listen to him sing you a conversation! Go do it! It will be epic.
He will make your life. Just like he made my day.
Thanks for the cheap food and entertainment after a long, long, tiring day, Singing Korean Man! I will be back!
"Friendship is the glue that keeps our lives together, especially when it feels as if everything is falling apart."
"If there is ever a tomorrow when we are not together, there is something you must always remember: you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think, but most important of all, even if we are apart, I'll always be with you."
- Christopher Robin to Winnie The Pooh