Seven Eleven aka 7-11

Happy 7-11 Day!

These days, most 7-11 stores are open 24 hours, but I’m old enough to remember when they were open from 7am to 11pm.

As a child, I distinctly remember when my local 7-11 changed its operating hours to 6am to 12am. I wondered if the store would be changing it’s name to 6-12? Within a few years most stores expanded their hours and were open 24 hours a day. The brand name 7-11 lived on without changing it’s name. Then I wondered, if they are open 24 hours a day, why do they have locks on the door?

When I think of 7-11, the word Slurpee immediately comes to mind. The Slurpee is amazing frozen, sugary drink which overwhelms my taste buds and causes brain freeze. I don’t drink them as much as an adult as I did when I was a kid, but I do indulge once in awhile.

One of my fondest memories was meeting with my cousin Isaac (who I like to call my best cousin on the whole wide world) on Monday nights at 7-11 after dance class. We would purchase Slurpees and Corn Nuts and crunch, crunch, crunch away and freeze our brains and chat for hours about nonsensical things, much like this scene in Stand by Me:

This may seem odd to most people, but my favorite Slurpee flavor is banana! It’s not available at all locations, but when I see it, I will usually buy a small banana Slurpee. Which brings me to the purpose of this post…

On July 11th aka 7-11 aka 7-11 Day, you can get a FREE small Slurpee between the hours of 11am – 7pm (at participation locations).

Just remember, people LOVE FREE STUFF, so go early to avoid the long lines. Most locations only offer the free small Slurpee until they run out of small Slurpee cups. Most locations offer a discount to upgrade to a larger Slurpee size. You’re getting the Slurpee for FREE, so be a nice patron and purchase something EXTRA. I recommend the Corn Nuts.



Happy Anniversary 16th Anniversary Lindy Groove

WOW! Time passes so quickly! I remember swing dancing at Lindy Groove the first year they opened their doors. This has been my favorite place to dance on Thursdays for the past decade and a half.

I congratulate the Lindy Groove TEAM on their very successful 16 years of providing a wonderful place to swing dance. Lance & Vicky have been steadfast in providing a fun place for the swing dance community to learn and practice their social dancing skills.

I have been honored to join the wonderful and talented teaching staff at Lindy Groove. I teach the Lindy Challenge class with my lovely sister, Marlene, on the 2nd Thursday of the month.

Included with admission is a FREE beginning class at 7:30pm. You are also welcome to join the Lindy Challenge class which incorporates your basics into more advanced movements, combinations and styling.

There is also an amazing dance class series for an additional cost. (If I had to start all over again from scratch, this is the dance class series I would take).

Be sure to check the website listed below for parking information. There is parking validation provided in specific parking lots. Street parking is free in the evening, but be sure to check the posted signage just to be sure.

For more information, you can always visit: so you can find out about this amazing Thursday night Swing Dance venue in Pasadena, CA.

As an extra perk, come celebrate your birthday at Lindy Groove. You’ll get a reserved table, your choice of cupcakes and you can invite up to 10 of your friends to join you for FREE with your birthday guest list.

For the 16th anniversary celebration, there was live music provided by Jonathan Stout & his Campus Five featuring Hilary Alexander PLUS The Grand Slam Sextet. This was also the release party for their new CD “Spreadin’ Rhythm Around.”

There was a Photo Booth and some very refreshing frozen treats provided by Nomad Ice Pops!

Thank you for a fantastic evening of dancing. See you on the dance floor!

– TofuAlan –

Welcome Back, Tofu Alan!

I’m excited to be back online!

I have been thinking of blog posts to write about and I’m thrilled to share them with you. I have been doing more thinking and less doing. Today, I decided to stop my procrastination and just get started. I bought a hosting account at:, installed WordPress and the result is my first blog post on

This will be a fun experiment as I write about experiences and adventures I have on a daily basis. I hope you find value in what I share and I hope to bring a smile to your life or at least provide some food for thought.

I look forward to getting to know you through your comments.


– TofuAlan –