i love you rudy's fly-buy

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

random fact #892 about me: i worked at a convenience store in college.

now before you think of me flipping hot dogs and filling up an icee machine, i want to let you know i didn't work at your average convenience store.


i'm not talking about a circle K, a 7-eleven, or a UDF - i worked at a magical convenience store on the university of dayton campus called rudy's fly-buy.


my convenience store (pictured above), was totally student run on a day to day operational basis, and i was the VP of public relations/marketing. basically i planned 3-on-3 basketball tournaments, the taste of rudy's and many cookout events for my fellow classmates.

heck, we even expanded to a second campus location on my watch - entrepreneurs baby.
i also worked shifts throughout the week where i would man the counter ringing up hungover kids gatorade, fountain drinks, bulk candy, frozen pizza's and cigarettes.


it was the absolute perfect job for a social butterfly like me.

all my friends came and visited, i got to see who was with who, who bought what and flirt with all my crushes by giving them free fountain drinks. i also got to blare my awesome music choices through the outdoor speakers.

i may or may not have blown more than one set of said speakers though.

during the summer between my junior and senior year i decided that we needed picnic tables in on the patio outside the entrance and i painted those bad boys by hand - UD red and blue baby.


i sound like a great employee don't i?

weeeeeeeeellllllllll - i also fudged somethings.

like too many times to count after closing down bw3's or tim's i went with friends and opened the store at 3am to get late night food. leaving a list of items for me to ring up in the morning and add to "my tab" (i.e. flyer express).

i will forever have an image of one of my guy friends stuffing multiple bomb burritos and digiorno pizzas down his pants thinking i wouldn't notice.

randomly, i even picked up boys by working at rudy's.

"oh, you want to know what rudy's looks like in the dark?" i would say, "well i can show you, i have a key...."

what happens in the walk in cooler, stays in the walk in cooler.


so as i'm sitting here in my rudy's fly-buy tie dyed '02 "homecoming isn't dead" t shirt i couldn't help but reminisce about being a clerk at a convenience store at the best university in the world.

too bad it closed in '07 after 17 years of operation...

shit, i hope it wasn't because of the stolen bomb burritos and pizza.

35 comments:

  1. "oh, you want to know what rudy's looks like in the dark?"

    Trollop.

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  2. I don't it was the pizza that did it, but possibly the bomb burritos.

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  3. as if i needed another reason to love you. we should have been friends when we were both there. i'm certain you sold me a fountain pop or 20.

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  4. "i will forever have an image of one of my guy friends stuffing multiple bomb burritos and digiorno pizzas down his pants thinking i wouldn't notice."

    He was just trying to impress you with his burrito bulge.

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  5. alexa, you forgot to thank your mom for picking up your "tab!" thank you stepho for two years full of fountain drinks and bulk candy. i had nothing to do with the bomb burritos and digiorno pizzas. go college!

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  6. We are enemies this week.

    GO BRONCOS.

    Thats all.

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  7. Where have I been?! I didn't know they closed down Rudy's!! What's the deal with that? So, so sad.

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  8. God that was awesome. Late night at Rudy's was the best! How did we not get caught? Wasn't it next door to the campus police station?

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  9. Yes Teen, I was thinking that when she said 'stolen'. If my mind serves me right there was quite a large tab to be paid at the end! Ooh Alexa, this is just 'TMI' I am shaking my head in disbelief at you...again...ha.

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  10. the late night snacks were the best....i will never forget the infamous quote by meghan c. "I had 2 hot pockets...i mean 1 lean pocket"

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  11. I LOVE that Stepho said "TMI" That's awesome.

    Maybe you should open your own Rudy's? At the University of Utah?

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  12. I pictured that entire story in black and white, a la Clerks.

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  13. If the old walk in cooler could talk. It would probably complain about having lung cancer...

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  14. Is that a frozen burrito in your pants or are you...oh...it IS a burrito.

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  15. I've been thinking about my college jobs a lot lately...one of them being not dissimilar from yours. I worked at Main Street Gourmet in Oxford. A wine and coffee shop. It was awesome. I didn't bring boys there (missed opportunity) but I had happy hour Europe trip-planning sessions with my girlfriends. Awesome.

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  16. Working at the Whataburger near UTEP in El Paso, Texas? So not the same...

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  17. You rock and your mom's comments on your blog are always awesome. I adore you.

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  18. Fuck fashion school. I missed out on all this stuff. I dated a guy who went to Boulder and he was always eating hot pockets at 3 am.

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  19. My favorite 7-11 convenience store will never be the same after hearing about this awesome place.

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  20. Wait, you're a social butterfly? No shit.

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  21. Sooo... random comment, but I'm moving to Toledo. If Cleveland's a Plum, then des that make Toledo the pits? Because it is. the. pits. Please tell me it's gonna be ok.

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  22. My mom's from Dayton. I have spent so much time in that city (mainly at the Marriott), but I have never seen your convenient store. Also, I totally would have fallen for your pickup line...and I'm a girl :)

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  23. and i thought working at the gym on campus was a hot spot, that sounds like an amazing job, love it.

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  24. peter - you are a floozy

    little ms blogger - crap, that's what i was afraid of...

    ANG - we should have been friends while we were there. how did this not happen??

    lacochran - now that comment made me laugh

    teen - stepho does deserve much respect, obvy.

    matt - while i love the browns above all, the broncos head coach is from my hometown so i gotta semi root for him right?

    sarah - flyer enterprises decided to to focus on other student run businesses instead i guess. so sad.

    poopoo - we didn't get caught cause i had a key and the alarm code, duh.

    mom - you love me.

    laura - that line beginning of junior year will forever be one of my all time favorite quotes from college. i'm seriously laughing out loud right now thinking about it.

    marie - but you are MY hero.

    georgia - god, what kind of monster have i created?

    spin doctor - funny that you said that! i had a clerks reference in the post prior to editing. it's so relevant.

    justjp - i don't get it...

    narm - a big burrito

    TKTC - aren't those memories the best? aw, college.

    luli - shhhhh don't tell anyone.

    shine - but you had burgers! i only had frozen white castle. ha.

    mandy - i adore you more.

    elizabeth - don't mess with a man and his late night hot pocket.

    lbluca - i'm sorry i ruined it for you.

    AAB - you aren't either...

    carrie lea - uh oh, you may be right.

    brooke - i've got moves you've never seen before

    katelin - it was an amazing job, i was a lucky girl.

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  25. Random fact about me? I've never eaten a burrito.

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  26. It sounds like an awesome job for college. Deliciously fun, especially the late night raids of food.

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  27. Wow you lured guys out in walk in coolers? You're definitely my new role model :)

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  28. I also loved my college job, but yours is clearly way kewler so I won't even bother to explain... Moving on now.

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  29. "what happens in the walk in cooler, stays in the walk in cooler" - love it!

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  30. I loved Rudy's!! I can't believe they closed it... those late nights were the BEST! also that we would DRIVE from 35 to rudy's. soooo lazy but awesome. *sigh*

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  31. That's awesome! We had a little store near my dorm on LSU's campus like this, but nowhere near as cool. It also wasn't run by students.

    Glad it was such a good experience for you!

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  32. Oh, man.

    I love UD. SO HARD.

    My favorite Flyer Enterprise was the Blend, though. Amazing coffee in the library. Mmm.

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