Thursday, May 17, 2007
Walking In A Costco Wonderland
Costco is truly a monument to Capitalism. There’s one near my office and one was just recently put up near the shopping center closest to my home. This event caused the Ravishing Mrs. Cordeiro to renew our Costco membership and we recently went to the new warehouse as a stop on our weekly grocery run.
Men and women go to Costco for different reasons. Most women find the deals on bulk quantities of things you buy a lot of anyway – say flour, peanut butter, bread, etc. Costco caters to guys by putting the 12 foot high-definition plasma screen as close to the entrance as possible. Guys are immediately drawn to whatever is playing on the incredibly large screen – they could run endless loops of the Sound of Music and you’d still have a crowd of guys standing around commenting on the picture clarity to complete strangers.
So, after running the technology gadget gauntlet, the Ravishing Mrs. Cordeiro disappeared into a cavernous aisle and I wandered pushed Cordeirinha (strapped in her double wide cart) around the open middle area. Costco remains the only place on earth where you can go in empty handed and come out with the following:
Five pounds of sirloin steak - $11.95
One 8 foot long, 4 foot long, by 6 foot high inflatable water slide - $400
One hot tub – installed - $5,000
Needless to say, I didn’t walk out with any of those items. The Ravishing Mrs. Cordeiro kept shaking her head and saying something about a household budget.
Oh well. I did get the famous Costco lunch special – hot dog and a soda for $1.50. Somedays it’s the little things that make the difference.
Here endeth the lesson.