>Costco opens tomorrow — the first one in Rust Belt, and it’s right in our neighborhood. Bullock and I stopped there after work tonight to get our memberships so we’re good and ready. Turns out they were having a pre-opening party with food and drink and wander-at-will tour of the store and the place was *packed*. Parking was as hard to get as the past two weeks on campus (don’t get me started on that.) Though Bullock and I are familiar with Costco from relatives who are devotees, er, members, many Rust Belters had never been in one. There were many “oohs” and “ahhs” to be heard, as well as “Wow, that’s a lot of Tic Tacs.” (That last one was actually from Bullock. I don’t know why it cracks me up so much. Maybe because Tic Tacs, like monkeys and the word “pants,” are inherently funny. Pants-wearing monkeys eating Tic Tacs would be *hilarious*.) There were also lots of smiling, cheery employees. My god, they were cheery. It was almost a little cultish.
Anyway, I think it’s a sign of my having drunk their figurative Kool-Aid or else just how boring I am that I’m *really* excited about the new Costco. Woo-hoo! And it’s kind of crazy that so many people turned out for the pre-opening party. You couldn’t even buy anything yet — though you could see their wares, eat lots of free food, and get a free make-over if you wanted one. That’s definitely a sign that we need more to do here in Rust Belt.
OK, right now I’m imagining a new reader stumbling onto my blog and thinking, “Hm, let’s see what an intellectual who has devoted herself to a life of the mind is up to…Oh, I see, pre-shopping at Costco.” Well hey, I appreciate a store that offers a good bargain *and* pays its staff a living wage with good benefits. And bulk often means less packaging — it’s good for the environment, too. So see, I’m thinking. Really, I am.