Helaine’s car had a date with the upholsterer yesterday. A small tear on the side was growing. When we picked the car up today she asked if I’d go to Costco with her?
Costco! Be still my heart.
It’s the last bastion of co-ed shopping. Where else can a couple go?
I’m not really a store guy. Maybe Barnes and Noble. Do they still exist? Bookstores were my mall refuge.
If you’ve never been, Costco stores are huge and aesthetically lacking with high unfinished ceilings and bright lights. Merchandise is piled on pallets to the ceiling. Many items are specially packaged to suit Costco’s way of selling–directly out of the shipping box.
“You can walk around,” H said after flashing her Costco card at the door. I turned right and walked to an aisle of huge TVs. The largest were 80″. That’s nuts… though appealing.
I’d hate to think people watched me on an 80″ TV¹. Too much Geoff. I was built for the small screen.
I looked at monitors and printers and electronic add-ons of every variety. There’s no new technology screaming to me right now. There was no urge to buy.
People are getting home security systems with video. It’s like living in the Real World house. Thinking of my own home in that split-screen monitor is creepy.
Boredom had begun to set in when my pocket began vibrating. Helaine. “You know,” she said, “there are a lot of samples over here.”
Most of my shopping is online. It takes an occasion to get me in a store.
I missed you Costco. It was nice to see you today. Let’s not to be strangers.
¹ – Maybe more interesting to wonder is what people were doing while watching? Wasn’t part of my job description, ‘nightlight’?