For the first time since purchasing my membership to Costco , I decided to take the time and shop around inside. Previously, I had not explored much, being without a membership card and being focused on my eyes , and so I did not go beyond the front area where the eye doctor’s office is located. In fact, it had been since my time in Thailand since I had gone to a big box store like Costco . Let me discuss the experience as I am best able, in the mode of the comic opera I chose to take it as. After all, an experience like this is something you laugh at, not something one is bothered or bent out of shape about, even if it is a bit irritating at times to spend time around a lot of people at a place like this.
For one, I really hate parking. I have never liked parking lots at all, as I find it a very stressful experience to drive. I have often pondered what it is about parking lots that bothers me. So, let me enumerate at least some of the reasons. For one, they are full of dangers. One has cars pulling in and out, or cars driving up and down while one is trying to pull out that one cannot easily see. Then one has shoppers and workers moving shopping carts that are also liable to get in the way. With peril coming from all directions, it can be a stressful place to be for someone who has strong tendencies to being a bit panicky under the best of circumstances. The fact that many parking lots are not well designed for traffic flow does not improve matters at all either.
As far as shopping goes, Costco can be an interesting experience. It can always be a bit tricky trying to figure out the logic of which items are put where. But, being a fairly efficient shopper, it did not take me long to end up with a set of items that would be impressive, especially since I am now on the hook for making it worth it’s money. After all, I calculated what I would be willing to spend, almost matching it, even if I shopped when I was hungry, which is not wise. Then again, my experiences and responses to constraints are often a bit more daring than is advisable. And I did get to explore most of the store, even if there was at least one item I did not find, namely the large quantities of noodles that I like to consume as my daily consumè for lunch.
That said, I found a lot else besides that. In the course of my wanderings throughout the warehouse, I found snacks for my usual lunch food, including six weeks worth of Goldfish, two weeks worth of Wheat Thins, enough Reese’s cups to last for a while, and some trail mix as well, and some reading material in George Martin’s Song Of Ice And Fire  series. Aside from that, I found some Drano for my bathroom shower drain, which appears unable to handle the large amounts of hair I am losing at this stage of life. Apparently denatured hair proteins do not make for a pleasant showering experience, but that is a mental image that few people probably want to contemplate, so I will move on. Shopping like this is a bit difficult, as one has to purchase items that one will actually use, in order to make the price point worth it. This is something that is not always easy to calculate. Additionally, it appears that the prices, at least what I was seeing, was more or less on the level of the discounts one would normally find for loss leaders. I will have to do some calculating to see whether I am saving money, but that will take some time.