We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
As annoying as it is to have to buy in quantity, the quality of Costco products is perpetually stunning. I will only buy my steaks there. And now I'll only eat hamburger that I've ground at home out of those steaks.
I read that story too, it was "MIG PILOT" about the early life, defection, and the first months in America of Viktor Belenko. An absolute must-read for those unsure of the difference between free countries and planned (socialist) economies. I often pray that Belenko, whatever his new identity and profession may be, has prospered mightily and has many children here!
We've been Costco members since the very beginning. For a mom feeding many teenagers on a budget, Costco was heaven. We still buy most of our stuff there, and you just can't lose. With recent global warming sending snow and salt into the car at every step, I snatched up a set of car mats for half what they're priced elsewhere. If they don't fit when I get around to trying them in the car, no problem, Costco has about the best return policies on the planet. Their stock is a good investment, too.
It's a two hour drive to the nearest Costco, but there are a number of Sam's Clubs much closer by. Sam's Clubs definitely do not have the same quality of goods on offer as does Costco, Sam's is for the quantity people, Costco sells to the quality and the quantity people.
Sorry, but on many occasions I have found the Costco price to be more than if I had bought the item one at a time in another grocery store! Next time take a list of items you would normally pick up at your local store, and also bring a little hand held calculator. You will be surprised how many times Costco does NOT save you a penny!
I'd love to shop @ your local grocery stores then... here, Costco not only provides products of generally better quality than Safeway & Giant (2 local market leaders), but usually beats their pricing (often by significant margins).
After nearly 20 years' membership I'm still delighted by what I can find @ Costco for both price & quality.
As an aside, I'm also amazed at the freedom local Costcos have in product selection - from wines & other adult beverages to (surprise) very solid cigar selections.
If you love big box stores take a look at this site--Wal Mart wants to put a huge store here on this slope. Brought in some pretty dirty boys to take over local city council in order to do it! This whole link is to the picture of Polson MT.
In my household, Dubliner doesn't stand a chance. I think my wife and I must sleep-eat it every time we bring a block of it home from the local Costco. How else could it disappear so fast with only the two of us and a pair of rabbits in the house (and I know they haven't learned yet how to open the fridge door)?