A Basque in Boise

Costco, with you until the very end

I came up to Seattle for the weekend to hang out with the local Basques during their Spring Dinner celebration. I met a bunch of very nice people, got a  membership to the Seattle Basque Club courtesy of the club’s (former) president, and spent the best part of the day playing in the Mus tournament. I don’t remember the last time I eat and drank so much. We didn’t win the championship, but considering I hadn’t played since 1989 and my partner lost all concentration right at the very end, we didn’t do too bad. Besides, the Cigandas won, and those guys are great. They drove three hours from Moses Lake to Seattle to play in the tournament, then drove back for another three hours after dinner because, as Pedro Ciganda told me, “There is no better place to sleep than home.”

Before the Mus games started, I helped my friend with a Costco run to get some last-minute stuff for the dinner. Costco is a membership warehouse club where everything you buy is about twice the size of what you’ll find in a normal grocery store, and leaving the place with a bill under $100 is unheard of. I used to be a member, but I just don’t need a box of tampons that will last me until I hit menopause.

We go in, and right by the Customer Service desk, I stop dead in my tracks. Well, figuratively, although I’d have been in the right place had I done it literally. As it turns out, along with that 23 lbs bucket of Vegetarian Emergency Food Supply (what?), you can also take care of the accommodations for your final destination. You can see how nice the colors are and, judging by the pictures, the caskets seem pretty comfy as well. They even come with an adjustable bed and mattress. I don’t know, it might just be me and my skepticism, but both of those selling points seem pretty irrelevant to me, as 1) those things will be underground soon after they put you inside, and 2) will you seriously care about the adjustability and softness of the mattress at that point?

In any case, I kind of liked the pinkish one, but being single and all, I should have asked whether they come in a two-pack or can be purchased separately.

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irune Diana Janice Maria Jesusl Steven Roosevelt Ainhoa Ysabel Bilbao

6 thoughts on “Costco, with you until the very end

  1. Diana

    If they come in packs of ten, you could poll nine friends to see if they want to chip in for the purchase. No, don’t include me. Thank you.

  2. Diana

    If they come in packs of ten, you could poll nine friends to see if they want to chip in for the purchase. No, don’t include me. Thank you.

  3. Henar Chico

    Don’t come crying when we’re all comfortably snuggled inside our soft, adjustable casket beds, but not you.

  4. Henar Chico

    Don’t come crying when we’re all comfortably snuggled inside our soft, adjustable casket beds, but not you.

  5. Janice

    MUS
    Greetings!
    How would a gal find the correct cards and tools to learn to play Mus? I have printed off some rules and such online from the New York Basque Club. But I am a hands on learner and need some cards and such. Any suggestions? I live in Montana and the small Basque group here met once a year and has since quit meeting at all. Makes me very sad. So I rely on my fellow Basque out there for some direction. THANK YOU! Enjoy your Blog! Did Costco yesterday. We live very isolated and I hit civilization once a month and stock up. If you have room it’s a good idea to keep supplies on hand. Last Spring I was the last one over the bridge before it washed out! I had driven 50 miles to the nearest town as the paper said they were having a garage sale at one of the hotels. Got there and the owner said….oh it’s too rainy today and we canceled the sale. With all of the kindness I could muster I said….I just risked my life to get to town now you ARE going to show me what you have for sale!! He did and I bought an awesome picture and like I said was sweating it til I crossed the bridge to get home. Costco is great BUT you must go with a list and not stray from it!!
    Sincerely,
    Janice

  6. Janice

    MUS
    Greetings!
    How would a gal find the correct cards and tools to learn to play Mus? I have printed off some rules and such online from the New York Basque Club. But I am a hands on learner and need some cards and such. Any suggestions? I live in Montana and the small Basque group here met once a year and has since quit meeting at all. Makes me very sad. So I rely on my fellow Basque out there for some direction. THANK YOU! Enjoy your Blog! Did Costco yesterday. We live very isolated and I hit civilization once a month and stock up. If you have room it’s a good idea to keep supplies on hand. Last Spring I was the last one over the bridge before it washed out! I had driven 50 miles to the nearest town as the paper said they were having a garage sale at one of the hotels. Got there and the owner said….oh it’s too rainy today and we canceled the sale. With all of the kindness I could muster I said….I just risked my life to get to town now you ARE going to show me what you have for sale!! He did and I bought an awesome picture and like I said was sweating it til I crossed the bridge to get home. Costco is great BUT you must go with a list and not stray from it!!
    Sincerely,
    Janice

  7. Henar Chico

    Hello Janice, thanks so much for your comment. I used to play Mus when I was younger, but before I got into the tournament this weekend I went to NABO’s website to refresh my memory regarding the rules. You can read all about it here http://www.ontariobasqueclub.dantzariak.net/mus.htm.

    About Costco, yeah… If you don’t go with a list you can leave right there your salary for the month! Big hug,
    Henar

  8. Henar Chico

    Hello Janice, thanks so much for your comment. I used to play Mus when I was younger, but before I got into the tournament this weekend I went to NABO’s website to refresh my memory regarding the rules. You can read all about it here http://www.ontariobasqueclub.dantzariak.net/mus.htm.

    About Costco, yeah… If you don’t go with a list you can leave right there your salary for the month! Big hug,
    Henar

  9. Ysabel Bilbao

    So funny henar! Love Pedro’s comment… Love the part about tampons… Love the caskets!

  10. Ysabel Bilbao

    So funny henar! Love Pedro’s comment… Love the part about tampons… Love the caskets!

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