taken advantage of this extra space by stocking up on every item in double Costco amounts. Each room is stuffed with extra boxes of whatnot, cases of drinks and furniture. They have enough paper towels for two years and enough Coca-Cola for a wedding. Neither of them drink Coca-Cola, it's for me. Their industrial-sized refrigerator, large capacity wine refrigerator and full-size freezer are chock full enough for a full nuclear winter AND spring. They have enough cleaning tools, equipment and supplies to care for a motel for a month.
This is odd enough, but what really mystifies me is that they go to Costco every Saturday and buy more stuff. The house is full. The three-car garage is a warehouse of uncategorized stuff.
I went to Costco with Mary once and watched her pick out things I know they have by the barrel full. I couldn't help asking, “What is it with all this stuff? You can't possibly eat fifty pounds of rice in a year. You have some of almost everything Costco sells yet you keep buying more. What is with this?”
Mary said, “Did you pay attention to the business courses I taught at work? Especially the course in inventory management?”
“Then the answer should be obvious to you. We're running a last-in first-out system, rather than a first-in first-out system. That requires a large inventory to save money,” Mary said and grasped four vegetarian pizzas, dismissing the subject.
I wasn't sure whether or not this was a meaningful answer or a cover-up for some deep neurosis, but I decided to let it go. I mean, I was getting free Coca-Cola and rice, pizza and so on, so why should I care about the method of acquisition?
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