My Costco run was (mostly) successful. They had everything I wanted (except light bulbs, weirdly) and I even scored some hand sanitizer.
Overall it was all pretty normal. Limits on a few things like paper goods and hand sanitizer. Also they were only letting in “2 people per membership card” which... I’m sure I don’t want to know how that came about.
I was among the ~50% of people wearing masks, including Costco employees. There were a wide variety on display including standard N95, surgical masks, dust masks, and simple bandannas.
Though I have a couple N95 knocking around (I used to use them to mow the lawn, donated the excess) I opted for the thermal mask with a gauze “filter” because it is more comfortable and I wasn’t sure how widely used the N95s were going to be. (Fairly prevalent so I’ll probably switch to that for the next run.)
Also grabbed some gas, which led to this alarming photo:
I know right! $0.50 more for premium!? There should be a law....
The way home was somewhat eventful as I observed the following:
- A mask wearing guy in a mini-van attempted a head-on collision with me as he didn’t appear to understand how left turns work. (Both sides had protected double-left arrows and he was swinging wide. He was pretty sure I was in the wrong... somehow.)
- A woman in a Camry-dented Nissan Armada (I have a special hatred for these and their bee-stung brother, the Infinity QX-FU) wearing latex gloves was playing with her phone while driving. You know she isn’t going to sterilize that thing when she takes those gloves off.
- A man stealing toilet paper from a Walgreens. Seriously. I look over and think “Why is that man running? Why is that other man chasing him? Why does the first guy have toilet paper... Oh fuck me...”
Glad to be home but will probably need to venture out again for groceries and dog food this evening.