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Costco Signed Book Giveaway – Cruel Intent by J.A. Jance

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I gotta be honest. I don’t know anything about J.A. Jance, but she seems to be a popular mystery writer, and Costco is doing a book giveaway for her latest —  “Cruel Intent”. There’s 25 being given away.

(BTW, Costco, your giveaway page has a big graphic that is totally not showing up. I’m sure it would be impressive if we could see it. You need to check that.)

Here’s what the book’s about:

On a dating site, singleatheart.com, bored housewives can find romance with married men looking for sex without strings. But these “married singles” are flirting with more than just their vows. At the heart of this seemingly innocent service, a vengeful computer hacker is playing games with people’s lives…and deaths.

Ex-television journalist Ali Reynolds just wants a break from excitement. In the midst of a remodel, the last thing she expects is a murder investigation that will stop the construction on her home. But when the savagely murdered body of stay-at-home mom Morgan Forester is found, Ali’s contractor Bryan is the prime suspect. Bryan swears he has nothing to do with his wife’s murder – but as the investigation progresses Ali seems to be the only resident of Sedona who believes him.

Determined to prove Bryan’s innocence, Ali unknowingly lands herself directly in the path of a calculating killer. In a world filled with encrypted computer traps and life-threatening lies, will Ali be able to decode the actions of a ruthless man determined to destroy women – before he uses his wicked website to find her?

Ooooooh, sounds good. Actually not really my kind of thing, but if you like J.A. Jance it probably sounds good.

This is sort of a tangent, but I think  Sedona is totally overrated. I know everyone’s getting the healing powers and finding their vortexes or whatever out there, but to me it was just a lot of red rocks and no grass.

(I bring up Sedona because that’s where the book takes place according to the description, so I haven’t like flipped out or anything.)

Rite of Passage: The Costco Membership

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From Amy’s Blog:

I was watching a taped episode of “Little People Big World”. The twins were turning 18 and having a pool party. One of the boys was talking about the importance of being 18 and what he could do as an adult. He said, “I mean like I could get a Costco membership.” A Costco membership, really?? When I was 18 I was looking forward to drinking beer legally! I know the drinking age  has been raised, but can’t we come up with a loftier goal than buying toilet paper in bulk? Dude, you need to aim higher.

Costco The New “Anchor Tenant” at Your Local Mall?

My Costco is part of a large shopping center that also has a grocery store, Home Depot, etc. But it sounds like Costco, which used to be shunned by mall owners, is now being seen as an attractive “anchor tenant” — even though technically it wouldn’t be attached to an enclosed mall.

Judy Weil at Seeking Alpha quotes Costco management from the recent earnings conference call:

We think that, our bet is if we’re in six or seven malls right now, and when I say we’re in malls, we’re usually in the parking lot with a breezeway entrance into the mall. In some instances, one example would be in Atlanta Cumberland Mall, they literally, the mall owner tore down I think it was the JC Penny and then we redid the parking lot and we have a gas station and a full Costco with no direct attachment other then a breezeway into the mall.

But no doubt we’re there because we bring destination shoppers of high end to that mall and its been a great location for us in terms of somewhere we weren’t invited to even come to the party. And so I think you’re going to see more of that going forward in many parts.

Once you’re successful, you become a lot more attractive. That’s why ugly rock stars have the babes all over them, right?

Not to Be a Jerk, but It’s Called Costco Not Costco’s

My mother calls JCPenney “Penney’s” and I hear a lot of people call Nordstrom “Nordstrom’s” and of course a lot of people call Costco “Costco’s.

These half-wits even used it in a press release:

Rigorous studies of Celadrin have shown it to be more effective at relieving joint pain than Glucosamine. The results of these studies have twice been published in the prestigious Journal of Rheumatology. Celadrin is an all natural, esterified oil and is the primary active ingredient in Inflame Away Celadrin, available at Costco’s in the northwest.

I’m not an English major or anything, but for some reason it drives me crazy when people say Costco’s (or Penney’s or Nordstrom’s for that matter).

It’s like when I see someone write “your stupid” even though they are stupid because the “your” in this case should be “you’re”. Any time you’re contracting “you are” it’s “you’re” but if you are showing possession it’s “your”, as in “your stupid mouth doesn’t know any better than to say Costco’s”.

Why do you think everyone wants to add that apostrophe and “s” at the end of these stores? What is it in humans that needs to do this? What other stores do people commonly do this with:

Piggly Wiggly’s?

Office Depot’s?

Crate and Barrel’s?

Eddie Bauer’s?

No, it seems to be mainly one-word stores. Let’s think…

Macy’s (oh wait, that really does have the apostrophe)

Dillard’s (crap, that one does too)

Now I can’t think of any other examples. But you know what I mean.

“Buying jeans on a Costco table is a sign to the world that I’ve given up.”

What do you think? Is buying Kirkland jeans as low as you can go? Read:

While battling the most-annoying people in the world – aka every Saturday Costco customer not named me – I noticed a table of Kirkland jeans for a cheapish price and grabbed a pair.
This, as it turns out, was a poor decision.
The jeans are fine. They’re blue, have two legs and pockets. Zipper works and they wrapped around my fat ass without a great deal off effort. No, the problem is that they have absolutely no fashionable bent to them.
Thus, I’ve quit.
As the wife explains it, buying jeans on a Costco table is a sign to the world that I’ve given up.

I like this part:

God-forbid, I wear them to work on Fridays occasionally. The horror on her face is comical only in that after 11 years of marriage, we exist to create minor discomfort for eachother for the purpose of maintaining an upper hand.
So, I may be a quitter in the jeans universe, but this is another win in the great marriage war.
I score!

I don’t think I’d wear Kirkland brand jeans, but I have bought other “name” brand jeans there before, like Calvin Klein.

How about you?

Costco Tires Versus Sears Tires

La Cranial Billboard gives the thumbs-up to Costco over Sears when it comes to price and service on tires:

I had picked out a Michelin tire with ICE in its name (costing about $80) which is for colder, icy climates and not even carried in Santa Monica. Sears quoted me $331 for 2 tires w/road hazard and about $662 (before $56 rebate) for 4 tires – and had me convinced I’d be a fool to only replace two tires.

I didn’t like the price and drove to Costco. The Costco tire man also inspected my tires and said I had plenty of tread on two of the tires – especially since I frequently ride the bus or walk rather than drive to keep my carbon footprint low. He actually heard me when I said I drive less than 7000 miles a year whereas the Sears man must have had commission dollars dancing in his head. Costco sold me two BF Goodrich tires (after telling me BF Goodrich is owned by Michelin). Instead of paying $331, Costco charged me approximately $184 including tax – and my car performance tires rather than the Michelin passenger tires Sears wanted to sell me for $109 each.

Where Sears picks your pocket is on road hazard, tire valve stems and a couple of other items whereas Costco builds installation and tire valve stems into its price.

Except for one Costco drawback:

you do have to wait unless you time your arrival perfectly. I killed 4 hours waiting for them to get to my car and install the tires. When I called, the wait was 2 1/2 to 3 hours. By the time I arrived – about 30 minutes later, the wait was 4 hours.

More Problems with Costco Photo Calendars

Well, my last post yesterday told the story of “Mama’s” bad experience creating holiday photo calendars via Costco’s online service, namely that a small glitch led to all of her hours of work on the calendars vanishing into thin air.

Today comes this post that says many of the calendars that are making it to the printing stage are not up to snuff:

today I received this email from a reader:

Based partly on your enthusiastic recommendations, last year we created photo calendars through Costco.com. Exactly like you said, they were amazing quality and a hugely popular gift with the kiddo’s grandparents. This year, I went straight to Costco.com to do them again.

They arrived today. And look horrible. Apparently they switched providers/printers, the customer service rep indicated that they were “swamped” with refund requests and quietly recommended snapfish.com when I inquired if I could still get the “old style” calendar. I did get a full refund, but now will have to scramble to replace them in time for the holidays (and they will be considerably more expensive even before the rush shipping).

I had the same thing happen to me. I ordered five this year, and they screwed up one of them (put the cover on backward). I am supposed to get a refund (they emailed me and said I’d be credited when I called them, but their phones are swamped and I haven’t been able to get through), but who knows if that will happen. In addition, the quality is waaaaaaay below what it was last year. Very, very poor. I can no longer recommend their service to anyone.

We had our regular Christmas photo cards done through Costco and they were cheap and good quality. But I don’t have any experience with the calendars, though they sound like a neat idea for gifts.

Anyone else have good or bad experiences with these?