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February 5th, 2008

In Which I Run Out Of Plastic Wrap…For The First Time In Almost 23 Years…

In the summer of 1985 I bought a restaurant size roll of plastic wrap from Price Club, the membership wholesaler that would later become Costco.  Some friends of mine who had memberships had taken me there that day, and it was the first time since the last GEM store in Maryland closed that I’d been in a membership wholesale store.  So I knew the drill.  Membership stores were places you could buy things cheaper then regular retailers, and often in bulk. 

But I didn’t have a lot of money back then to spend on a bulk items shopping spree.  Probably, I was close to broke.  Back then I was struggling to make a living as a freelance architectural modelmaker.  But I wanted to make the most of the opportunity so I looked around for something to buy…some day to day household item…for less then I’d normally have to pay.  I figured it had to be something that I used often around the house, but which wouldn’t spoil or go bad if it took me a long time to finish it.  I wandered up and down the isles, looking at various items like detergents and paper towels and such.  Then I spied some restaurant size boxes of plastic wrap and figured one of those would do.  That as I said, was sometime during the summer of 1985.

Anyway…it just now ran out.

That roll of plastic wrap had become something of a running gag between me and my friends over the years.  And…no kidding…I was pulling from it almost daily too for the past twenty-two plus years.  For a while there I thought I might have to put it in my will.

Figure I’ll be approaching my 78th birthday by the time my next box of the stuff runs out…

One Response to “In Which I Run Out Of Plastic Wrap…For The First Time In Almost 23 Years…”

  1. The Story So Far… » Blog Archive » Pack Rat Genes…And Probably The Last Roll Of Plastic Wrap I’ll Ever Own… Says:

    […] So after I returned that flimsy Edsal Steel shelving, I drove to Costco, filled up Traveler’s tank on their wholesale gas, and then bought my next, and probably my last restaurant size roll of plastic wrap.  I’ve no idea now how much the old one cost, but it was made by Reynolds and the box says it was two-thousand square feet.  Since it was a foot wide, figure that’s two-thousand feet long.  The new one is Costco’s house brand, Kirkland, cost about ten bucks and it’s also a foot wide and three-thousand square feet. […]

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