Today's New York Times has a piece on how the "elite" of Washington (read "rich Democrats") have turned away from the toney caterers that ruled the roost for decades in our nation's capital, and have turned to Costco, the store where you can be a cheapskate and a glutton at the same time. And you thought Nirvana was unattainable.
Susan Lacz is the chief exectuive of Ridgewell's. Ridgewells' is DC's biggest caterer, known for its high prices and garish purple delivery trucks. Ms. Lacz is appalled at the current trend. “My gosh, it drives me crazy,” she said. “Some of the people I hear are going to Costco, I think, ‘Oh, you must be kidding me.’”
You wanna hear cheap? Check this out:
"The ultimate awkwardness, [Ms. Lacz] said, is when clients want to buy their food from Costco but disguise it: “They’ll say: ‘Why don’t you bring the fancy glassware, and we’ll get the rest from Costco. And could you put it on one of your fancy plates? Oh, and how about some of your fancy ice cream on top?’”
"Ms. Lacz said she was “not going to name names,” but that one of her best clients, a high-end retail store, told her, “We’re going to go to Costco and buy a bunch of stuff, and we want you guys to serve it.”
"To which she replied: “No, you’re not.”
How much you want to bet the people in question were Democrats? The truth is they're a cheap bunch when you get right down to it.
A couple of months ago DIH was in the local Kowalski's, an overpriced grocery store here in Minneapolis, known for its pleasant interior and little teeny tiny cups of free coffee. So I'm on the checkout line and who's in front of me? That's right, Walter Mondale. He pays for his stuff and then almost leaves without his check card. I said, "Hey Walter, you paying for my stuff too?"
You know what he says? "My goodness, no!"
I'm telling you. They're cheap bastards.
For the record DIH wants to say she was practically a charter member of the Arlington Costco, and she is proud to say it. That's right, like many another conservative DIH was out there, paving the way for a change in society long before your Sally Quinns or your Vernon Jordans would shop in the warehouse and admit it.
They're slow learners but at least they finally caught up.