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    I see you're a man of class. Crunchy peanut butter is the superior choice.

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    What is that peanut butter powder like?

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    Honestly, I haven't tried the powder yet. It's been in my preps for 7 or 8 years I think. I need to try it.. Maybe I'll crack it open tomorrow and give it a go.


    KK, of course Crunchy is the king of PB! I would say something derogatory about Creamy, along the lines of "Creamy is for peasants", but my lovely bride prefers creamy, so I won't be saying anything like that.
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    Since my wife and I are both in the "higher risk" category for COVID, we have avoided going out into the public as much as possible during this whole pandemic. Since I've used the Order / pickup from Walmart a few times by now, I figured that Sam's Club will be a very similar process, and gave it a try for the first time today. It's also the last time I will use it. Let me be clear that the problems have nothing to do with the employees, they were friendly, kind and helpful.

    First, like with everywhere else, you use either the website or app. I used the app. There's a lot of items that you can't add to your cart, you can only pick up in the store. Ok, well, although there were a number of things on that list that I wanted, I opted to forego them, since the whole point of shopping this way was to avoid going into the store. So ok, I have everything in my virtual cart, and am ready to check out. This is where you pick a day and time for when you want to pick up your order. My time slot was from 11:00am - 12:00 Noon today. That's all pretty straight forward and easy up to this point, so I checked out.

    I got a text at 10:03 that my order is ready for pickup. Ok, it's an hour early, no problem. I don't have any frozen items in my order, and even if I did, I'm pretty sure that they would keep it frozen. The text says that I should check in using the app once I get to the store, and that I'm supposed to go to the Customer Pickup Area.

    My lovely bride (aka "S") hadn't been off the property in over a month, so I asked her if she wanted to ride along. "They're going to bring it out to the the car, right?", she asked. I told her "I'm sure that they do." She decided that she was ready to get out, so she went along.

    I tried looking online to find where to park for the Customer Pickup Area, but couldn't find any information. On the 20 minute drive, S tried finding the information, with the same lack of results as I had. Hmm, that's odd, but I guess we'll figure it out when we get there.

    We arrived at the store and circled the building, looking for any signs or anything to tell us where to go, still with no success. On our second trip around, I saw an employee in the lot and asked him where the Customer Pickup Area was. Oh, it's inside the store, near the entrance. Ahhh ... now I see why we couldn't find the special parking area online; there isn't one. I park and ask S if she wants to go in. She opts to stay in the car. Since I had to go in anyway, I considered getting some of the items that are only available for in-store pickup, but still opted to bypass them so I could minimize the time that S was left out in the car (she gets herself into trouble if left to her own devices for too long).

    I headed into the entrance. Do you think that you could make an immediate left and take the 5 steps to the pickup location? Nope, it's completely blocked off. You have to walk to the far end of the store because everything is blocked off. Once you get to the far end and make a U-turn, you then enter the check-out area, where everyone is waiting in line to check out. Passing through and around the throngs of people, you can then enter the Customer Pickup area to retrieve your order. The worker quickly found the cart with most of my order in it, pulled the refrigerated items from the wall refrigerator, and sent me on my way. I asked about the receipt and was told that it will be emailed to me. I pushed the cart to the exit, where the Exit Checker scanned my membership card and an item, a out to the car I went.

    The whole point of ordering online was to avoid being in the store, around other people, and handling the carts (there were no wipes available to use). Walmart has it figured out, Sam's has a LONG way to go before I would consider using that option again.
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    Granny tells you all you need to know about it , watch her channel for more tips .

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    I'm plumb over all this. I was scared for a couple of weeks, tentative for another one, nearly went nuts being alone and just got DONE. Been getting together w/ friends whenever possible. Have worked the whole time. On 5/2 a friend and I went to South Dakota and found the bars and wineries were open. There may have been other stores open, but all we found was bars and wineries..
    Our local bars opened last Fri, but no one got the message until Sat. 1/2 capacity, no seats at the bar, only 6 people per table and the help has to wear masks/gloves. No one is at all concerned.
    Supplies of some things are hit/miss at the stores, but nearly everything is available within a week or so. Stores are limiting quantities of many items.

    I do oilfield billing, so the virus is the least of my problems right now...Oilfield is pretty much shut down, coal mines are laying off and so is the railroad (coal transport). I'm nearly out of things to do at work, but the boss assured me a couple weeks ago that I will still have a job.
    Glad to hear you're all doing well.

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    Only one direct hole I can think of, but many spots with lack of depth; and two major issues.

    The direct hole was compost for the gardens. All the raised beds needed refreshed this year and I was adding another. Things shut down less than a week before the city's compost facility opened. Thanks to RD being classed essential and some unexpected OT, we were able to purchase a delivery of 3 tons of garden soil (top soil, compost, sand mixture). Remedy for that has moved up the project priority list.

    Lack of depth was caused by multiple factors - everyone's #1 factor of finances; not maintaining good habits; and my two major issues.

    Major #1 - NO flipping written inventory. Hard to know what you might need if you don't know what you have OR you can't find it. Working on it.
    Major #2 - Head games. Sorry if my phrasing gets clunky and I plan on going into more detail in the Book Club (when I can force myself to finally write it out). Suffice it to say that I now (for the last 18 months or so) suffer from panic attacks. That made it difficult, at times impossible, to process the constantly changing information/circumstances and to just function. To take it in, process it, sort it, and then make decisions. Especially when I couldn't really trust myself that I had come to the "correct" conclusion. And that's if I could make a decision at all. And there were a lot of times I couldn't, it felt like getting stuck in a programming logic loop. I'm working on it and getting professional help doing so.

    But now? Right now? I'm with Betty - I'm DONE and I'm ticked off.

    Today is C's first day back to Adult Day Services in 8 weeks and the house is too dang quiet. I'm off to crank some music and run the vacuum cleaner.
    Pastemistress. Now aka Mimi

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    Written inventory? What the hell is that?!? (This coming from the guy who has had to take buckets of canned foods to the dump.)

    As for the other stuff, you do what is best for you. We'll be here to tell you how wrong you are.

    Edited hours later to correct profanity.
    Last edited by kickstand; 05-18-2020 at 07:26 PM.
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