Saturday October 11, 2008
I wake up to go to the bathroom. I come back to bed and realize that Costco in Orem finally got a shipment of the Behringer Concert electric pianos. I have called this warehouse almost everyday for the past 3 weeks. Yesterday they gave me a tip. The Lehi warehouse had received a shipment. That was at 10am. I called at 1:30 pm and they had already sold out of the piano. I was totally bummed. So as I sat in bed thinking about all of this, I got more and more anxious.
It had been over three hours, I couldn’t sleep. I got up to watch TV. Only infomercials.
Karl woke up because of the TV. He was really confused about my anxiety.
I knew that if we didn’t get there early someone else would get the piano before me. I knew it.
These pictures pretty much sum up our emotions as we drove to Costco. I was really excited and kind of nervous, and Karl…was driving.
We arrived at Costco
Karl started to complain about his ears getting too cold. He wrapped his scarf around his ears and realized that it looked like a turban.
My spirits remained high. I was the only one there and I was going to get my piano.
The first set of gates to Costco opened. I ran over and waited. Karl followed me over. As we sat among the electric shopping carts Karl started messing with the buttons. He pushed a button on the handle of one of the carts and sent it crashing into the wall. There was a surprisingly loud BAG. A few seconds later a man in a tie with a badge that read , Bill, General Manager, stood outside looking at us. He asked, “what are you waiting for?” Karl quickly answered in a monotone voice, “Piano.” “Which piano,” he replied. I answered, “number 305 698, Behringer Concert Electric Piano.” He smiled and said, “Why don’t you do me a favor and come inside and get warm while you wait.”
We were in! Ahead of the non-existent piano buyers line. No one else was inside before opening.
I was SO excited. Karl was just glad to not be freezing anymore. We waited at the food court and talked about how excited we were to be there.
Five minutes until opening. They let me grab a flatbed. By this time I was really warm in all of my winter clothing.
While trying to lift the piano into the car, the Styrofoam that was holding up the biggest piece of the piano collapsed under the weight and smashed Karl’s poor arm. Not good.
After several failed attempts and lots of maneuvering we were left with an empty box, and…
We had to use all the space in the tiny little Japanese car to its greatest capacity.
We got the piano home. Safe and sound. We got all the pieces out, and put it all together. Karl was in his element. It took no time.