Years ago I was sitting in a church service, and the pastor argued if you were going to marry someone, the best thing you could do was see that person in a very wide variety of situations before you decided to marry them.
Obviously, this was based on the idea that people really shouldn’t date (which meant giving your heart away to a variety of people, and horror of horrors, potentially have sex with people you weren’t married to) and the idea that marriage was permanent and forever and ever, regardless of whether or not it worked for you.
I still think there’s logic here, the idea that dating maybe isn’t the best or even the entire way to see who a person is. So, Costco, which is deeply practical, has at least some merit.
For the record, I did manage to sort out dinner and theatre reservations tonight. I’m not completely hopeless.