I’ve created a monster. I can’t take it back either. And … to be honest, I don’t want to take it back either. It was a three-beers-deep decision that night, which I don’t regret.
One fateful night mid-February 2019, my team mate / co-worker, Ron, invited me to grab an after-work beer since his wife was outta town. I had no plans myself, so I readily accepted.
We posted up at Rooney’s Food & Spirits, my favorite Woodinville haunt. At some point during the night, our conversation gravitated to, regrettably, shop talk. I generally loathe discussing work after work.
So I asked about him about the story of Blanco…
Blanco: The Legend is Born
A few years ago, the Costco store in Woodinville got a new shipment of shiny new steel-colored shopping carts. All of the old bruised, battered and floppy-wheeled white ones were gathered up and carted off to the great cart carousel in the sky. But they missed one. Just as customers started breaking in the new carts, a sharp-eyed Costco cart-pusher spotted a lone cart from the old batch way out at the end of the parking lot. Under a tree. Near the freeway. Since all new Costco employees start out in the “carts and boxes” department, this particular newbie, eager to impress his new boss, retrieved the old white cart and brought it back into the store to mingle with the other carts. That’s when Blanco got its name and became a game. Any cart pusher who was caught bringing Blanco back into the store got a piece of candy from the boss. This went on for about a year before the cashiers wanted a piece of the action. The game was expanded to include a piece of chocolate to any cashier who was spotted with Blanco coming through his/her lane.
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As I sat and listened, my three-beers-deep-decision was to create a Facebook Page for Blanco The Legendary Costco Cart. I assigned Ron co-administer of the page. We laughed like hyenas in the night. It started as a joke, honestly.
By now, it’s much more than that. The page metrics has steadily climbed, and exponentially with it’s mention in a very active Facebook Page for Woodinville Neighbors.
My co-workers have added eyes, and a Costco name tag to really complete the legen-wait-for-it-dairy mystique.
I admit this is out of control. Blanco selfies appear damn-near daily from various shopping Costco Members of all walks of life, ages, gender, etc. It’s bringing so much joy and happiness that I don’t want it to stop. However, haters are gonna hate, or rather trolls will be trolls. As you see from the photo, the process of a grey spray paint was applied in an effort to KILL this sudden-celebrity.
I’m not sure why malicious folks like that threaten, taunt and generally want to squash a happy dynamic. Maybe it’s the joy offset? Who knows … I do know that he’ll be in the Woodinville Parade on August 17th, Saturday.
After six months, his popularity exploded and now an accepted part of the uniqueness of the Woodinville Costco. Alan, the Monday Accordion Player, even looks for him with his mother.
Like I said, it’s no Area 51 secret but Ron and I are the masterminds behind it #WEareBlanco