I am a pediatric cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic. And I collect Costcos.
It started by accident. I’d been a Costco member since 2002: I know that because my membership card says so. I was in Vail to give some lectures for the American Academy of Pediatrics, and my son came out to visit me and do some skiing. As he was driving me to the airport, I noticed that there was a Costco near it. “Let’s stop at Costco and take our picture, ” I said. That’s how it started.
Once I was started I was hooked. I will go out of my way to land a new state. Driving back from West Virginia I dropped down into Virginia just to add that state to my list.
When I was at the American College of Cardiology meeting in San Diego and had reached my full of learning, I took the city bus out to a Costco. I was the only person on it wearing a suit, and I guess I stood out because a woman at one of the snack stations in Costco exclaimed, “You were on my bus!”
San Diego, CA. The food court is outside.
We were planning a trip to Germany, and we realized that flights out of Toronto were less expensive and shorter than from any other US city. As I calculated whether to fly or drive to Toronto from Cleveland, I saw that we would drive right past the Costco in southern Ontario, and the deal was done. That became my first and so far, only international Costco.
St. Catherine, Ontario, Canada
I don’t plan to retire soon, and even when I do, I don’t see us buying an RV and traveling the country to score Costcos. So I will need to be creative to reach my goal. But, hey, I’m a persistent guy!
Dr. Zahka is a pediatric and adult congenital cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic. He and his wife of 43 years, Victoria, live in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. In addition to international travel, they enjoy visiting their children in Cincinnati, Chicago and NYC. Dr. Zahka is an avid woodworker, making antique reproduction furniture, and an accomplished baker.