Day 133 – Mountain Equipment Co-Op

_Captain’s Log, StarDate 2007.11.17-08.09_

I visited MEC today. The address was a little misleading and my knowledge of how far a city block goes was lacking. So what looked like a few minutes walk from the metro station turned out to be a 40-minute affair (at my speed, which I dare say is above average) and I arrived at the store 15 minutes from closing time. Ah well, I picked up an “Alpine” Cragosaurus Daypack

The interesting thing about MEC is that they are a co-op; you can not purchase anything unless you are a member (cost = $5 for a lifetime membership) . There are a lot of other interesting things too, for example they donate 1% of all sales to environmental (read Canadian environmental) causes. You can read more about it all here.

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