Poor and Not Proud Neighbor

My neighbor called today.  She said she’s short cash and needed help.  She needed to borrow $53.00.  So I told her to come over.  I know her financial situation. I couldn’t say no.

She came over with an empty bottle of beer.  She gave me the bottle and asked me to buy her 50 bottles of that beer for her 50th birthday. It was some kind of funky (cheap) beer from 99 Cents only store.

Then she tried to haggle the amount of money she can borrow.  We settled at $63.00, and I gave her the cash.  She cut me a post dated check.  I made a statement that there would be a good chance her check will bounce.  I told her I will talk to her before I cash it.

Then she saw my tequila and wine.  I offered her my booze that I never drink.  My Tequila was 4+ years old.  She was downing shot after shot.

Then she read my palm and told me I will become disabled in a few years and die in 20 years.  I thought that was pretty messed up. 

At 8:54pm she said she was hungry that she didn’t eat anything the whole day.  She asked me if I had any food in the house. Since I was not ready for a guest, I offered to take her out to a fast food restaurant.  There, she started to haggle which restaurant I can take her.  She wanted me to take her to a fancier restaurant.  "It’s 8:54pm, everything will close in 6 minutes", I said.  But, she asked me to call the restaurant and order a dinner to pick up.  She was very excited about free meal. She rushed me to hurry up and make a phone call.  What she was asking was not realistic.

Everything I try to do for her, she was haggling to get more.

That’s when I told her politely that she should go back to her own apartment and cook for herself.  "I can’t believe I’m being kicked out" she cried.

I gave her the opened bottle of wine, which made her happy.  Then she asked me if she could take tequila as well. This time I said "No" in more firm manner.

Then she asked me if she could take my hat.  And she muscled her way to my bedroom and saw 30 jars of Yankee Candles.  She told me she wanted to take a candle.  She was drunk, and she was about to grab my candles (glass jars). So, I had to stop her.

At this point we were literally pushing and shoving each other.  She was heavier than I was, so I had to really fight her.  And she was giving everything she’s got to get to my candles.  At one point we fell on the carpet, still wrestling to gain control of each other.  It was a nightmare. I couldn’t believe how quickly it became a wrestling match.  She looked around for something to take.  She grabbed my camera and asked if she can keep it.  I snatched the camera off her hand.

I propped her up an took her to my car.  I was afraid she would puck in my car.  I took her to her apartment and got the heck out of there.

The End

PS. Don’t worry, it was not that bad.  She was just drunk.

Update: I took the check to her bank and successfully cashed it.

(Mini Blog) – Turkey 2011

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.
This is my Turkey 2011 Mini Blog (Newer post on top)

I’ve been making turkey for last few years.  I had a female friend with me last year.  But, I’m usually cooking alone for myself. I will be home alone this year.  This is not sad.  I cook something special every weekend. So, this is fun for me.

* My opinion on brining: I think brining is just a hype.  I would prefer taste of pure turkey.  I would not put sugar in wine.  I wouldn’t put A1 Sauce on a good steak.  I will adhere to my Epicurean philosophy and enjoy the taste of pure bird.  I gave brining a fair chance.  And now, I officially declare myself an anti-briner.

  • November 25, 2011: Leftover taste even better.  It makes me sleepy just as same. 
  • Thanksgiving Day (7:00pm): Live video is now switched back on to candles.  I put away leftover and finished doing dishes. 
  • Thanksgiving Day (4:45pm): Oh My God! This is the best meal I ever made this year.  Ah~ hahahaha~! very happy.  🙂   🙂   🙂
  • Thanksgiving Day (4:00pm): The bird is out of the oven.  It’s burned on the top… I hope inside is better.  Making side dishes now.
  • Thanksgiving Day (2:00pm): The bird is in the oven.  A lot of snacking going on.  (wine, chocolate, shrimp cocktail…)
  • Thanksgiving Day (11:00am): Woke up late.  Live camera is now pointing at my kitchen.  Started by making coffee… a lot of snacking & TV watching going on.
  • November 24, 2011 (2:30am): I got wise and made some changes inside the cooler like this (below). 
  • November 23, 2011 (Wednesday) – I went to Bed Bath And Beyond on my lunch hour and bought a turkey rack and a fat separator. After dinner, I put the turkey in brine in the cooler with ice.  I used a Ziploc Big Bag.
  • November 22, 2011 (Tuesday) – After work, I mixed brine solution and did 3 loads of laundry.  I wanted to take care of some work later (at night).  But I fell asleep on the couch.  I woke up with a stiff neck at 2am.  ZZzz.
  • November 21, 2011 (Monday) – I bought more stuff such as vegetable stock, fresh sage, fresh rosemary, etc.  It was a nightmare looking for sage & rosemary.  They were sold out everywhere. I found the last of sage & rosemary at Ralphs.  It was a Thanksgiving Miracle!
  • November 19, 2011 (Saturday) – Bought 11lb fresh turkey and ingredients for green bean casserole.  It’s beginning to feel like Thanksgiving.
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Fancy Treats Made Possible By Costco

As you know, times are tough, especially for me.  But, thanks to Costco, I manage to treat myself with some fancy stuff now and then. 

Without Costco, I will not enjoy stuff like this.  Maybe I will find similar products.  But, I’ll have to look everywhere and shop around.  that’s a lot of time and effort.  Costco put stuff together at low price.  Costco makes it possible for me to use my small paychecks and enjoy good (fancy) stuff.  Costco elevates my life-style.  Hence, I love Costco. 

Check it out.

Last month, I bought a can of Starbucks’ Hot Cocoa (2.5lb).  They had a $2.50 (?) coupon at that time.  This is a good stuff.  I tell ya, Starbucks is a brand name I hate to love.  I try to avoid Starbucks products, because people who like starbucks seem rich and phony.  But, I have their coffee, coffee mug, and now hot cocoa.  Hot cocoa is slowly becoming my weekly routine.  It gives me a cozy feeling, especially during the holiday season.

Check out the picture below, you can see my basil plants.  🙂

Starbucks Hot Cocoa - Costco

On my last Costco shopping, I finally bought a lobster tail.  I only bought one tail, but this tail was over half a pound ($10.79). 

I boiled it for 10 minutes; and ate it with lemon, butter & salt. 

Oh my God! It was so good. I can’t believe rich people eat like this whenever they want.  I should eat 1 lobster tail every other month or so.

Costco Lobster

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Thanksgiving Day Plan – Turkey!

I have a huge craving for home made turkey.

I will be home alone for the Thanksgiving weekend this year (as usual), and I have decided to bake a full bird alone. I will not buy “Turkey dinner to go” from restaurants. I want good stuff. My craving for fresh baked turkey is unbearable. I am going to really enjoy the meal.

I enjoy cooking, so I am looking forward.
And I will take that rest I need. ZZzz..

On Thanksgiving Day, I plan to set up my live video camera pointing at my kitchen (oven & counter). I’ll try, we’ll see… 🙂

OK, I’m getting excited now.

Plan #1 – clean up my kitchen. Make room in the refrigerator.

more coming…

I’m still here – Just very busy (sorry)

Hi, I am still here.
I am doing good, but very busy.

I will talk to you soon, I promise.
I cannot believe Thanksgiving Day is less than 2 weeks away. Season is passing by too fast. I don’t have time to enjoy the feeling. It sucks.

It’s Sunday morning, I will make coffee and fix pancake breakfast. Then I’ll get back to work.

Please send positive energy to my way. I am so busy and tired. Those who pray, pray for me. I’ll be home alone for Thanksgiving this year.

I will keep in touch with fun stories soon.
🙂

John