Turkey Disaster

I cannot believe what happened to my turkey this year. Maybe Costco God was punishing me for not buying turkey from Costco.

This year, I bought an 18 pound Butterball Turkey from local supermarket. I gladly paid $43, instead of $18 I would have paid at Costco. I wanted this turkey to be super-fantastic.

Fast forward to Thanksgiving Day. The turkey was in the oven, and everything was going OK. I was watching temperature going up slowly on my digital thermometer. And then the temperature appeared to be stuck. My turkey was getting darker and darker, but the thermometer still read 153 degrees. So, I took out my backup thermometer and a backup probe. To my sock, I found out that my turkey was over-cooked, by 40 degrees. (205 degrees instead of 165).

I am a single man living alone. Turkey was all I was thinking about for last 2 weeks. I was very disappointed. I wanted to cry. Dinner was still OK, but it was not super-fantastic. I kept thinking ‘next year’, but I don’t know if I can wait that long. I may have to bake a turkey for Christmas. I don’t know. I try not to think about it too much, but this bothers me.

I need to troubleshoot my thermometers/probes and make sure this will not happen again. Also, from this point, I will always use 2 thermometers when I cook ANYTHING. And I shall keep backup thermometer and probes. It will be like when I used to be a wedding photographer. I have photographed hundreds of weddings. I carried 2 cameras at all times and had a backup camera in the car. My camera broke down only once during the ceremony. But I had another identical camera already on my body, so everything went smooth. That’s the mentality I shall adopt when I cook with oven. I shall prepare and focus. 🙁

I hope you had a super-fantastic turkey dinner.

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80’s reference

I have a coworker who’s in my age range. I often test him with 80’s trivia.

I went to his office a few days ago. This is how the conversation went.

John: Good morning. Hey… do you remember EPMD?
Coworker: Yes.
John: What was that one thing he hated?
Coworker: (looking right at me) Bitin’ MC.
John: Oh yeah~~~. Thank you. Have a nice day.

EPMD, You Gots to Chill – 1988.
Bitin’ MC at 1:50

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Paper Straws at Costco Food Court

I’ve heard about paper straws on news media but this was the first time seeing them in person – at Costco Food Court. As I was dressing my hot dog, I could hear people talking about the paper straws. They were basically saying “Oh, paper straws”

The straw was narrower than normal plastic straws that I am use to. I would prefer wider straws, but that’s an American gripe (one of the reasons why some people hate Americans). Paper straws are just fine. I enjoyed my hot dog.

Out of curiosity, after my hot dog lunch, I filled my soda cup with water and came back to work. I drank that water rest of the day using the same paper straw. The straw held up nicely. I think tip of the straw will break apart if you hold it in your mouth constantly for a few hours. Besides that, paper straws seem perfectly fine for normal people.

It was nice to see paper straws at Costco food court.

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What? Laundry Detergents Expire?

It came to me as a great shock to learn that laundry detergents lose effectiveness sooner than I thought.

This subject wouldn’t matter much if you have a full size family. But it’s a different story if you live alone. In my case, a large jug of fabric softer can easily last 3 years or longer. So, I did some more research and learned that many products will lose effectiveness sooner than I imagined. Below, I listed some of the products and how long they are good for.

  • Dishwasher detergent (6-12 months).
  • Liquid dish soap (12-18 months).
  • Bleach (6-12 months)
  • liquid fabric softener (6-12 months)
  • Lysol (2 years)
  • Hydrogen Peroxide (30 days – 6 months)
  • Disinfectant wipes (1-2 years depends on products)
  • Window Cleaner (2 years)
  • Furniture polish (about 2 years)
  • Shampoo/Conditioner (12 – 18 months)
  • Body lotion (1 – 3 years)

FYI: Chemicals in dried powder form would last longer compared to its liquid counterparts.

I was clueless. How come nobody told me This? I felt so stupid… all these years… I thought these stuff lasted 5 years minimum,

Then I thought, maybe a lot of single men out-there didn’t have this information as well. So, here it is. Now you know.

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Costco Shopping – October 18, 2019

Holiday season is approaching fast that I can feel it on my skin. We had a pretty warm day today, but as I hurried to Costco after work, it quickly turned chilly as the Sun started to go down already.

With my empty cart, I went straight to Christmas aisle. I stayed there for awhile and enjoyed this train village (Sold out late October). I liked the music and lights. And the train was going in and out… This thing was a dream. I couldn’t walk away from it. I thought about people living in those tiny houses. I wish I had this when I was a kid. But, aren’t we all kids? Anyway, Christmas is magic. Oh, how I cherish Costco’s Christmas aisle…

Soon, I was back on to Costco shopping. Coupons (instant savings) saved $27.50.

European Cookies (#181679 $8.99 after $3 off) have been my holiday ritual for last 10 years or so. Every holiday season, I buy a few cans of these cookies from Costco and put them in freezer. I enjoy them on weekend with morning coffee. My plan is to enjoy little bit of Christmas throughout the year. I bought 3 boxes of of these cookies last year. I am on the last box now.

Soy beans and pot stickers (#440175 $7.99 after $3 off) will last several months for me. It’s good to have variety of quick meals handy. Especially if you live alone, you have plenty room in your freezer, and keeping a freezer full will save energy.

I failed miserably on watermelon this time. The watermelon I bought today was barely enjoyable. It was about 7 out of scale of 10. I am beginning to wonder if I will ever have a good watermelon rest of my life. I would pay $100 for a really good watermelon. I suck so bad at picking watermelons. I spent a lot of time and money hunting for a super-fantastic watermelon.

I bought three bottles of Nature’s Bounty, Nair, Skin & Nails (#553486, $12.46 after $3.50 off). I’ve been taking Biotin supplements every other day, but my hair was getting thinner over the years. I shall take extra dose of these and see if my hair will grow thicker. Don’t get old, people.. don’t get old… 🙁

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Costco Shopping – October 3, 2019

Coupon saved $17.00 – mostly on wiper blades.

Michelin wiper blades are super cheap at Costco, especially when there is instant rebate like right now. So, go and get your wiper blades at Costco. If you don’t need it now, just buy a pair and keep them in your trunk. You will thank me later. The sale ends October 27, 2019.

Three days later, at a garage sale, I bought 2 wiper blades for $2. This is a typical garage sale irony that happens sometimes.

There was a lot of watermelons at Costco. Using my prior experience, I looked at the bottom part of each watermelon and picked out one watermelon that I think had the best looking underbelly. I took it home and cut it open. It was enjoyable but was not super-fantastic. It was 8 1/2 out of scale of 10. I would like one really good watermelon before the season ends.

Box of Kirkland Signature Christmas chocolates is for the guys at mail annex (warehouse) at my work. I will give them the first Christmas gift of the year (in October). I do a lot of online shopping and get all my packages delivered to my work. I shall keep my mail-room guys happy.

I believe Occuvite works for me. As I get older, I started to see strange black spot. I see tiny black dust whenever I open my right eye. But, it goes away if I take Occuvite. I take it every other day or once every three days.

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Costco Shopping – September 17, 2019

I cannot get enough of Vietnamese Pho instant noodles. It’s so good and different than what I’m used to. I know they are bad for me (high sodium, empty calories, early death, etc..), but they are so good. Also, each serving unit is smaller than most instant noodles, so I eat less sodium and less calories. I bought 2 boxes while they were still on sale.

Season is changing. I see more pumpkins than watermelons in stores now. This year, I only had one super-fantastic watermelon. I would really like to enjoy some good watermelons before the season ends. I walked in to Costco warehouse focused – and found less than 10 watermelons huddling at the bottom of a bin. I bent down in an awkward position for a few minutes looking for the best looking watermelon.

I cannot imagine female shoppers going for watermelons in this extreme bent-down position. I wouldn’t be surprised if someone files a law suit against putting watermelons in ground level like this. It’s not only physically challenging to a lot of people, but it prevents most female shoppers from getting watermelons. It puts shoppers in awkward position.

Anyway, I found one watermelon for me. It didn’t look very good, but it was the best of what was left. This reminded me of myself.. I may not be a super-fantastic guy, but I am as good as it could get in what’s left of single men at my age. So… get some. Haha!

I took the watermelon home and cut it open. It was juicy and crispy. It had an amazing texture, but it was not super sweet. Center part was pretty good, but outer meat was not super-fantastic. I rate this 8 1/2 out of 10 in yummy scale. It was still enjoyable.

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Costco Shopping – September 5, 2019

Coupons saved $23.35 today.

It’s Christmas time! Christmas nativities were in stock at Costco! But… as I get older, holiday season is starting to feel little depressing. It feels like last Christmas was only a few months ago. And yet another year is coming to an end. Life is still fun and positive. But, now I see more life in my rear-view mirror than in front. It’s kind of bittersweet. Anyway, let’s enjoy while we are still here. Please stay healthy and share love with me.

SPAM was on sale – I understand a lot of people don’t like SPAM. But, to me, SPAM is crazy good times. We don’t know what kind of meat we’re eating, but who cares when they are so yum? I will marry anyone who smells like SPAM (mm… maybe not).

I have a friend who likes cheese, so I’ve been buying different cheese lately.

Focus Factors and Weider Prime are mystery products. I don’t know if they do anything for me. It’s just… I am scared to miss out on anything if I don’t take these. So, I take them time to time to see if I feel anything different.

And finally, I bought a watermelon. I’ve been obsessing over watermelons lately. Before I go any further, you have to understand how it is to be a single man living alone. I don’t pick up kids after school, I don’t plan family vacation, I don’t worry about my wife’s dental plan, etc… Compared to normal family men, I have a huge void. I need to find something to channel my energy, so I will not cry myself to sleep every night. For now, I am obsessing about watermelons. I would like to develop the art of finding good watermelons. So, back to Costco…. This time I bought a watermelon with dark yellow underbelly. I took it home and opened it. It was very red, very sweet, but mushy. This watermelon was too ripened. The next day, I went to a local market and bought another watermelon. That one was enjoyable, but it was not super-fantastic.

I often I have two cut opened watermelons in my refrigerator. I normally end up throwing away one of them. So far, I only have had one super-fantastic watermelon this year. This is frustrating.

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