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Garage Sale – May 11, 2019

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I spent $2 today at garage sales. My house smells like fresh cotton now (melting one of the tarts in the picture).

I didn’t need coffee mug. I didn’t need another cook book. But, for ¢50 each, I get a great joy out of it. It’s definitely worth it. And, I have friends who would love to take them from me when I’m done with them.

I feel the most relaxed when I’m back home after garage sales. I wanted share with you how relaxed I am… so I took this picture. I hope you can feel it. I will now start laundry and make coffee. It’s a glorious Saturday morning.

Talk to you soon.

Sorry, I’ve been busy. I am here.

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I am sorry I haven’t been updating my blog. I am here. I will talk to you soon. I’ve been busy. I need to take a vacation. Below is my available vacation & sick hours at work. I have over 6 weeks of vacation & sick days to take. Vacation hours will keep accumulate without limitation. But sick hours will be maxed out at 48 hours.


I need to take a sick day soon, before I max out my 48 hours. I love my job. My job has been good to me. But, I’ll have to be stupid not to take paid days off that’s coming to me.

Ideally, I would never get sick, and enjoy a sick day every two months. Sometimes I take road trip with my friend. Sometimes I go to all-you-can-eat sushi place for huge lunch. Sometimes I watch a lot of TV. Sick day is crazy good times if you are not sick.

I never took sick days in the past. I called in sick maybe once in my entire life. Then, 2 years ago, I finally saw the light. I’ll have to be stupid not to take all my sick days. When I worked for small companies, I felt guilty to take a sick day even if I was really sick. I was afraid I might not get my fifty cents raise. Now that I work at a large company, my attitude has changed. For example, if I feel lousy in the morning, I text my boss and say that I feel lousy that I’m taking a sick day. This doesn’t make me a bad employee. This makes me the employee who put myself first. So they better keep me happy or I’ll do business elsewhere. You are welcome.

Anyway, I am doing well – both physically and mentally. I will talk to you soon.

Online Auction and Sniping

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This is for those who appreciate excitement of online auction, and to those who want to know what it’s about.

I bid on an Italian (Lubiam), 100% cashmere coat at Goodwill auction website. Auction end time was Friday 3/1/2019 6:05 PM.

I was willing to spend a few hundred Dollars to buy it, alter it, and dry clean it. I decided $157 is my absolute maximum amount I am willing to spend at this auction. I would bid at the very last seconds, within 4 seconds. This strategy is called sniping.

I waited for 5 days and watched the price going up from $6 to $20 to $70. Two bidders, JR & SA were going at it. It was exciting to see two dapper bidders in action.

Finally it was my time. 9 minutes to go, my stop watch was synchronized with auction clock. By now, my heart was pumping hard. Time seemed to go fast and slow at the same time. I didn’t know at that time, but, 8 seconds to go, KG appeared out of nowhere and made his move, but he was 50 Cents below JR’s maximum bid of $75. Dang! so close. (FYI: maximum bidding amount is hidden during the auction).

3 seconds to go, I made my move and bid $157. Suspense was killing me. 5 seconds later I learned that I won the coat for $76.00. Soon, I looked at detailed auction history (below), and learned that KG was sniping with 8 seconds to go. Cheeky monkey…

KG thought he was slick, the only game in town, but he was still a student (or poor). He bid enough to beat current amount. But he didn’t know the other person’s maximum amount. When he realized he was outbidded, he didn’t have time to react. KG should have bid his absolute maximum amount, Then KG and I would have a fair battle.

Some people frown upon auction snipers. But, I am bidding at my best ability. I see nothing’s wrong with it. So, am I supposed to bid at my second best ability? As far as I am concerned, the best and the only way to bid at online auction is to bid your maximum amount at the very last seconds. You will have no regret if you don’t win, because you bid your maximum amount. You lost on your own term.

Cable Price is Insulting

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I am currently a Frontier FiOS customer. Look below at my cable/internet/phone price. See how it increased from $149.57 to $194.29 in 12 months. I didn’t add any services, and yet, price went up $44.72 in 12 months. If this is not getting screwed I don’t know what is.

When I first joined Verizon about 10 years ago, my special discount price was about $125/mo. After 2 years of price lock-down they started to jack up the price on me. I kept calling them to lock down low price but they would only give me higher price than before. And they kept raising the price as if they are testing my limit. And I am finally seeing my limit.

This is it. I refuse to pay more than $150/mo on cable/internet/phone service. $150/mo is $1800 a year. That’s a lot of money. A lot of people don’t take home $1800 a month. $150 is what I pay for electric, gas, water, and trash collection combined.

Most people I know pay more than $150 on cable TV bundle. Those most people make less money than I do. That’s another topic and I will not go there.

Tomorrow I am switching to Spectrum. I will be paying $117/mo for next 12 month. So, I will save $927 in next 12 months. After 12 months, they will increase the price to $142/mo. I will still save $627.48 a year compared to my current provider, but I will try to lower the price, and hopefully lock down the price for a long term. I may switch provider again, or I will drop cable TV altogether. Whatever it may be, I will not spend $1800 a year on TV/Internet/Phone.

I absolutely hate cable companies for jerking us around with insane price and rate increases. I am this close to drop cable TV altogether. They can kiss my ass.

Two pairs of boots I cannot wear (for now).

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Happy new year. I’m gonna continue with my boring stories. My visitors tend to enjoy reading about my boring life, so…

These two pairs of Italian boots are Christmas gift from me to me. But, I cannot wear them for now.

I work at a large company with 700-800 employees, and some of my colleagues follow my shoes. Some guys like to talk to me about shoes. They ask me about how I go about shopping for shoes. I didn’t think much of it at first. Then I realized that they were trying to tap in to my brain so they could buy the same shoes when I buy them. At least they are trying to emulate my style.

There is one particular guy at work… one day I caught him searching for my purple Chelsea boots. “I will find your boots. I like them. I will find them and buy them.” He said.

Luckily, he couldn’t find my boots. But, this forever changed how I share information at work. Now I don’t wear anything that is currently available to purchase, so I don’t play twinsies with annoying mofos. I will only wear these boots after they are completely out of season and completely sold out. It will be about a month. I can wait.

Personal Update – November 2018

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HI.  I am doing good.  Sorry, I’ve been busy.  But, I am here.  I’ll be back on my blog soon.

Perhaps some of you are following my Instagram and have some idea what I’ve been doing.  Below is a quick personal update.

  • I went to New Orleans for 5 day and ate a lot – went to Costco there.
  • I visited Chicago for 3 days – ate pizza, hot dog, deli sandwich. I drove on Lake Shore Drive, and visited Costco there.
  • I visited Battle Creek, Michigan for 3 days.  I love Michigan.  I visited Costco in Kalamazoo.
  • I visited Michael Jackson’s childhood house in Gary Indiana. I was emotional. I cried.
    • And visited Costco there.
  • After Chicago – Michigan trip, I came home and found out that my refrigerator was dead. All my good food had to be trashed (oh well).  The refrigerator is back on for now.  I am currently shopping for a new refrigerator at Costco.com.  I am trying to get through this with a smile.

I am doing good and physically well.  Christmas is coming.  I cannot believe 1 year has passed already.  I try to enjoy every moment I am awake.

I’ll be back.  Please keep in touch.

I saw Milky Way

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I drove 8+ hours (round trip) to see Milky Way for the first time in my life.

Now that I think back, I believe I have seen Milky Way number of times in the past – I just didn’t know what I was looking at.

Milky Way looks like streaks of cloud.  It doesn’t look anything like what you see on photographs. It will look awesome if you manipulate your picture (kind of like below).  I used my point and shoot camera for below picture.  I can take much better pictures with my professional equipment, but my trip was not about photography.

I went to Joshua Tree National Park (CA), and I was disappointed to see glowing city lights all around. It was darker than my neighborhood, but not by much.  I have been to darker places in my past.   I am disappointed.  I need to research more and visit darker locations. Next time, I will bring my professional camera.

If you live anywhere in the world that’s very dark at night, please let me visit you.  I will pay for the room.

BelGioioso Fresh Mozzarella Cheese at Costco

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BelGioioso’s Fresh Mozzarella cheese was enjoyable.  Check out the big plate.  I seasoned it with salt, pepper, & olive oil (all Kirkland Signature brand).  I shall make it one more time.  I have one more pack left.  Costco sells 2 pack of 16 oz cheese for $7.29.  I bought it when there was $2.30 instant savings on it.  So, I paid $4.99 for 2 pack.  FYI: Walmart sells them at $5.78 each. I believe Costco has the best price.

My Mozzarella cheese salad was very good. My friend loved it.  It was such a good relaxing time.

Basil costed more than the cheese.  I thought that was ridiculous.  I shall grow my own basil.  I still have basil seeds from 7 years ago.  I wonder if they are any good.  Anyone remember that blog?  I had so much fun back then. I didn’t have much money, I had a 9 inch TV in my living room, but it was a magical time. I was so excited about buying a packet of basil seeds and a little pot.  Sometimes I worry that magic may be fading away.. 7 years ago I was aware that someday I would look back and wish I could go back to that time when I was poor and happy… and younger.

I’m gonna go look for those seeds.   Good times… good times….

Why some people hate Americans. Shame on me

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Oh boy. This is why some people hate Americans. Shame on me.

I have a good diet, but I get a special craving once in a while – I need some serious eatin’.  Once I ate 2 pound steak and won a t-shirt.  And I set my own sushi eating record almost 10 years ago (Dec 16. 2008).

Last week, I went to an all you can eat place.  Below is a picture of what I ate.  It was satisfying and I felt no guilt.  God bless America.

*I am 5’7″ 155lb.  Sorry about bad pictures.  The restaurant was dark.

I think it started way back when I was growing up poor.  I would visit my rich relatives once in a while and they would have unlimited food… good food.  I remember how overwhelmed I was, and how committed I was to eat as much as I could.

Mm… maybe I think too much. I like to pig out once a while.. we all do.

New Air Conditioner

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I did it.  Now I have a central air conditioner like rich people do.

I remember about ten years ago.  The thermostat inside my apartment would pass 100 degree mark… and it would stay up there for 3 days straight. Now I have a house with better insulation, but I didn’t have a central air conditioner.  Last year alone, I spent about 40 days feeling miserable in my hot living room.

Finally, my suffering is over. I’ve been planning and saving for years for central air conditioner.

But, I feel strange, though. I feel little empty inside now that this is done.  I need to find another hobby, save for a convertible, or something.  If I had a family of my own I would not feel this weird after buying a dang air conditioner.  I think living alone has a lot to do with my emotional ground.  I now have nothing else to look forward to.  I need to come up with something to keep me excited.

All and all, I am enjoying my new life style.  There is more life to live.  More to come…

 

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I feel blessed that people much younger than I am at work take me as friend.  They seem to find me fun and easy to talk to.  Ana is about 20 years younger than I am.  She works at another building so I rarely see her.  She will take me to Costco tomorrow for lunch.  This will be fun and memorable.  I can’t wait.

Ana has no idea I have a Costco blog.

Text – John Charm

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This text took place before St. Patrick’s Day.  My sample lady cut me a huge chunk of corn beef brisket just for me.  I had to brag it to somebody.

“John Charm” is a well known phrase to my friends.

Maury Splits

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It’s almost Christmas time at Costco.

Today I went to Costco and looked everywhere for the first sign of Christmas.  But, I couldn’t find any.  So I drank a sample cup of Vitamix juice and went back to work.  I will look again next week.

Maury Splits

I still record Maury show and watch them after work.  I love Maury Show so much that, last year, I traveled 3000 miles to Stamford Connecticut to attend Maury Show.  Here’s my blog about the trip on December 2016

On Maury Show, there is a special move – we call it “Maury Splits”.  Sometimes, when female guests want to express her feelings, they may do splits on stage.  For example, one might say “I am so positive you are the father, I will do the splits.”  Then she would proceed to spread her legs on live stage.  If you think about it, it makes a perfect sense.  She must feel very positive about what she’s saying in order for her to do splits on stage.  So, we tend to give her more credit for it.  Maury Splits is a powerful tool to persuade audience.

You don’t always see the splits on Maury Show, it’s a special treat.

You may do Maury Splits when you are happy.  You may do Maury Splits when you are frustrated.  You may do Maury Splits when you want to prove your innocence.  Maury Splits is a versatile body language, kind of like the word “Aloha”  – except for spreading of legs.

Maury Splits is fun, rare, and special.  Check it out.

Talk to you later.  Aloha!