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.

I am not OK. Pray for me.
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*Update – my car was declated total loss.

I was driving to work Friday morning and I got hit from behind very hard. The picture may not look like much, but look at it closely.  Front side of her car parts are embedded in the backside of my car.  I had to pull out part of her license plate from inside my muffler.  Her radiator was destroyed.  It was a hard hit.

There is no broken bone.  There was no blood.  But, 5 days later, I have a headache that seems to be getting worse.  And I feel nauseated.  I think I’ll have to see a doctor.

I had to get a rental car, go out car shopping, talk to insurance company (many times), arrange to get my car picked up, etc…  I had to remind myself not to skip meal.  I had to pay close attention to myself so I will not forget my keys, paperwork, wallet…  This was the time I had to take care of myself.

All this is discouraging and depressing because I realize that I am alone in this world.  God bless single people.  I keep telling you that one thing I envy the most is people who have family of their own.

Below (picture) – green circle is the opening of my muffler.  It cut the license plate (of the person who hit me) like a cookie dough.  It blocked exhaust, so I had to drive home slowly.

Several days were blurry, then I realized that Christmas is only a week away.  I got robbed out of my Christmas.  I only have12 days to Christmas.  How poetic is that.  Oh, how much I love Christmas. I wish the spirit of Christmas will make things better for me.

I guess I should feel thankful that it’s not worse…  It’s not THAT bad, but pray for me.

God bless everyone.  I will keep you updated.

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!