Costco Shopping – February 25, 2018

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11th Costco shopping in 2018 – $68.59 (today) / $424.36 (this year)

It was a glorious Sunday morning Costco shopping.  I did car wash first.  I bought my normal green stuff, lunch salads, strawberries, and a bag of coffee.  For my annual St. Patrick’s Day dinner, I bought a bag of Bill Bailey’s® Irish Brand Corned Beef Brisket.

I used my Citi Visa Costco reward rebate check and recevied $279.94 in change (cash).

I came home before noon.

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Costco City Visa Reward Rebate check, 2018

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I received this year’s Citi Visa Costco reward rebate check amount of $340.54. This check doesn’t make me happy.  To me, this is a reality check.  I spent 60% more money compared to the year before. 60% is a huge jump on credit card spending. I need to be careful with money. Seriously…

Below is rebate checks from last year, (2017)

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Sign of Getting Old – Cufflinks

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I started to wear dress shirts with cufflinks at work.

We have “T-Shirts & Jeans” dress code at work.  But, I enjoy wearing white dress shirt with cufflinks that match my shoes. All my cufflinks are vintage sterling silver with some kind of gemstones. My shirts are…. expensive.

So, out of 700 – 750 employees at work, I think I am the only person who wears cufflinks.

*I am still planning to tell you about my shoes… later…

My father had this watch for about 10 years.  The battery ran out and he moved on to another watch.  I got this watch from my father and kept it for about 10 years.  I finally put in a new battery last month.  It works.

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Costco Shopping – February 20, 2018

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10th Costco shopping in 2018 – $47.29 (today) / $355.77 (this year)

Fit Crunch guy looks like Mr Clean.

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My Vitamix Routine

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I’ve been using Vitamix twice a day, non-stop, for last 6 years.  Below is a picture of my typical mix (one serving – 2 tall glasses)

First of all, I don’t use Vitamix for taste.  Vitamix is a chore.. I just gulp it down and move on with my life.  I make one when I wake up, and make another one when I come home from work (before dinner).

It takes so little time to make Vitamix juice. I cannot think of any faster way to eat.  So, in part, I do this because I am lazy.

I put some ice and water to start.

I put:

  • Flax seeds (of Chia seeds) – About 1 tbl spoon.
  • Celeries – 3 or less (depends on how thick)
  • 1/2 apple – normal size
  • some carrots
  • Spinach to fill the container to top (or green mix)
  • Ginger to taste (when I feel like it)
  • Lemon to taste (when I feel like it)

There is no rule.  I may buy random vegetables whenever I see them on sale.

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Costco Shopping – February 14, 2018

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9th Costco shopping in 2018 – $32.78 (today) / $308.48 (this year)

Happy Valentine’s Day.

I bought my usual greens for my everyday diet.

I bought roses for Valentines Day ($15.99 for a dozen).  I trusted that there would be roses at Costco, and Costco didn’t let me down.  Costco continues to provide me a convenient and economical life-style.  Roses were so cheap that I felt little guilty.

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Costco Shopping – February 6, 2018

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8th Costco shopping in 2018 – $44.05 (today) / $275.7 (this year)

Nothing special today.

I put 2 CK shirts in the cart at first.  Then I changed my mind and bought just one.  They are slim fit.  As a grown man, I favor tailored fit over slim fit.  I find slim fit shirts too young and hip (facial hair, vaping, etc… ).  This skinny fit trend will go away soon.  I will just keep one.

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Costco Shopping – February 2, 2018

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7th Costco shopping in 2018 – $28.15 (today) / $231.65 (this year)

What you don’t see is a take and bake pizza at the bottom.  I am getting ready for Super Bown 2018.  I bought a bag of chips and salsa.  Super Bowl is not the same without pizza, hot wings, chips and salsa.

Go team~!!

I don’t even know who’s playing on Super Bowl.  I will give NFL a chance if players stop being political.

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Costco Shopping – January 30, 2018

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6th Costco shopping in 2018 – $21.66 (today) / $203.50 (this year)

Boring… I buy same things.. ZZzzz..

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Costco Shopping – January 19, 2018

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5th Costco shopping in 2018 – $32.23 (today) / $181.84 (this year)

As usual, I didn’t buy anything special today. Boring..

I took passport photo today at Costco.  I have no plan to leave country.  I always keep my passport current just in case.

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Costco Membership Fee Increased. Time to downgrade?

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I didn’t know annual membership for Costco was increased in July 2017.  Since the fee increase took place 6 months ago, 50% of you have already renewed membership with increased rate. But, there are about half of us, including me, who didn’t know about price increase.

$120 plus tax is $131.40.  In order for executive membership to pay for itself, You need to receive $65.70 on 2% rebate check (make qualifying purchase of $3,285.00)

4 years ago I spent $5,249.50 – My executive membership paid for itself and then some.
Last year I spent $2,929.00 and I just received a check for $58.58.  This check doesn’t pay for my executive membership. In fact, I lost $7.12. I may have to downgrade my membership… we’ll see…

I spend less money at Costco now.  I have everything I want (TV, Clothes, Kitchenware..). I don’t have much more to buy at Costco except food items. It is interesting that I shop less at Costco now that I have more money.


Costco executive member 2% rebate check for 2017 purchases
(received January 2018)


Costco executive member 2% rebate check for 2013 purchases.
(received January 2014)

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I want to see Milky Way

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I would like to see the best view of Milky Way Galaxy possible with my own naked eyes, preferably at some place in the continental US (48 states). I guess I will take a trip for 1-2 nights.  I am willing to spend x amount of money.

I can use your help.  Let me know if:

  • You own or know airbnb location where viewing of Milky Way is possible.
  • If you know places where I can go to view Milky Way.
  • If you know astronomy clubs you can recommend.
  • If you want to go with me or meet up with me there.
  • If you know of Milky Way viewing events.
  • If you have anything to tell me about it.

So far, all I know is that the best time to view Milky Way is Summer months centering July.  I have about 5 months (20 weeks) to get ready.  So, search is on.

The only picture of Milky Way I photographed so far.

PS. Next on my list is to see Northern Lights (Aurora) – This will require me to travel to Alaska or Canada.   After that, I will travel to Texas or New York to see Total Solar Eclipse in April 8, 2024.

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Costco Shopping – January 15, 2018

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4th Costco shopping in 2018 – $5.46 (today) / $149.61 (this year)

Rotisserie chicken…  that’s all for tonight.

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Back to work / Song of the Month

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My song of the month
Gal Costa & Caetano Veloso – Sorte

There are some leftover candies at work, but we are now back in full working mode.  2017 was a relaxing year for me, except it ended with a bang.

I came to work and got my morning coffee. I set at my desk and played my favorite song of the month. Before start working, I looked at the other side of my cubicle.  The wall looked beautiful with morning Sunlight.  I can see shapes of leaves from a tree outside. It’s hard to describe but that moment was personal and enjoyable. It felt like my whole life story was painted on that wall.

‘Life isn’t that bad’  I smiled as I sipped coffee.

Song of the month:

Gal Costa is one of my favorite singers. She’s in her mid 70’s.  She’s still alive!!  As far as I am concerned, she and her duet singer Caetano Veloso are legends in Brazil and Latin music in general.

She sings in Portuguese and I don’t understand a word she says, but I love this song so much it makes me want to cry.  It’s just so beautiful.

If you liked the song, watch this video.  it’s cute.  It’s the same song live, from 1985.

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