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I am not OK. Pray for me.

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Dec
14

*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 like a cookie dough.  I couldn't get this off, so I had to use a screw driver to put a hole and drive back home slowly.  Believe me, guys... it was a hard hit.

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.  It reminds me of my 12 days of Christmas in 2011.  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... but my life is not normal.  It's not THAT bad, but pray for me.

God bless everyone.  I will keep you updated.

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Happy Thanksgiving 2017 - More Pictures

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Dec
06

Happy Thanksgiving 2017

This is my 8th year baking turkey alone.

I have places to go every year.  I thank them, but I refuse to go.  Nobody, including my family, matches comfort and joy that I have when I bake turkey alone.

I want to bake my own turkey.  It's so much fun.

One of my coworkers enjoys visiting my house on Thanksgiving day for a few hours.  Because I provide comfort and joy... a lot of good stuff to eat.

I just woke up.  I shall take a shower and start the day with coffee. I cleaned my kitchen last night and put some Christmas decoration on the sliding door.  Look at my beautiful kitchen.  I came a long way.  Remember when I was poor?  Now I feel awkward (guilty?) to show pictures, because I remember not having good things like these.

Life's been fun so far.  But, one thing I envy the most is people who have family of their own.  You have the best gift.  It makes me want to cry when I see father and son walking together, etc...  It looks so beautiful and I wish I have that.

Happy Thanksgiving.  I'll talk to you soon.  It's magic time.  Have fun~!!

And, pictures of my turkey

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Christmas Raffle - blendSMART Makeup Brush. $110 value

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Nov
14

blendSMART has a Christmas raffle exclusively for my visitors.

blendSMART is a Rotating Makeup Brush that's highly rated at Amazon and Sephora.  Costco is selling them for $69.99 each.  This set sells for $110 outside of Costco.  It comes with 3 brush heads (Blush brush, powder brush, & foundation brush).

I don't wear makeup (sorry).  I will let the video explain it for you (below)

To enter blendSMART Christmas raffle, go to my contact page and enter your name, email address, and don't forget to write "blendSMART" on comment section.  I will contact the winner on December 20 and announce the winner on my blog as well. If I don't hear back from you in a week, I will pick someone else.

Visit below pages to learn more about blendSMART products and/or buy products now.  Good luck. :)

* I am not a professional raffle person.  I will do my best to be fair and accurate.  But, I do not take any responsibility for errors or mistakes.  So... don't be hatin'

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Knee High Socks (over the calf)

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Oct
28

I made a wise purchase 7 years ago in 2010.  I bought 36 pairs of Calvin Klein dress socks at Costco for $97.78 (blog).  It was a very good price.  I bought women's socks so they will fit me perfectly.  Seven years later, these socks are still good. I am very satisfied. I think they can last 10 years.  But it was time for me to change.

I hate it when my socks slide down.  My socks would never stay up.  I would pull up my socks 20 times a day when I'm at work.  I get satisfying feeling when I pull my socks up.  It feels good when my socks are up tight and neat.  But, they will slide down in 2 minutes.  I would tolerate it if I was still young and poor.  But, now I felt the need to fix this sliding socks problem once and for all.  I just needed to buy better socks.

I also realized the importance of socks.  Your socks will peek out just a little when situation arise.  But, that small "peek" will complete your look.  Nicely matching socks will give out a subtle hint about your uniqueness.  I needed new socks for that reason as well - so I will not look like a plain potato

My budget was $400.00. I spent first 6 months shopping for several different socks from different web sites and department stores such as Nordstrom and H&M.  I even ordered a few pairs form the UK.  I spent $100.00 on trying out on different socks.

6 months later I found the socks I like.  They are knee high (over the calf) socks from Falke in the UK.  I spent a few more months to decide exact model and size. Then I ordered about 25 pairs.  The socks sell for $20+ a pair.  They don't sell those in the US, so I had to order from the UK and Germany. I spent more money than I imagined.  But, I will not think about socks for several years. Overall, I am extremely satisfied.

Mens Knee High Socks

Knee high socks are the best.  They stay up.  You know that satisfying feeling I talked about when I pull my socks up?  Now I enjoy that satisfying feeling the entire day.  This elevates my life-style.

Men's Over the calf socks

If you say "what's up with tacky colors?" - that means you only wear sneakers or black shoes.

When you own multiple dress shoes in different colors, you will rarely wear black socks. In fact, I haven't worn black socks in several months.

Lastly. I have noticed that some hipsters with fancy socks tend to wear their pants shorter, just like Michael Jackson in Billie Jean video. so they will showcase their socks when they stand up or walk.  I think that's immature and trying too hard.  "Hey, look at my socks everyone!  See how cool and unique I am.  I have personality.  Love me~!"

Men's socks are like women's cleavage.  You don't want to show them all the time. (You heard this from me first)

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Maury Splits

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Jul
28

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!

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Leftover turkey from Thanksgiving 2016

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Jul
25

Because I live alone, I have to vacuum pack and freeze most of my turkey meat on Thanksgiving night.  I vacuum pack them as soon as possible.

I thawed the meat yesterday (July 25, 2017) and took a short time to fix this dish.  It was amazing good.

Turkey from last year

 

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I never went away. Trying to get my mojo back.

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Jul
02

Hi.  Are there any old time visitors still visiting me?

I am sorry I haven't upated my blog lately.  Nothing happened in my life.  I am just working, working..  But, mostly, I am slowly becoming a boring old man. I am losing my mojo.

I started my blog 9 years ago, I was in my 30's.  I had a lot of free time back then.  Compared to 9 years ago, I do better financially.  I am more comfortable. But... I am becoming an old man.

I will try to have fun with my blog one more time. I will try and see if getting connected with my blog will get my mojo back.

I still enjoy Costco a lot.  Do you realize, we will see Christmas at Costco in about a month? (early August) 

I would like to get excited about stupid and boring stuff just like before.  Now I think about home owners insurance, looking for broken roof tile, high blood sugar level... stuff like that.  Getting old sucks.

Let's not get old.  I will keep in touch. God bless everyone..

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Sign of Getting Old - No more sneakers

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Mar
19

I try to stay young.  I would like to believe I didn't change much.  But, if I look at certain things, I see clear signs of getting old. One thing I noticed was my shoes - I am talking about shoes I wear every day at work, weekend, when I go out Costco shopping, when I go out to see my friends...

Below is my current everyday shoes.  They are, Ecco, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, and Hugo Boss. Black pair is my everyday shoes for work. Most younger coworkers wear sneakers at work. I cannot wear sneakers anymore because it feels funny.  I feel normal in dress shoes.  Why would I wear high performance sneakers when I don't plan to jump up and down at work?  I don't wear running shorts to work...I don't wear mouthpiece at I work.  I don't know.... that's how I look at it. 

Hence, sign of getting old.

The green insoles inside black shoes are Superfeet.  They are the best insoles money can buy (around $40 a pair).  So, my feet are very comfortable in dress shoes.

I hope Costco sells designer shoes.

Below is a pictur from 8 years ago, my everyday shoes were all sneakers. (picture below).

8 years ago was good times.  I would give anything to go back to that government subsidized 1 bedroom apartment.  I was very happy and positive back then.  I am still happy and positive... but old. :(   Haha.

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Thanksgiving Turkey 2016

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Dec
02

This was my 7th straight year I baked Thanksgiving turkey alone.  Just like last year, a friend dropped by for a short time.  But, I was home alone in most part. I live stress free life. I was invited to a couple of places. But, I didn't want to drive 2 hours to see my family .  And I didn't want to go where I was not able to truly relax.  A lot of people talk about holidays and stress.  I have absolutely no stress.

First, I baked the turkey upside down for an hour.  Then I flipped the turkey and baked until it was done.  I like this technique.  I think it was the best turkey I have ever made.  I can't wait for the next Thanksgiving.

Red Lobster buicuits (from Costco) were  very good.  Turkey, stuffing, organic cranberry sauce, and turkey baking racks were also from Costco.

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Bracelets

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Sep
13

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Here are some of the (chain) bracelets I bought at garage sales. I am finally putting them on eBay one by one. I need more time to get better at eBay.

When I say "I enjoy garage sales" people don't seem to understand what it's about.  Anyway, it takes certain skills to be good at garage sales.  I am obsessed about building that skill.

They are all silver.  One is gold filled. One is gold over silver (with Onyx).

The one on top - I don't know what kind of gemstone it is, but I had to buy it.  I couldn't stop looking at it.  I still look at it.

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