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Sign of Getting Old - No more sneakers

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

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

Sep
13

Big picture is located here

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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Pen 15 - Exclusive Club

May
25

My favorite coworker at work is exactly 20 years younger than I am.  I call her my "Little buddy".  I think I am her favorite coworker as well.  Sometimes she declines lunch dates with young guys so she can have a fun and relaxing lunch with "Uncle John", that's what she calls me.

One day we were talking about how old I was - like we often do for fun.  Then she told me about this exclusive club named Pen 15.  "Either you're in or out.  But, I think you are too old to even know about it" she stated.

"10-15?" I asked.   "Nono.. Pen15" she said...  "Ah~ let me show you.  give me your hand."  So I gave her my hand.

This is what she wrote on my hand (below)

"You suck!" I yelled at her.   "Hahaha!  I owned you!"  she laughed.

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Thanksgiving Turkey

Apr
07

Last Thanksgiving Day (2015) I ate 10% of the turkey and vacuum freezed the rest.

Almost 5 months later, I thawed the turkey for dinner.  It was very good.  It was like I baked the bird yesterday.

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Kitchen Towels Suck - all of them

Nov
22

I don't know why people buy, sell, & use kitchen towels like these.  yes, I own several of them myself (picture below).  But these towels SUCK!.  They don't perform well as I want them to. They are too small and thin that they quickly become soaking wet.  They need to be thicker and larger.  Dish towels have been around for many years... but am I the only person with this complain?  Are you guys happy with your dish towels?

I keep some of the dish towels just because I want to follow the tradition.  I may even use them when I have formal guests.  But what really works for me is bathroom hand towels (28 to 30 Inches long).

I don't know what kind of dish towels you guys use.  To me, nothing even comes close to bathroom hand towels, and I will continue to use them in the kitchen.

FYI: The towels I use in the kitchen are from Costco.  :)

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Couldn't Wait for Costco - Bought 4 Pairs of Black Jeans

Jul
19

I desparately needed some black jeans.  My current black jeans faded so much that I was looking poor.

I work at a large company where I am allowed to wear blue jeans.  But, I refuse to wear blue jeans at work.  There are 700 people working at my job and people wearing blue jeans are the ones working at low paying departments (this sounds mean, but I'm just reporting the fact).

Nobody wears blue jeans in my side of the building.  People wear slacks and dress shirts here.   I am a computer guy, so I can get away with black jeans, but I want them clean and new.

Anyway, I gave up waiting for Calvin Klein black jeans at Costco and bought 4 pairs of brand name jeans.  I will not say the name of the brand.

The first thing I did was to took off all the brand name markings such as large leather flaps and tiny red logos.  I was poor not too long ago, and I hate showing off brand name logos and markings of any kind.  It is against my philosophy.  If they want me to wear their brand names, they should pay me.

Like the 80's rap group RUN DMC said...

Cause Calvin Klein's no friend of mine
Don't want nobody's name on my behind

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Fist Bump

Jul
02

I had a lot of fun visiting Costco in Atlanta, Georgia.  Now it was time for me to fly back home to California.  I got on board and took my window seat on the left side.  Soon, a beautiful young woman set next to me on the middle seat.  I told her she can use the armrest between us.  I said, "And I will not talk to you.  I may give you a fist bump after we landed."  She smiled back.

A few minutes later her boyfriend came and set next to her on the aisle seat.  I felt little awkward that I didn't know she was with her boyfriend.  But, I did tell her that I will not talk to her.  So...

It was a 4 hours flight from Atlanta to Los Angeles.  The Sun was still up and we flew by some beautiful clouds.  I watched Harry Potter and Sound of Music on my iPad.  The couple next to me talked for an hour, took a nap, and the girl played games on her smartphone.  I caught her occasionally on the corner of my eye.  She was tall and good looking.  If she was my girl, I would worship her.

And, of course, I didn't talk to her.

We finally landed but it took extra time getting to the gate.  The pilot turned off the "No seatbelt" signs, and people started to stand up and reach for their luggages.

Her boyfriend stood up and turned his back on her for a short time.  At that exact moment she quickly turned to me with a big smile.  

And gave me a fist bump.

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Visiting Atlanta, Georgia Costco - March 2015

Mar
30

I went to Costco in Atlanta Georgia!  And I stayed somewhere in Georgia for the weekend.  How cool is that?

More coming..

I miss Cracker Barrel, Waffle House, Mrs Winner's, Piggly Wiggly... and Southern hospitality.

I wish to retire in Georgia.

More coming.  ZZzz....

Landing in Atlanta, Georgia

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Visiting San Francisco Bay Area Costco - March 2015

Mar
29

March 2015

It was an exciting weekend.  I visited Costco in San Francisco Bay Area.  Flying from Burbank to Oakland was just about an hour.  I rarely leave my comfort zone.  It was exciting to face the unknown.

Friday: I arrived at San Francisco Bay area late evening. The first thing I noticed was that people seemed classier in San Francisco Bay Area.  We went to a fast food restaurant for a late night bite.  Young people working there were classier than what I was used to.  Later, a bunch of high-school kids walked in for Friday night fun.  It was a group of kids in mixed races.  They were all well behaved, quiet, and classy.  Throughout the weekend, I saw nothing but classy people.  People were different there.  It was strange, and I liked it.

Saturday: We took BART, a public transportation subway system, to down town San Francisco for lunch.  It was not busy because today was Saturday.  But, now I know how people in the Bay area commute to the big city every day.

I had a good, authentic Chinese food for lunch.  Then I learned that they didn't take credit cards. Pretty much all restaurants in China Town had "Cash Only" signs.

Sunday: We went to Costco in Danville (San Francisco Bay Area).  The entire warehouse looked familiar, except they had an insane amount of coffees.  They had about twice as many coffee varieties compared to Costco in my area.  For example, at my Costco we have Peet's coffee (Major Dickason's Blend).  At Danville Costco, they had Peet's Coffee AND Peet's Coffee Organic.  Most coffees had organic versions at extra cost. 

It was cool to see San Francisco Giant "World Series Champion" hoodies.  I felt the patriotism.

I didn't buy anything because I was flying back home in a few hours.

It was a glorious weekend I will never forget.  Good times..

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