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  • Hi, I am John. I started Costco blog in 2008 (when I was poor) and never stopped blogging. I represent single people living alone. I also represent normal folks enjoying boring everyday life. Boring is fun. Boring is the best. (about me)
  • The goal for my blog is to kill time and share love. You can’t do this for 13 years without love.
  • I don’t follow celebrities online. However, I would like to experience normal folks living normal lives. (drinking tea in a kitchen in England, riding a train in Chicago, doing farm work, etc… beautiful everyday life). That’s what I give you on my blog.
  • I love Costco, so I talk about Costco a lot. I truly believe Costco adds value to my life.
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Lake Shore Drive. Chicago, IL

Lake Shore Drive – Aliotta Haynes Jeremiah

In 2018, I flew to Chicago and drove on Lake Shore Drive because of this song. My trip to Chicago was memorable. I ate at Manny’s Deli and also ate Chicago-style hot dogs, yum~!! Lake Michigan was so huge, it was just like an ocean. Lake Shore Drive was so beautiful that I was emotional and felt like crying.

On that trip, I also visited Gary, Indiana, and visited Michael Jackson’s old house. And I stayed a few days in Michigan. I like Michigan. Oh, I was SOOO confused about using toll roads, especially the toll gates. I was unaware of such a thing. I was completely lost. I freaked out as I watched everyone else passing through the gates in a rhythmic pattern, like the baseball scene from the Bugs Bunny cartoon.

Anyway, the gate just opened for me. I think my rental car had a device that communicated with the gate(?). I still don’t know what happened. I don’t know what I need to do the next time.

I didn’t know this song (Lake Shore Drive) until the movie ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2’.

Obviously, “Lake Shore Drive” initials LSD.

FYI: Yes, I tried a deep-dish pizza in Chicago. That’s all I have to say.

Team Gandhi Vs. Team Annie

Some people, including Gandhi, said “Live each day like today is the last”. But, I don’t agree with that. I don’t think that philosophy applies to common folks like us. It applies if you’re trying to cure cancer or compete in the Olympics. They are the people with special missions, and every single day counts for them. But, I’m just a little guy (and I’m proud of it). I live my life as if I will live 120 years. I enjoy my slow and boring life. I like to daydream about my next 10-20 years (Driving Porsche and traveling to the Southern states for good food). I like the fact that I have a lot of unfinished personal projects.

I like to go to bed, thinking about what to eat the next day. My life is fuller because I believe the Sun will come out tomorrow. Yes, like the Broadway musical Annie. Annie presents the philosophy that opposes Gandhi’s teaching head-on. Annie has a valid philosophy that we still quote her to this date.

So, there you have it. Team Gandhi vs. Team Annie. Which team would you join?

Here are key factors to consider.

  • Team Gandhi – You die tonight. Hunger strike. Assassinated.
  • Team Annie – There is tomorrow. Cute dog. Lives happily ever after.

“Hunger” is a funny word – “Hunger!” “Hunger!” it sounds like something Tarzan would say to a lion.

I guess we don’t have to pick a team. We can meet in the middle; we shall enjoy life and try not to be lazy.

I don’t have a point to make in this blog post. Gandhi and Annie popped into my head, and I wanted to share this video. This is the best version of “Tomorrow”. Andrea McArdle is the best Annie. Even if you don’t like Broadway musicals, you must watch this once.

Please take care. I will talk to you soon.

Costco Shopping – October 7, 2021

Sorry about my late post. Catching up…

22nd Costco Shopping in 2021 – $149.86 / $2,512.66 this year

Costo hasn’t brought back the onion crank at the food court yet. So, tonight I brought my own chopped onion to Costco. The hot dog was brilliant.

Since this blog, I heard they brought back the onion cranks.

There was no full-scale Christmas display at Costco. This is highly unusual in October. I only saw some Christmas items, but not even close to what we normally see. Also, Kirkland Signature shampoos weren’t there. In fact, Costco took down their shampoo from the website.

I picked up a bag of salted peanuts by mistake when I wanted an unsalted one. Salted peanuts are tasty, but I don’t want too much salt in my body. This bag of peanuts had an expiration date of March 2022. I wonder if they will be good for that long (6 months from now).

Better treat for my neighbors

This will sound condescending, but…

When I lived in a government-subsidized apartment, there were a lot of kids in the neighborhood, but I had zero trick-or-treaters in 8 years. They all went to rich neighborhoods for better candies. Then, I moved to an above-average neighborhood.

Now, on every Halloween, my street gets packed with strange cars and SUVs, each car carrying several kids from the poor side of the town. I get 60 to 120 kids every year. The number is unpredictable.

That’s why I bought 2 kinds of chocolates at Costco. I will hand out small chocolates to the trick-or-treaters. But, when I see my neighbors’ kids. I will let them pick a full-sized bar of chocolate from the box of Hershey’s. I feel bad doing this, for I am from the poor side of the town. But, what can I do?

* Hershey’s full-size chocolates were on sale ($5 off).

Calendar shopping season

Shop early. Good calendars will sell out.

I am a calendar person. A calendar on the wall says who you are. Even if you have a free calendar from your dentist, that calendar will say something about you. The calendar can be a part of the furniture that adds an extra attitude to your house. A calendar can make a big statement about you. Imagine visiting your boss’s house and there is a Mother Teresa calendar on the wall. But what if it was a porn actress calendar instead? Looking at the calendar pictures every day can affect your soul. Some people hang pictures of Jesus Christ or Malcolm-X for a similar reason.

I need a new calendar in the kitchen every year. I find it functional to have it in that corner (picture below). So, I buy a calendar every year for that spot. That corner of the kitchen is too empty to begin with. It’s begging for a calendar.

My kitchen (October 2021)

I also have a calendar in the living room, but I don’t need a calendar to check dates. So, I hang an old calendar I bought at Costco (Nov 2013). I like that calendar so much that I still use it after several years. I flip the calendar every month, but it’s always 2014. I don’t need a new calendar there.

Living room calendar (by LANG) from Costco. 8th year on the wall.

Now is the time to shop for calendars. Good calendars will sell out fast. And, if they sell out, I doubt they will reprint calendars in December and January. Costco had some beautiful Lang calendars in the past. Costco may stock calendars around October and November, or maybe not. It’s hard to tell, especially because of the pandemic.

File Photo: Kirkland Signature Beef Dinner Franks

Kirkland Signature Beef Dinner Franks.

These are the Costco hotdog weiners you get from the food court.

I am doing well. I am super busy for the next 2 weeks. I have taken a personal job (side hustle) that I am working every waking moment (working 2 jobs). Then we will get into the busy holiday season.

I will make time for the blog, but I may be slow. I am well. I will keep in touch.

Kirkland Signature Beef Dinner Franks, Costco Hot dog weiners