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I want to see Milky Way

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 in News - Jan 17, 2018

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Costco Shopping - January 15, 2018

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

Rotisserie chicken...  that's all for tonight.

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Here's the Real Reason Costco Will Never Stop Selling $4.99 Rotisserie Chicken

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The short answer is that rotisserie chicken is a “loss leader.” It’s a product that a store sells at minimal or negative profit expressly for the purpose of drawing in legions of customers hoping to take advantage of the deal. The concept works for the retailer in the grand scheme, because when customers come in for their chicken, they’re likely to also pick up extras to go along with the meal.

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Back to work / Song of the Month

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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Costco Shopping - January 11, 2018

3rd Costco shopping in 2018 - $13.12 (today) / $144.15 (this year)

It was a lunch time Costco shopping.

I ate a hot dog first.  I should try that new salad, but I wanted some meat... and Pepsi.  Celery and spinach are for Vitamix juice.  I bought my Vitamix blender 6 years ago.  I still use it twice a day. Chicken BLT salad (2 pack) was for my lunch at work.

Sorry about low quality pictures.  I forgot to bring my camera to Costco.

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Woman Returns Dead Christmas Tree to Costco on Jan. 4

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A woman in Santa Clara, California was spotted returning a Christmas tree to Costco on Jan. 4. She returned the tree “because it [was] dead,” a shopper waiting in line behind her said according to The Sun, and got her money back.

“I can’t make this stuff up,” Scott Bentley, who took a photo in the refund line, wrote on Facebook.

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http://fortune.com/2018/01/11/woman-returns-dead-christmas-tree/

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Costco Shopping - January 9, 2018

2nd Costco shopping in 2018 - $43.76 (today) / $131.03 (this year)

I went to Costco today for paper towels, sugar snap peas, minced garlic, and some salad for lunch at work.

Then I found this funky noodles.  It's Long Kow Organic Bean-Vermicelli Noodles.  You can do a lot of things with these noodles *IF* you have some basic cooking skill.  After soaking them, I would mix it with random vegetables, or I can put it in random soup.  It's a fun food product that I can enjoy once in a while.

The noodles are available at Costco Business Center website

Product detail.

  • Bean-Vermicelli
  • Noodles made from bean starch
  • Organic
  • Vegan, non GMO
  • Gluten free
  • Halal
  • 29.6 oz

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blendSMART Raffle Winner

Congratulations to Lori for winning blendSMART makeup brush.  Thank you for participating Christmas raffle. I hope you'll enjoy it.

And, thank you, blendSMART for making this Christmas more enjoyable.

blendSMART is 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).

If I wore makeup I would try blendSMART. Just saying...  check it out.

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Split Pea & Ham Soup - Kirkland Signature Recipe

I make ham dinner for Christmas.  I buy my ham from Costco, of course.  New years day is when I enjoy split pea & ham soup.  I make split pea soup with leftover ham bone. I follow the recipe that comes with the ham.

Except, I do things little differently.  I put less ham.  I don't put salt and pepper. Ham is salty already, and I can always add them later.  When it comes to water, I put just enough amount of water to start.  I would add more water as needed.  Starting with less water is much better than starting with too much water - because there is no going back if you end up with thin soup.  You don't need to think too much about how much water is needed.  You can just eyeball it and add more water as needed.  The soup will tell you how much water is needed. 

To make the soup, you have to be the soup.

Also, I put a few bay leaves that's not in the recipe.

The soup was amazing good.  I ate half and put the other half in the freezer.

Split Pea and Ham Soup - Costco Recipe

Kirkland Signature Split Pea & Ham Soup Recipe

Kirkland Signature Spiral Sliced Ham

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