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Costco Shopper's Christmas Day

Dec
25

Merry Christmas everyone.

I was looking forward to family dinner at my parents' house.  You see, I was home alone for Thanksgiving.  I enjoyed my day off and all, but..  
Anyway, This is how my day went as a Costco shopper.



I had my usual breakfast (eggs, sandwich, & juice).  You see, I'm a single man.  I try to use less amount of dishes possible, so I have less to clean up later.  It works for me.

Costco Coffee Pumpkin Spice
I brewed Pumpkin Spice Coffee for the road.
Check out my poor man's coffee maker from Rite Aid. 
I don't need expensive coffee maker.


2 bags full of Costco products & gifts for Christmas dinner
Later, I ended up filling one more Costco tote bag with bottles of water and sodas.


My nephews loved the cars I bought from Costco


Before the turkey was ready, 3 containers of Costco shrimps were gone.
You can also see table cover, cups, plates, and napkins I brought.
Oh, and there is a piece of Cosco's turkey jerky

Costco Chocolate
My oldest sister took the jar of "Chocolate of the World" by Kirkland Signature.  She emptied the entire contents on the carpet and picked out her favorite flavors.  Then she hid her stash.  ha ha....

I also gave my sister 2 Costco tote bags


This is what I came back home with.  Ham and mustard are from Honeybaked.  So, out of all the Costco products I brought, all I had left was 2 pieces of chocolate.  I even gave out 2 Costco tote bags to my sister.

It was a glorious day.  I felt sad that Christmas came and gone so fast.  It was past midnight before I knew it.  Cry Cool

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A Christmas Gift to Myself

Dec
24

This is a Christmas gift I gave to myself.

It's Das Keyboard - the best keyboard available.

I bought the "Ultimate" model.  As you can see the keyboard is completely blank. 

It was $129.00, delivered from www.daskeyboard.com
It's a little expensive, but Christmas gift should be fancy.
I am loving this keyboard.

I spend 12-16 hours a day typing (programming & blogging).  I am thinking about getting one for work as well.  It's a beautiful keyboard.  The quality is amazing.

Das Keyboard

Kas Keyboard ultimate

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Costco Blog - Shopping December 23, 2008

Dec
24

I am getting ready for Christmas dinner at my parents' house in 2 days.  I thought it would be too risky to go to Costco tomorrow (Christmas Eve).  Costco will close early tomorrow.  Also, pumpkin pies may run out.

I think I'm all set.  Oh, I need to pickup Honey Baked Ham from Ventura tomorrow.

Costco has quality ham.  Kirkland Signature hams are pretty good.  I feel sorry to betray Costco, but I had to pay big bucks and order Honey Baked.  What can I say...

After taking this picture, I fixed a quick dinner with Beef Steak Strips and couscous (pictured below, six pack).  I love good instant meals I get from Costco.

OK, Merry Christmas everyone.. I'm out.

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Costco answers phone with "Merry Christmas"

Dec
22

Below is an excerpt from the article I found at The Christian Science Monitor.  I thought it was interesting.  Click here for a full article

This year between Dec. 1 and Dec. 8, Costco President Jim Sinegal received e-mail from 124,000 AFA members who objected to an alleged Costco policy to avoid the term "Christmas" in promotions. By Dec. 10, an operator at Costco headquarters in Issaquah, Wash., was answering all calls with a "Merry Christmas!" greeting. "They recognize now that these advertising yuppies out of college were steering their companies wrong," says Randy Sharp, AFA director of special projects. "I believe we're beginning to win the war [for] Christmas."

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Costco Shopping December 19, 2008

Dec
19

I had a day off from work today, so I went to Costco to enjoy myself.

I am getting ready for a Christmas dinner party at my parents' house.   I will bring disposable party supplies so my parents will not do dishes.  They are getting old, you see. 

Construction papers are Christmas gift for my niece. Those will go well with the colored pens I bought earlier.

I treated myself with a fancy robe. I wish Jehovah's Witness will visit me Sunday morning.  So I can greet them in my new robe.  I couldn't resist this robe at $19.99.  The quality of this robe is amazing.  Of course, it's a Costco quality.

I had to buy an extra set of bed sheet set. This is a part of my "Buying new bed" project.  My new bed is too warm with flannel sheets right now.  I hope these 600 thread count supima cotton sheets will cool me down a little. This was a totally unexpected extra expense of $69.99.  I have a blind faith that $69.99 is a very good price for queen size bed sheets of this quality.

I spent about $180.00 today

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'A Day Without a Bag' Day? - A Lesson from Costco

Dec
19

December 18 is "A Day Without a Bag" day.

We are supposed to not use single use bags for one day (both paper and plastic).

Honestly, I don't give a rat's tail about "A Day Without a Bag"

I am a good citizen.  I follow the rule and I pay tax.  I don't throw trash on street.  I don't harm nature on purpose.  I have a perfect driving record.  I recycle...  I respect and obey the law.  I'm a little guy. 


I recycle

But, as long as there are single use bags available to me, I will use them all I want without feeling guilty.  I have absolutely no guilt.

If single use bags are so bad, then why do they still exist?  So, they harm nature... then why does our government allow Vons to give away for free? 

I will go about living my life without worrying about these things.  We have politicians to come up with the law.  And I will obey that law. 

Some people would say "everyone should do a part".  Yes, I am doing my part caring and following rules.  You give me a huge paycheck like the politicians get.  Then I will make a big fuss about not using plastic bag for one stinking day. 

I know how to be phony, I just don't get paid enough to be one.

Costco Tote Back, shopping
Costco customers are quietly laughing at "A Day without a Bag" stunt

Look at Costco.  Costco doesn't have plastic bags.  They rarely give us paper bags.  They put products in used boxes for you.  Sometimes they don't even give you boxes.  Costco is saving a lot of money that way. Most of all, they save many tons of trees every year. They reduce a lot of  polution.  Now That's how I like it. 

This is yet another reason why I love Costco.  They don't need no stinking "A Day without a Bag" gag. 

A day?
A day?
Costco's been living it for years now. 

I have 4 Costco tote bags in my trunk.  I use those bags whenever I go to Costco.  That's what I'm talking about.  Just take away the single use bags.  I will go with the flow.  I will use what's available.

I bet I use less amount of disposable bags than most consumers in my area.

So, America, take a lesson from Costco.  Just get rid of disposable bags.  Don't insult me with "A Day without a Bag" crap.

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Broke my own sushi eating record

Dec
16

On November 26, 2008, I broke my own sushi eating record.

I always go to sushi with my co-worker(s) for lunch.  But he was too busy, so I had to go alone.

This is my glorious achievement.  I ate them all.

* I am 5'7", 155lb.  I am not fat.  If anything, I am considered "a little skinny". 

- end -

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Costco Shopping December 12, 2008

Dec
12

Beer and chocolate are for Christmas party tomorrow. 

Box of pens (84 colors) is for my niece.

Samsonite's wheeled duffel was only $39.99 - I thought it was an incredible price.  I am planning to go to Hawaii next year, so..

I had to buy more chicken soup just in case I catch cold again.

I liked the pillows so much that I had to buy one more set.

* I forgot to buy cold medication.

** I spent well over $200.00 today (with hotdog, salads, & gas)

* The story behind the beer:  At Costco, I was looking for something to bring to the party tomorrow.  Then I saw this Kirkland Signature's Handcrafted Beer.  It contained four different kinds of beers, including hefeweizen.

I stopped and looked at the beer for a while.  Then some other guy stopped and started to look at the beer.  I told the guy "These beers have to be good.  It's Costco.  Satisfaction guaranteed".

The guy said "I know.  Costco didn't make them.  I bet they are from a good beer maker".  We chatted a little.  He told me that I should try Hefeweizen beer.  We both agreed that less than $1 per a bottle is pretty good value.  I walked away without the beer.  Then I came back later to get a case.

10 minutes later I bumped into the same guy.  We both had a case of Kirkland Signature's Handcrafted Beer in our carts.  We laughed.

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Unpacking Memory Foam Mattress

Dec
10

Unpacking Costco Mattress:
Product information

NovaForm® Pure Comfort Grand™ Queen Mattress  
Item #  354280
Regular price - $799.99
Sales price $649.99 - (after $150 off)

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The mattress and bed frame arrived today via UPS. The bed frame took 11 days and the mattress took 3 days to arrive.  They came in on the same day.

As you can see, the mattress was vacuum packed and squeezed into a smaller box so it's easier to ship.  The box actually fit in the back seat of my car.  I borrowed a dolly from work to transport this 98 lb box. But I could have done it without the dolly. 

Costco Mattress Delivered
Mattress & bed frame delivered at work 

Costco Mattress Packaged
NovaForm® Pure Comfort Grand - Vacuum Package
Mattress is folded in half then into W shape

The mattress was vacuum packed.  I had to unpack it and let it expend. 

I did plenty of research before ordering this mattress.  So, I had to go over a few things.

  • The instruction said it may take up to 72 hours to expend the mattress into normal shape.
    • My logic tells me that it will take longer time to expend if the mattress should stay in vacuum pack for longer time.
    • I figured, it would be wise to open the mattress as soon as possible.  I don't have my box spring yet, but I decided to unpack the mattress immediately.
  • Some people complaint that mattress would never fully expend to their normal shape.
    • I was a little worried about that.  So, I read the instruction very carefully.
  • I even read one person complaining about strong chemical smell.  She said she was physically ill for months because of the chemical smell.  That person ended up returning the mattress.

NovaForm Pure Comfort Grand
Package comes with opening instruction & a letter opener

Unpacking Nova Form Mattress
Memory foam mattress expending from vacuum - still folded in half

I followed the instruction and cut the plastic bag.  As soon as I put a small hole in the bag the mattress started to expend very slowly.  As I was cutting the long side of the bag, the mattress started to expend pretty fast.  I had to move fast and get rid of all the plastic. It took about 10 minutes or less for the mattress to take a basic form.

The mattress already had a protective cover on it.  I'm thinking that cover should cost about $75.00 or more if I had to purchase separately.

The mattress was fully expended in 10-20 minutes. I didn't have to wait 72 hours. And there were no bumps or irregular corners. I did smell chemical, but it was manageable.  I was relieved.

Most spring mattresses from Costco come with box springs.  That makes mattress shopping from Costco more attractive.  Because a box spring goes for about $150.00 delivered.  But Costco doesn't include box springs on memory foam mattresses.  I think it has something to do with how they package the mattress.  When you buy a full-sized spring mattress, they can slip in a box spring easily.  They only need extra foot or so of space.  That's not the case when they ship memory foam mattresses in smaller boxes. 

Then you may have to purchase a bed frame, comforter, & sheets...

Anyway, the mattress is all good and I am happy.

** 10 months later (October 15, 2009).  I can tell you without a doubt that I love my mattress.  I am very happy with my mattress.

 

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Fighting Cold - Costco Style

Dec
10

I rarely get sick.  But I do catch cold now and then.  I cannot afford to get sick because I am always working.  Somebody is always counting on me.

I woke up with a sore throat Friday morning.  It was very clear that I was going to have a full blown case of cold.  My cold (flu ?) was slowly getting worse.  I started to feel miserable by Saturday.

This is when a single person feels sad to be alone. You imagine how your neighbor will find your dead body.  Thank God I don't have a cat to eat my face. Yikes...

Costco Cold Remedis
Fighting cold - Costco style - Progresso chicken soup & a T-Bone
I love that griddle from Costco

When I have cold, I focus on 4 things.

  1. Drink a lot of fluid
  2. Chickens soup
  3. Take Medication
  4. Rest

I believe in power of chicken soup.  Chicken soup will speed up your heeling process, trust me.

Most of my home remedies are from Costco.  Look below.

  • Water - Brita Filters
  • Juice (home made) - with apple, pear, carrots
  • Chicken soup (I ate 6 cans during this cold episode)
  • Cold medication

All those products were purchased from Costco

Juice
Ready for juicing - Bamboo cutting board is from Costco as well

Anyway.. I took Monday & Tuesday off.  I worked from home.  By Wednesday morning I was all good and ready for work.

So my entire cold episode lasted 5 days or less.  I thought I made a remarkable recovery in short time. 

* I still cannot figure out how I got this cold at the first place.  It would be ironic if I got the cold from Costco.

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