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



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



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



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



Unpacking Costco Mattress:
Product information

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


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



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

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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Costco Shopping December 5, 2008



I think I am absolutely done with buying new pants from Costco. I think I bought about 17 pairs of pants this year.  I may buy a couple more pairs.  I am not too crazy about black pants anymore. I would like to have a few more pairs in lighter colors.

I love Costco apples.  They are so good and so cheap. They are about $.50 a pound.  You cannot find apples of these quality from any supermarkets even if you pay 4 times more.

On my last shopping, 9 days ago, I bought Apples, pears, carrots, and 2 salads.  I haven't noticed any improvements on my eye-sight. :)

I love them Costco salads.

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After Thanksgiving Shopping Spree - 2008



I wouldn't dare going out for Black Friday shopping.  The traffic & waiting game ain't worth it for me.  Black Friday shopping sounds fun if you have a shopping buddy (girlfriend, wife).

I went out shopping on Saturday, 2 days after Thanksgiving Day. 


I found medium size (32-34) Jockey underwears.  A box of 3 was $5.99.  So I bought 6 boxes - Basically, I grabbed everything with M sticker on it.  Finally my underwear worry is over (until 2013 ?).

2. Costco
My shopping spree wouldn't be complete without a trip to Costco.  As a part of my current project  'Shopping for a Bed', I bought some pillows and a queen size flannel sheet set. I also treated myself with some new towels.


And I bought a pair of pants for work, 2 fleece shirts & 1 pair of fleece pants.

I ate a hot-dog in the car - there were a lot of people that I couldn't find a place to eat outside.

4. Bed Bath and Beyond
I already ordered a queen size comforter from Costco.  I needed to find a duvet cover ASAP. So I headed out to Bed Bath and Beyond. I was looking for anything in flannel.

Then I quickly realized how expensive queen-size flannel duvet covers were ($100.00 minimum), not to mention that they didn't have much flannels to begin with.  I was discouraged and ready to leave, then I saw this cute little mofo hiding in the back.

Duvet cover

I hit the jackpot. With their usual 20% off coupon this $100.00 duvet cover was only $39.99. This duvet cover is almost perfect.  The color works nicely with the bed sheets I jut bought from Costco.

I was happy with the savings so I bought some kitchen items with the money I saved (picture below - I put egg there to illustrate the size)

And, later that night, I washed all my new towels and sheets.

Good times... 


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Ah~! the glorious Thanksgiving steak sales



I think I still have about 9 pieces of New York steak in the freezer (vacuum packed).

Then I saw this Ralphs ad on T-bone steak... $3.99/lb is just about the best price you will find anywhere.  Ah~! the glorious Thanksgiving steak sales

Ribeye, New York, and T-Bone each has its own unique taste.  I like steaks with bones.  The bone brings more flavor to the meat.  To me, bone is very important in steaks.

Ralphs Vons flier
Vons has New York steak for $3.77/lb - That's insane


I didn't look at anything else on the fliers.  I have a lot of food already.  Not only that, I went out to shop during my break-time.  I had to go back to work fast.

Oh boy... I have a huge craving for chocolate ice-cream.  I shall go and pick up a pack right now.  I hope they have a sale.  Smile

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Costco Shopping November 17, 2008



The major purchase was a Canon Camera.  I bought the camera for somebody.  The camera is not for me.

I've always wanted to try Red Bull, but I find them extremely expensive.  They usually go for ove $2 a can.  With a $6.00 coupon, Costco's Red Bull is about $1.16 a can.  You've gotta love Costco.

I bought a bunch of fruits and vegetables for juice. I need to make juice every day before they go bad.  I love juice, so no problem there. 

I bought a bunch of kitchen items today.  I feel good about it.

I will not buy Pita Chips again.  It's not for me. They are thick and hard.  They don't have enough flavor for me.

After taking picture, I realized that I left out two items.  My salad and 2 pairs of lounge pants were hiding in the corner.

Costco Coupons saved me $69.00.
After shopping, I ate a hotdog & bought gas.
Then I gave rest of the unused coupons to my co-worker.

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