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Thanksgiving Turkey

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Costco Olive Oil for a Vase

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Feb
22

I go to garage sales every Saturday morning.

This nice lady had garage sale for three straight weekends.  She kept bringing out new items, so I kept going to her house.  And I got to know her a little.  Of course, she quickly learned that I was a Costco shopper.  "The only thing I buy from Costco is olive oil", she said.  Then she told me I can pick any one item from her garage sale if I would bring her a bottle of olive oil from Costco.

So, I picked this vase. "You have a good taste" she said with a smile.  This vase is about 35 years old.  It was her wedding gift from a rich friend of hers, she explained.  She was selling it for $15.00.  I love this vase.  I can't wait to use it for my flowers.  This vase will be cherished for ever. It has a good sentimental value that money can't buy.

PS. Costco sells about 4 different kinds of olive oils.  I bought the best one for her.

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My Christmas Story 2014 - A New Friend

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Dec
29

It began 4-5 years ago.  I went to Smart and Final one late evening.  A lady in front of me left her wallet/datebook at the counter and walked away, so I grabbed her wallet and ran after her.  We had a quick conversation (about 10 seconds ?), not enough time to introduce each other.  She thanked me and told I me I was an angel.  I gave her a smile, spreaded my arms like an angel, and ran back to the cashier who was waiting to check me out.

Several months later I met her again at the same Smart and Final. We greeted each other and finally introduced each other.

Then I met her again at the same Smart and Final.  This time she was with her husband.  She introduced me to her husband. Then I met her a few more times here and there.

More than a year passed without seeing her.

On Christmas Eve (2014), I went to Smart and Final for spinach and kale, and I saw her there.  We were happy to see each other.  We had a long conversation at the parking lot.  She realized I would be home alone for Christmas, and invited me to her house for Christmas dinner.

I will let the pictures do the talking. There was plenty of food.  I wanted to have second... but I felt embarrassed to go for second when everyone was finishing up eating.

Oh, she bought the prime rib from Costco.

I wrote her a Christmas card.  It said "I feel like I'm in a movie"

After dinner, she told me she would find a girl for me (she meant a wife).  She asked what type of girl I like.  So I told her that, in a perfect world, my wife will be heavier and taller than I am.

I have a new friend.  Life is good.

Merry Christmas.

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Happy Holidays! - Thanksgiving Hangover

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Nov
28

Happy holidays to you~!

I put away Thanksgiving stuff.  I put the turkey rack in trash bag for a long term storage.  In the trash bag, I put a little note to myself.  I will be 1 year older when I open this bag.  I hope I will bake turkey next year.  I hope I will enjoy my boring life-style for many years to come.

My Christmas coffee mug is out for the season.  Good times.

Oh, something happened to my leftover turkey meal.  They tasted even better a day old.  Maybe it's because I didn't spend time cooking.  I just microwaved.  Anyway, leftover turkey was very enjoyable.  I am happy with my turky this year.

I hope everyone is enjoying the long weekend.  Take care.  Talk to you soon.

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Happy Thanksgiving 2014

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Nov
27

Happy Thanksgiving!
This year's turkey was THE best of them all.   It was a 21 pounder.

I've been baking Turkeys for 5-6 years now.  I usually bake 15 lb turkeys.  But, this year, I went for a bigger bird for a bigger fun.  As usual, I was home alone and ate alone.  I was invited to a family gathering about 70 miles away.  But, I politely declined so I can enjoy being home alone.   There is nothing like being at home - even if I live alone.

I am not a bad son.  In fact, I am a good son.  I see my parents almost every weekend. So, my parents do not miss me for Thanksgiving much.  I will see them in 2 days, and we will share Thanksgiving stories.

My turkey came out really nice.   I didn't follow any recipe. I seasoned the turkey from my past experience (memory).  I used orange, lemon, sage, & rosemary growing in my front yard.  I watched TV, drank coffee, and relaxed.  It was a good time.

Happy Thanksgiving.

I am glad I bought that turkey rack from Costco last year

From Costco: Turkey, turkey rack, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, gravy

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