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Costco Olive Oil for a Vase

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

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

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

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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Website Being Updated

Nov
15

I am updating this website

It may take days or weeks.  It is a difficult process.

Today is Friday November 14, 2014. Let's see how long it will take...

I'll be back.

Wish me luck.

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Meeting My Old Neighbor

Nov
08

It's been over 2 years since I bought a house. I used to live in the same apartment complex for about 8 years. I made a lot of friends there, especially old ladies loved me. I am talking about grandmothers in their 70's and 80's.

Today, I was on a first date with a girl I met online.

After an early sushi dinner, I took her to my old neighborhood and told her my city's history.  I study local history, you see.  The ex-mayor of my city calls me the "city historian". I took her to a park that's used to be a cemetery.  I gave her a guide on surrounding landmarks. The Sun was about to set. The air was getting cold and crisp.

Then I saw my old neighbor, an old lady, walking her dog (white dog in the video, one who knocked me on my butt)  This video was shot 2011.

She is well over 80 years old.  She suffered some major illness.  I haven't seen her for over 2 years.  I used to talk to her and play with her dog.  I think about her sometime... I thought I would never see her again. 

I got out of my car and ran to her.

We didn't say anything.  We just hugged each other.  And we didn't let go for about a minute.  And we cried... and cried...

I was so glad to see her.  

We set on the park bench and talked some more... and I was keep crying. I was so happy to see her.  We held hands and gave each other hugs as we were talking. 

I told her that I loved her.  It was the first time telling her that I loved her.  "I love you.  I always have", she replied. It was getting dark, and I had to let her go.  She walked away slowly with her dog as the Sun set.

Oh, the girl... she ended up staying over night at my house, but that's another soty.  Nothing happened, really. I don't do casual sex. 

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Replaced a Garbage Disposal

Aug
23

Boring story..  I replaced a gabage disposal.

I found the exact same unit from Home Depot... so it took me about 30 minutes to replace it.  It could have been a nightmare if I couldn't find the exact same unit.

I got lucky.

 

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New year's resolution - going good so far

Jan
27

I had a real bad habit that would never go away. When I was young, I would always go to school late. It was embarrassing when I walked in to classroom late. I promised myself, thousand times, that I would go to school on time (early), but I was never able to fix my problem.

Now that I'm grown up, I've been going to work late. I have a super nice new job now. But, again, I quickly became the guy who always comes to work late.

Of course I felt horrible when I arrived at work late every single morning. And I promised myself I would go to work early. But, I would always go to work late for one reason or another.

I thought this old habit would never die. And this could ultimately damage my career. I look bad. It takes certain kind of people to go to work late consistantly, and I was one of them.

This year (2014), as a new year's resolution, I decided to give it one more try. I wanted to be the first person to arrive at my department. (FYI: There are 7 of us at my department, and 600 people in the campus.)

Today is January 27, 2014. So far, except for 1-2 days, I've been the first one to arrive at work. Surprisingly, it's been quite easy to go to work early. I guess I am getting old and taking my job seriously. I would like to be known as the guy who always comes to work early. I feel positive about this.

I would like to improve myself and become a better person.

Happy new year.

PS. Sorry, my blog is slow, because I don't spend money. I am saving.

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I feel pretty good

Jan
23

Hi

Just want to let you know that I feel good, I eat good, I sleep good, and life is fun.
I'm going to Costco tonight to cash my rebate check, so I will be extra happy.
I love my website, and I love some of you good people who care about me.

God bless you all. Thank you.

John

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I feel little better

Dec
28

I took down earlier posts. They were never meant to be permanent

FYI.
I'm getting a little better. But still down
Nobody is dying or anything
Some of my female friends told me "come on dude, what you have is nothing compared to what I went through". Hehe...

Like I said. I know for fact that I'll be fine soon enough

I need to get back enjoying Costco shopping.

Even in this special situation, there are people sending me dark, negative comments. What's up with that? I just want to borrow your positive energy to speed up my process. I will use all the help I can get. I have no shame at this point.

God bless. Thank you for all the love you sent me. If you have time keep your positive notes coming. It really helps. I enjoy reading them over and over. It makes me feel so good. It's a beautiful world that people care about me. Thank you.
:)

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