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But, we needed a place for Costco shoppers to say hi.
I hope you enjoy the stay. Have a nice day.


Poor and Not Proud Neighbor



My neighbor called today.  She said she's short cash and needed help.  She needed to borrow $53.00.  So I told her to come over.  I know her financial situation. I couldn't say no.

She came over with an empty bottle of beer.  She gave me the bottle and asked me to buy her 50 bottles of that beer for her 50th birthday. It was some kind of funky (cheap) beer from 99 Cents only store.

Then she tried to haggle the amount of money she can borrow.  We settled at $63.00, and I gave her the cash.  She cut me a post dated check.  I made a statement that there would be a good chance her check will bounce.  I told her I will talk to her before I cash it.

Then she saw my tequila and wine.  I offered her my booze that I never drink.  My Tequila was 4+ years old.  She was downing shot after shot.

Then she read my palm and told me I will become disabled in a few years and die in 20 years.  I thought that was pretty messed up. 

At 8:54pm she said she was hungry that she didn't eat anything the whole day.  She asked me if I had any food in the house. Since I was not ready for a guest, I offered to take her out to a fast food restaurant.  There, she started to haggle which restaurant I can take her.  She wanted me to take her to a fancier restaurant.  "It's 8:54pm, everything will close in 6 minutes", I said.  But, she asked me to call the restaurant and order a dinner to pick up.  She was very excited about free meal. She rushed me to hurry up and make a phone call.  What she was asking was not realistic.

Everything I try to do for her, she was haggling to get more.

That's when I told her politely that she should go back to her own apartment and cook for herself.  "I can't believe I'm being kicked out" she cried.

I gave her the opened bottle of wine, which made her happy.  Then she asked me if she could take tequila as well. This time I said "No" in more firm manner.

Then she asked me if she could take my hat.  And she muscled her way to my bedroom and saw 30 jars of Yankee Candles.  She told me she wanted to take a candle.  She was drunk, and she was about to grab my candles (glass jars). So, I had to stop her.

At this point we were literally pushing and shoving each other.  She was heavier than I was, so I had to really fight her.  And she was giving everything she's got to get to my candles.  At one point we fell on the carpet, still wrestling to gain control of each other.  It was a nightmare. I couldn't believe how quickly it became a wrestling match.  She looked around for something to take.  She grabbed my camera and asked if she can keep it.  I snatched the camera off her hand.

I propped her up an took her to my car.  I was afraid she would puck in my car.  I took her to her apartment and got the heck out of there.

The End

PS. Don't worry, it was not that bad.  She was just drunk.

Update: I took the check to her bank and successfully cashed it.

Posted By john

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(Mini Blog) - Turkey 2011



Happy Thanksgiving everyone.
This is my Turkey 2011 Mini Blog (Newer post on top)

I've been making turkey for last few years.  I had a female friend with me last year.  But, I'm usually cooking alone for myself. I will be home alone this year.  This is not sad.  I cook something special every weekend. So, this is fun for me.

* My opinion on brining: I think brining is just a hype.  I would prefer taste of pure turkey.  I would not put sugar in wine.  I wouldn't put A1 Sauce on a good steak.  I will adhere to my Epicurean philosophy and enjoy the taste of pure bird.  I gave brining a fair chance.  And now, I officially declare myself an anti-briner.

  • November 25, 2011: Leftover taste even better.  It makes me sleepy just as same. 
  • Thanksgiving Day (7:00pm): Live video is now switched back on to candles.  I put away leftover and finished doing dishes. 
  • Thanksgiving Day (4:45pm): Oh My God! This is the best meal I ever made this year.  Ah~ hahahaha~! very happy.  :)   :)   :)
  • Thanksgiving Day (4:00pm): The bird is out of the oven.  It's burned on the top... I hope inside is better.  Making side dishes now.
  • Thanksgiving Day (2:00pm): The bird is in the oven.  A lot of snacking going on.  (wine, chocolate, shrimp cocktail...)
  • Thanksgiving Day (11:00am): Woke up late.  Live camera is now pointing at my kitchen.  Started by making coffee... a lot of snacking & TV watching going on.
  • November 24, 2011 (2:30am): I got wise and made some changes inside the cooler like this (below). 
  • November 23, 2011 (Wednesday) - I went to Bed Bath And Beyond on my lunch hour and bought a turkey rack and a fat separator. After dinner, I put the turkey in brine in the cooler with ice.  I used a Ziploc Big Bag.
  • November 22, 2011 (Tuesday) - After work, I mixed brine solution and did 3 loads of laundry.  I wanted to take care of some work later (at night).  But I fell asleep on the couch.  I woke up with a stiff neck at 2am.  ZZzz.
  • November 21, 2011 (Monday) - I bought more stuff such as vegetable stock, fresh sage, fresh rosemary, etc.  It was a nightmare looking for sage & rosemary.  They were sold out everywhere. I found the last of sage & rosemary at Ralphs.  It was a Thanksgiving Miracle!
  • November 19, 2011 (Saturday) - Bought 11lb fresh turkey and ingredients for green bean casserole.  It's beginning to feel like Thanksgiving.
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Thanksgiving Day Plan - Turkey!



I have a huge craving for home made turkey.

I will be home alone for the Thanksgiving weekend this year (as usual), and I have decided to bake a full bird alone. I will not buy "Turkey dinner to go" from restaurants. I want good stuff. My craving for fresh baked turkey is unbearable. I am going to really enjoy the meal.

I enjoy cooking, so I am looking forward.
And I will take that rest I need. ZZzz..

On Thanksgiving Day, I plan to set up my live video camera pointing at my kitchen (oven & counter). I'll try, we'll see... :)

OK, I'm getting excited now.

Plan #1 - clean up my kitchen. Make room in the refrigerator.

more coming...

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Quick Updates



I'm still very busy

Let me do a quick update.

  • I am busy
  • I see very tiny basil plants budding out from the pot.
  • I met one girl from a dating website.  I met her once and I stopped seeing her.  In 2 days, she wrote me 25 emails and called me 3 times.  Each email was very long.  I am still kicking myself that I invited her to my place.  She knows where I live. 
  • I joined 3 dating websites.  It's a desperate time, I need to change my profile title to "Personal Hygiene Not Important"
  • My ex coworker got a job at Guitar Center (corporate office).  This can be significant.  I may be able to buy all the guitars I want CHEAP.
  • I went to Costco, but I didn't buy anything fancy.
  • My kitchen sink was clogged.  So, I went under the sink and ran 25" snake through it.   It was horrible.. the smell...  but drain is unclogged.
  • I am trying to play "Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo" with my guitar.
  • For the first time this year, I made more money than I spent.  We may be at the turning point.  Please send positive energy to my way.  I am totally wiped out.  I just want to sleep day and night.
  • I am still having fun.  I feel positive.  I am tired, but not sick.
  • I love the girl who says "Ride that spicy chicken" at Jack in the Box commercial.

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Basil Seeds



I've been busy.  I am still busy.

I spent last weekend alone at my apartment (as usual).  I bought a small pot and basil seeds from Home Depot.  I decided to give it one more try.

My neighbor's cat was keep looking at me as I was getting the pot ready.  She is my favorite cat.  So I stopped what I was doing and played with her for a while. 

I hope I have a better luck with basil this time.

It gets cold during the Winter time.  So, I need to bring in the pot when I go to sleep.  Let's see how it goes... 

OH boy, I hope I don't get obsessed about growing spices.

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Wish Me Luck - / And More update



Wish me luck, guys. I opened account.
Actually, pray for me.
I think I'm going to be home alone for Christmas this year for 4th straight year. I don't mind it much, but...

Anyway, here's a tip for middle aged ladies.
Please do not write "Life is Short" on your profile header. I mean, really... That's pretty sad. I hear you, you are walking the last miles.

Also, I see a lot of pictures of girls where the pictures show two girls standing side by side. So, how am I to know which one I am flirting with? I *almost* emailed some of them and asked "Which one are you? are you the ugly one? or are you the one with cankles?" Haha.. joking (I know it's mean.).

What happened last 7 days.

Last week was a nightmare.
I tried to upgrade my website ( and it was a major disaster.
I spent about 30 hours without success. I will take that experience and give it one more try sometime soon.

For now, I had to restore website from 1 week back. So, I lost a few members who joined during that time (sorry). Anyway, last weekend was tough. My God I was so tired. I had a nosebleed. But, this is my hobby, I do this for fun.

I went to Costco 2 days ago. Blog coming...
(preview: I bought Chocolates of the World~!!)

Last surviving member of Four Freshmen passed away not too long ago. I had an opportunity to visit his house, talked to some of the family members, and got a CD autographed by his wife.

Don't get sick everyone. Have fun.

I will talk to you soon.

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Fresh Basil Plant Mystery



I bought a small pot of  basil 10 days ago at local Smart & Final.  I enjoy fresh basil on my pasta and tomatoes.  I eat tomatoes at work as snack.  I sprinkle some fresh, chopped basil on my tomato.  They taste so fresh and good.

But, my plant is dying rather quickly.  I don't know what I'm doing wrong.

I give 1/2 inch of water.  And I leave the pot where I get partial Sun light.

I thought I would enjoy fresh basil from this pot for ever (hehe).  I am going to buy another pot and give it another try.  I would like to figure out how keep them alive for a long time.  Maybe I don't live in the right climate?  I don't know.  I must find out.  It's mind boggling.

I hope I don't get obsessed about growing spices. Some of you know what I'm talking about.

 Fresh Basil Pot

10 days later


Morning snack at work (I eat vegetables every day at work)

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Happy Labor Day 2011



Happy Labor Day everyone.

I don't work physical labor.  But, I can use a long weekend.  I've been putting so much over-time that I've been totally wiped out for several weeks now.  I can really use some sleep.

I was home alone for the weekend.  On Saturday and Sunday, I ate babyback rib and ribeye steak.  I plan to eat good on Labor Day.  I can't eat meat three days straight.

I listened to a lot of Christmas music this weekend.  I burned Christmas candles and watched Polar Express.   Polar Express is a relatively new movie, but it quickly became my favorite Christmas movie. 

It's 2am Labor Day (Monday) morning.  Summer is unofficially over.   I have a door opened right now.  There is a hint of winter in the air.  It's crisp and cold.

I'm going to bed now.

It's going to feel weird not going to work on Monday.

Costco will be closed for Labor Day.  I wonder if Bed Bath and Beyond will be opened.  I was home alone for 2 days straight.  I want to drive around a little.

Good night~


PS. I thought about opening a account.  Mm... maybe later... 

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Costco Bicycle - Northrock



Check this out, this is my new Costco bicycle.

  • I replaced the seat.
  • I installed a rear-view mirror.
  • I have iPod Touch speakers in front.  It also holds my camera & keys.
  • I put my Sunglasses under the seat.

I am having a lot of fun with my new bicycle.  I ride to local park and play backboard (tennis).  It gives me 45-50 minutes of light aerobic workout.  I sling tennis racquet on my back (like a guitar).  This is more entertaining then I imagined.  I just need to be very careful.

Also, as I ride around the town, I get to meet people. 

We have a really attractive neighbor.  She's a lean blond, kind of a rock band groupie type.  She was surprised to see me on a bicycle. She gave me a hug, for the first time.  That hug paid for my bicycle. :)

Also, I met another neighbor (I haven't talked to you about this girl. yet) - she also complimented my bicycle and my outfit.  NO, I do not wear tights.  I wear my regular running outfit I bought from Costco.   She invited me to visit her sometime.   She also gave me a hug.

I may be residentially challenged.  But, ah~!  the beauty of living in an apartment complex. Embarassed

Anyway, bicycle is fun and it's good for me.  Money well spent.

I need to keep reminding myself to be very careful when I ride.  (fingers crossed).

So, everyone go out and buy Costco bicycle, hehe... :)

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Curbing Cravings for Soda - Iced Tea Glasses



Generally speaking, any kind of soda pop is bad for you.  If you want to play safe, you should not drink any soda.   Diet sodas are just as bad, they say (or even worse).  I'm not an authority in this field.  So, don't ask me why. 

I don't drink soda every day.  Soda is a luxury item to me (I am poor).  I only drink diet cola on weekends or when I eat out.  As you know, I never eat out during the weekdays.

To curb my craving for soda, I drink water in these iced tea glasses, usually with a slice of lemon.   With these glasses, drinking water is more enjoyable.  I don't miss soda much this way.  When I serve water to guests, water becomes a refreshing food item, rather than a utility item for hydration.

*I didn't buy these glasses at Costco.  

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