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Merry Christmas - 10 Days Vacation Begins


Merry Christmas everyone.

I started 10 days vacation yesterday (Christmas Eve).  I will go back to work Jan 3rd 2011.

I am super excited about this vacation.

Here's a quick run-down on how it started.  It's been very fun so far.


Dec 23, 2010

1 day before the vacation. But my vacation unofficially started today.  We had a short day.  Also, my boss bought pizza and beer for us.  We felt so festive, nobody really worked today. 

My boss should have bought more pizza.   I only ate 2 slices of pizza and pretended I was full and happy.  In fact, I was a little irritated that all pizzas were gone when I still wanted a couple more slices.

Officially I am thankful for pizza.  I enjoyed it.  But, I would have enjoyed it a lot more if there were enough amount of food for everyone to fully stuff ourselves.  When buying treats, the goal is to have left-overs.  Having left overs is the only indication that everyone fully enjoyed the meal.

I came home and did 3 loads of laundry.  I felt good that I am starting the vacation with empty laundry hampers.

I put out the work table at my living room.  I used the table to wrap Christmas gifts.  I listened to Christmas music all night.

Dec 24, 2010

We had a family gathering at my sister's house.   We had a good meal.  My nephews and a niece liked my gifts.  The oldest nephew seemed as if he was expecting me to buy him a new car.  I guess I raised the bar too high in the past (before I got my salary reduced).

Everyone stayed for the night.  The party will continue to tomorrow.  But I apologized to my family and headed back home.

I would like to stay home alone for Christmas and enjoy this vacation.

I came back home 10:30pm.  It's good to be home. 

Dec 25, 2010

I did "Coins in the Laundry Room" again this morning.  I guess this is becoming an annual event.  I feel good when I do this.

A lot of basketball games going on today.

I will brew coffee right now.  I will glaze the ham later.

talk to you later.

Merry Christmas~!!


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Too Old For This - Drug Trafficking


It was Thursday 9pm when my neighbor called.  She's 10+ years younger than I am.  We are just friends. She occasionally invites me to join her young friends at her place.  She told me once that I was fun to be with because I was "Odd".  Mm.. Story of my life.

She asked me if I would like to keep her company.  She had to drive to Los Angeles to see her friend.  She needed to pay her some money and say hello to her for about 15 minutes.  I should be back home before midnight.  I hadn't been to Los Angeles for over 10 years. Tomorrow is Friday, so it would be OK if I get a little tired. 

So, I said "OK, I'll go with you".

I put on my Santa hat and she hit the freeway.  She told me it was strange and fun to go out with me.  I gave her a smile as I adjusted my Santa Hat.

THEN, she started to chain-smoke as she listened to loud techno music.  OMG, That was painful.  All my good clothes (I bought from Costco) were soaked in smoke.

Below is a sample of "Techno Music" - She didn't listen to the exact song, but they are all same.

** NOTE **  I am not saying Techno Music sucks.  I respect all kinds of music.  But, I am just too old for this kind of music.  I stopped listening to the "New Stuff" since the 90's. 

Anyway, we drove to the trendy part of Los Angeles.  My neighbor's friend was walking her dog at night in high heel boots.  She was a cute blond.  I expected that we would head back home in 15 minutes like she told me earlier.  But, they started to drink beer.  I drank water.  We were there for about 2 hours.  And it was past midnight.  I was falling a sleep on the couch next to the dog.  My neighbor gave her friend some money she owed, and the friend gave her some homemade cookies.

Then I noticed something funny.  The cookies didn't look right.  I was pretty sure that there were illegal drugs in those cookies.  I was angry and worried.

We finally hit the freeway back home.  She cranked up her Techno Music again.  And there went chain smoking.  We were hungry, so I took her to Denny's for late night breakfast.  As we ate breakfast, I confirmed that the cookies did contain marijuana.

I came home past 3am and I went to bed around 4:30am.

I crashed the next day.  I was so tired and sleepy.  At work, I had to take a nap in my car.

I am too old for this.

But it was fun.

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Lack of Motivation, Home alone for Christmas.


I'll be home alone for Christmas for the third year.

Lately I am lacking motivation. I don't think I'm suffering from depression. I have seen people suffering depression before. I am doing very good compared to those people.

I just feel lazy. Sun goes down too fast and 5pm seems like it's bed time. I am not updating my websites.

I am too lazy to fix good dinner. That effects my body chemistry. I am not as "regular" anymore :(

I didn't touch my guitars for weeks.

All my life, I was the one who encouraged people around me. I am the positive energy. I am the funny guy.

But, when I feel sluggish, I have nobody to turn for pep-talk. I should snap out and be productive.

God bless everyone. I hope you are having fun.

I will keep in touch soon. I'm here...

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Happy Thanksgiving


Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

I hope you will have fun.

I was home alone for last 2 Thanksgiving days. This year, I will be home with 2 guests. I am so looking forward to relax and eat. There will be a lot of food. I will be doing most of the cooking (including turkey). I plan to impress the guests with my cooking skill. I am excited and nervous. Wish me luck~!

I am sorry if some of you are home alone or if you have to go to work. I've been there many times. :(

The day after Thanksgiving, I will put on a Santa hat... I plan to wear the Santa Hat until Christmas. (I bought 2 hats, just in case the first one would get dirty, etc...)

I am thankful that I have an able body to go to work, exercise, and play. I hope to become financially stable so I can give back to the society. For now, I can use financial help. :(

God bless everyone.
Enjoy the magic moment.
2010 was fun so far - little more to go...

Happy Thanksgiving


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Oh, no.... (car trouble)


* update below

Oh no...  :(

My car is at the shop right now.
I couldn't start my car.
If I start it, then engine will not stay idle (it dies).

First I took it to local Firestone, but they gave up.
I mean, after 2 hours, they told me "I'm sorry, we tried"
I still had to pay $25.00 for diagnose.

So, I called the towing truck.  I don't have AAA, so I spent $50 (+ $10 tip).  I towed it to Toyota independent dealer.

They will call me tomorrow with estimate.  They will charge $83.00 just to look at my car.  So, I am guaranteed to spend $168.00.  Then I will pay for repair.  So, I will be lucky if I spend $300.00 total.

So, what can I do? I will pay whatever they estimate.  If they estimate $300.00, I will pay $300.00.  If they estimate $900.00, I will pay $900.00.

I hate this... I feel vulnerable.

I was too distracted that I forgot to bring my camera.
So, I don't even have pictures to share.

What a day... I hope I don't spend too much money tomorrow.
I hope they will be able to fix my car GOOD.

FYI: I have 2002 Toyota Camry, and it's been good to me so far.


* Update

They replaced starter & flushed fuel injection system.  With towing and everything, I spent total $578.51.   I am sick to my stomach.

With thanksgiving & christmas shopping... I think I spend more money this month than I make.  This is why I have savings account, but it's painful.

* Update #2

4 days after the incident.  I went back to the local Firestone.  And got $24.99 refunded - because they didn't fix my car.  So, I spent total $553.52.

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Nothing's Going on - Nothing...


I haven't updated my blog not because I was sick, too busy or lazy.

I have absolutely nothing going on in my life.  This is good. This is how I would like my life to be - a life with no drama.  I just want to live everyday life happy and positive.  And I would hope tomorrow will be just as same as today.  Life is good.  Anyway, I didn't have much to talk about.  That was all.

I plan to go to Costco next week.

Shopping wise? I cannot think of anything else to buy.  I would like to buy a lot of stuff, but they are all luxury items, and I don't have much money.

I still practice guitar.  I love my new guitar. It's been almost 1 year, and it's been a dream.  I still cannot believe I own a real Les Paul, not a fake one.

I am not a good player.  I am very bad, but it's a lot of fun practicing.  Sometimes when I play, I try to dance like a rock star? When I do that, I really mess up my play.  So, I have to sit tight and concentrate.

NBA season started.
I missed the last episode of "Desperate Housewives" - :(
I wonder what happened to Susan. 

I've been listening to Christmas music a lot.

I still eat very good.  I eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day (Mon - Fri).  I don't eat red meat during the weekdays.

Now I weight myself at 156lb in the morning. (Remember? I used to be 164lb last year).  I stopped running, but I will start running again.  I still can do 10 chin-ups easy.

We have a new employee at work.  This young dude is so incredibly handsome.  He looks like a Calvin Klein model.  I am not kidding.  He just came from Ukraine, so he even has this shy and humble personality with accent.  Girls will go crazy on him (and some guys).

I am not the cutest guy at work anymore. Cry

Anyway...  really, not much going on.  But it's good.

I enjoy my coffee every morning.  I go to sleep with smile every night.  I love my bed

24 hours a day, my life is being pampered by (semi) luxury items, made it possible by Costco.  For that I am truly Thankful to Costco.  I cannot afford a lot of items if there was no Costco.  Or I'll have to look everywhere for special discount.  I don't have time for that.

Anyway, I'm here.  Nothing's going on... 

I'll keep in touch.

God bless everyone.  Please take care. 

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Sign of Getting Old


A definite sign of getting old (and grumpy)

Have you seen this latest viral video on youtube? (below)

It's about Cedu Pacific Airline's Flight Attendants dancing the emergency procedure.

This is the hottest video. It's been viewed about 7 million times so far.

But, I find this video FREAKIN' annoying.
FREAKIN' annoying... with a Capital "F"

I mean, it annoyed me so much that I had to write about it.

  • I try to take a trip somewhere.  I sit down in the plane and hope nobody would bother me.  And they blast crappy music in my ears.  That's FREAKIN' annoying.
    • I will not rattle pots and pans by your ear.  I will not whistle Yankee Doodle Dandy in the plane.  You don't blast crap in my ears.  Deal?  Sheesh~!
  • They go over the emergency procedures as a joke.  So, what happens when something actually happens?  Will people remember what to do?
  • About the girls and dancing? - Not cute.
  • And this is the the hottest video?  I would rather watch Dos Equis commercial

Freakin' annoying, I tells ya.   I am old.


For that matter, I hate "Flash Mob" of any kind.  People arrange time and place.  They would go to public places such as train station or super market.  And, with a signal, all those people would "Freeze" (stop moving) for a minute or two.  And that's supposed to be hip.  I find that extremely annoying.

"Hey, everyone, look at me.  I'm in public place and I am frozen.  Look at us, we are not moving.  It's strange huh?  Are we human or robots? Look at us, we are different.  We are unique.  Please love us."


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My Burger Ritual (sign of getting old?)


I'm not sure if this is qualified as a sign of getting old.  This is something I never thought about when I was younger.  I recently started to do this.

I like good burgers, but I don't like it when my hand smells afterward.  So, this is what I do.

I carry plastic sandwich bags in my wallet.  They are so thin that they don't take any extra space in my wallet.

When I eat a burger, I strategically place the sandwich bag in the napkins so my hand will not smell like onion.


See the plastic sandwich bag?

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Sign of Getting Old


Long shoe horn

Even if I am (somewhat) fit and have 31 Inch waist, I find it uncomfortable to bend over to tie my shoes.  Doing it sitting down is not helping too much either.  I remembered this long shoe horn from my grandparents' house.  I had to buy one for myself.  Now I understand why old folks own these.

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From My Personal Facebook Account


I only have 24 friends on facebook. I only keep close friends and family on my facebook. Some people have 400, 500, 1000+ friends in their facebook account. That's not how you use facebook. You cannot put hundreds of total strangers along with your family members. There is no way you can have meaningful relationship with 400 people at once.

Anyway, below is some of my old posts from facebook:

  • Working on an ultimate Star Wars movie for Labor Day. So, when I hit "Play" all 6 episodes will play back-to-back without showing opening & ending credits. But, should I start with episode 4 or episode 1? (my g/f said "Start with episode Geek").
  • (picture) With 5 times Grammy award winner Al Jarreau. At his kitchen. It was 1999. Long story...
  • (picture) T-Shirt ($3.00), Pants ($13.00), Glasses ($13.00 frame, lens, & shipping). Shoes ($45 - 4 yrs old). Homer Simpson coffee mug ($5.00). I had my hair cut 6 months ago ($14.00). And I proudly belong to no gym.
  • It's very easy for me to prove that I am not a racist. I just whip out the photo-album of my ex girlfriends. A Wal*mart version of Miss Universe going on there... (and special Olympics)
  • I should change my profile subject to - "Babies OK, just don't be crazy"
  • Some teenager boy asked me if I was famous. I said "no". He was pissed. He walked away and said "All I wanted was an autograph..."
  • thinking maybe I should start wearing vests as my signature look...
  • Sick of people stealin' my soda. I swear, I will put Viagra in my next soda, so it will be easier to find the culprit. "Will the real soda thief please stand up, please stand up, please stand up..."
  • Good morning, it's 7am. I'm gonna brew coffee and go to supermarket... :)
  • Making corned beef brisket (for one). No cabbage... cabbage was not on sale. :(
  • (pictures) I try to tell them that I can eat a lot. But people don't seem to understand what I mean by "A LOT". So, here is a picture album of a lunch last year. (38 sushis, 6 green mussels, 8 quail eggs)
  • You cannot be my friend if you have more than 400 friends. No hard feelings if I delete you (you will probably not notice anyway).
  • (picture) And they say I don't have good taste in music.
  • I bought a box of facial cleansing tissues. This is brilliant. Now I don't have to go wash my face. I just wipe as I watch TV. Let's see what other feminine care products I can play with.
  • (pictures) I was out to Costco to relax. You tell me, do I look relaxed and happy? I forget all about work and stress... shopping is good. Life is good.
  • Very tired and stressed. Going to Costco to relax (and to pick up a case of Red Bull). I guess I will eat out...
  • (video of Marshal Tucker) I met Marshall Tucker on Dec 2002 at backstage of Key Club (Hollywood). I shook his hand and took some pictures. Love this song.
  • finished grocery shopping at midnight. Just brewed coffee. Burning midnight oil and loving it. A lot of personal web projects to take care of. I'm a geek and I'm proud...
  • (picture of my mother) OK Mofos, my mother is now in facebook. Everyone chill... Say hello to my mother.
  • Yesterday one of my dates called. She said "I have a surprise for you. You will like it. Can you guess what?". So, I replied "You are a man?". She didn't like my joke. I thought it was pretty funny. Hm...
  • Last week I bought 6 pairs of pants, 12 t-shirts, & 2 pairs of eyeglasses. I am old, single, thin, and I like clothes. What was the single word to describe that? - OK don't tell me. :(
  • (picture) It took me 6 months. But, I am back to 30 inch waist. I look 10 yrs younger except for the age-spots.
  • ‎7am. I had absolutely no sleep. Can't wait to Monday so I can sleep at work. I figured, I might as well get paid for it.
  • Hates it when a girl posts her picture at but the picture shows two girls side by side wearing similar cloths. So, what am I to do? I cannot ask her "Are you the one with the hooters? or are you the ugly one?" - Quite the conundrum.
  • Going to see my parents. I'll be back around 4-6pm. God bless everyone.
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