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Happy Valentine's Day 2011 / Sign of Getting Old

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Feb
15

(Also a sign of getting old)

Happy Valentine's Day.

I hated Valentine's Day all my life, because it's so stressful.   It's the day that society created so people would spend money.

Then I thought about it... if you are stressed, then something is wrong.  So what if Valentine's Day is commercialized?  I can spend small amount of money and have fun.  The secret is to have a date (spouce) who shares the same life-style.  Then there should be no stress.

I went to Ralphs and spent very little money.  I bought just one stem of rose for $5.99.  I also bought a chocolate and a card.  I think I spent less than $15.00 total.  I didn't go to any fancy store.  So, there was absolutely no stress.

Oh, then I couldn't find my vase.  So, I had to keep the rose in the coffee pot.

Happy Valentine's Day.

 

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From My Personal Facebook Account

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Jan
14

Below is my facebook entries - Part 2.

Click here for my facebook entries Pt.1 from August 19, 2010

  • You will like this one. When I drove to work, there was a (young) couple crossing the street very slowly AND diagonally. So, I had to slow down for them. They were getting in the car. So, I waited for them to start driving. When she started to drive, I came out. She hit the break. Then I crossed the street very slowly & diagonally. So, those mofos had to wait for me.
  • I had to put "Please do not clean my desk" sign for the cleaning lady. She's like Drago from Rocky 4. Whatever she touches, she destroys...
  • torn between Jingle Dogs and Jingle Cats. Cannot decide... :(
  • Can't wait to grow hair in my ears... :(
  • This year, I was called "Ma'am" or "Lady" at least 6 times.
  • I am sick of wearing casual year round. I shall propose "Formal Monday" to my boss.
  • There is absolutely no come back when a girls says "Man up!" to me. That sucks~!!!
  • hates it when sucker MC's try to bite my rhymes
  • I once had a co-worker named Stanley (15 years ago). Everyone hated Stanley. We all concluded that he would die in 5 years. 5 years later Stanley Died. I felt horrible. I have never hated anyone since then.
  • It's Monday morning 1:15am. I am going to Del Taco for a Macho Nacho. I try to convince myself.... "If I don't fall asleep, it's still Sunday".
  • I love rich people. They give me sh*t.
  • A lot of work at work. A lot of work at home. I'm no fun. At least I have my youth... Oh, crap, not anymore...
  • (pic) Sat & Sun are the only days I eat red meat. Also the only days I eat out.
  • Thank God for pep pills.
  • It's fine that you don't watch TV. But, when you say "I don't watch TV" why do you have to make that snotty face?
  • I live very close to work. For example, if I want a drink? I would grab a can of soda from the refrigerator at work, and get ice from my apartment. But, I don't go home for #2. I like sharing toilet seat.
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Christmas Hangover

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Jan
14

Today is January 13th but I still cannot let go of Christmas.

I had such a good time during the season. 

Last weekend, I bought some last chance Christmas stuff at a local store.

Everything had to go, they said.

At work, I still turn on my Christmas lights.  I still listen to Christmas music.

It's so sad that the season went by so fast.

I put on my Santa Hat on Thanksgiving Day.  Some folks greeted me with "Merry Christmas" - On Thanksgiving Day

My 10 days vacation was a magic.  I really enjoyed my vacation.  I spent 6 days all alone, including Christmas day.  And I loved it.

I bought myself a nice Christmas gift (below)

I love this 13" notebook computer.  Of course I bought a factory re-certified unit for a deep discount.  The battery lasts 7-9 hours.  I plan to get out of the town and take care of my business with my computer once in a while.

I still turn on Christmas lights at my work.  I listen to Christmas music.  My apartment smells like cinnamon sticks.

I have gained 4 solid pounds during the season.

I ate a lot. Look at my snack shack (photographed December 2010).
This is why some people hate Americans.
Don't try this at home, unless you have super strong will power.
I have a friend with almost no self-control.   She goes crazy whenever she visits me.

I should snap out from Christmas hangover and start enjoying 2011.

I can't wait to Christmas 2011.  But that would be wishing away 1 year of my life.  I shall re-focus and enjoy 2011.   I would like to be productive this year.

Christmas season is only 10 month away.  That's scary.

 

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Vacation Update - December 2010

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Jan
01

I am on my 10 days vacation (4 days off, 2 days holidays, 4 days weekend).

8 days flew by like a rocket ship.  I still have 2 days to enjoy.  I shall make most out of it.

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When I was a boy, I used to love scale modeling.  I spent many days making tanks, sports cars, and fighter planes.  Back then, I had to save money for months to buy a cheap box of a tank.  Kit models were such a treat back then, that's why I relate kit models with Christmas.

I wanted re-live that olden days.  I bought 2 boxes of kit models.  I was very happy to find this truck.  I remember this truck from my childhood.  I looked at this truck on store window for hours and hoped to buy it.

On the night before Christmas, I put the truck together as I watched Polar Express.  I had a good sentimental moment alone.

It took several hours (a few days) to put this together. 

After this truck, I got fed up with scale modeling.  That was enough.  Maybe I will get to the tank next year (?).  We'll see.

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My neighbor "S" paid a visit on Christmas day.  She said she found the coins at the laundry room.  "I thought It had to be you" she said.

She said, after using washers and dryers, she put the coins and Christmas card back up there.  She wanted somebody else to have that good feeling.

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I did a lot of shopping.
I ate a lot of treats.
I met my parents twice.

This vacation was so very sweet.

Cool

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Back to "ILoveCostco.com"

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Dec
27

I should have never went for CostcoBlog.com.
I like ILoveCostco.com a lot better.

I finally had time to switch back to ILoveCostco.com.  It was one of my to-do list on my vacation.

It took me hours to come up with that logo.

Thank you for visiting... :)

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Merry Christmas - 10 Days Vacation Begins

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Dec
25

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.

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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

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Dec
22

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.

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Dec
06

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

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Nov
24

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

John

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Oh, no.... (car trouble)

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Nov
16

* 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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