Wednesday, November 29, 2006 

BigAlsHouse.com Exclusive: An Important Annoucement

***The following is a BigAlsHouse.com Exclusive. It will be mass mailed to my email contacts on Thursday, 11/29. You're reading it here first!***

Hello All,

For those that have been associated in my world these past few months you may have noticed that I have made some non-traditional career choices in 2006. I left McAfee, my home of 5+ years because I got a little bored, so I decied to work at a start-up in SF... not necessarily for the potential of start up fortunes, but because I needed to expand my social network (aka meet more girls). I left there shortly because it didn't fit right, but I did meet more girls. Since then I have used the following terms such as "semi-retired", "on sabbatical", "I'm doing things", "I'm 'working'", etc. Not to sound like an after school special, but during this whole time I was a little lost. I didn't want to be a worker bee (aka b!tch) anymore. So I took the plunge and chased my dream of working for myself.

Over the years, I had a few business plans stored away, but I didn't really use one of them until recently. My criteria was that I wanted it to be a little geeky, be a flexible business that I can scale, a competitive market that I can exploit through my past experience, something that will bring me all over the world and most importantly something that I had a passion to work on everyday. This brought me into the world of fish. =P

I recently took an extended trip to the Indo-Pacific area, not for vacation, but for research and networking. My intent was to bring in a product that was native to the foreign lands like the Philippines, Indonesia & beyond into the United States for retailers and wholesalers to sell and distribute. My vision is to not only bring in live animals from these areas, but bring in products from places that have yet to be touched ("thinking outside of the box").

So I have spent that better part of the last few months doing a part time job at a fish store, getting my plan together and properly executing it. There was a lot of blood, sweat & tears during this time. The number of times I considered quitting was many, but I never once updated or sent out my resume. All of the hard work finally paid off because as of this week I have my first 2 customers on board. They're small customers, but I have confidence that they'll grow with me.

Just a few people to thank that have helped me on my journey:
Mom & Dad - for being my parachute JUST IN CASE I need to jump
Toan, Ito, Sina & Tam - for being my business consultants and reducing the number of mistakes
My family in the Philippines - for bringing me around the Mother Land while I did my research
Jo - for bringing me doughnuts
Hazel - for keeping my stress level down
Frenchy - for keeping me away from foreign diseases
Uncle Henry - for realizing that people mindlessly spend thousands of dollars on this.
My friends - who half-heartedly took my excuses for not making their Bachelor party, Las Vegas trip, or night outs, etc. I hope you understand why I couldn't make it now.

Big Al

 

Big Al sends his deepest sympathy...

I just finished my softball game and one of my teammates, Ted, informed me that one of our acquaintances that regularly does our tri-annual 36 hold golf event has died. It was such a tragic event on his honeymoon. It looks like the couple was taking pictures off one of the beaches in Maui and the husband got swept into the water. His wife went after him. Rescue crews came shortly, but it was too late. They were pronounced dead at the scene.

Source: Foxreno.com


Yesterday is history
Tomorrow is mystery
Today is a gift
That's why they call it a present
-Author unknown

Life's too short. Enjoy it.

Monday, November 27, 2006 

Big Al Says "Show Me The Money!"

So Mondays suck, even if you don't have a 9-to-5. Just 4 more days until the weekend.

On a side note, I was surfing ESPN.com today and they had an article about sport's groupies and they mentioned this website www.sugerdaddie.com. I guess there's a niche market for everybody. If you're a gold digging guy or gal at least you set your expectations right away by using this website. I was thinking I should set myself up as a millionaire or professional athlete. Do you think this website is going to run a credit check? It would be priceless if I actually got a date on this just to see the expression on the girl after she realizes that I'm broke.

I'm going to leave you with a picture from my recent Philippines trip of my signature pose and a random local person. Ciao!

Friday, November 24, 2006 

Big Al Wins Turkey Bowl IV

So after 1 year of preparation and shit talking I have earned my right to brag for the next 364 days as Turkey Bowl IV Champion. New rules this year allowed us to push us to the edge of exhaustion as we decided to put a "Win By 2" rule. So normally we would go for first team to 10. Because of the new rule the final score after 3 hours of play at Wardlaw Elementary in Vallejo was:
Big Al & Friends: 16
The Losers: 14

(Clockwise from Big Al, Marc, Irman, Chis, VJ, Bubba, Lester & Eric)

With Irman calling the plays, Marc at the split-end and Bubba playing tight end we pulled through. Eric, VJ, Lester and Chis played really well - they even had the lead a few times.
(Big Al going for one of his many TD's after being chased by Eric & Lester)


(Eric chasing Big Al during one of his many TD's)

A couple of things to consider for 2007:
A point cap if we need to Win By 2
A ruling if we kick it out of bounds on a kickoff
Ruling after the safety

(Big Al getting a little help from Les after 3 hours of exhausting play)

 

Big Al Wishes Everybody a Happy Thanksgiving

To all of the BigAlsHouse.com friends:

I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. I hope you ate lots of turducken and mashed potatoes.
(The participants of a previous Big Al football domination)

Friday morning is big day for Big Al as I defend my Back-to-Back-to-Back Turkey Bowl Championships in Turkey Bowl IV. The infamous Turkey Bowl started in 2002 after we all settled down after the many years in college. I'm so far undefeated and I plan to keep it that way. Check back to BigAlsHouse.com for the Turkey Bowl IV updates.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006 

The BigAlsHouse.com's Plug

So the BigAlsHouse.com Team is attempting to launch a new marketing blitz. Look for us on billboards, bus stop posters, Internet ads, TV commercials, etc. However, look really quick because we don't have the marketing budget that other dot coms have.

So in our first attempt, we decided it would be really great if we can get random people to do "plugs" for BigAlsHouse.com. Our goal was to get a few words that basically announced our website and give our viewers a glimpse of who else is apart of the BigAlsHouse.com world. So please welcome Nol of Bali, Indonesia as BigAlsHouse.com's first Plugger:



Nol helped me survive the volcano climb in Bali

If you think you have what it takes to be a Plugger for BigAlsHouse.com. Send your videos in to our Marketing Staff.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006 

Big Al is rollin' with the 49er's Alumni

So Joleen and I went to the 49ers vs. Minnesota game thanks to Teri (you're the best!). We got there about 9am and did the usual pre-game tailgate with the SCU/DeAnza Hotel gang. The food gets better and better each time - oysters, pulled pork, venison, etc.(The "Monster" Spread)

Just before the game we went to find Teri to get our tickets. For those that don't know, Teri works for the 49ers in their marketing department. That Sunday she was working with the 49er alumni at their tailgate. To our surprise we got into the party. We met so many people - Guy McIntyre, R.C. "Alley-Oop" Owens, Jesse Sapalu, Steve Bono, Bob St. Clare, Chris Washington, Keena Turner, Bill Romanowski, Dwight Clark and so many others. Teri really hooked us up!

(Big Al & Dwight Clark just before he relived "The Catch")

(Joleen & Bill Romonowski - I wonder where J.J. Stokes is?)

Anyways, check out some of the pic!
(All the alumni's gathering for a group hug)

Saturday, November 18, 2006 

Big Al gets into the PS3 Mix

So it's Thursday, 11/16 about 6pm. I'm getting a bite to eat at the local Hawaiian BBQ place near Target and I see a bunch of people gathered around the store. I knew this was the eve of the big Sony Playstation 3 launch, but I didn't understand what exactly was going on at this store.

(Big Al getting in his trademark signature)

I was at Fry's earlier and I saw a few kids out there camping. Unknown to me at the time was that they were there since Tuesday. But it was different at this Target because they apparently did not allow camping. According to the groups of people around the store, they were to allow a "line-up" at 10pm.

Knowing this I knew I stood no real chance at getting a PS3, but I did know that there would entertainment one second after 9:59pm that night, so I decided that I would come back.
(The multiplied crowd of almost 300)

I came back about 9:45 pm and the crowd multiplied. From what I saw earlier of 30 or so people, this crowd grew to almost 300. It was rediculous. I was expecting to see a stampede of people crashing into the front door. However, I was denied the entertainment shortly before the show was to begin.
(The SJPD reading everybody their "PS3 Rights")

To make a long story short, the security guard and the SJ Police Department announced that there was going to be a raffle and each person was going to get an equal chance to get a 6 x 60 GB PS3's and 2 x 20GB PS3's. I unfortunately did not win that night.

Monday, November 13, 2006 

BigAlsHouse.com - An Ad Free Site

To all my loyal readers:

Thank you for visiting my blog - my virtual home. It is through your visits and support that we are able to stay ad free.

Here's an example of a site that isn't ad free:Notice how this person's blog advertises "Bachelorette Party". I know he ain't a male stripper so why is he advertising these types of parties. He's also advertising lotion & lingerie. This is what happens when you're desperate for the attention. Media whore!

Regards,

Big Al
Supreme Ruler of this dot com

Wednesday, November 08, 2006 

Big Al goes to Jury Duty


So I was hoping to create my remake of the 1995 Pauly Shore classic - Jury Duty. But it wasn't meant to be. Group #10 was let go a few hours after we were called in for our civic duty. All wasn't lost. I saw Serena there. She's my Big Brother's Big Sister's friend. We used to play with kids all afternoon during the 2004-05 school year, but then we weren't invited back to help with the program. Maybe we sucked? Who knows what happened.

Thursday, November 02, 2006 

Big Al's Halloween Never Ends with Bags of Candy

So Halloween was a pretty intense night and I didn't go trick or treating or even wear a costume. So here's the timeline:
5:00pm: Waited for trick-or-treaters with my 4 bags of candy
7:30pm: No trick-or treaters came. Went to softball with my 3 bags of candy.
12:00am: Heard a loud crash. Went to the middle of the street with my 2 bags of candy.
4:00am: Neighbors had off-the-wall sex that woke me up. Went to my wall to place my ear up against it with my 1 bag of candy.


Crazy night eh?

Wednesday, November 01, 2006 

Big Al with late breaking news

Halloween doesn't end at midnight on the 31st. So I'm sitting at my desk at home and I hear this loud crash. I run outside and checkout what I see:
The driver of the red car was a 17 year old Latina girl who was obviously drunk. She didn't say a word. She was shaken up a little bit and I believe she had bleeding coming from her head.

The owners, a White couple, of the Mazda 626 came out pretty quick and called the police. The space that the Mazda was at is where I usually park my truck, but today I didn't.

Check out where I parked my truck that night in relation to the accident.



My parting words to the girl was to stay silent and take the loss for the hit of the car and not the DUI.