Friday, March 30, 2007 

Big Al goes to Vegas for the Quincy Bachelor Party Experience.

(Victim #1: Quincy (left) will be more red after this weekend. Victim #2: Rey (right) what happened to your bachelor party?)

Quick post today. I'm off to Las Vegas to take part in the Quincy Bachelor Party Experience. I may even BREAK the Las Vegas Code: What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. Look for a full report early next week.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007 

Big Al is on the UCLA bandwagon

(Still not close enough to the cheerleaders)

For the second year in a row I have picked UCLA to win the whole tournament (bet you didn't know that). Despite for my hate of anything out of Los Angeles, I was thinking about the money and therefore forcing myself to swallow my pride. I am the only one in my pool that has picked UCLA to win. A few picked Florida, others picked Ohio State and the rest have been eliminated by picking North Carolina. Let's hope for another net cutting ceremony next Monday night.

Friday, March 23, 2007 

Big Al gets a little Sweet with the college kids

(SCU alum Loren hangs out with Jo. Thanks for hooking it up with the tix!)

Big Al and Jo took a trip back to college via the NCAA Sweet 16 in the San Jose Dawg House Arena. I've done the two back-to-back college games before with a few trips to the Pete Newell Challenge in 01 and 02, but this was different - this was the playoffs BABY!!!

(Jo and Big Al. Photo taken by a dude that looked like John Locke from Lost. Notice I'm wearing UCLA undershirt.)

We both cut work early and arrived at the Arena just after 4:00pm - we just missed the opening tip off of #1 Kansas vs. #4 So. Illinois. This was the better game of the two where Kansas came out on top. It did come down to a final half-court shot by the Salukis. #2 UCLA vs. #3 Pittsburgh was next, but it wasn't much of a game as the Fruins dominated the Panthers. The energy inside of the stadium was awesome. College kids everywhere dressing up in their colors and doing their chants makes me a little jealous that I didn't go to a bigger sports school - but SCU does have Women's Soccer! We'll be back on Saturday with the rest of the crew.

(The view of the game from out seats. It was hard to see the cheerleaders.)

Thursday, March 22, 2007 

Big Al & Jo go birthdaying in Crockett with VJ

("Ooohhh.. yummy ice cream")

VJ turned 27 on Monday (almost 1.5 years younger than Big Al). Jo and Big Al made the hour-long trip to Crockett, CA for a quick dinner at The Dead Fish Prime Rib & Crab House. The place had a nice ambiance as it overlooks the San Pablo Bay. However, I liked this placed more when it was called Yet Wah. Although it was a short night, I was finally able to introduce Jo to the rest of my high school classmates (Eric & Tanya, Irman, Lester & Patricia).

("Hey Eric, so I was #1 in High School, what number were you again?")

(Big Al, VJ & Jo in a previous undated photo)

Tuesday, March 20, 2007 

Big Al's luck of the Irish

(Quincy celebrates his last few weeks of bachelor-hood while his fiance is out at her bachelorette party in SF)

The crew went out and partied in downtown San Jose to celebrate St. Pat's night and Thomas' last night on da' Mainland. We went to O'Callaghan's and braved the long lines of the South Bay crowd. I hooked up with VJ, Quincy, Thomas, Neetha, Ted & Leslie. After the Irish pub scene we crawled back to the Japantown Karaoke Bar and then Burritos before I crashed out.

(Thomas getting acquainted with Neets)

(The "Thizz" Bus. This little yellow school bus was full of people and it had the word "Thizz" on the back door)

(VJ thought he was funny)

Wednesday, March 14, 2007 

Big Al and 4nyay meet their online fans

(Korea's infamous star of To Catch a Predator)

Last night was a meet and greet session for the staffs of and with their online fans. We did a little boozing at Tied House and Molly McGee's in Mountain View, CA. Make sure you come out to the next Meet and Greet - sometime in May 2007.

(Big Bad Billy was there. Where wuz Manders & da' Juddanator at?)

(Strike a pose with Neetha, Big Al & Shaunte)

Monday, March 12, 2007 

Big Al's SCU Homecoming

(A little karaoke with Big Al and Thomas)

Last weekend Thomas "The Wolf" came back home to the Santa Clara community to catch up with his old buddies. For those that aren't familiar with "The Wolf" he really has a two-faced personality that one can only understand if they knew him. Thomas is a brilliant student of academia. He ranks up there amongst my friends that are book-savy. However, that is more of a product of his mental abilities as he tends to over think situations. Because of this he tends to be stuck in paralysis by analysis.

(SCU '01: Quincy, Thomas, Big Al & Rey)

Enter alcohol... once The Wolf hits the bottle no rules apply. He becomes a pretty crazy guy with no fear to show his real personality.

As you can see from the video, the night was somewhat crazy but enjoyable. The Wolf ended the night in front of the toilet with most of the chunks getting inside the porcelain bowl. He spent most of Sunday picking up the pieces that missed.

(The Thomas Wolf Experience audience (clockwise): Ito, Emily, Holly, Toan, Rey, Karen, Kevin, Monique, Jo & Jenn)

The Wolf may be back for a short cameo next weekend, but it may be another 5 years before we see The Return of the Wolf.

Monday, March 05, 2007 

Big Al wants to know if you're "OK"?

I was on my way to Vallejo for the weekend to do my taxes. Coincidentally, my family had a little get together that same weekend so they asked me if I could pick up Grandpa in San Francisco. Knowing that it wasn't too far out of the way, I said yes.

Grandpa is a unique character. He was born in September 1912. He'll be celebrating this 95th birthday this year. He's quite healthy and has a zest for life. He lives in San Francisco by himself in a senior citizen's apartment complex. He'll get together with the rest of the family on certain occasions like birthdays, Thanksgiving, Christmas and in this case a Rosary. For the last few years, he would do the San Francisco to Vallejo journey by himself through the use of public transporation - bus, then BART, then several more buses until he reaches one of his kid's homes. Because of his age now one of his grandchildren will pick him up.

I say Grandpa is a unique character for several reasons. He's physically strong and not one to submit to assistance. His wife, my grandmother, passed away in 1988. Since then he has 3 girlfriends (2 of whom are now deceased). His current girlfriend (we'll call her "grandma" here for citation purposes) tagged along for the ride to Vallejo over the weekend. Grandma acts like his wife of many years. She nagged him quite often while we were on our way to Vallejo. Grandpa just ignored her like any husband would.

As we were crossing the Bay Bridge, Grandpa realized that he forgot his wallet. I was wondering why he would need a wallet as he wouldn't be going anywhere but a relative's house, but he kindly requested that I go back for it. Despite my intentions of getting to Vallejo as quickly as possible, I went ahead and followed his request. The detour took almost an hour due to San Francisco weekend traffic. Right after he exited my truck to retrieve his wallet, Grandma mentioned that Grandpa is getting really forgetful. She said, "he won't admit it, but he's forgetting a lot of things now". It was sad, but true realization that our mental abilities will fade as we reach an older age. However, I did think it was funny that Grandma took the time to point it out. I responded by telling her that she needs to be with him and help him out.

Another quirky thing that I observed while hanging out at the senior citizen's center was that they need to tell the front desk how long they will be leaving. I asked Grandpa and Grandma about this. They said that it is important to tell them this because every morning the maintenance staff leaves an "I'm OK" tag on their doorknob. Each of the residents is supposed to remove the tag as soon as they wake up. I didn't want to go into much detail with them, but I'm sure you can figure out the reasons why one would not remove the "I'm OK" tag on a particular morning. Otherwise, their only alerting method would be to wait for a pungent smell that would come out of the room.