Tuesday, September 25, 2007 

Big Al's V-towne house involved in arson?

It looks like Big Al's house in V-towne dodged a big bullet on Monday night. The backyard of the house across the street was involved in a grassfire, and it look like arson is suspected. Check it out:
Vallejo Times Herald

(Rob and Ron's crib where we played many a games of whiffle ball.)

So I live on a hill-like street in V-towne where most of hill is just covered in dry grass. There's a creek and trail that are at the bottom of the hill. When I'm at home I usually go for a jog. Big Al Sr. said that they had to remove some hot shingles from Rob & Ron's house and their fences are pretty much just ash now. I'm wondering if it's the same person that took my shoes tried to get me in V-towne. I may call the hotline and throw it out as theory to this unsolved mystery. Don't mess with Big Al in his hood!

Sunday, September 23, 2007 

Big Al takes it back 10 years

(Go Bruins! 1997 rules!)

Flashback 10 years... Saturday, June 7th, 1997. Big Al graduates from SP-SV high school with 150 or people. The last 4 years were... eh... high school years. They're something you're happy that you experienced once, but something you'd probably not want to do again.

(Rebecca, Crystal, Big Al, Jenny and Jamin... Notice Big Al's shirt is pretty clean here.)

Flash forward... Saturday, September 22, 2007. Big Al attends his 10 year reunion with 50+ of his classmates with their husbands, wives, girlfriends, boyfriends and children. The feeling is pretty hard to describe, but it feels like you just graduated the day before. For 5 short hours, I was able to reconnect with everybody and just catch up. It was such a great high to relive old war stories and see what everybody is up to nowadays.
(Big Al, Gary, Kristina & Gretchen. Pretty hot eh?)

The biggest questions were, "who's gay?", "who's in jail?", "who's not alive?", "who's a mega-millionaire?". Those questions were never really answered, so I'm assuming everybody is doing well. However, everybody is certain that we're all alive. With a 33% turnout, it's hard to believe that we didn't fall into those statistics. I'm sure there are a few people that have come closet, a few people may have spent some time behind bars and a couple of them may have a few million dollars in the bank.
(Rachelle, Big Al and Natalie. I think Big Al and Natalie still have some basketball 1 on 1 bet pending. Maybe we'll do it in New York at Carol's wedding.)

(Was Paul excited to see Big Al or was Big Al excited to see Paul and his wife? Looks like they were lactating on each other's shirts when they saw each other.)

The event was surprisingly staged at City Beach in Fremont, so I had a 10 minute drive there. I easily had one of the shorter drives. However, we had Sonny G. from Birmingham, England make the trip over. Carol showed up from New York. We also had a few that made the trip from SoCal.

(Neil and Big Al. I've known Neil and his family for 20+ years going way back to Little League. I'm pretty glazed here.)


Big ups to the organizing committee. They were able to pull off a huge event with a huge turnout. I'll be back in 2017. Go Bruins!

Friday, September 21, 2007 

Big Al's shoes are missing

Last April I purchased a little shoe rack to place on my front porch. It allows me to neatly stack my various shoes - runners, cleats, dress shoes, flip-flops, etc. Around the time of Annora's wedding I noticed that I couldn't find a pair of my black shoes. They a nice pair of loafer-like Ecco shoes that were about 2 years old. At the time, I was very aloof, and I figured that I may have misplaced them at the gym or at my parent's house. Then one day, I found my pair of slippers in the garbage. Today I'm missing a pair of Nike's and a pair of my other black dress shoes. I can't believe somebody would take my shoes!!!

(If the thief only knew that I had a boatload of vintage Air Jordan's upstairs.)

I've had some problems with my neighbor lately, and I'm wondering if he's responsible. I'm a little upset over my original pair of Ecco's since they were nice. The Nike's and the other dress pair of Ecco's needed to be retired. I'm not the one to curse the one who took the shoes. Maybe they really needed the shoes, but it's hard not to hope they get athlete's foot (not that I have it - I'm ShoeTransmittedDisease free ladies).

Friday, September 14, 2007 

Big Al wastes $36

San Jose Police Department sucks. They have nothing better to do than give tax paying citizens like me a parking ticket. Did I comment a violation? Maybe. It's really up to interpretation. Check it out:
(Kaylani's front end was just a little too big for the SJPD to handle.)

Notice the itty-bitty piece of my car in the red zone. I have a Tundra!!! It's big!!!

It's really my fault, so I'm not going to fight it. It pisses me off that all I had to do was back my truck back about 1 foot. It's not like I had to squeeze it in there. I had plenty of room, but when I originally parked it the night before I got lazy when I got of the car and saw that I was a little bit in the red. I thought SJPD would have better things to do than give me a ticket. Now I owe them $36 which could have been used to such wasteful luxuries such as beer and MMA PPV's.

I learned a great lesson. A wise military man once said, "Now I know... and knowing is half the battle".

Wednesday, September 12, 2007 

Big Al goes to his first Indian wedding

So the 2007 wedding season is done for Big Al. (Teddy... I pushed your services all year.) I went to S. & H's wedding last Saturday. It was my first Indian wedding.

(Seeing each other for the first time. The big moment!!!)

Prior to the ceremony, one of the Indian guests gave me a lesson in Indian Wedding 101. He basically said that it will take about 1 1/2 hours, most people will talk with others and not pay attention and almost all of the ceremony will be in Sanscrit. 1 1/2 hours later, everything he said was true. People were talking, taking pictures of each other, answering their phones, drinking coffee and playing with their kids. The ones that were used to more of the Americanized wedding were really respectful though... ROOKIES!!!

(Morgan, Morgan's Wife, Dieske & Matty hanging out)

If you have the opportunity to check out an Indian wedding, I highly recommend it. My favorite part was when the bride was supposedly introduced to the groom for the first time. (This wasn't an arranged marriage, but I guess that's part of the ceremony). The girl is escourted up to the alter by her bridesmaids and her eyes are covered by 2 leaves and then she walks around the groom and then she's supposed to fall in love the first time she opens her eyes. The priest did a great job in dramatizing it which brought a good laugh within the crowd.

So 2007 is done, but 2008 is just around the corner. Here's the list:
March 2008: Jackie & Paolo in Borocay, Philippines
June 2008: Carol & John in New York
Oct 2008: Ken & Es in Vallejo?

Congratulations to all of Big Al's newlywed friends. Remember fellas', my couch is always open when you're in the doghouse!