Wednesday, October 31, 2007 

Big Al gets shaken up

I thought I was experiencing the end of the world for 30 seconds at 8:04pm last night. I was napping after a long marathon of Zelda on my Nintendo DS and I was all of sudden woken up to the shaking of a 5.6 earthquake. I really thought my house was being uprooted by some paranormal spirit. It freaked me out. Although it's hard to remember those intense 30 seconds, I think I was screaming like a little girl.

I still remember the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. Granted I was in Vallejo at the time, approximately 100 miles away from the epicenter then, it felt like a good shake. Last night when I was 8 miles away from the epicenter, it felt like this was the end. It easily was the largest earthquake that I felt. Luckily, the damage to my place was minimal - books fell off my piano, shelves opened up and stuff toppled over.

To all of my online guests that are in the area - I hope everything is well. To everybody else, you missed a hell of a show.

Monday, October 29, 2007 

Big Al gets high

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to experience 4 minutes of weightlessness, but not in the traditional sense. Normally to experience 4 minutes of weightlessness you would need to go really high in a rocket ship. I did the poor man's rocketship at iFly - the indoor verticle wind tunnel in Union City.
(Making my mark at iFly)

I had 2 "skydives" of 2 minutes each. It wasn't exactly a replacement of the real thing, but it's something to do once in your life. After watching the videos online, I thought I was going to some Matrix-like stop action stuff like the Trinity pose or the Neo bullet dodge. The reality was that I had a hard time just staying in place.

(Not exactly like skydiving, but dangerous nonetheless given that I'm wearing a brain bucket and knee pads.)

You start off by going to a 10 minute flight training session where they say that you need to be relaxed in there, don't find the wind and don't make major movements. I did everything but what they told me. I was pretty tense and I was flying all over the place. Luckily the instructor is in the wind tunnel with you and keeping you from crashing into the window. At the end of the whole thing the instructor does a demo of all the tricks that they can do which makes you feel like a dipsh!t because you can barely keep your position while he's doing Morpheus moves.
(Conveniently located in Union City, CA next to In-n-Out and Krispy Kreme's)

Although it's a little expensive, I recommend that you check it out. Big Al approved!

Sunday, October 28, 2007 

Big Al takes home the Halloween gold and silver

(Meep! Meep!)

Big Al made it out to 2 Halloween parties over the weekend: Q's Happy Halloween and VJ's Party on the Hill. I'm proud to announce that Big Al took home 2nd place at Q's party and 1st place at VJ's party. Not a bad weekend eh?

(Is it Big Al?)

Big Al's 2007 costume was Beaker from the Muppets. It had a few people scratching their heads. Some people called me Elmo. Some people thought I was Dilbert. Some people thought I was just a doctor (especially when I wasn't wearing the head). Others were just baffled - mostly those that were Fresh off the Boat.

(Bringing home the gold from VJ's party!)

Big Al's Halloween schedule isn't quite complete. There's Halloween night which looks like an open date, and then there's Lina's Post Halloween bash next Saturday. I'm tempted to opt out of that one just because I've already claimed my title. It would be foolish to go to a party and then put your title back on the line. It's like the World Series Champions taking their title to Japan to play the Japanese champs or the winners of the NCAA Football Coach's poll playing the winners of the AP poll. Foolish!

Friday, October 26, 2007 

Big Al's ultra super mega secret Halloween costume

So I'm a big fan of Halloween. Previous Halloween costumes have included:
Dirty laundry basket
Jack in the Box
DuffMan (from the Simpsons)

They've all been homemade costumes that I spend countless hours on. This year is going to be a pretty good costume. I'll post pictures up on Monday after I attend Q's Halloween bash tonight and VJ's Top of the Hill party on Saturday. In the meantime, here's a little teaser of my costume:

(Can you figure it out?)

Thursday, October 25, 2007 

Big Al congratulates Ted Dawg

Congratumalations to Big Ted Dawg for being #10000. You can find out more about Ted at his blog - Not that I have anything against that stuff.

Expect your gift between now and guest #20000. A couple of quesitons:
1. What's the "love stor" tab on your browser? Care to explain?
2. What's "Get Fuzzy" in your bookmarks? Is that another male on male porno site? Once again, it's cool if you like that stuff.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007 

Big Al takes #10000 to the movies

By the time you're reading this the 10000th visitor has already visited my site. In celebration of such a momentus occassion, I'd like to send a gift to of a Loew's Cinenplex Big Blast Gift Pack. It was given to me as a gift from the now defunct site. They gave it to me as a gift for being their 10000th visitor.
(I'll give the Papa John's hat away in another contest.)

Contest Rules:
1. You must submit original photographic evidence (non-doctored) that you were the 10000th visitor. Screencaptures, digital photos of your screen or bringing your laptop to show me all acceptable ways to do it.
2. You don't have to be the 10000th visitor to win the prize. I'll give the 10000th visitor to claim the prize by midnight 10/31/07 PST. I encourage visitor 10001 or later to also send a picture of their visit. If 10000 doesn't claim it, I'll send the gift pack to 10001+ on 11/2/07.
3. This gift pack is worth $25, but it's several years old. So I don't guarantee that it'll work. You can most likely use it at San Francisco's Metreon. To give you an idea how old it is, there's actually coupons redeemable for drinks and candy, but they expired in 2003. It's a gift... deal with it!
4. There is no substitution for this. However, if I feel up to it, I may give you some old passes to Centerfolds or Larry Flynts that have been lying around.
5. I reserve the right to end the contest for any reason including, but not limited to: extreme laziness, lack of postage, forgetfulness, negligence on my part (i.e. actually using the gift certificate before I have a chance to send it to you) or acts of God.
6. Send all submissions to the "Send me email" link on the right side of this page.

Good luck!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007 

Big Al gets no love from Gmail

My apologies as I have been sick lately. I had the flu for 3 days last week, and I'm slowly recovering.
Anyways, I had the opportunity to speak with an early employee of Google who was one of the Godfathers of Gmail - the email application that we've all grown to love. He's probably one of the richest guys I have ever met. His net worth is easily into the hundreds of millions. He's starting a new company that is similar to a feature on Facebook where it updates you on what your friend is doing like "Big Al is blogging", "Big Al is reading", or "Big Al is messing around with your sister". It's like Twitter meets RSS feeds.

So he's starting this company with a few other early Google employees and I walk into his office to just BS with them. The conversation goes something like this:

Big Al: "So I want to check out your new website, can I get on the Beta testing program?"
Rich Dude: "Sure! No problem. What's your email?"
Big Al: "It's"
***Rich Dude is bothered***
Rich Dude: "Umm... (sarcastically) we don't give access to people with that email."
***Big Al f'd up now. Time to fix it***
Big Al: "Ooops. I have a Gmail account. I really do. I keep all of my important stuff there. I send all of my Spam to my account."
***Big Al is relieved, but Rich Dude is even more bothered***
Rich Dude: "My new website isn't SPAM!"

Another bridge burned!

Friday, October 12, 2007 

Big Al runs into old friends in weird places

First off, thanks to everybody for all the birthday wishes, cookies, cupcakes, blog comments, phone calls, IM's, MySpace messages and text messages. The big 30th year celebration has kicked off, and I'm looking forward to the next 12 months of fun.

(Natalie and Derrick former SP-SV Bruins)

It's funny to realize how much of your past makes you who you are today, yet your past is forgotten. Not only did I have the opportunity to see many of my old friends at my high school reunion, I recently had the chance to see other old friends. Last night, I ran into Natalie, my friend since the 3rd grade. She's married to my Little League friend Allan, who play in a band called The Mango Kings. I was passing by the Hukilau in Palo Alto and saw a girl through a window that I recognized. She recognized me too and met me outside so we can catch up. A couple of things came up in the coversation:
1. Natalie has 2 brother who are twins - Danny & David. I ran into those guys last year in San Francisco and we had a small chat. The next thing I knew, they had a bunch of girls around them, and they didn't even bother to share. In my next life, I'm coming back as a twin.
2. Natalie was really good in doing the Spanish for Senora Stiltz, so I just road her coattails. To this day I can't speak a word of Spanish as evident in my trip to Esapana. I particularly remembers one project where we had to write an essay in Spanish. I couldn't provide much help except for my handy Spanish translator and my typing skills. Luckily, she didn't mind that I put my name on the essay when we turned it in.

A couple of months ago I ran into my old neighbors - Rob & Ron. They live in the house that was mentioned under my arson posting a few weeks ago. I ran into them at a Giant's game. They were there with all the other SP-SV people like Vince, Brady, Jay and Seraphin. Cool bunch of guys that made a lot of noise at the game.

I'm sure as I get older, more "war stories" like this will come up. To all my other old friends, if you see me around, and you think it's me... it's probably me. I don't think I have any enemies, so come up and say hi!

Tuesday, October 02, 2007 

Big Al celebrates #29

Today starts the year long celebration of Big Al's journey to the big THREE-OH. Until 10/2/08, Big Al still has one more year of his 20's to celebrate. I'm not going to promise anything, just because I tend to be flaky in my old age (remember Version 3.0?), but I'm sure there will be plenty in store over the next 365 days.

(Jo made Big Al some cupcakes. This one is my favorite. It reminds me of something...)

If you have a chance, send me an email, Skype me, send me an IM, give me a phone call or send me a text message. I'm looking for creative suggestions as to what I should do before I turn 30.
Some things that are on the list:
Join the mile-high club
Be on To Catch a Predator
Kick Frenchy's ass
Apologize to Q for all the B.S. that I've done to him

Thanks to those that have already wished Big Al a Happy 29th.