Monday, January 21, 2008 

Big Al loses a friend

(Some dude, Craig, some chick, Freddy and Big Al - London in November 2005)

Life is very short. We tend to take it for granted. You wake up, go to work, see your coworkers, hang out with your friends and then go to sleep and then do it all over again the next day. Very rarely do you think that those people that you interact with everyday may not be there come tomorrow. Today, I found out that one of my closest friends at my old company passed away very unexpectedly.

Craig was going through a bad divorce over the last 2 years in Plano, Texas. I'd see him whenever I went down there and I tried to make time whenever he was over here in the Bay Area. On one occasion, our jobs brought us over to England where we spent an entire week there goofing off. I'd call him about once a month just to check up on him and to see how the court proceedings were going. I believe I sent him a text message on December 25th wishing him a Merry Christmas.

From the news reports that I've seen, it looks like his ex-wife placed a hit on him and succeeded when a man shot Craig and his girlfriend on December 26 while they were entering their garage. The girlfriend survived and relayed enough information to the police. Luckily his two daughters were not there. It's so sad to see such a senseless killing.

If you want to read more about it:

Craig - I wish I knew about this sooner. I wish I called you more often. I love you buddy!

Wednesday, January 02, 2008 

Big Al gets towed... almost

So I was off to V-towne this last weekend for some preliminary partying at Marine World, aka Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. I lived in Vallejo almost my entire life and being local you tend to know a few tricks. One of the tricks was to avoid the $15 parking fee and park at an "alternative spot". The "alternative spot" was the golf course across the street.

(Discovery Kingdom is visable on the left and on the right you'll see a golf course and it's adjacent parking lot. Do not park there!!!)

So I pull the Tundra in to the parking lot, gather my belongings and start walking across the street to Marine World Africa, USA. Then along comes a yellow Wiler's Tow Truck and parks it right behind my truck. It takes me all of 5 seconds to hussle back to the truck and move it. Luckily the guy didn't hook my truck up to his rig, but it was only a matter of seconds. Disaster avoided!

(Don't be cheap like Big Al!)

I guess my local secret has been leaked and abused. For all of my loyal V-towne readers who haven't gone to Discovery Kingdom lately spend the $15 or at least play 9 holes at the golf course before you spend the day at the park.