Friday, March 28, 2008 

Big Al says reading (other blogs) is cool

I try to post 2-3 blogs per week. For some people, that's not enough. Oh well.

When I'm not blogging and not watching NCAA basketball, I let my mind wander on the Internet. Here are a few blogs/portals that I frequent. Enjoy!
- This guy writes on every once in a while. He catches all of these uniform details.
- Yes, I'm a Mac fan now. Damn you Steve Jobs!
- Just because
- This guy just puts together a bunch of links and force feeds me to read a bunch of news gossip.


Big Al discovers Twitter... okay not really discovers it

So I came across last summer 2007. I signed up for and put it aside. Now I'm kinda' hooked. I'll add a twitter widget to my blog soon. Hopefully later today.

Argh! It's 2:39am! I need to sleep!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008 

Big Al's nation is growing

I look over my web stats and I tend to forget that of the 15-20 regular visitors, I do get my occasional new reader. In 2008, I have been blessed by 2 new fans: Taylor and Austin. The Big Al Nation is growing.

(Alyssa, Austin and Steve hanging out. I went to their wedding a couple of years ago.)

Austin was born to Alyssa and Steve on March 2, 2008 at 8pm. 7 pounds, 2 oz, 20 inches. I predict 1st round pick out of University of Texas class of 2029, middle linebacker.

(Teri, Tyler and Ted. 3 T's. Sounds like a Filipino family's naming sequence.)

Tyler Sterling was born on February 23, 2008 at 3:15pm. 6 pounds, 13 ounces, 21.5 inches long. I predict a starting right handed pitcher, 1st round pick right out of high school, class of 2026.

I've been attending approximately, 5 weddings a year, it'll only be a matter of time before I start going to 5 baptisms a year. I'm wondering if the western name thing is a fad or coincidence. Is the next kid coming out going to be named Tex? Anyways, congrats to Mom and Dad. I'll see you guys in 18 years. For Austin and Tyler, we'll start hitting the weight room on Monday.

Monday, March 17, 2008 

Big Al learns something new... the lyrics of a song

I'm 29 years old and I'm still learning something new. Joe Jeezy from the V, asked me one day if I listened to the lyrics of a song. I told him I never did. I played a lot of music and downloaded a lot of songs, but I never listened to the words. Weird eh? However, in the last month I've heard more music and understood more words than I have in the last 29 years. For those that are wondering... no one died. I've just hit a rough patch. However, I'm content now. I'm at peace. I can smile and laugh. I'm not ready to run a marathon or pitch a complete game, but I'm getting there. One day, one week, one month at a time.

Little Wonder by Rob Thomas

Let it go
Let it roll right off your shoulder
Don't you know
The hardest part is over
Let it in
Let your clarity define you
In the end
You will only just remember how it feels

Our lives are made
In these small hours
These little wonders
These twists and turns of fate
Time falls away,
But these small hours
These small hours
Still remain

Let it slide
Let your troubles fall behind you
Let it shine,
Till you feel it all around you
And I don't mind
If it's me you need to turn to
We'll get by
It's the heart that really matters in the end

Our lives are made
In these small hours
These little wonders
These twists and turns of fate
Time falls away
But these small hours
These small hours
Still remain

All of my regret
Will wash away somehow
But I cannot forget
the way I feel right now

In these small hours
These little wonders
These twists and turns of fate
Yeah, these twisted turns of fate
Time falls away
Yeah, but these small hours,
These small hours
Still remain

Yeah, oh they still remain
These little wonders
All these twists and turns of fate
Time falls away
But these small hours
These little wonders
Still remain

Friday, March 14, 2008 

Big Al goes on a hunger strike!

Okay... so I probably will never ever go on a hunger strike. There's just something about the circle of life - sleeping, eating, sh!tt!ng that makes me want to live each and every day. However, there are some people that don't mind taking one of these to the extreme. Let's take a look at Ly Tong, 63, from San Jose.

(Big Al consider throwing spring rolls and pho at the guy on hunger strike to see what his reaction would be.)

There's been a recent controversy in San Jose, CA where a group of Vietnamese-Americans have been pushing hard for a new district to be called "Little Saigon" instead of the city-approved "Vietnam Business District". Big Al's city hall insiders have indicated that officials from the Vietnam have padded the pockets of the Madison Nguyen, the city councilwoman to keep the name "Vietnam Business District". The logic is that the iron fist of the communist motherland wants to shroud any evidence of democracy, hence the lack of the "Saigon" reference.

Ly Tong camped outside San Jose City Hall and has not eaten since February 15. Not eating for 4 hours makes me hurt. I can't even think about going 4 weeks without eating. The guy was prepared to die for a name. That's love for a country. I did consider camping outside of certain stores in Vallejo, stage a hunger strike and protest their names. Little P.I. Market instead of Asian Market or Little Manila Store instead of Oriental Store, but without the whole communist regime there isn't a strong desire. It also would kill me to stage a hunger strike in front of a place that made fried tilapia and lumpia.

In other news... this lady took another part of the circle of life to the extreme. Have a good weekend!

Sunday, March 09, 2008 

Big Al's Mailbag - March 2008

So it's been awhile since Big Al has reached into his mailbag from his fans, so I'm going to make some time today to answer some of these burning questions:
1. Yo Big Al! What's up with Daylight Savings Time. I feel like I got cheated out of an hour this weekend. What's the deal? - Konfused in Kalifornia
Hello Konfused, it is true that we lost an hour this weekend for people who live in the US except for Arizona and Hawaii, who for once got it right. You can blame Ben Franklin and in protest keep all of your clocks the same until October.

2. Yo Big Al! What happened to your Supra? What's the deal? - Gold Digger
Hey Gold - Leila, my Supra, is resting in the garage. She misses you all (except Frenchy). Come over and rub yourself against her and say hi! Kaylani, my truck, is the daily driver.

3. Yo Big Al! There are rumors about this room in your parent's house that is filled with magical treasures of toys of yesteryear that are still in their original boxes. Is it true? You should sell them all and retire. What's the deal? - Ebay Hunter
Hey Ebay, Woah! It may be true. We'll see what we can do about exposing this well guarded secret. Stay tuned!

4. Yo Big Al! I have about a month until my taxes are due and I have no clue how to do all of this. I heard there are a lot of shortcuts. What's the deal? - Irwin R. Shady
Hello Irwin, it is true that you can cheat on your income taxes. However, the doesn't recommend it because you may go to jail. You can do some fibbing. I'm not a CPA, but some things that you can deduct...
Remember the hooker? It's a medical message therapist. Use your flexible spending account on it for 2008.
All of your porno magazines? It's educational material that will further your new career in photography.
That yearly to Thailand to check out the girly-boys? It was a for a job interview. Better luck next year!

That's it from the mailbag!

Sunday, March 02, 2008 

Big Al goes to Sina's bachelor party

So Big Al took his yearly bachelor party excursion this year to Seattle, WA. The gathering consisted of mostly SCU folks from as far away as Hawaii. Groomsman Benny took it upon himself to set the whole shindig by renting a bungelow for Sina and his 11 friends. The house was pretty cool. It had a basement with a huge plasma TV and surround sound, a large main living room for additional entertainment, deck to BBQ and master bedroom with a tantra closet for those that want to get a little kinky.

(Big Al getting a little piece of Dick.)

I got in late Friday night, so it was a trip get some Dick's (huh?) and several hours of catch up with a few folks that I haven't seen in years like BPC and D-locke. Saturday's festivities started off with 4 hours of paintball. I'm getting up there in age, so running around for 4 hours in the muddy conditions was a huge task. At one point, I just gave up after getting hit five times in point-blank range while trying to protec my flag. I threw my gun to the ground and just walked out of the game. Q and Mini-Ben just ganged up on me and started to pelt me with paintballs and all I could do was curl up into a little ball.
(The Saturday Night Book Club: Mayor Cary, Judge BPC, Daniel Bonaparte, Big Al, D-Locke, Not-gay-no-more Sina, Chemical Ali, P-Mock, LA Ben, Metro Ito, Mini-Ben and Q)

After paintball, it back to the bungalow for a little BBQ action. Ben put together a feast of kalbi short ribs, tri tip, tofu, salad and other good shizzle to feed the soldiers for the long night ahead.

After much debate, we decided to stay in for the traditional bachelor party Saturday night book club meeting. The book club meeting got off to a slow start since two of the members were almost 1.5 hours late. However, once the meeting took place we all became pretty excited for the discussion of Patriot Games and The History of Armenia. Unfortunately, you have to be a member of the book club in order to find out about our discussion. What happens in the book club, stays in the book club. Oh yeah... congrats to Harry Richard for becoming the newest member of the book club on Saturday night. You will be remembered for years to come!

(No strippers at this bachelor party. Just some books.)

Sunday was pack up and clean up day. Kudos to Ben for putting the party together, especially with less than a month's notice. This one is going to be hard to beat. Good luck to the bachelor Sina. Looks like it's V-towne Ken's bachelor party on deck.