More About the Author
Let me get two things out in the open about me. I like fighting and beer. Yep, not exactly what you would expect from someone who wrote a book on marriage. Let me tell you a bit about myself and my interests.
My name is Orlando Alonso and I was born in Miami, Florida in 1976. I grew up in a town in the Miami area called Hialeah (coño!), which is basically mini-Cuba. I loved growing up there and wouldn't change it for the world. My family is from Cuba and Guatemala, I'm a mixed latino. Yet I consider myself first and foremost an American. I love this damn country and served in the United States Marine Corps to show my appreciation for it.
I enlisted in the Marine Corps at the age of twenty-two. I went to boot camp in Parris Island, South Carolina and graduated January 19th, 1999. From there I was sent to my Military Occupational School (MOS), and became an Intelligence Analyst (0231, MOS designator) for the Marines. Once I was done with that, graduating at the top of my class, I chose sunny Southern California (SoCal) as my duty station. For the next four years I traveled around the globe fulfilling my duty as an Intelligence Analyst for the Marine Corps, and loving every minute of it. I got to train and work with some of the best people/organizations that our country has in the Intelligence field.
During my last 10 months in the Marine Corps I met the women of my dreams. Amy. She also was in the Marine Corps and an Intelligence Analyst to boot! She was tough as nails and one of the best damn Marines I ever got to work with, so naturally I was immediately attracted to her. Not to mention she's pretty damn hot.
I got out of the Marine Corps, but Amy had just reenlisted when we met. This was at the onset of Operation Iraqi Freedom. When we got married, we were together for one month, and then she was deployed to Iraq for eight full months.
These experiences, along with others, has molded and refined our relationship to what it is today. Two people working in sync to better each other every day with love.
Once Amy got out of the Marine Corps we stayed in SoCal, because it's freaking awesome.
During my time here I began to pursue my passion of martial arts. I have trained in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for the last 6 years and currently hold a purple belt under Carlson Gracie Jr. During this time I have got to train with some of the greatest fighters in the world. Dan Henderson, Chris Brennan, Rani Yahya,
Joao Assis, Carlson Gracie Jr., and many others. I love Jiu-Jitsu and have been blessed to pursue it full time...mostly because I have a great marriage.
One other great thing about SoCal is that it has some great microbreweries and craftbrews. If you ever get the chance to come out here check'em out. My favorite is Stone Brewery, which makes the world famous Arrogant Bastard Ale.
So in a nutshell, I'm a Marine (once a Marine, always a Marine), who loves fighting, and drinks beer. I think those are pretty good qualifications to write a no BS book on being a husband.
If you have any questions, seminar requests, or just want to give me a holler email me at: Orlando@BeAGoodHusband.com