Sunday, August 02, 2015
A Fair Interruption
I saw the move Southpaw. Reviews for it had been mixed, and not really complimentary, but it wasn't bad. Jim Lampley, Jimmy Lennon Jr., Roy Jones Jr., and Lou Di Bella -- real-life members of the boxing community -- were featured in the film. Jake Gyllenhall was cut. Whoever trained him for this film did a good job. Most of the punches were rough and beautiful.
Yesterday was the second day of zero training in the gym at LaFollette Park. The day before that, the gym was shut down for cleaning in preparation for a neighborhood gospel fest that took place the following day. I spent all day yesterday keeping people off of the ring and the heavy bags.
Hot dogs and hamburgers were being given away outside to the kids attending the fest. There is a kitchen in the gym area, and more mature fare (chicken, macaroni and cheese, etc.) was prepared for the adults who didn't want hot dogs and burgers. A few tried to park themselves on the apron of the gym to eat. "No food on the ring, please," I said loudly.
I overheard one parent grumbling because they were told that their little wonders were only allowed to get the hot dogs and hamburger that were being grilled outside. The parent went on and on about how "mean" church people, the ones who were serving the food, are. What I heard was an entitled mama attitude that she needed to get over and drop.
After explaining to the one of the boys who plays football why the gym was shut down for two day, he asked, "So Coach Hillari, you're not happy about not being able to train?" "Yeah, I'm a bit pissed, but there's not much I can do," I replied. Nearby was a dental outfit who were offering teeth cleanings in the gym. Yes, you read that right; dental services in a boxing gym. Earlier, they had moved the equipment table and a chair I had been sitting on without asking. I know they heard my comment, but I didn't care. I've become very protective of my space in the field house.