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MY BOXING GLOVES
Slim Paley photo
My sad little punching bag 🙂
(worst “bag” I’ve ever bought)
Woops- Sorry for that little lapse in posting. Busy week. And now I’m going to post about the least likely of Slim Paley subjects- Boxing! Have you seen David O. Russell’s “The Fighter” yet?? If you haven’t, get thee to the nearest theatre and you will be in for a treat. Based on the true story of welter weight fighter Micky Ward, this is simply one of the best films I’ve seen in awhile. Mark Wahlberg is so endearing and believable in the lead (love him), Christian Bale is an actor from another planet (scared of him), and the supporting cast consistently threaten to steal all their scenes, which in this film, is not an easy feat. Go see it!
Meeting the Sisters
Mark Wahlberg & Amy Adams as his girlfriend in “The Fighter“
Melissa Leo as the Mother From Hell
What she really looks like!
and then, there are the sisters;
First we had the Magnificent Mitfords
Followed by the Fahbulous Cushing Clan
(That’s Babe on the left)
But they had nothing on The Ward Sisters!
Dear Lord in Heaven-
Imagine going to your boyfriend’s home for the first time and confronting these Fab Frauleins?!
Naturally my first thought was; Worst/Best Day Ever? Being an actress sent to audition for one of these parts…and getting it 🙁
FYI- One of the actresses is Conan O’Brian’s sister in real life!
I have to admit, I do LOVE me a good boxing movie. Perhaps it started with my childhood heartthrob
Marlon Brando in “On The Waterfront”
(Stop it- Speaking of being from another planet!)
( you know what the worst thing about including a photo of M.B. on a post is? trying to navigate away from the Google images page)
Then there was.One of my all time favourite films;
Robert DeNiro as Jake Lamotta
Paul Newman as Rocky Graziano in “Somebody Up There Likes Me”
Apparently Congratulations are in order.
Sylvester Stallone was just inducted into The Boxing Hall of Fame last week
And all too real life boxer
And then, of course, we had
The True Story of Slim’s Incredibly Short & Tragic Boxing Career
I couldn’t say for sure what first inspired me.
It might have been as simple as my body telling me I needed more upper arm exercise…
But I suddenly felt the need to really punch the &*^#$* out of something.
So adorable pink gloves were located, a rather sad looking but adequate (or so I thought) amateur punching bag was purchased and basically I was off to the
races ring. I thought it was a simply wonderful idea. I’d play some music, get some high kick boxing in while I was at it, and I’d have the arms of Daria Werbowy before you can say Daria Werbowy.
That very first night, the middle two fingertips of my right hand swelled to the size and colour of ball-park franks. A career threatening injury the first night! Days went by. Various compotes, creams and unguents applied…still, weiner fingers. In the meantime, calls from concerned Mother going something like this;
“How are your fingers?”
“The same Mom”
“Well- Honestly, I don’t know why in the world you would ever do something like that in the first place. You’re not a boxer. You’re not built for boxing”
“Mom. I wasn’t planning on going professional you know. I just wanted to get a little upper arm exercise- a lot of women do it.”
“Yes, but YOU’RE double -jointed. Not built for boxing”
“?? OK, Mom. I gotta go…”
Several weeks, two doctors, 3 prescriptions later, Boxing career over. Fingers almost back to normal but still held slightly aloft from habit (or possibly from being double jointed 🙂 )
Perhaps wrestling might be more my thing. I always loved “The World According To Garp”
Slim Paley photo
My Little Pugilist
Have a Smashing Good Weekend Everyone!
I’ll leave you with the sexiest “Boxing” song ever by one of my all time Heavy-weight singers
“Love TKO” by Teddy Pendergrass