Wednesday, February 27, 2008

A Complete Unknown

On Monday a gentleman in his late 60s boarded the Mexico City subway, rode a few stops, took in an exhibit of Lucha Libre photographs in the station where he was changing lines, and eventually came to the Nuevo Jordan gym, one of Mexico's premiere boxing establishments. He and his three companions - two younger Latinos and another older guy - paid 50 pesos for a one day pass. "Fucking old guys," said the manager, "They're gonna have a heart attack." But the men had brought their own gear with them, boxed for an hour or so, and before they left, the manager finally conceded that the old guy was no pretender. "He knows el pugilismo," he said. Never did catch his name, though.

Unremarkable story, except that the old guy was Bob Dylan.

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