May 18, 2011

On The Road

1. I know just a little of Jack Kerouac's work. But here's a quote, nonetheless, from his masterpiece of a book called “On The Road”: “They danced down the streets like dingledodies, and I shambled after as I've been doing all my life after people who interest me, because the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones that never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn... “

2. Speaking of roads, on the 9th day of this month of May, the road took the lives of three of our fellow i-Besaos. Samson Buyagan, a daughter of his and a certain Marvin were plucked from this world when the van they were riding malfunctioned and plunged into a 400-meter ravine somewhere in Payeo, Besao, Mt. Province. I remember Samson, a big, tall and intimidating guy. He's a General-of-a-man. I personally know two sons of his, Murphy and Andrei. Murphy, I came to know him, way back in my elementary years. In fact, the last time I met him was just a few months ago here in Baguio City. He was with his wife and kid. So to Murphy, his siblings and family, we share your grief in losing a father and a sister.

3. Have you watched the Pacquiao-Mosley fight? It was a total stinker, wasn't it. It was terrible. No excitement at all unless of course if you're a Pactard. I pity those who watched it on pay-per-view or paid several hundred pesos to watch it on the big screen in some city mall atop a hill called Luneta. Me, I didn't watch it, I followed the blow by blow text coverage by an ESPN guy named Kieran Mulvaney. It was more fun reading the fight than watching it. Besides, the TV network beaming the fight here in the Philippines (was it ABS-CBN or GMA) sucks. They're showing you an ad bout, instead of a boxing bout. The fight just never lived up to the hype. This fight should have never been made in the first place. Mosley is a beast of a fighter but he's way out of his prime. He's 40 years old for Chrissake. The making of this bout is a manifestation of everything that is wrong with boxing today. In the words of UFC main man Dana White, “Boxing just keeps on shooting its own foot.” Boxing fans want Pacquiao-Mayweather or Pacquiao-Marquez III or Pacquiao-Bradley. But what do we get? Pacquiao-Mosley. A pound for pound fighter against an old lion. No disrespect to Mosley, he's a helluva fighter but you can't argue with age. If Mosley is in his prime, I wouldn't be surprised if he sends Pacquiao flying out of the ring with a straight right. He after all knocked Antonio Margarito out when Pacquiao couldn't. It's just that, well, he's old. Period.

4. Have a great month of May folks!

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