Where in the hell am I?

Stories from the road, and home, by a contract archaeologist.

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Location: Texas, United States

I work out of town a lot as a contract archaeologist. Sometimes it's interesting. It can be quite funny, although probably only to other archys. Home is Austin, with my wife and our cute kitty and all of our crazy friends.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Cinderella Man

I just got done watching Cinderella Man on the ol' Home Box office. Damned if that wasn't a great movie. I think it helped that I really couldn't remember the outcome of the final fight, and am a fan of the sweet science (boxing), but I suspect that it was just a great movie overall. It hit all the right buttons: underdog, class consciousness (and the Depression in general), cute kids. There are tons and tons of sports movies, and I'm a sucker for them. Especially the scrappy underdog ones, which I think is actually pretty much all of them. Cinderella Man had all of that, and was a true story, and was beautifully shot and very well acted. I even liked Renee Zellwegger!
It's funny that I like boxing, because I'm not a fighter. I've been in one "fight" in my life, in 8th grade. There were only 36 of us in my 8th grade, at a small private school in New York City. Of that there were 18 boys. I would say I ranked between 14th and 16th on the totem pole. Of course, I made fun of the guys below me (I was 13!) and one of them decided to start a fight with me. I think I threw the only punch, and it wasn't a knockout punch, but enough for him to back down. I've had a few chest-bumping incidents at shows since then, but that would be it. I suppose I just live vicariously.
In conclusion, I recommend Cinderella Man. Maybe it will make you cry, too. Big, manly tears.


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