Monday, December 12, 2005

Merry Christmas and banana slap


The season is upon us. I decided to get a tree this year. It has been a couple of years since I have had a real tree. Yes, those are handcuffs.

I decorated this myself. Well, actually Helen put the cuffs up. I scored the tape and wrapped the tree. I bought the tree over at Saint Pius. A couple of kids put it on top of my car. It is a spruce.

I feel so centered. I went to yoga over at the south city Y. I haven't been since I think spring. It is well overdue. It feels great. My instructor, Jennifer Miller, is the best.

I hit a kid today. I coach on Mondays. Okay, I hit a kid with a banana peel. Jeremy started eating the fruit without asking permission at the end of the tutoring session. I took the banana out of his mouth and slapped him with the peel. He looked at me shocked. I looked right back at him and asked him if he wanted to be a boxer. He nodded yes. I told him he a banana slap should not stop him in his tracks. He laughed.

I buy all of my fruit for the bar up at Produce Row at United Fruit. That is always fun. There is a cool guy Gary, Q, that sells me the produce and then there are crews of shifty fellas who get the fruit. Gary always gets me some bananas for the kids at the gym. Then I pay for my order from a woman named Sherrel. I think that is her name. She is inside a cage where we pay. She is quite nice too. She used to own a tavern at Arkansas and Magnolia. We have had quite a few discussions about the business. She still owns the building and lives upstairs. I took Bruce with me today. I usually bring a fighter or two with me when I pick up my weekly produce purchase. Last week I brought Peter, the week before Todd. The rest of the kids tutor while I pick up produce. I have a crew of kids from the University doing some form of tutoring with the kids that brought their homework.

Bruce, of course, asked a lot of questions. Not always questions that have answers. He asks all levels of questions. Some interesting questions. Some that are maddeningly obvious. Bruce once was going to fight. Bruce is the middle brother between Demetrius and Derron. He has since resigned to seriously compete. His brothers are now training out of Gamble Gym for Buddy Shaw. That will be interesting. Buddy is an excellent coach that keeps an extremely strict regimine. I hope they do well. Both Demetrius and Derron won at the Silver Gloves state championship.

I just finished Battle for Algiers. Damn. It is hardcore.

5 Comments:

Blogger Joe said...

Hey, we bought our tree at St Pius this year, too! On Saturday afternoon. Not quite as big as all that, though.

10:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not a very Christmasy looking tree there, Steve. Er.

3:38 PM  
Blogger Steven Fitzpatrick Smith said...

Well it is not quite done yet.

5:28 PM  
Blogger www.tobyweiss.com said...

There's WOOD floors in the apartment! It looks great. Did you put those in, or did the previous tenant/owner do it?

7:23 AM  
Blogger Steven Fitzpatrick Smith said...

They were in when I got it. The next time in, let me give you a tour.

10:39 AM  

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