I want to reach people if I can. It is a privilege that is difficult to articulate. I didn't really notice that this thread is nine years old. I started dropping acid in 1969. I was 13. 35 years later I washed up on shore and I've been clean for 11.5 years now. I spent nine years in Vegas. I had a lot of friends in the business. In boxing. Still do. Most of them came out of it with not much more than their memories. I've got many boxing stories. And most of them are not about me at all. For the most part, I like and admire boxers as people. One thing about boxers is that they have a nuanced sense of irony. I figure that comes from taking a public beating in front of friends and strangers. You really just never know. I mean there are some guys that are fed to a fighter. To boost his record or to build him up after a bad loss. Guys get moved in their first half dozen fights. The whole business is an art a complex -- the mechanizations of the sport. I know one fighter, Manny Sobral, he looked around the gym as a kid and he realized what happens when boxing is over. So he used being on the Olympic team to get a scholarship and he got a BA and eventually he got an MA. He's the principal at a school for delinquent children now and he promotes amateur and pro cards at the River Rock Casino. He came up on me. I sparred with him a lot. He wasn't slick, but he was a very hard worker. You land two he lands three, you land three he lands four. He was frustrating to deal with. I want to say, what's nine fights? But I never saw anybody over the age of 21/22 that did even what I did. It was way harder than I thought.