Blackcatloner Meets The Italian Stallion

This vlog is basically my trip to the Boxing Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Canastota that was held on June 12. So I ended up going on a little road trip with a co-worker so I could get my big YouTube video op there. I gotta tell you if you watch the video, you can get an idea as to how mobbed it was down there primarily because two of the inductees this year are very well-known celebrities: Actor Sylvester Stallone and Mike Tyson. Of course, Sly was inducted for his work in the Rocky movies and Mike was inducted because well, he’s probably the greatest fighter since Muhammad Ali.

It was really hard for me to get good video footage there because of the crowds. During the parade, I had to like fight my way through the crowds to get a good video shot of Mike Tyson as he was passing by in his motorcade. While I was getting that shot, an old lady was trying to push me out of the way. Sorry, lady but I have a job to do too.

Other fighters that were in the parade included “Irish” Micky Ward and Dicky Edlund, the two that inspired theĀ film “The Fighter,” as well as fellow inductee Julio Cesar Chavez and referee Joe Cortez.

Out of all the people that came through, only one did not march in the parade: Sylvester Stallone. During the parade, they kept him in the museum because they knew a majority of the crowds there were there to see him. In fact, security was so tight that not even the cops knew he was there.

He did however appear during the induction ceremony itself and gave a speech which I filmed in its entirety. However, I was too far away to get good video clips during the speech. During his speech, he gave his “It ain’t about how hard you can hit” speech that he gave in “Rocky Balboa” and there were plenty of people chanting “Rocky! Rocky! Rocky!” while he was on stage.

The only other acceptance speech that I filmed in its entirety was Mike Tyson’s. While he was giving his speech, he had to pause in places and it was sort of hard to understand him at times but still it was pretty good.

In all, despite the fact that I was too far away to get good shots because of the crowds, I was glad I went out there. It may very well have been my only chance to see a movie star. Well two because Mike Tyson’s in both of the Hangover movies (neither of which I have seen yet.) Hopefully I’ll be able to take some more road trips. It’s great to get out of H-town every now and then.

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Housesitter

I figure I’d use this time to get back into the swing of things here on this blog. I have been so preoccupied with stuff the last few weeks that I haven’t really been up to date on the blog as much as I should be but since I am on my first vacation from work for the year, this couldn’t be at a better time. So here we go.

For starters, even as I post this, I just want to let you know that I am not in H-town this weekend. I left Thursday night because I have to housesit for my folks for the weekend and they live in an area where there are no cell phone towers (which renders my phone useless so I can’t call or text or use the mobile web) and the Internet at their house is a dial-up connection which is pretty slow and not compatible with most sites, including YouTube and unfortunately Twitter. However, I can still check email, go on Facebook, answer questions on Formspring and of course do this blog.

Basically, all I had to do this weekend was take care of their animals, specifically dogs, cats, and horses. But other than that, there isn’t really too much I can do except watch movies and go for a walk down the road. My only problem is that it’s too quiet around here. I don’t think that I could ever live in an isolated area like this because it would be like solitary confinement. I’d go completely nuts. I miss H-town, I miss high-speed Internet, I miss my phone.

And as I write this, today is my last full day of housesitting before I return to civilization tomorrow afternoon. However, I am still on vacation from work until July 17 and I have already set my next vacation for the fourth week in August (the 19th through the 27th) because that week is the week that I start college at HCCC. It was probably a good idea that I decided to take off that week so that way in addition to adjusting to life as a college student, I would not be burdened with going to work that week as well. I have just added HCCC as my college on Facebook even though I don’t start for another month.

But anyway, since I am on vacation this week, I figure I’d start doing a little catching up on this blog because I have been a little behind, especially with the fact that I’m still operating at the library and I have had a whole slew of outside distractions. I also haven’t been able to do YouTube videos in a month because of the fact that the computer I use to edit my videos lost its sound. I was barely able to get the last episode of TAOB up from the Boxing Hall of Fame ceremony. Here is where I am going to start to get things back in order.