Thursday, September 12, 2013
The Golden Boy Returns! (Photostory)
Chang, (Sunni's husband) is a martial arts expert. He's currently training, Vernon, who's known as the Golden Boy. They are training at David's gym.
"So how's the hand?" (Chang)
"It's all healed. I'm ready to go all out." (Vernon)
"Great. Well let's get started." (Chang)
"We're going to warm up with some combos. Mix it up and go hard." (Chang)
They finish the warm-up and head to the punching bag.
"So now, I want to see some kicks along with the punches." (Chang)
"There you go!" (Chang)
"So we're coming in on the home stretch. We'll finish up here." (Chad)
"Of course if you want to lift after this, we can." (Chang)
"Not today. I'll lift tomorrow." (Vernon)
Vernon works out for another 20 minutes, then they call it a day.
I guess this is a great time to reveal that Vernon returned to town to reconnect with Naisha, his former girlfriend and the mother of his daughter, Kimaya.
Naisha is ecstatic. She's hoping that this time they can really make it work.
Epilogue: This character was named after two very good friends of mine, both named Vernon. Vernon Forrest and Vernon Rossin. I met both gentlemen at Bally's gym in 2000. Vernon Forrest was a professional boxer who became a world champion in the welterweight and light middleweight divisions and was noted for his three victories over Shane Mosely. He trained at Bally's back then, and he was a sweetheart. For some reason he insisted on going out on a date. I resisted for a long time (over a year), but allowed him to cook me dinner one night. I remember it well. It was spaghetti and meatballs. Sadly, he was murdered in July 2009 when a couple of guys tried to rob him. What a loss of such a sweet spirit.
Vernon Rossin was my other dear friend, who I played racquetball with for over twelve years. Another sweetheart and quite the cutie pie. Three years ago, he revealed that he was being treated for prostate cancer, and we became cancer buddies. He was an amazing support to me, calling me regularly to lift my spirits. Sadly he passed away in December from cancer complications. Talk about blindsided! He had just been playing racquetball a few weeks earlier and all of a sudden he was gone. Another wonderful spirit that was gone way too soon.
Rest in peace my dear friends. I miss you both!