All in all, it isn’t surprising that boxers operate under a different system from the people who make money off of them or who watch and write about them. In the real world, boxers and their managers pre-arranging the outcome of fights, working collusively against a hostile system, makes sense. Fixing fights, even at the expense of the public, isn’t just good business. It’s a survival strategy for the disenfranchised class in boxing: the fighters themselves.
I got out of the business in the latter part of the 1990s. It would be a good story to say that I had a moral epiphany that lifted the veil from my eyes. That wouldn’t be true, though. I got involved with some dangerous people, and some bad things happened. So I left. Over time, I’ve come to see boxing differently than when I earned my living from it. I’ve learned that, in boxing, damage isn’t just possible or likely; it is nearly inevitable. I continue to love the art of boxing itself. But, nearly 20 years removed from it, I still find the works of the business—the larceny and the bullshit and the wheeling and dealing—the most difficult and absorbing thing I’ve done in my life.
Ingredients: rice, avocado, small yellow onion, two cans of beans, one tiny jar of salsa, spices and etc.
Soften the onion in a pot with some oil. A little dark brown on that onion wouldn’t hurt. Add your spices and other flavorful things. Cumin and garlic, at least. Oregano, curry powder, hot sauce, chipotle peppers and so on would all fit in there.
Add the tiny jar of salsa. Drain/rinse the beans, then add them to the pot. Add a tiny bit of water. Cook on low/medium until the beans are falling apart or until the rice is done. Taste the beans regularly, you probably don’t need to add much salt or much else that’s spicy. Keep adding just enough water to make sure the beans don’t dry out.
Cook the rice, too. Follow those directions.
Put rice in bowl. Put beans on top of rice. Put chopped/sliced avocado on top of beans.
Serves two unless both people want a whole avocado to themselves (they do, come on, seriously).
It’s tempting to freak out and change all your passwords immediately, but there’s no point in doing so before the sites you use are fixed—or else someone could just steal your new password. If one of the sites you use is vulnerable, make sure all other sites you use have unique passwords. (Many hackers will try to get into your other accounts using the one password they’ve found, because they know how lazy we are about coming up with new passwords.) At this point, it’s more prudent to wait for good news first. Once you’ve gotten the okay, take this opportunity to make your passwords extra secure. Or just give up and make them all Password1234.