Wednesday, July 09, 2014


Baz Luhrmann, in his speech titled "Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)," famously said, "You're not as fat as you imagine." The pic below is of a much younger Kevin who, back in the 1990s, thought of himself as fat—as fat as he thinks of himself now.

I can still get my foot that high, but there's no longer any force or speed behind the blow. Now, when I attempt a taekwondo kick, it's little more than pitiful-looking ballet. I used to have a 70-pound punching/kicking bag that I'd hung off a tree in our family's back yard; I'd kick and punch that fucker so hard that it would leap upward—sometimes leaping up so high that it would come off two of its four hooks, and when it landed, the remaining two hooks would yank the canvas hard enough to tear it. So yeah, I ruined heavy bags. That's how hard I punched and kicked. Ironically, those bags were called Everlast. Now, given my current fallen state, such bags probably would last forever. I'd barely leave dents in the canvas.

Keywords: taekwondo, kick, roundhouse, TKD, 1990s