My three islands

Was born on the island east of the 59th Street Bridge. Live on the island west of it. Yet, I’ve never taken the tram to the island between them until today.

59th Street Bridge from the tram


Interviewer: Rampage, where do you see yourself in 2 years?,
Rampage: Well, right now I’m 23, so in two years, I see myself, 25.

Bryson met up with me to take some pics for him on the tram. Was cloudy and overcast but I took them anyway. Was born on the island east of this bridge. Live on the island west of it. Yet, I’ve never taken the tram to the island between them until today.

Afterward, we had lunch at Johnny Rockets. Never been there either. Thought of my grandma; cause you always think there’ll be time enough to do things. Then one day, you find you’ve done run outta time.

He’s having a kid. His wife, a doctor, agreed to let him teach her how to roll. Should mention that’s he one of the best architects in his field and part of the teams in charge of giving the tram a facelift.

Me: Look at us, we’re two old, ivy-league educated, white-collar guys. I know why I do it, why do you do it?
Him: It’s just like running or something. It’s not about beating the other guy, it’s about beating yourself. (Fighting in the ring’s) different than brawling; to paraphrase Rampage Jackson, if you get into a fight with someone in a club, eventually, someone’s gonna have their feelings hurt.

Those three lives I told y’about. We all got them. Realized 90 minutes ago, that I’ve spent 90% of my life on these two islands, doing two very different things, living two very different lives.


Before his rematch against Chuck Liddell:

Interviewer: Chuck said in his pre-fight interview it’s gonna be a first round knockout. What do you have to say about that?

Rampage: If he plans on getting knocked out in the first round that’s his business.

Location: 14:00 yest, taking these pics
Mood: geeky
Music: Slow down, you move too fast
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6 replies on “My three islands”

ooh good one. i'm going to the art institute tomorrow. it's on my list of "things i take for granted". one day i will not live in chicago anymore. plus it's free on thurs/fridays during the summer.i will try to do one thing a week out of my usual routine, esp in the summer. every moment of sunshine and "warmth" has to be cherished. starting tomorrow.

I'm not sure why I do what I do for work anymore. I always thought I didn't have time, but I'm going to see an admissions advisor about continuing ed classes!

Suz – good, time always runs faster than you think. Before you know it, you'll be 36. It's hard to realize half your life is gone already.Alana – that makes two of us! And yes, higher education is always a good choice, IMHO.

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