AS I SEE IT 6/11: Life's horrors, and the passion to fight them...


Posted on 6/11/118 by Bob Magee

AS I SEE IT
Bob Magee
Pro Wrestling: Between the Sheets
PWBTS.com



It tells you something about the state of the world right
now, after the news of the last two Fridays...with the
murder-suicide involving Chuck (Rockin Rebel) Williams of
his wife Stephanie Burtnett...and the news that (despite
earlier reports), it was reported that it was the ten year
old son who found them...then took the gun out of his
father's hand and put it aside "so no one else would get
hurt"....that it wasn't the last moment I'd see like that.
More on this tragedy in a second.

If that wasn't heartbreaking enough, then came the news this
past week about Anthony Bourdain. A brilliant, irreverent,
snarky New Yorker some called the Rock N Roll Chef....yet
someone determined to see that the forgotten and those he
saw as oppressed (ranging from Palestinians to undocumented
workers from Mexico and Central America, especially in the
restaurant industry) weren't forgotten. Two of the most
beautiful tributes came from one of the most known faces on
the planet, then an anonymous tweeter:

First, President Obama tweeted:

"Low plastic stool, cheap but delicious noodles, cold
Hanoi beer. This is how Ill remember Tony. He taught us
about food but more importantly, about its ability to
bring us together. To make us a little less afraid of the
unknown. Well miss him."


Then, Alison F, one largely anonymous woman on Twitter,
tweeted the following:

"Anthony Bourdain had one of the only shows on tv that
tried with all its might to teach Americans not to be scared
of other people."


So, in an irony worthy of Alanis Morrisette on a bad acid
trip, what helped to get me out of the sadness about those
very tragic events? CZW's Tournament of Death 17.

Why? I'm not going to recite the match results. I have them
posted on my PWBTS site, Gerweck, and elsewhere on social
media. Those in and of themselves weren't even the reason it
was so needed an experience this weekend. But the day was an
over-the-top, wild, balls to the wall experience as TOD
typically is, with pre-show and post-shows at a local sports
bar called Ollie Gators...and the tailgate at TOD...which
could be said to be tailgating as an Olympic sport. Profane,
raunchy, over-indulgent...in other words, good tailgating.
Plus some of the psychoviolence which you can see posted all
over social media.

Then, there were the two great stories consisting of both
real-life and wrestling all at once.

First, longtime death match veteran "Mr. Insanity" Toby
Klein, who came out in an old CZW Cult Fiction t-shirt, the
faction he'd been programmed with when last in CZW years
ago. He used his match at TOD as a legitimate retirement
match. He brought his wife and child into the ring, and the
entire locker room emptied around ringside. Klein talked
about his injuries and "what he did to his body" (drugs and
alcohol). He proudly talked about being 5 years clean and
sober, and is currently working professionally as a Drug and
Alcohol Counselor. He gave a shout out to his best friend,
the late Marvin "Brain Damage" Lambert. His story is a real
life story of redemption, of real life survival...and moving
on to a better day to help others. Despite his darkness, he
had a still burning passion and did something to make his
life better.

Then, there was the story of the TOD winner, Jimmy Lloyd.
His story sounds like a wrestling storyline, but is very
real. Lloyd grew up watching CZW at the ECW (2300) Arena,
and all the promotion's earlier venues. Lloyd loved hardcore
wrestling, and worked like hell to get taken seriously over
the last three years. He had the passion and DID SOMETHING.

Lloyd worked and worked and worked...to the point he had
nearly 90 matches last year, with CZW at Dojo Wars shows,
GCW, Hardcore Hustle Organization, On Point Wrestling,
Rockstar Pro Wrestling, IWA Mid-South....all the way down to
DTU in Mexico...anyone who'd let him work, sometimes for a
paycheck, other times for a hot dog and a handshake. In the
end, the live crowd got the story and loved it.

So, what's the common thread in all this?

It's passion...passion in all its forms, whether it's the
passion of someone who defended the rights of the
forgotten...the passion that makes men and women do insane
things to their bodies to perform in front of a crowd....the
passion that makes someone overcome addictions, and turn to
helping others who've had the same addictions, and for one
last time, give one last performance of his other passion.

And it's the kind of passion we have to have in our own
lives...by turning our own passion into helping
others....being kinder to each other in a world that often
seems so harsh and unforgiving

At the beginning, I mentioned Stephanie Burtnett, and the
two children that have been left behind by the murder-
suicide of 10 days ago. To celebrate her life...and to
insure children are given security and care, friends and
family are celebrating her life on June 23 during a
Community Memorial Fundraiser. It's open to the community
and will include a silent auction, raffles, food, family
games, and much more. It will be held on Saturday, June 23
between (12 noon-6:00 pm) at the Goshen Fire Company,
Station 54 1320 Park Avenue, West Chester, PA . Proceeds
will go directly to the Maddison and Colton Care Fund, set
up for the children through the Girl Scouts Turks Head
Service Unit and Fern Hill Elementary Cub Scout Pack 21,
managed by TD Bank. The fund will help assist the children
with college tuition and the other aspects of real life.

If you don't live in the area, you can contribute to the
family's Go Fund Me at https://www.gofundme.com/xe4uz-
funeral-costs?u=18818836 . Even if the goal for funds has
been reached...there will always been the need for more to
help them get though what has happened.

If you can't help with those children, find someone you can
help in your own life. If you have friends, family, co-
workers who you think even might be having issues...LISTEN.
Talk to them. Talk to a person who is down. No one thought
Anthony Bourdain would commit suicide. When that person is
down, and then they tell you "they're OK", know better. Take
a walk with them. Buy them a beer or a sandwich. DO
SOMETHING.

If you know or suspect someone in an abusive relationship,
give them the offer of your help...even if it isn't easy. As
I said last week, understand that anyone who is a victim of
domestic violence may feel the need to minimize the
situation, even to engage in denial to the public, and show
the reality they had hoped for. They do it for themselves.
They do it for their children. They do it for their loved
ones not aware of reality, or to minimize how bad things
are. Find a local domestic violence agency that provides
counseling or support groups. Call 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) to
get a referral to one of these programs near them, Offer to
go with them. Again, try to DO SOMETHING.

This was about horror, about passion and caring as the only
alternatives we have to strike out against it. I hope it
inspires you to do something... to be the candle in someone
else's darkness.

Until next time....

To contact me, email me at bobmagee1@hotmail.com or
bobmagee856@gmail.com.

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