If you were a wrestling fan in the 1980s and 1990s, you probably loved Ric Flair.
I know I did. “The Nature Boy” oozed charisma, with his blond hair, crazy-eyed stare, and incredible work on the microphone in interviews, he was just about the coolest guy around.
I got to meet him once, in his home state of North Carolina. He made a personal appearance for a car company or something, and as I stood next to him, I remember thinking that the Rolex on his left wrist cost more than what I made in salary that year.
Flair was in vintage form that day; he knew everyone came to see him so he gave them what they wanted. It’s always struck me as one of the hardest parts of being a celebrity; you’ve always got to be “on” anytime you’re in public.
Anyway, Flair struck me that day as a world-class fun guy who loved what he was doing, and was happy.
How wrong I was. I read a fantastic story on Grantland.com today about Flair, now 62, and the enormous personal and financial problems he’s been in for the last 15 years. Truly, his life sounds miserable in almost every way.
Check it out and see how far the Nature Boy has fallen.
**This is going to sound totally random (as do many things on this blog, I’m sure). But I’m flipping around the dial Thursday night while folding my laundry and I see an Old Navy commercial with a very familiar song playing, only the words are different.
Then I recognize the tune, and cringe. It’s “Sister Christian” by Night Ranger. An awesome, powerful song from the 80s, a song that was used in one of my five favorite scenes in movie history (this brilliant, mind-altering scene from “Boogie Nights” ), is now being used to sell jeans and sweatshirts.
Depressed the hell out of me. I think I now know how baby boomers felt when Bob Dylan music was used to sell cars in the 1980s.
**Finally, a pooch that knows good jewelry. A Pomeranian dog named Honey Bug ate a pack of 1-karat diamonds in a jewelry store in Albany, Ga. recently. Fortunately, Honey Bun “expelled” the diamonds the next day.
In defense of the canine, I can totally see how he could’ve made this mistake. Dogs are a man’s best friend, and diamonds are a girl’s best friend, so why shouldn’t dogs and diamonds be together?