Thanks, m4m! Funny thing, I grew up on South Beach when the only gym was the Fifth Street Boxing Gym and the median age was 84. Might be time to visit!
For those that don't know the thread muscles4muscle's referencing, it was entitled "Best Movie Quote Ever" - I said that in Friday the 13th Part 2 Tom McBride uttered one of the most underappreciated unintentionally funny lines in cinematic history: "Nothing's more obnoxious than a drunk in a wheelchair" and said I loved giving him hell for it. If you want to see my #1 pick for unintended hilarity, here's the link to that thread: http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/879155/?forumpage=1
Anyway, to answer your question...I wasn't good friends with Tom, merely an acquaintance (friend of a friend). Largely because I never let him get too full of himself. A few months after meeting him I was walking down Astor Place and spotted him walking towards me...I couldn't place him and couldn't help but stare as I tried. That was the summer posters of him in white painter's coveralls smoking Newport cigarettes were plastered over every subway entrance, so he'd be frequently recognized on the street (something he wasn't used to) and defensively look away. As he pulled that attitude with me he tripped on a crack in the sidewalk and almost kissed the pavement and I couldn't help but guffaw. Tom and I shared a few things in the following years, but a sense of humor wasn't one of them! I do miss him - he always had a way of making me laugh.
Sorry if I'm hijacking this thread with my musings, beaujangle.