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Juan C Ayllon
06-03-2005, 12:40 PM

I thought I'd start up another string on "Faces in the Crowd" at the CBZ. Please, feel free to post up pictures and tell us something about yourself in this string.

As some of you may recall, prior to the EZ Board's problems, I had a similar string entitled, "Give Us a Face to Your Name." If it is restored, that's great!

Below is my first submission. It features Rita Figueroa, also known round these parts as Fightgirl.

Rita will be fighting next Friday, June 10, at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago. It should be a good time!

Pat Doljanin and Rita Figueroa (AKA Fightgirl) at the Brewster-Golota fight


Juan C. Ayllon

Juan C Ayllon
06-09-2005, 11:04 AM

Here are some fun pictures that were in the last string, "Give Us a Face to Your Name." It's the Uptown Lounge," which is just west of the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago.

I'll be covering the fights this Friday, June 10th (2005), and just might be stopping by the Uptown Lounge afterwards!

Aragon Fights Link (http://www.cyberboxingzone.com/news/archives/00001012.htm)






Manager, Derek (Center) with two of his lovely bartenders


Perhaps, I'll see you there!


Juan C. Ayllon

06-09-2005, 12:37 PM
Looks like a fun joint, Juan with some cute gals.

Juan C Ayllon
06-09-2005, 03:10 PM

Hmmm. Well, the bartender was definitely a looker, and there were some other cuties in there as well when I shot those pics round midnight or so the last time I was in.

Coincidentally, I thought I'd throw in the photo above for kicks, since you mentioned cute girls. It's from a party I threw last summer. Janice, the one in the middle, is a cool buddy of mine. Nothing romantic, mind you, just a cool friend.


Have a good one,


06-09-2005, 09:44 PM
Janice is Beautiful, Juan and she is wearing my favorite color.
Janice is my Mother's name and my Daughter's middle name.
All three girls look nice.

Juan C Ayllon
06-10-2005, 12:00 AM
My friend, Barb



Hi Karl,

Friends are nice. However, that's about as far as it goes for me these days. I'm sure that will change at some point. Until then, I'm going to have some fun...



06-10-2005, 12:23 AM
Uhh...It looks like you are doing ok, bro:D

Juan C Ayllon
06-10-2005, 10:12 AM
Thanks, Karl!

That last photo was a setup; my friend and sometimes photographer, Tom Glunz, set that one up last year when I threw a party at my house.

Funny, though, Janice sent me a hard copy of that pic and wrote, "You are loved! The enclosed photo is proof of this," or words to that effect.

My friendships with women are purely platonic; most of them, I know from church/church affiliations.

As the saying goes, "they're good people."

The thing is, you don't kiss your friends. However, I am working on what Paul once wrote: "I have learned to be content in all things."



Juan C Ayllon
06-11-2005, 03:55 AM

The fights were good and my visit at the Uptown Lounge, sublime.

Here's a link to my fight report, which has a whole lot of photos, including photos of Dave Pareja, Fres Oquendo, Angel Hernandez and more:

Aragon Fight Report (http://www.cyberboxingzone.com/news/archives/00001020.htm)

Exhausted, after the fights, I strolled down the street to the Uptown Lounge. I love that place!

A photo of the front from my last visit there...

Derek (center) the night shift manager, and two bartenders



This photo is from my previous visit...

...as was this one and...

...this one.


Quite honestly, I took some of these shots for references to a painting I might do later on this summer, as I want to do some oil paintings reflecting some of Chicagolands urban feel.

I visited with Derek, the manager (see above), the DJs and enjoyed several glasses of cabernet sauvignon while taking in the ambiance of very good music in a chic place!

Interestingly enough, Chris (see photo below), was on duty, but he let another part-time African American DJ take over the helm for a bit while he visited with friends. I visited with him for a bit and, like the rest of the people there, was a really cool person! He said that he did sales/marketing as his day job and mixing music was his "catharsis," or a release, if you will; he said that when he played for a couple hours, the stresses of the day just went away.

A photo of Chris from my previous visit

Like Chris and the rest, I really enjoyed his mixing! I wish I would have taken a shot or two of him, but my camera didn't take when I tried to shoot a photo of him (it's light adjustment bit is often problematic in dark rooms) and I was almost out of film.

Chris' playing was great as usual. Funny, he had an album with Henry Winkler's "Fonzie" and, laughing, he held it up and showed it to Derek, who was helping out at the bar. Pointing alternatively at Derek and then the album, he appeared to be suggesting that Derek was a "Fonz" wanna-be. What a hoot!

As a sidenote, when Chris found out that I've bought a Technics turntable and am picking up another one shortly and planning on taking some lessons, he told me that he could teach me. Even though it's a long drive from Fox Lake to Chicago, I just might take him up on a few lessons.

He also pointed out that mixing is an expensive hobby, as single albums cost around $7 for one song! He said that he had row upon row of shelves full of records about his desk area at his place. I had to laugh, adding, that I'll take my time with this stuff.

Later on, Derek the manager stepped in and did some mixing! Clearly, the guy is experienced at mixing, as he did a tasty job. It was delightful stuff. He told me that he loved this place and it showed.

Needless to say, it was a very relaxing place for me to wind down following the excitement and stress of alternatively shooting photos, keying in my report on the laptop at
ringside, and interviewing some of these fighters! It was very relaxing, indeed.


Juan C. Ayllon

06-12-2005, 01:20 PM
Those Babes are Smokin'!:hat

Juan C Ayllon
06-12-2005, 04:41 PM
Hi Karl,

Tell me about it! The one on the right really turns my head.

Sigh. They're both beautiful.

Enjoy your weekend!



Juan C Ayllon
06-13-2005, 12:00 AM
From left to right: Emile Griffith, Ruben "Hurricane" Carter, and Ron Lipton

Left to right: Joes Napoles, Ron and Emile

Jose Napoles (left) and Emile Griffith

Ron Lipton (left) and Marvelous Marvin Hagler

06-13-2005, 10:07 PM
Those are just chilling pics of the greats!
I gotta hang out with Juan in Chi-town: he has the 411 on all the gals!

Juan C Ayllon
06-14-2005, 12:27 AM

I thought you might enjoy this:


Juan C Ayllon
06-14-2005, 11:52 AM
Hi Karl,

Whereas I'm flattered, if I had the "411" on the gals in Chi-town, I probably wouldn't be spending so much time posting up here... ;)

So, whereas I'm having some fun, I'm also keeping my eyes open for "Miss Right"...

Have a good one!



06-14-2005, 10:43 PM
I dig the tanned one on Derek's right; Miss Hawaiian Tropic Herself.
She's awesome.

Juan C Ayllon
06-15-2005, 12:56 AM
Well, David Estrada did it! He stopped his comp in the co-main event of ESPN2's Tuesday Night Fights. Check it out:

David Estrada Does Like Cubs and... (http://www.cyberboxingzone.com/news/archives/00001028.htm)

Here's David Estrada (right) with Angel Hernandez at last Fridays fights at the Aragon, which I posted a link to in my last piece on the "Uptown Lounge."


Here's a follow-up interview I conducted with Estrada on June 17th:

Estrada Talks about Upcoming Fight and Career (http://www.cyberboxingzone.com/news/archives/00001035.htm)


Juan C. Ayllon

Juan C Ayllon
06-15-2005, 01:14 AM
Hey Karl,

Now, why shouldn't that surprise me?

I hope you have a good evening,


Juan C Ayllon
06-17-2005, 12:11 AM

I thought you might enjoy the following three pieces...

Garbage Man Flirt (http://www.StupidVideos.com/?VideoID=1010)

Who's Bad (http://www.StupidVideos.com/?VideoID=1004)

Flight Instructors (http://www.StupidVideos.com/?VideoID=1012)

Happy Friday,

Juan C. Ayllon

Juan C Ayllon
06-19-2005, 07:55 PM


Check out the piece on Aaron Williams I just posted up:

Aaron Williams Piece (http://www.cyberboxingzone.com/news/archives/00001039.htm)

Aaron Williams just signed on as a pro with a team that features Jesse Reid as trainer. Williams was a well-decorated amateur. He sounds like he just might be a force to be reckoned with at cruiserweight soon!



Juan C Ayllon
06-19-2005, 09:09 PM

By the way, Karl, for some reason, my attentions were pulled a bit to the gal in the blue checkered dress here, who graced the Aaron Williams press conference...




06-20-2005, 11:58 AM

Juan C Ayllon
06-28-2005, 02:30 PM

I thought you might enjoy seeing some fun photos, featuring Rafael, Juan, and Chicago's own junior welterweight, David Diaz and others. They appear at the site of my brother's restaurant, Cabs Wine Bar Bistro.

Check it out:

www.cabsbistro.com (http://www.cabsbistro.com)

Click on "About Us", scroll down and look around. Other photos of mine appear elsewhere--just click on "Upcoming Events", then "Past Dinners", then "Click Here for Pictures of the Fes Parker Dinner."


Juan C. Ayllon

Juan C Ayllon
06-28-2005, 07:06 PM

Recently, my brother, Luis, his wife, Lisa, and a bunch of people went to Ravinia to see the Doobie Brothers play. Luis' restaurant provided the food and drink and some wine merchants provided some extra wine. What an evening!

It was a very enjoyable time of socializing, fine dining and incredible ambiance. Ironically, the Doobie Brothers, who started late, were almost an afterthought!



Here is a link to photos from our soiree:

Doobie Brothers at Ravinia (http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/juancayllon/album?.dir=/8e9d&urlhint=actn,ren%3as,1%3af,0)


Juan C. Ayllon

Juan C Ayllon
06-29-2005, 10:47 AM

For those of you in Chicago who listen to the radio on the way to work, if you listen to WBEZ (91.5 FM) or a handful of other stations in Illinois and one or two in Indiana, chances are, you may have heard Abby Ryan announcing traffic.

Anyways, she's a buddy of mine and has a website up now. It's called www.abbyryan.com

Now, for those who refuse to copy and paste, you can click on the link below:

www.abbyryan.com (http://www.abbyryan.com)

Amongst other things, she makes charms and jewelry on the side, rides her bike and is involved in a cool Christian club.


Juan C. Ayllon

Juan C Ayllon
06-30-2005, 04:28 PM

I have been shooting photos for my church recently. They will be putting together some sort of brochure in the next several months and asked if I could shoot photos of some of the leaders, activities and the small group that I am a part of.

I have posted photos online for their review, which you can also access by clicking on the link below:

Harvest Bible Chapel-Lake Zurich (http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/juancayllon/album?.dir=5c75&.src=ph&store=&prodid=&.done=http%3a//pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/juancayllon/my_photosnewwindow)

It has been a fun project, to be sure.


Juan C. Ayllon

Juan C Ayllon
07-03-2005, 03:02 AM

I received the following from one of my nieces this evening:

I Like You! (http://dingo.care-mail.com/cards/flash/5407/ilikeyou.swf)

She forwarded it to me and several others in my family. What a cute greeting, eh?


Juan C. Ayllon

07-05-2005, 08:13 PM
Juan always shoots the hot babes in his forays into restaurants, concerts, and other outings. Just coincidence, I'm sure.:D

Juan C Ayllon
07-05-2005, 08:19 PM
Hey Karl,

You got me there! Although I'm not a former fighter like you, I'm sure enough a red-blooded male and appreciate a good looking woman without a doubt.

I think the key for me is discretion and taste. I certainly do not want to come across as a lustful lad or sexist pig. As an artist and as a man, I appreciate beauty wherever I find it.

Talk soon, my friend,


Juan C Ayllon
07-05-2005, 08:31 PM

Here is a photo, from left to right, of my brother Luis, myself, and my friend Scott at the recent Doobie Brothers concert at Ravinia.

Cool stuff!



Juan C Ayllon
07-06-2005, 03:17 AM
Some enthusiastic onlookers before the rain picked up...


This is a photo of my brother, Luis (on right), with his sister-in-law Ellen and Scott taken at a block party in Glen Ellyn yesterday. Traveling singer Zora Young played at the block party, as she owed David (far right in photo below) a favor. David owns a consulting business and plays with her band when they are in town.

Below, Scott jams with blues singer Zora Young at the block party. They liked his playing so much, they asked him to sit in with them when they play at Luis' restaurant, Cabs Wine Bar Bistro, on July 29th (I believe that's the date).


Scott on right



It was raining quite a bit, so a lot of people listened from garages, sheltered front patios and nearby houses, rather than get wet.


Two of Scott's girls watching the band

It was a good time!


Juan C. Ayllon

Juan C Ayllon
07-11-2005, 02:19 PM

Frank Baltazar, Sr. referees as his four year old son, Tony, decks an opponent.

Nice photo!

Juan C Ayllon
07-11-2005, 02:27 PM
http://www.cyberboxingzone.com/news/archives/FrankieBaltazarBennyGeorginoDannyLopezMgrTonyBalta z1a.jpg

07-15-2005, 04:30 PM

juan, if this works, you're a genius.
rocky castellani

07-15-2005, 04:33 PM

benitez at a benefit for him in NY a few years ago

07-15-2005, 04:37 PM

hurricane carter, ken buchanan, terry norris at BHOF a few years ago.

07-15-2005, 04:39 PM

cyclone hart

07-15-2005, 04:41 PM

carl the truth williams

07-15-2005, 04:43 PM

Jimmy Young, Jason Young, and Ron Lyle at a show a few years ago.

07-15-2005, 04:49 PM

Beauty and the Beast. Randall Tex Cobb and Christy Martin at show a few years ago. Rings anniversary show in atlantic city.

07-15-2005, 04:56 PM

Joey Giardello, Jake Lamotta, Joey Maxim sitting side by side at Ring anniversary dinner in atlantic city. Thats Jakes son that died of alcahol poisoning I think next to him.

07-15-2005, 04:59 PM

The Brown Bomber, Alex Ramos

07-15-2005, 05:00 PM

Sandy Saddler at same Ring anniversary show.

07-15-2005, 05:03 PM
sorry for the large pictures. I tried to edit them, but it took me 3 days to post these. I think I have the same pictures 100 times in 100 different places saved on my computer and I can't find 99 of them. I would also liked to have edited out my ugly mug. hope they come thru. I have more I would like to post if anyones interested except they are upside down and I'm trying to correct that.

07-15-2005, 06:21 PM
Nice pics., lets have some more

Frank B.

07-15-2005, 06:53 PM

wrestler rey mysterio unmasked

07-15-2005, 06:54 PM

bobby chacon. He won't let you get away without a hug.

07-15-2005, 06:56 PM

legends dundee and dunphy

07-15-2005, 06:58 PM

Beau Jack and Kid Gavilan, side by side. 2 true legends

07-15-2005, 06:59 PM

The first and last time I saw Joey MAxim. He looked good , which surprised me when he passed away a short time later.

07-15-2005, 07:01 PM

Meldrick Taylor.

Juan C Ayllon
07-17-2005, 01:47 AM
Hey JYoungfan,

Good job! From what I gather, you probably uploaded your digital files onto the photobucket account, which automatically reduces file size to about 250k if they're larger than that. Then, you posted as per the instructions. Very cool stuff!

For future reference, to get them smaller and to upload faster on the screen, you need to resize them ideally under 100k.

Thanks for the cool pics!



Juan C Ayllon
07-17-2005, 01:51 AM

I was pretty gratified with how my story and photos came out regarding the fights at the Aragon Ballroom this last Friday.

Here is a link to it:

Aragon Ballroom Fight Story and Pics - 7-15-05 (http://www.cyberboxingzone.com/news/archives/00001082.htm)

And, just as a teaser, I'm going to post a photo appearing near the end of the story:




07-17-2005, 03:18 AM
Juan, it looks like you were taking a picture of the hot chick and her boyfriend caught you.

thanks for the post on how to do the pictures. almost idiot proof since I was able to do it.

Juan C Ayllon
07-17-2005, 10:44 AM
Hi JYoungfan,

Yeah, she was pretty and was part of the motivation for snapping the shot. However, she also was with a fighter named Mike Nevitt. I had called out to Nevitt, the guy who was looking up, several times, but he didn't hear me at first. Nevitt fights as a cruiserweight locally and I'd actually reported several of his fights, shot photos of him and talked briefly with him before (see article in which he fought Gathright recently).

Nevitt finally heard me, looked up and didn't recognize me at first, which is when I snapped this photo. Several moments later, he recognized me, smiled and waved. However, I didn't shoot a photo then, as I was up on the ring apron to shoot the results of the decision in a closely fought bout and that decision was about to be announced.

Fun stuff!



Juan C Ayllon
07-17-2005, 10:48 AM
Oh, and by the way, you're welcome regarding the posting instructions. I'm glad they worked out for you!

Have a great rest of the weekend!

Best regards,


Juan C Ayllon
07-19-2005, 09:23 AM

UFC Heavyweight Interim Champ Andrei Arlovski and his finance guy, Dubovic, at ringside


Andrei Arlovski (right) and Chicago middleweight David Estrada at ringside

I am going to try and do several pieces on Arlovski soon, one with photos and an interview of him in sparring.


Juan C. Ayllon

Juan C Ayllon
07-19-2005, 01:53 PM
Miles Ayllon

Today, I had to have Miles, my greyhound, to sleep, as he was found to have bone cancer.

He was a good friend and companion.

RIP, Miles.


Juan C. Ayllon

07-19-2005, 02:19 PM
Sorry to hear that, Juan.
I remember asking you if you adopted him from a track the first time I saw his pic up.

Juan C Ayllon
07-19-2005, 04:15 PM
Hi Karl,

Thanks. Yeah, I adopted him back around 1995. He's been with me a long time.

Ironically, I shot this photo while Miles and I were walking on the frozen lake behind my house and I was talking with Gordoom via my cell phone.

What a great pooch.



07-19-2005, 04:41 PM
Sorry about your pooch, i know how you feel , as i'm a dog lover from way back, my wife tell me i love my dogs more then i love her

Frank B.

Juan C Ayllon
07-19-2005, 08:01 PM
Hi Frank,

It is rough. Miles was a very sweet dog. People and kids, in particular loved him. When I lived in Grayslake and walked down to the summer fairs, little boys and girls would come up, pet and hug him.

I'll never forget once years ago, while jogging with Miles and a friend in downtown Grayslake. As we approached a stop sign, someone in a stopped van rolled down their window and yelled out, "Hi Miles!" It was the funniest thing!

Have yourself a good evening.



Juan C Ayllon
07-24-2005, 08:04 AM

Rita Figueroa, AKA Fightgirl, and Lois Theobald at this last Friday's fights in Chicago.

Juan C Ayllon
07-24-2005, 08:06 AM

That's me with ESPN2 Friday Night Fights Announcer, Teddy Atlas

Juan C Ayllon
07-24-2005, 08:22 AM


This guy, Kyle, who works for ESPN and was at the Sanchez-Simonyan, Duddy-Coleman fightcard this last Friday, also DJ's at a club in the northern Illinois suburbs. I met him through a guy, DJ Baddmixx, who is an awesome DJ, owns a DJ specialty store in Waukegan, Mixx-Music, and gives DJ lessons. Kyle apparently has taken lessons from him, as I plan to do shortly.

Mixx-Music Link (http://mixxmusic-n-more.com)


Allan "BaddMixx" Boyd (left) with a student


Juan C. Ayllon

Juan C Ayllon
07-24-2005, 08:35 AM

Here's a photo of John Duddy (right) I shot of him before his fight with Pat Coleman in Chicago.


Juan C. Ayllon

Juan C Ayllon
07-25-2005, 11:30 PM


Here's a photo of heavyweight contender Fres Oquendo (left) and Chicago junior welterweight contender, David Diaz, which I shot recently.

I shot the photo in conjunction with an interview I conducted with Fres Oquendo, which can be found at the following link:

Fres Oquendo Interview (http://www.cyberboxingzone.com/news/archives/00001105.htm)

Diaz and Oquendo won titles simultaneously at the Amateur Nationals years ago.


Juan C. Ayllon

Juan C Ayllon
08-02-2005, 08:35 PM

I shot some photos of UFC Interim Heavyweight Champ, Andrei Arlovski, while my niece videotaped his mitts drills with Michael Garcia. Here is a photo as Arlovski as he takes in a point Garcia was making:


Juan C Ayllon
08-02-2005, 08:41 PM


Juan C Ayllon
08-02-2005, 08:44 PM

Juan C Ayllon
08-02-2005, 08:48 PM
Arlovski fell back, flipping Diaz over his head, then ended up on top, where he pretended to pummel David...

Of course, afterwards, Diaz said, "I need a new shirt! I'm all wet now!" Arlovski, of course, was soaked with sweat from his workout...


Juan C Ayllon
08-02-2005, 08:59 PM

This is my weimeraner, Zoe. No doubt, she misses Miles, but she's doing fine and keeping me company.


Juan C Ayllon
08-05-2005, 12:24 AM

Ron Lipton (right) sent in this pic with him visiting with Bernard Hopkins in 1995.


Juan C. Ayllon

Juan C Ayllon
08-11-2005, 04:12 PM
I joined some friends from a singles group at the Indiana Dunes last weekend. Here are some pics:

An acquaintance and his daughters!

Another friend, Paula, wearing a fabric frisbee as a hat

Juan C Ayllon
08-11-2005, 04:18 PM
Paula (left) and Ashley chat

Abby (left) and Paula

Richard, a good guy and artist!

Juan C Ayllon
08-11-2005, 04:35 PM
A view down a large dune

That same view from the top of the dune!

Hanging out

Two Lovebirds

Juan C Ayllon
08-11-2005, 04:41 PM
Me, underwater!

Ashley and Ashley

Juan C Ayllon
08-17-2005, 02:24 AM


I'm happy to say that the lower left panel in this postcard for my church was shot by none other than yours truly!

I will be shooting other photos of small group leaders for my church tomorrow night.


Juan C. Ayllon

Juan C Ayllon
08-22-2005, 10:05 PM

Josh Walls (left) and Ben Torres at the Vargas-Castillejo fight card in Chicago

Ben covered the majority of the card and Josh shot photos for his first time out at the fights. It was a great time for all!



Juan C Ayllon
08-28-2005, 03:03 PM
Aaron Williams versus Jolly

Juan C Ayllon
08-28-2005, 04:25 PM

Juan C Ayllon
08-28-2005, 04:41 PM

Jorge Bravo (right) wrote his first CBZ article (see http://www.cyberboxingzone.com/news) and is seen here with Angel Hernandez, who lost to Ronald "Winky" Wright in November 2003.


Juan C. Ayllon

Juan C Ayllon
09-08-2005, 06:19 PM

Ah, yes, it's Thursday evening and another weekend approaches. Whew! Busy week.

I don't know why, but I wanted to post up this photo of another friend of mine. Seems like at this juncture, "friends" are the order of the day. On one hand, it's fun and, on the other, it's frustrating. Sometimes, the bachelor life grows old.

Oh well, in the overall scheme of things, this is a minor thing. This, too, shall pass...


Juan C. Ayllon

Kid Achilles
09-11-2005, 11:26 AM
Cute friend, cute puppy.

Juan C Ayllon
09-14-2005, 06:16 PM
Hi Kid Achilles,

Thanks. Yeah, the puppy is definitely a cute critter. But, my friend, wow! She kills me. Um, needless to say, the photo doesn't do her justice.

Anyways, I hope you have a terrific day.



Roberto Aqui
09-14-2005, 09:35 PM
[[[Thanks. Yeah, the puppy is definitely a cute critter. But, my friend, wow! She kills me.]]]

Perhaps one of your mad scientist friends can arrange a file swap with the mutt. That way you get her unvarnished attention and the mutt would have to hunt around for a new meal ticket!

Juan C Ayllon
09-18-2005, 10:15 AM
Hi Roberto,

Now that's funny! Thanks for puttiing a smile on my face, Roberto!

By the way, I had my best party since 1995 last night (in 1995, I had some 50 people over at an old town home I rented with several roommates and had a gorgeous harp player entertaining). There were lots of people, the music was great and everyone had a good time.

Wish you were here!

Have a good one,


Juan C Ayllon
10-10-2005, 03:49 PM

On my day off today, on the recommendation of a couple friends, I started my own blog entitled, "An Evening at Juans". You can see a link below:

An Evening at Juan's (http://juancayllon.blogspot.com/)

I'm going to try to use it to continue working on my writing and indulge some of my various interests.

Feel free to drop in.


Juan C. Ayllon

10-10-2005, 03:58 PM
Hey Juan
That great i'm happy for you


Juan C Ayllon
10-10-2005, 05:19 PM
Hi Frank,

Thanks. It's not that big a deal, but should be a fun outlet for me.

Talk soon, my friend,


Juan C Ayllon
10-16-2005, 09:50 PM

Last night, a band called "Lost Identity" played at my brother, Luis, and his wife, Lisa's place, Cabs Wine Bar Bistro in Glen Ellyn, IL.

Dave Kinney, a regular patron at Cabs, was a member of this group that reunites every several years and covers a lot of retro songs, including hits from the Beattles, Crosby Stills and Nash, and Erik Clapton.

Here are the photos I shot last night:

'Lost Identity' at Cabs! (http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/juancayllon/album?.dir=6cee&.src=ph&store=&prodid=&.done=http%3a//photos.yahoo.com/ph//my_photos)


Juan C. Ayllon

Juan C Ayllon
10-26-2005, 11:11 PM

The Picasso Statue in Chicago Wearing White Sox Hat

Well, the Chicago White Sox finally did it. Wow.

They swept the series against the Houston Astros, winning the final game 1-0 in a very tightly contested series.

My hat's off to them.


Juan C. Ayllon
CBZ Staff Writer and Illinois resident

Juan C Ayllon
11-05-2005, 06:13 PM

I attended a Murder Mystery Dinner at my brother's place, Cabs Wine Bar Bistro, in Glen Ellyn, IL this past Halloween. It was a lot of fun and the food was great!

Below is a link to some photos:


Murder Mystery at Cabs! (http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/juancayllon/album?.dir=/de03&urlhint=actn,del%3as,1%3af,0)


I wore the football jersey and pads seen below to the dinner, which I borrowed from a high school football coach and wore to two Halloween parties two days before.



Here's a photo of three sisters who threw one of the parties on Saturday:


After I visited them, I went to another in Woodstock, Illinois, where I DJ'ed on and off into the wee hours of the night (someone else linked his IPOD to my DJ console and played sets while I socialized, then gave a half-hearted attempt at mixing some CDs). Fun times!


Juan C. Ayllon

11-05-2005, 09:06 PM
Great photos Juan, it looks like you guys had alots of fun

Frank B.

Juan C Ayllon
11-07-2005, 12:26 AM
Thanks, Frank! Both the parties and the murder mystery dinner were a lot of fun.

I hope you have a great week,


Juan C Ayllon
11-19-2005, 04:32 PM
A while back, Karl Hegman and I made a bet on the World Series, with the winner receiving a steak dinner.

Well, I won.


Juan C. Ayllon Collects on White Sox Bet! (http://www.cyberboxingzone.com/news/archives/00001379.htm)

I enjoyed my steak at Cabs Wine Bar Bistro in Glen Ellyn, IL while taking in some blues, courtesy of Zora Young playing at her new CD release party.

For more photos, click on the link below:

Zora Young CD Release Party (http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/juancayllon/album?.dir=/74c4&urlhint=actn,del%3as,2%3af,0)

Thanks, Karl!



Juan C Ayllon
11-25-2005, 03:20 AM
Carrie, a new friend

Well, I must say that since I've joined an online dating site, things have taken a turn for the more interesting!

Pictured above is a gal I started chatting with about three weeks ago or so. She's a real sweetheart. Anyways, we're supposed to meet just after Christmas when she swings into town.

At very least, things will be very interesting over the holidays for me!


Juan C. Ayllon

Juan C Ayllon
12-01-2005, 03:40 AM
“I Have a Friend in Michigan”

By Juan C. Ayllon

I have a friend in Michigan
She makes me feel like a kid again
She makes me laugh
And makes me want to sing
When we talk I don’t want the words to end
Now if I was a billionaire
I’d buy a plane just to fly out to her
I’d fly in just to hang around and chat
I’d walk her dogs and I’d wash her cat
And let her know that she’s really “where it’s at”
I’d build a house right next to hers
With a big old porch and two rocking chairs
We’d watch the birds and butterflies
And cumulus clouds billowing in majestic skies
We’d sing silly songs and play fun board games,
Chase her dogs and dance in warm summers rains
So as I muse in Chicago’s cold north suburbs
And fumble hard just to find the words
I wish I had a boat to fly across the lake
To see my friend who makes my heart quake
I wish I had magic powers to take away her pain
Cast it in the lake to never be seen again
I’d bind her wounds and make her really know
She’s got a heart as pure white as the driven snow
Thank you Jesus, thank you Lord
For bringing us your majestic holy Word
Giving us a chance to live again
And giving me a cool friend in Michigan

By Juan C. Ayllon, Copyright 2005

12-01-2005, 07:53 PM
Thats beautiful Juan.

Frank B.

Juan C Ayllon
12-01-2005, 09:17 PM
Thanks, Frank! I really appreciate that.

It was both fun and cathartic writing the piece.

I hope you have a beautiful weekend, my friend.

Enjoy those "In 'n' Out Burgers!"



12-02-2005, 06:15 PM
Juan- Thanks for your wonderful posts and I hope
that you have a great Christmas and a Happy New

- Chuck Johnston

Roberto Aqui
12-02-2005, 08:23 PM
Hey, Juan, good luck, and as an aficianado of the opposite sex, BE CAREFUL!

I am no a poet, but the onliest poem I wrote and sent to a young lady literally broke down the gates of HELL. That was over 12 yrs ago, and the smoke is just now clearing!

Juan C Ayllon
12-03-2005, 01:35 PM
Hi Chuck,

Thank you for the kind words! That means a lot to me. I wish you all the best over Christmas and the new year as well!

Hey Roberto, thank you for the sage advice. Whew! Unfortunately, I have a tendency of wearing my heart on my sleeve more than I'd like, especially when I really like someone.

I'm reminded of the words of Steve Perry's song, "Foolish Heart", in that regard:

Steve Perry
(S. Perry/R. Goodrum)

I need a love that grows
I don't want it unless I've known
That each passing night
She'll want somehow
We'll be there ready to share

I need a love that's strong
I'm so tired of being alone
But will my lonely heart
Play the part of the fool again
Before I begin

Foolish heart
Hear me calling
Stop before you stop falling
Foolish heart
Heed my longing
You've been wrong before
Don't be wrong anymore

Feeling that feeling again
I'm playing a game I can't win
There's knockin' at the door
My heart wants more
Think I'll let her in before I begin

Foolish heart
Hear me calling
Stop before you stop falling
Foolish heart
Heed my longing
You've been wrong before
Don't be wrong anymore

Foolish heart
Foolish foolish heart
You've been wrong before

Foolish heart
Hear me calling
Stop before you stop falling
Foolish heart
Heed my longing
You've been wrong before
Don't be wrong anymore

Foolish heart
Oh, foolish heart
You've been wrong before
Foolish foolish heart


Maybe for Christmas, I'll get a "Kevlar Heart Protector." They sell those, don't they? ;-D

Anyways, all kidding aside, I'm sure things will work out the way they should. As the saying goes, "Let go and let God." That's what I've got to do...

Hey, everyone, have a safe and great Christmas, New Years and holiday season.

All my best,


Juan C Ayllon
12-07-2005, 12:16 AM
Jerry Quarry's Son (http://www.cyberboxingzone.com/news/archives/00001418.htm)

Juan C Ayllon
12-19-2005, 02:35 AM
Wow. What a difference several weeks make.

I actually met up with my friend from Michigan several weeks ago. It was interesting and fun, but didn't work out quite as I'd hoped. We're still friends, but that's about it.

Interestingly enough, I started dating a local gal who lives about 45 minutes away and I'm having a blast. No poems right now, but who knows? Maybe down the road. Easy does it...

Have a terrific day,

Juan C. Ayllon

Roberto Aqui
12-19-2005, 04:55 AM
It seems as though you have an unlimited field to play in Juan. Take care you don't pick the last flower in the field you scamp!

Juan C Ayllon
12-19-2005, 01:07 PM
Hey Roberto,

That's funny! Well, it's good to have fun.

I'm home sick with a cold today, as I ran myself into the ground this weekend and got sick.

I went out with Becky on Friday night, prepared for DJ'ing a weddding on Saturday, went to Harvest-Rolling Meadows to watch Becky sing in a choir at their 9:30 service, then sit with her afterwards, drove to Harvest-Lake Zurich where I caught some worship music and helped count the collection money, drove back home to pack my gear and drive to the hotel where I set up and DJ'ed for a wedding, which began at 4:30 PM and wrapped up around 10:30 PM. It went very well and may be the source of other gigs, as the groom said he felt there were lots of future weddings brewing...

What was cool about this hotel is they gave me a hotel room to change in both before and after the wedding reception. I'm so used to changing into and out of my tux in the restroom, so this was a much welcomed surprise.

It was after midnight by the time I broke down, packed and drove my gear home. It was friggin' 6 degrees F! I think I carried in about two things and left the rest in my van. Too cold for me! As my head was stuffy, I called in sick.

It felt good to sleep in and get some much needed rest. Still have the stuffy head, but oh well. I'll just have to get some more rest!

I hear that the wind chill factor has it below zero today. Yuck.

I'm chatting with my mom on the phone now, so I'll run.

Have a great day,


Juan C Ayllon
01-16-2006, 02:28 PM

Last night, I got together with some of my buddies from church to watch the Bear's play-off hopes get dashed by North Carolina. However, we still managed to have a good time. At halftime, we tossed around this huge, ancient rugby football I'd gotten at an antique store years ago. As it was getting dark, Tom Glunz turned on these back lights on his huge back yard. Later, we went to Gino's East in Lake Zurich, IL for some deep dish pizza. See photo below:


From left to right, there's John, who shot photos for one of my CBZ fight reports, Ryan Sems, and Tom Glunz, who's shot a lot of photos for a number of my fight reports.

Hey, friends are the best.


Juan C. Ayllon

Juan C Ayllon
01-21-2006, 01:30 PM

We caught our share of snow last night, as evidenced by the following photos of my back deck:



That's my weimeraner, Zoe, in the shade!


Juan C. Ayllon

01-21-2006, 01:51 PM

Cool pics. but put your dog inside


Juan C Ayllon
01-23-2006, 01:12 AM

Hey, I had a good time with my new friend, Lori, today. We grabbed coffee at Starbucks, then a bite at my brother's restaurant, Cab's Wine Bar Bistro, in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.


It was a fun night. As her birthday is coming up in a couple days, I bought her this goofy teddy bear, which she got a kick out of.

Interestingly enough, after I dropped her off at her car, she called my cell, as her car was giving her serious problems.

After calling AAA, we took in some jazz at Cabs (Sundays nights free at Cabs) while we waited for the tow truck.

After we followed the tow truck to the garage, we shared some laughs before dropping her off at her place.

Interestingly enough, I knew her older brother in Southern California back in the 80's. It's a small world!

Anyways, needless to say, I'm having a good time getting to know cool people at this juncture of my life.


Juan C. Ayllon

01-27-2006, 07:51 PM
here is a pic. of my son Frankie and i in Laughlin Nv., for the Laughlin motorcycle river run. that my Harley in front of us, an that Frankie's Harley in back of us.


01-27-2006, 08:27 PM
Here is a pic. of my wife Connie ( L ) doing a interview with Jim Hill from KCBS-T.V


Juan C Ayllon
01-27-2006, 09:41 PM
Hi Frank,

Very nice pics! Thanks for posting those up.

When I lived in So. Cal., I used to hear about Laughlin now and again, but never made it out.

Just curious: What was the interview with Hill all about?

Have a great day,


01-27-2006, 11:10 PM
The interview with Hill was about our sons boxing career's

Frank B.

Juan C Ayllon
01-28-2006, 09:23 PM
Thanks, Frank! Those sons of yours were great!

By the way, you might enjoy the photo below:


It's Rita Figueroa and Oscar De La Hoya at the fights on January 27, 2006.

Hope you have a good day,


Juan C Ayllon
01-30-2006, 07:53 PM


Yeah, I've been slummin' it at the crib the last several days, trying to kick this nasty stomach flu. Today, I seem to be on the downside of this bug.

Having missed an excellent fight card in Cicero last Friday by all accounts due to this illness, I look forward to getting out and about.

Above are a couple photos I shot of myself while playing with my cell phone camera.


Juan C. Ayllon

01-30-2006, 09:37 PM
Hey Juan, cool pics. but you need a shave


Juan C Ayllon
01-30-2006, 09:56 PM
Thanks, Frank! I appreciate that.

And, oh yeah, I'll be shaving tomorrow morning before work, that's for sure!

Hope you have a good evening,


Juan C Ayllon
02-07-2006, 04:04 AM

I thought you'd enjoy this indepth interview of WBO Heavyweight Champ Lamon Brewster of mine that just went online at the latest issue of "Wail!":

Lamon Brewster Unplugged! (http://www.cyberboxingzone.com/boxing/0106-brewster.html)


Juan C. Ayllon

Juan C Ayllon
03-05-2006, 11:20 PM

I'm back in training, enlisting the services of David "The Weezel" Estrada once a week, then train on my own during the rest of the week. When I'm on my own, David calls me up to make sure I'm training.

These shots was taken today while walking/jogging down my street, which is hilly and quite the challenge for someone trying to get back in shape.

It's almost exactly 1/2 mile from my house to the end of the street, where it dead ends into a major street. So, I walk/jog from my house to the street and back again twice, making it a grand total of two miles.

Me, upclose, jogging


Partway down the street with a fresh layer of snow


This is where my street ends


A snowplow truck I encountered as I rounded back towards my house at the end of my street

Check out the link:

Juan C. Ayllon now training with David Estrada (http://www.cyberboxingzone.com/news/archives/00001681.htm)

Oh well, one day at a time, eh?


Juan C. Ayllon

Juan C Ayllon
03-06-2006, 01:15 AM

Here I am last night at Cabs Wine Bar Bistro (left) with my friend, Scott, and his wife, Kerry. We were eating a tasty seafood dish called boulliabaise. Yum!

We were there to see Zora Young play with some other talented musicians. I'll try to put up more pics when I get the chance.


Juan C. Ayllon

03-07-2006, 12:23 PM
Nice pictures Juan, but how the heck can you live in that cold country after living in Southern California. and on top of that not eating at In-And-Out Burgers, i think i'll go there today an eat me a burger


03-07-2006, 04:02 PM

an ice sculpter of a heart I made for valentines day for my wife.

03-07-2006, 04:04 PM


a square snowman

Juan C Ayllon
03-08-2006, 09:55 PM
Hey Frank,

Sometimes I ask myself the same question.

However, I've got family, friends, church, and a nice house on a lake that I couldn't even touch out in California. From what I understand, prices out there have gone up obscenely in the last several years.

By the way, now I'm into my second week of training and I'm trying harder to watch that diet. So, enjoy the "In and Out Burger" to your heart's content! I'm training and watching the food more carefully, now.

Speaking of the devil, David Estrada called to check if I've done my running today!

By the way, jyoungfan2, your pics didn't turn out. Can you re-post them?

Have a great night, both of you!



Juan C Ayllon
03-11-2006, 12:53 AM

In response to some inappropriate things Ricardo Mayorga said in the public forum leading up to his match with Oscar De La Hoya, I wrote the following piece:

A Reaction Piece to Mayorga (http://www.cyberboxingzone.com/news/archives/00001729.htm)


Juan C. Ayllon

Juan C Ayllon
03-20-2006, 07:49 PM

This Saturday, I went to the Green Mill in Chicago just north of Lawrence on Broadway in the Uptown neighborhood to listen to jazz with a friend. Supposedly, it was a favorite hangout of the infamous Mafia gangster, Al Capone.

It was a lot of fun. With standing room only, for the most part, it was excellent music. That night, a Latin jazz band played.

Here are some photos I shot with my cellphone camera:








Afterwards, I shot this photo of a building I just love at the southeast corner of Broadway and Lawrence for its uniquely angled structure:


Then, my friend and I walked up the street to a Vietnamese restaurant, where our waiter shot this photo with my friend:


Needless to say, it was nice to get out and have some cultural fun in the "Windy City."


Juan C. Ayllon

Juan C Ayllon
03-23-2006, 01:12 AM

I just turned 45 on March 15th. Here are some pics two days later at the "March Madness" show at the Aragon Ballroom with Dr. Vitaliy Kopytko, a Chicago based super middleweight:



And, here I am, jogging three miles earlier this evening along a frontage road:


Woo-hoo! I'm slowly, but surely getting back in shape...

03-25-2006, 10:38 AM
Happy B-Day to you Juan :)

03-25-2006, 10:40 AM
Happy B-Day to you Juan

Juan C Ayllon
03-26-2006, 05:28 AM
Hi Frank,

Thanks a lot! I hope things are going better for you this week, following your operation.

I think it's going to be a wonderful year for both of us!

I took a cool friend out yesterday night for Middle Eastern, then we went to Uptown Chicago where we caught one of the best--if not the best--trumpet player in Chicago, Orbert Davis at the famous Green Mill.

The place was packed, but my friend, Bethany kept saying that she was confident that we'd get a seat. Wouldn't you know, we ended up at a table directly in front of Orbert Davis?

Orbert Davis (left)


Here are some pictures that I embedded in a tongue and cheek piece:

Orbert Davis Quintet at the Green Mill (http://www.cyberboxingzone.com/news/archives/00001810.htm)



Juan C Ayllon
04-09-2006, 01:54 AM

I just got back from catching a little Lou Malnatti's pizza and a movie with my bud, Bethany. We had a good time.

Interestingly enough, my friend, Ben Torres, called me while we were in the movies and I had forgotten to turn off my cell phone. I answered and told him I couldn't talk because we were at the movies.

Later, on the ride home, Bethany reminded me about the call, as she knew that I knew it probably was about the Zab Judah-Floyd Mayweather bout, which I was curious to find out more about.

So, I called and Ben filled me in. Sounded great. Then he asked me what movie I saw and I said it was about cigarettes and Bethany chirped in when I asked her. Ben said, "Are you on a date?"

I said, "Yes."

"With a girl?" Ben asked.

I laughed and said yes, so Ben said, "That's cool, bro. I'll let you go," or words to that effect.

Bethany's a really cool person and definitely prettier than this photo suggests. We're taking it easy, having fun and getting to know each other slowly.

If nothing else, I've got a very cool friend and sister in the faith in her.




Juan C Ayllon
04-14-2006, 08:55 AM

I thought you might enjoy this photo by Mariane Iamele which I modified in Microsoft Photo Editor. I kinda like its sense of movement:


Here's the story it went with:

A Foul Stench in the Desert (http://www.cyberboxingzone.com/news/archives/00001886.htm)


Juan C. Ayllon

Juan C Ayllon
04-16-2006, 04:34 AM
Holy moly! What a strange evening. It was fun, blissful even, then sad, and tragic.

I just got in from a fun and eventful date with Bethany. We had dinner at Maggiano's, an Italian place in Schaumburg, then stopped at my brother's restaurant for a couple drinks and a visit with my brother, his wife, and some patrons. That was a lot of fun!

Up till now, I hadn't kissed Bethany, but that changed quickly when she leaned into me and planted a kiss on my lips. Needless to say, it was very nice and we kissed quite a bit more after that.

Whew! One day at a time...

After kissing her goodbye, I drove home and gradually, it dawned on me that I hadn't heard anything from Dr. Stoxen, who's Andrei Arlovski's chiropractor and he ALWAYS calls or text messages me after Arlovski's fights. I sensed then that he lost his UFC Heavyweight Title match.

Sure enough, when I checked Fightnews.com, I saw that he'd been kayoed in the first round.

Nuts! I was pulling for Arlovski, as he's a nice guy and I'd interviewed him several times.

Oh well, life goes on.

And then I read about Rocky A's sudden loss of his wife. I cannot even imagine going through that.

My heart aches for him. Please, say a prayer for Rocky (see Modern Section).


Juan C. Ayllon

Juan C Ayllon
04-16-2006, 11:00 AM
Here's a link to Rocky Alkazof's condolensces section:

Link (http://www.cyberboxingzone.com/cbzforum/showthread.php?t=1824)


Juan C. Ayllon

Juan C Ayllon
05-07-2006, 06:45 PM

While goofing off on the back deck with my new, but inexpensive digital camera, I shot the following sequence of photos of my weimeraner, Zoe, and a bottle of red wine on the table, which I thought were funny.





Juan C Ayllon
05-07-2006, 06:48 PM


05-07-2006, 06:54 PM
Hi Juan

Nice pics, an have fun with your new camera.


Juan C Ayllon
05-07-2006, 07:12 PM
Hi Frank,

Thank you! I appreciate it.

It's fun playing around with images on my cameras.

Enjoy the weekend,


Roberto Aqui
05-07-2006, 08:10 PM
I shot the following sequence of photos of my weimeraner, Zoe,

A few years back I had a very strange dream about a pair of weimeraners. I woke up on a Satarday morn, and in a productive moment drafted the outline of a never to be remembered play with them. Such are the vaguaries of my creativity.

Juan C Ayllon
05-07-2006, 10:00 PM
Wow, Robert, I sure would love to see that story. It sounds fascinating. I get the hunch that it would be a good time to sit down over a glass or two of red wine at my brother's restaurant and chat sometime. Let me know if you're ever in Chicago.


By the way, I found this funky, retro chair at an estate sale on the way home from church today, which I picked up for five dollars. I think it's a hoot and will go along with the eclectic, modernistic bent decor of the room, as well as the terra cotta colored recliner from Ikia situated on the other side of the space.

Okay, so I get excited about funny things...



Juan C Ayllon
05-07-2006, 10:02 PM
By the way, Ben Torres sent me the following message when I sent him the photos of Zoe behind the bottle and glass of shiraz:

Well, we know what YOU DO in your spare time. The pictures seem like a cry for help really. The label on the wine bottle is crystal clear as opposed to Zoe's blurry rear end. But the wine bottle is in great focus though.
Juan ... we will pray for you!

Concerned Friend Ben

Please see link below for more insight.

Again ... we will pray.

Roberto Aqui
05-09-2006, 06:30 AM
Well, even Jesus enjoyed his fruit of the vine in a glass, in fact, increasing local supply with a miraculous transformation of water.

I don't usually drink wine because of the sulfites they use for preservatives. My beer is all natural and also goes well with meals. When they make natural wine as readily available at reasonable prices, I could easily enjoy more wine, but in the meantime I think I will eschew any pics of my beer!

Roberto Aqui
05-09-2006, 06:35 AM
double post!

Juan C Ayllon
05-25-2006, 02:56 PM

I drafted this piece up over a couple free periods yesterday and today as an a typewritten assignment for my students. I thought you might find it interesting.

Once Upon a Party of My Father's

By Juan C. Ayllon

He was a disciplined man. My father was a chemical engineer who worked for a petrochemical company known for its toughness. Working in the marketing division, he often traveled to his territory in South America for weeks and even months at a time, where he negotiated contracts to build refineries and sold patented petrochemical processes with various heads of state.

Life at home wasn’t easy, as he often brought tensions from work home and was very demanding on his wife and children. Life could be difficult and even chaotic when he lost his temper. However, he provided a roof over our heads and all the trappings of a middle class existence in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago.

And then, there were his parties. Periodically, my father would invite high-ranking officials from governments and private companies in South America and entertain them at our home. Clad in business suits, they were generally in a festive mood. They drank, noshed on snacks, laughed a lot, and mixed freely with work acquaintances and other Latin friends, my parents and even my brothers and I. Generally, upbeat Bolivian, Peruvian and other South American music, along with some occasional Harry Belafonte Calypso music, bellowed from my father’s home built Heathkit high fidelity stereo. As the night wore on, there was dancing and more laughter. Generally dignified, these officials were typically in their 40’s and 50’s.

However, at one such party, I was startled to find that a guest had brought a popular Top 40 Rod Stewart album along. It was the late 70’s and Stewart had a hit disco song at the time entitled, “If You Think I’m Sexy.” The owner of the album insisted that my father put the record on, which he did.

It was the darnedest thing! Here, this officious looking, graying man in a business suit bobbed his head and said in a thick, Spanish accent, “I really like this song. It’s very cool, don’t you think?”

Shaking my head somewhat incredulously, I said, “Yes, it is.” Truly, it was.
His partner, also 50-something, agreed.

It was an odd departure from the usual party fare and I found myself shortly bobbing my head in unison with these older men. They were actually pretty hip, in their own stilted way.

My father, who really didn’t care for the music, nevertheless played along. In fact, as I recall, he smiled and made some joke in Spanish that made them laugh. He was very good at charming people.

Intuitively, I savored the image. So serious and stern most of the time, it was a pleasure to see my father really relax and enjoy himself. He had a wonderfully disarming smile. Sometimes, I wondered why he couldn't be more like that more often.

Next to the bowls of left-over peanuts, potato chips and other delicious snacks the next day, I think I liked that the most about my father’s parties.

Juan C Ayllon
06-20-2006, 10:41 AM

Last week, I met up with a good friend of mine, Scott, who has a pair of paintings--a diptyche--entitled "East Meets West." I painted this in 1994 and gave it to him shortly thereafter. I had all but forgotten it until I spotted it hanging in Scott's garage.

The subjects are, from left to right, Stan Getz, Gary Burton and Hiram Bullock.




Anyways, it was nice to see that old piece. Sorry for the poor pics with my cell phone camera!


Juan C. Ayllon

Juan C Ayllon
06-23-2006, 02:09 PM

This last week, I've been driving to downtown Chicago in the evenings to attend Writer's Week Workshops at National Louis University. It's been very helpful, interesting, and a lot of fun.

Kicking off the week was Robert Kurson, who spoke on popular nonfiction. He wote an excellent book entitled, Shadow Divers, and does a lot of freelance work for publications like Esquire and The Atlantic.


Robert Kurson

Tuesday, Rick Perlstein, who wrote Nixonland and Before the Storm: Bary Goldwater adnthe Unmaking of the American Consensus, spoke on biography.

Wednesday, Tim Kazurinksky, who wrote and acted in Saturday Night Live--as well as acted in Police Academy I and II--and has since done a lot of screenwriting for movies such as "About Last Night," and others, spoke on Comedy writing. He featured hillarious clips from his SNL days and made us laugh when he made funny suggestions on pieces we wrote and handed in.


Tim Kazurinksy

Last night, a wonderful poet and presenter named Bill Buczinsky, did a terrific job of incorporating movement, humor and even music to get us engaged in creative activities and putting together poetry. He insisted that EVERYONE had poetry in them. Judging from his methods, I'm inclined to believe that, on some level, he's definitely right.


Bill Buczinsky

Today's off and I'll be attending tomorrow's morning session to wrap up.

What's great is this is my first credit towards a Masters in Writing program I'm just starting on. What a fun start!


Juan C. Ayllon

Juan C Ayllon
06-23-2006, 02:32 PM
By the way, when I left classes at night, there were these two giant monoliths at either end of this wading pool area in Millenium park that were lit up with changing images of faces and cascaded and periodically spurted water on delighted waders from the mouth area of a giant facial image. See below:



Situated near the entrance/exit to the Monroe Street underground parking lot where my van was parked was the Park Grill, where people drank, dined and chatted leisurely even after 10 PM at night.


Maybe it's just me, but there was something very magical, and universally summery, about the ambiance there, right off Michigan Avenue.


Juan C. Ayllon

Juan C Ayllon
06-24-2006, 02:03 AM
Here's an exercise Tim Kazurinsky had us do at his workshop at NLU. We had to rewrite someone else's idea for a skit to be performed at Saturday Night Live.

The one I critiqued and rewrote consisted of a world championships "Rock-Paper-Scissors" championship, more specifically, a televised, pre-fight interview.

Warning: This is a bit on the crass side.

Here's how my re-write went:


MERLE HACKETT: The first finalist, an auto mechanic from Visalia, California.

KENDALL METZGER: the second finalist who works as a self-employed accountant from Round Lake Beach, Illinois.

ALLAN FINCH: A jolly, good old country boy salesman type who serves as the announcer.


ANNOUNCER: Awrright! We are here at the Finals of the 2006 ‘Beaver Craw Chewing Tobacco’ Rock-Scissors-Paper Championships at Caesar’s Palace. I’m Allan Finch and these here are your finalists, Merle Hackett, who hails from Visalia, California and Kendall Metzger, who comes all the way from Round Lake Beach, Illinois!

Tell me, gentlemen, what in tarnation motivated you to enter this here contest?

MERLE HACKETT: Well, I’ll tell ya, Allan, back where I come from, my family, friends and in-laws take Rock-Paper-Scissors very seriously. Every time we have a get together, we have our own tournament. We have a barbecue, a couple keggars—

ALLAN FINCH: [laughing] Listen, here, Merle, even though we have beer signs up everywhere, we don’t want to broadcast that, seeing that it’s family hour for most of our constituent’s homes. Let’s try that again…


MERLE HACKETT: Well, I’ll tell ya, Allan, back where I come from, my family, friends and in-laws take Rock-Paper-Scissors very seriously. Every time we have a get together, we have our own tournament. We have a barbecue, lotsa root beer, some chewin’ tabbacky and—

ALLAN FINCH: That’s Beaver Craw Chewing Tobacco, right?

MERLE HACKETT: No, actually, that’s Copenhagen snuff…

ALLAN FINCH: Cut! Cut! Listen here, son, this tournament is sponsored by Beaver Craw Chewing Tobacco. If they’re putting up a million dollars for first place and get a fancy place like this, chances are, they really, really don’t want to here the name, Copenhagen, anywhere on the broadcast! You get my drift?

MERLE HACKETT: Yeah, I see your point. But what about artistic integrity and all?

ALLAN FINCH: Artistic integrity? In a Rock-Paper-Scissors Contest? You’ve got to be jokin’!

MERLE HACKETT: Hey, I’ve grown up chewin’ Copenhagen snuff since I was 11 years old. I already compromised by taking that hat off and putting on one of yours, along with your T-shirt. I’m a genuine, dyed-in-the-wool, Copenhagen Snuff powered Rock-Scissors-Paper machine! Forgive me, Allan, but I don’t want to be a sell-out, you know what I mean?

ALLAN FINCH: That’s good and dandy, Mr. Hackett, but selling’s what we do. You see all those fancy lights, cameras, and this big, fancy hotel? The president of Beaver Craw saw fit to sink tons of money into this tournament so he could sell the shit out of his product, namely Beaver Craw Chewing Tobacco.

Now, if you have a problem with that, maybe you’ll scratch on a ‘technicality’ and we’ll get Bubba Cummings to replace you. Is your ‘artistic integrity worth dropping out of the championship, let your family down and all?

MERLE HACKETT: No, sir, when you put it that way! I read you loud and clear.


MERLE HACKETT: Well, I’ll tell ya, Allan, back where I come from, my family, friends and in-laws take Rock-Paper-Scissors real serious like. Every time we have a get together, we have our own tournament. We have a barbecue, a bunch of root beer and sodie pop, and some—um—Beaver Claw…

ALLAN FINCH: Beaver Craw!

MERLE HACKETT: Beaver Craw Chewing Tobacco! Sorry about that, sir!

ALLAN FINCH: That’s okay, Merle, ha, ha, ha! Just a little nerves, that’s all. Tell us more!

MERLE HACKETT: [laughing nervously] Needless to say, things can get really heated in our family competitions. In fact, last Thanksgiving, we had a few fist fights break out in the semi-finals between Jo Ann, my second cousin; Velma Marie, my sister, and Rex and Charles, who are twins. I mean, we take it real serious!

ALLAN FINCH: So, is this where you developed your competitive drive, Merle?

MERLE HACKETT: Yes, sirree. But, as good as I am, there’s at least thee others that can whup my butt in Rock-Paper-Scissors in my family. It’s just we figgered that being the first one in my family to go to college—I’m just a few credits shy of my associates—and being the most photogenic, I’d be the best one to represent the family—you know what I mean?

ALLAN FINCH: We here at Beaver Craw Chewing Tobacco really appreciate a humble, yet fierce competitor. Best of luck to you, Merle!


ALLAN FINCH: And what about you, Kendall?

KENDALL METZGER: Honestly, Mr. Finch, I got into this to meet girls because I hardly meet them on the job. I don’t have a voice for karaoke and feel really awkward at a bar, but for some reason, when I get into a Rock-Paper-Scissors tournament, it’s as if I’m a different person. The thing is, I’ve discovered I’ve got a real gift at this sport.

ALLAN FINCH: And how are the girls treating you these days?

KENDALL METZGER: Oh, it goes without saying, Mr. Finch! I’ve got more girls than I know what to do with! In fact, I’ve got three lined up so far tonight after the championship round and I got me a ‘quickie’ just a few minutes ago—

ALLAN FINCH: Cut, cut! Damn it, son! Listen here, Metzger, this is a show watched by all sorts of decent folk, including lots of god-fearing families, seeing that it’s being broadcast over the Bible belt and all. You’re going to have to tone it down a bit.

KENDALL METZGER: But, I thought you asked—

ALLAN FINCH: I was asking in general terms, like you met a couple of nice girlfriends or something like that. God almighty, we don’t want to broadcast to grandmas, grandpas and kids everywhere that you’re doing groupies at a Beaver Craw event. Jesus, son, come on!


ALLAN FINCH: Son of a bitch! You’re sorry? Now, let’s do that again…

(By Juan C. Ayllon, Copyright 2006)

Juan C Ayllon
07-02-2006, 11:28 AM
Yesterday was simply a wonderful day spent at the Indiana Dunes. I spent the day with a very cool friend--who's a little gun shy of Internet exposure--and had what had to be my most enjoyable day this summer.

Here are some pics I shot.


My friend walking along the shore looking for shells


A father and daughter walking by Lake Michigan late in the afternoon


My friend's hand and mine photographed against the backdrop of some clouds


My friend said it was okay to post this pic up, so here it is, dinner at nearby Popolano's restaurant afterwards in Chesterton, Indiana


I still get a kick out of this modified pic I did of dinner...

07-03-2006, 02:13 PM
Hey Juan: How much weight have you peeled off so far? The difference in the photos is pretty obvious. Good job, man.

07-03-2006, 03:58 PM
Great pics, Juan.
Very pretty lady there.

Juan C Ayllon
07-05-2006, 02:38 AM
Hi Todd and Karl,

Thanks! I appreciate that.

Todd, I've lost 30 lbs. so far. I've still got more to go, but I appreciate that.

Karl, she's a real sweetheart. Time will tell...

Have a great day,


Juan C Ayllon
07-05-2006, 02:16 PM

Hey, here's a photo of me goofing off on a lifeguard stand last Saturday...



07-09-2006, 10:10 PM
My buddy Juan is buffed out now!
That young lady is fine my brother, and take heed these words of wisdom that the great football coach Don Shula once said, "He who hesitates gets rammed!"

Juan C Ayllon
07-11-2006, 12:51 AM
Thanks, Karl!

Juan C Ayllon
07-11-2006, 12:55 AM

By the way, here's a snapshot I took with my cell phone that I shot when we attended a post Fourth of July party in Fox River Grove, Illinois. Every year, they shoot off a top notch fireworks show following the Fourth of July just over the Fox River. It was a lot of fun!

Juan C Ayllon
07-17-2006, 02:56 AM


This Saturday, my friend and I went to see a wonderful concert at Ravinia Park in Highland Park, Illinois. It was incredible and packed beyond belief! We parked several miles away in special parking and shuttled in via bus. When we got in line for the busses, the line had to be over 100 yards long!

However, the wait was well worth it, as the entertainment value and performances were the best!

Juan C Ayllon
07-17-2006, 03:03 AM


After church, swimming and sunning in Evanston, on Sunday, we went to El Puerto, a Mexican restaurant in Fox Lake, Illinois. The restaurant is situated right on the lake, with docks for boaters to come on in.

What can I say? The food was terrific and the ambiance very relaxing and wonderful!



Juan C. Ayllon

07-17-2006, 07:15 AM
Hey Juan it looks like you need some In-N-Out Burgers.


Juan C Ayllon
07-17-2006, 10:19 AM
Hey Frank,

That's funny! And, yes, I do miss good old In 'N' Out Burgers. Wow.

I've been pretty good about the eating lately, as well as running (I logged in several six mile runs last week, as well as some weights and running on the treadmill). However, we really laid out quite the spread for Ravinia. We packed some hummus and pita chips; tomato, fresh basil, mozerella cheese and olive oil (yum, especially when using fresh vine grown tomatoes and some coarse sea salt sprinkled in); a proscuito and mozerella roll; carrot cake and some Chilean merlot from Trader Joes.

Anyways, now I'm getting hungry...

Have a great day,


Juan C Ayllon
07-17-2006, 05:40 PM

Here's a link to my latest fight report, along with photos I shot from ringside. What made it all the more fun was that Kelli went along with me...

MERRILLVILLE, IN Fight Report (http://www.cyberboxingzone.com/news/archives/00002260.htm)

Juan C Ayllon
07-24-2006, 11:42 AM


My girlfriend and I went to AlpineFest in Lake Zurich, Illinois last weekend. Wow! What a blast. There's something very summery about outdoor festivals like the one we attended. There were rides, games, food, and a couple bands playing that made for a lovely summer eve's entertainment.


Viewing the ferris wheel from below


A view from the top of the ferris wheel


A talented local band playing in the large tent


Us on the ferris wheel

07-24-2006, 02:25 PM
Hey Juan,
To quote Bacarach "the look of love is on your face" You two make a very handsome couple! Hope it is going well for you.

Kid Achilles
07-24-2006, 09:54 PM
Good job on the diet and exercise! You can't argue about results with these photographs; you are clearly in much better shape than when I last checked this thread. Keep up the good work!

Juan C Ayllon
07-25-2006, 02:10 AM
Hi Gary,

Thank you! I definitely like her, and vice versa! She's a real sweetheart. It's been really nice spending time with her this summer.

We've both been hurt in love, so we're trying to take it slowly. It's challenging, though, because we have a lot of chemistry going. Wow!

Anyways, she was off work today, so she helped me paint my boathouse, which was really cool. Last week, she helped me strip and primer it. So far, so good!


My boathouse to the right of the pic, shot during the winter

And Kid Achilles, thanks as well! I've been making an effort to keep up the running, although I've admittedly been slacking a bit with the weights. The diet's going okay. Right now, I'm running around five to six miles several times a week. I think the real challenge for me will be when school resumes and I take classes towards my Masters.

Anyways, thanks a bunch, guys! I appreciate your kind words.

Have a great day,


07-31-2006, 07:54 PM
This is me back in 2001, right after my second fight.

Myself giving the term blown up welterweight a whole new meaning fighting my "comeback fight" in the super-heavyweight division back in March!

This is how I look right now, I've dropped more than 20 lbs training hard.

Juan C Ayllon
08-10-2006, 05:03 PM
Cool pics, Ezzthetic! Thanks for letting us get to know you better.


Juan C. Ayllon

Juan C Ayllon
08-23-2006, 01:47 AM

Joe (left) and Juan

This is a good buddy of mine, Joe, who's been friends with me since 1992 or 1993. We've had a lot of laughs catching up lately. Here we are at a place in Schaumburg playing on his laptop computer and, in the third from last pic, via my cell phone camera. The last two shots were taken with my Kodak Z-whatever it is digital camera...


That's me on the laptop computer


My buddy, Joe



Juan C Ayllon
08-23-2006, 02:01 AM

Chicago Heavyweight contender, Fres Oquendo and his son, Fres Oquendo, Jr.

I've got an upcoming interview/piece on Chicagoland heavyweight contender, Fres Oquendo, which I conducted at his son, Fres, Jr.'s football practice and, later, at his home. Here's a photo I shot on the field earlier in the evening.


Here's another with his son (no. 66 on the helmet, 57 on the jersey) practicing...


Juan C. Ayllon

08-23-2006, 07:34 AM
Fres Oquendo a real good fighter and more importantly he appears to be a great father.

Juan C Ayllon
09-04-2006, 05:40 PM

I just finished posting a huge array of photographs from a dinner party we threw for David Diaz at Cabs Wine Bar Bistro in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Diaz recently won the WBC Interim Lightweight Title.

Former amateur teammate and current heavyweight contender Fres Oquendo and his wife joined David and Tanya Diaz, along with a slew of Friends and acquaintances for a night of fun and celebration.

During the evening, I presented Diaz with a letter of congratulations from WBC President, Jose Sulaiman.

Needless to say, it was a night to remember.

Here's a link to a photo documentary I posted up on the evening:

A Night to Remember with Diaz & Oquendo at Cabs (http://www.cyberboxingzone.com/news/archives/00002424.htm)

Hey Rita, I wish you and Mike could have made it! Ditto for you, Rudy Cisneros, Jose Hernandez, Miguel Hernandez, David Estrada and others.


Juan C. Ayllon

Juan C Ayllon
09-04-2006, 09:28 PM
By the way, I've got a feature article in Ring Magazine, which you can reach by clicking on the link below:

Ring Magazine Feature Piece on David Diaz (http://www.thering-online.com/ringpages/readastorymain2.html)



Juan C. Ayllon

Juan C Ayllon
09-06-2006, 02:25 AM
By the way, here are some cool pics at Fres Oquendo's house from several weeks ago:





I shot them when I came out to do an interview with Fres, a portion of which will appear in this week's Carol Stream Examiner.



09-06-2006, 03:01 AM
Hi Juan!

Since you are from Chicago area, I want you to know
that I was saddened to read that six kids were killed
in an apartment fire in your home area a few days ago.
If it is true that the inhabitants of the apartment were
using candles because their electricity has been shut
off in May or there weren't any smoke detectors,
there is going to be hell to pay.

Hope that all is well with you and your lady friend. Keep
up with your great work posted on the CBZ.

- Chuck Johnston


Juan C Ayllon
09-06-2006, 04:53 AM
Thanks, Chuck! I appreciate your kind worrds.

Yeah, the story of the six kids passing is very sad, indeed! In a way, it's incomprehendible to me.

As far as my lady friend goes, we're definitely friends right now. Whereas I care very deeply for her, she's not really ready for a serious relationship. So, she remains my bud.

Quite honestly, I have had the hardest time with that, which may account in part for the hyperactivity with the interviews as of late, as well as late nights with friends like Joseph (see previous photos) and others.

I've also slacked off on the running for the last couple weeks. However, that's going to change quickly! I really want to begin training for the Chicago Marathon a year from now. We'll see if it happens...

Thank God for school and my classes resuming. Be that as it may, she has my support and friendship--and vice versa, which I am grateful for.

Anyways, I think you'll enjoy my upcoming interview with Roberto Duran, which will be coming out in the next issue of "Wail!" any day now.

Have a great day, my friend,


Juan C Ayllon
09-08-2006, 08:23 AM



Last Saturday, I DJ'ed a birthday party out in Crystal Lake. It was fun, although it got a little chillier in the evening.

Afterwards, several of us hung around a fire and caught up on old times.

Hey, have a terrific weekend,


Juan C Ayllon
09-08-2006, 12:00 PM
By the way, the Carol Stream Examiner ran a piece I did this Wednesday, which I posted up at the CBZ Newswire page with their permission. It's on Fres Oquendo:

Soccer Mom Article (http://www.cyberboxingzone.com/news/archives/00002444.htm)

I met with the Examiner's editor yesterday and he wants me to do other feature pieces. For instanace, they want me to do a piece on a local elderly writer of some notoriety with ALS, Louis R. Schavie. Here's something they forwarded me on the guy:

> PublishAmerica Presents The Big Horn Incidents by Louis R. Schavie
> Frederick, MD August 30, 2006 -- PublishAmerica is proud to present
> The Big Horn Incidents by Streamwood, Illinois author Louis R.
> Schavie. The Big Horn Incidents is a story about a majestic place,
> nestled in the valley of the Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming. It’s a
> guest ranch with log cabins, surrounded by big ponderosa pines. Two
> the owners are tenderfoots from the East. The third partner is Jack
> Riley, a cowhand who manages the facilities and activities. The
> tranquility of the ranch suddenly changes when two terrible incidents
> happen. One is ruled an accident, the other a suicide. Riley enlists
> the help of an old friend to investigate the tragedy. The plot
> thickens as the investigation swerves through winding curves, with
> more disasters and victims along the way.
> Louis R. Schavie served three years in the Air Force. He was a
> successful barber until diagnosed at the Mayo Clinic with Lou
> disease. He changed professions and became superintendent of a
> wastewater facility in Hanover Park, Illinois. Now retired, he writes
> and battles A.L.S. each day.
> PublishAmerica is the home of 20,000 talented authors.
> PublishAmerica is a traditional publishing company whose primary goal
> is to encourage and promote the works of new, previously undiscovered
> writers. Like more mainstream publishers, PublishAmerica pays its
> authors advances and royalties, makes its books available in both the
> United States and Europe through all bookstores, and never charges
> fees for its services. PublishAmerica offers a distinctly personal,
> supportive alternative to vanity presses and less accessible
> publishers.

Also, if all goes as planned, I'll fly out to cover Fres' fight with Holyfield for the Examiner as a follow-up piece to the "Soccer Mom" article.



Juan C Ayllon
09-09-2006, 02:54 AM
Some friends and I went to see a great local cover band, "Libido" at Porters Oyster Bar in Crystal Lake, Illinois. The company was excellent, the music great and the evening just what I needed after a tiring week!




Would you believe these two were mother and daughter?








Juan with mother and daughter

Juan C Ayllon
09-09-2006, 03:31 AM


Janice blows out her birthday candle

Juan C Ayllon
09-11-2006, 07:39 PM

You'll have to excuse my using this thread as a blog of sorts, but it's a good thing for me.

It's been a crazy last several weeks, as I'm into my third week of teaching high school business for the fall semester. The kids are pretty good, but man! They can be somewhat draining.

Me at my desk after another late night

I did a lot of writing and running around this last week and weekend.

Now, it's Monday and, looking at this week, I feel somewhat overwhelmed!

I've got planning to do tonight, a month-to-month contract to go over with a roommate who's renting a room, an interview with a boxer on Friday's fight card in Chicago, running and reading to do before bedtime.

Tomorrow, I'll begin my first classroom session of a class in expository writing at National Louis University, where I plan on getting my Masters in Writing.

Wednesday, I've got two interviews for Arturo Sanchez, the Operations Director of DRL, a boxing promotional concern in which Roberto Duran serves as partner. And running.

Thursday, I've got some reading prep and a small group meeting from my church from 7 PM until maybe 10 PM? I'll also try to squeeze in some running.

Friday, I've got the fights at the Aragon Ballroom.

Saturday, I think I'll collapse!

Thank God I have friends, eh? No girlfriends, which is fine. Just friends.

Not that I don't miss having one, because I do. But, it's just where things are at.

I've got to trust that someday that part of my life will come together as I'd like it to. But, in the meanwhile, I'll just keep on keeping on and be thankful for what I have.

Anyways, I've got to run.



Juan C Ayllon
09-13-2006, 11:51 PM
Never mind!

Juan C Ayllon
09-14-2006, 10:06 AM
Jean Luc Ponty


Forgive the funny little forray previously. I enjoy a good red wine in the evening, especially a good cabernet sauvignon.

A still from "Danny Deckchair"

Last night, a telephone interview with a fighter fell through and, exhausted, I rescheduled another one for next week, opened up a bottle of cab, and watched a funny movie called "Danny Deckchair." It was just what I needed.

Al Jarreau

This morning, I've enjoyed listening to some good jazz, such as the strains of jazz violinist Jean Luc Ponty during word processing class. It's great ambient stuff, if you've never heard it. I also kicked in some live Al Jarreau. Not a bad way to pass the morning, I might add!


Juan C. Ayllon

Juan C Ayllon
09-18-2006, 06:53 PM

Here's a short piece I drafted for a writing class I'm taking. It's supposed to be a piece about our "inner talk" on a typical morning. It had a limit of two pages, double spaced and I took it to the very limit. I've got mixed emotions of how it fared, but, oh well!

Beep, beep, beep, beep, beep, beep…

“Huh? What? Uhhhhhh. God, that’s so annoying!” Eyes half-closed, I trudged those five steps or so to my dresser, tapped the snooze button, trudged back and, pulling my down comforter over me, collapsed into the womblike warmth of my bed.

Seemingly moments later, those piercing beeps pried me from the depths of unconsciousness once again. Resigned, I rose. “I can’t be late to work, I just can’t.”

Turning off the alarm, I made my way through the dark into my bathroom and turned on the light. Through puckered, bleary eyes, I spied a blurry silhouette of a tan man in frumpy underwear staring back at me in the mirror. He had a little pooch going on just above the waistband. “Good thing I ran last night,” I thought. “Don’t want that paunch sneaking back on me. I’ve still got to lose—what—20 lbs? Man!”

The warm showers’ waters drizzled down, gently pushing back the cloudy veil enveloping me. The slightly spiced aromatic smell of Method Body Wash—the ‘Olive Leaf’ version—titillated my senses.

“I love this stuff! I wonder if it’ll give me split ends. I mean, it’s not exactly shampoo. But who’s going to notice, anyway? It’s not like I’m going out with someone anymore, anyway. Crap. Here we go again.”

That deep, pained hollow feeling ran through my chest cavity. Yeah, she was gone all right. We were still friends, but it wasn’t the same. Sighing heavily, I closed my eyes. Leaning forward, my forehead touched the tiled wall. I took odd comfort as the warm, cascading waters washed over me. Moments passed in this silent reverie. The hissing of the waters jetting through the shower nozzle and the spattering sound it made droned soothingly in my darkness. “It’ll be all right. It just takes time. Dear God, just watch over her, please. And help me get through this. I need you.”

Driving southbound on Haynesville Road, I pressed the down arrow key on my silver Razor cell phone, tapped the #7 four times, scrolled to “Something’s Brewing,” and pressed the green button.

“Something’s Brewing,” the perky female voice said on the other end of the line. She was studying art at CLC. She’s a neat kid, in an artsy-quirky kind of way.

“Hey, it’s me, Juan.”

“You want your usual bagel and tall coffee, right,” she asked.

“Yeah, the low carb one with the low fat cream cheese.”

“Great! It’ll be ready for you when you get here.”

“Thanks. See you then,” I said, flipping the phone shut.

“I love those low carb bagels,” I thought. “I don’t know what it is, but that nutty, whole grain texture and taste, the cream cheese. Yum! And the coffee! Mixed with a little cinnamon, nutmeg, powdered cocoa, half and half and Splenda! Life is good.” I really liked that combination of flavors, the smell of the coffee and the subtle jolt of caffeine. Plus, there was just something somehow edifying about stopping there. In a small way, it was a little like church, a part of my routine that soothed, comforted and reaffirmed me.

Speaking of which, glancing down, I saw that it was already 7:09. “Crap! I’m going to miss hearing that guy—what’s his name? Ah, Dr. Michael Easley! Yeah.” His homespun, but educated message bolstered my faith and reminded me that in the overall scheme of things, everything will work out all right with God’s help. Sounds good to me.

Juan C Ayllon
09-18-2006, 08:24 PM

Maybe I'm a sentimental guy, but I like Something's Brewing a lot. Here's a link to their website:

Something's Brewing, Inc. Web page (http://www.google.com/maps?hl=en&lr=&q=something%27s+brewing&near=Grayslake,+IL+60030&radius=0.0&latlng=42344444,-88041667,12028850701940744298&sa=X&oi=local&ct=authority)



Juan C Ayllon
09-18-2006, 08:45 PM

I just received this priceless gem from David "The Weezel" Estrada. It's entitled, "Another Use for Duct Tape."

This was priceless, as you'll see:


Thanks for the laugh, Weezel!


Juan C Ayllon
09-18-2006, 10:08 PM
Me, slummin' it at the crib today

Hey, I stayed home today with a cold, caught up on some sleep and worked on some things around the house.

It gets kind of boring here at times. However, I've been also busy with lesson plans and all that fun stuff for school, homework and prepping for all the rest of this week.

On Saturday, I'll be covering a fight card in Hammond, Indiana and on Sunday, I'll serve as DJ for my my mom's party celebrating her 70th birthday at Cabs, where my brother, Luis, will host the festivities from about 1:30 PM until 4:00 PM or so. We're expecting about 50 people or so, which should be fun.

Afterwards, they'll open up the restaurant for regular dinner with jazz. I believe Emily Palmer, a sultry singer who does great covers on various pop songs, as well as select jazz standards, will be singing.

Check her out, if you get the chance!

Anyways, I hope you're all having a good start of the week.



Juan C Ayllon
09-20-2006, 12:45 AM
Skip this frame...

09-21-2006, 03:45 PM
Hey Juan------You and I like the same wine, a good Cabernet Sauvginon is my wine of choice with a good Merlot second.

On a side note, my sister and brother in law, Rachel and Bob Egan own 166 acres of vineyard in Napa Valley Calfornia, that's north of San Franisco by the way, they sell their grapes to the winerys and they also make wine for their own personal use, now this is the good part, they sent me a couple of bottles of wine every couple of month, can't ask for more.


Juan C Ayllon
09-21-2006, 11:46 PM







Hey Frank,

You have no argument from me there. I'm a dyed in the wool red wine man, myself. I love cabs, merlots, zinfandel (as in red), and certain pinot noirs--especially David Bruce Pinot Noir. Great stuff!

That's terrific with your sister and brother in law taking care of you like that! I really want to come out and visit there next summer. If I make it out, perhaps you can introduce me to them and their vinyard?

Either way, my brother's a terrific chef and, as owner of Cabs Wine Bar Bistro in Glen Ellyn, he treats me to great wine and food, especially when I come down and shoot pics of events like these when "Uncle Boogie Pants," a wonderful cover band and creator or some good original scores, came to play at Cabs last weekend.

Anyways, it's getting late and I need to get to bed.

Talk soon, my friend,


Juan C Ayllon
09-22-2006, 12:29 AM







I need to throw another party sometime soon! Realistically speaking, I don't know when that'll happen, but no doubt sometime in the next six months or so!

That way, I can invite cool friends, serve cool cabs and entertainment and the like. Frank, you'll be at the top of the list of invitees!



09-22-2006, 07:07 AM
Thanks Juan

Love those pics.


09-22-2006, 04:42 PM

That's my wife Connie sitting on the tractor and my sister Rachel looking on. I shot this pics. in 1980


This is part of my sister's and her husband Bob's vineyards


Juan, I hope you don't mind me posting this pics on this thread.

Juan C Ayllon
09-22-2006, 08:35 PM
Hi Frank,

Very cool pics! Thanks for sharing that with me.

I would like to see the vineyards with you and your wife. And who knows? Maybe I'll settle down one of these days and the four of us will go up and visit wine country together.

Have a terrific weekend, my friend,


Juan C Ayllon
09-28-2006, 07:10 PM

For those who follow boxing in the Midwest, and for those of you who enjoy fun pics, you'll probably enjoy this piece I posted up on last weekend's fightcard in Hammond, Indiana:

Fight Report (http://www.cyberboxingzone.com/news/archives/00002485.htm)

I was pretty pleased with a lot of the photographs.



Juan C Ayllon
09-29-2006, 03:47 PM

I'll be serving as DJ for a festival at my church in Lake Zurich, Illinois on Saturday. Last year, about a thousand people showed up.

You can see the details below:


If you're in the area, stop by and say hello!


Juan C. Ayllon

Juan C Ayllon
10-01-2006, 04:03 PM

Last night, I had a great time at Cabs Wine Bar Bistro. My friend, Joe and I drove down there together, where we took in a local band--whose name escapes me at the moment. They were pretty good, covering Dave Matthews work with that sort of sound, other popular material, and their own stuff. They sounded great!







My friend, Joe (in white) walking past the band


Then, my friend, Renee dropped by. It was just what I needed, hanging out with cool friends like Joe and Renee!



Juan C Ayllon
10-02-2006, 10:24 AM

For those of you who are fans of David "The Weezel" Estrada, here is a link to a brief writeup following his win this last Saturday in Wisconsin:

Weezel Wins! (http://www.cyberboxingzone.com/news/archives/00002510.htm)

David's a good guy and also my sometime physical trainer. Speaking of which, I need to get back into training!



Juan C Ayllon
10-03-2006, 03:36 PM

I just posted this piece up which I wrote for my writing class:

"‘The Weezel’ Looks to Keep Upward Roll Going vs. Turner This Saturday!" (http://www.cyberboxingzone.com/news/archives/00002513.htm)

We were supposed to incorporate the use of a myth with our work. I thought Estrada's career melded well with the myth of Sisyphus.

Let me know what you think!



Juan C Ayllon
10-05-2006, 11:12 AM
Donovan George Interview (http://www.cyberboxingzone.com/news/archives/00002521.htm)

All I have to say about this latest interview is, "Wow."

Check it out.


Juan C Ayllon
10-06-2006, 10:11 AM

David "The Weezel" Estrada forwarded me this message, which you might get a kick out of:

The Better Business Bureau received a complaint that AFLAC, the insurance company, was taking advantage of women on the street and stealing their money. This scam is netting COLD HARD CASH from unsuspecting individuals.

The thief uses children to distract the target. While admiring the cuteness of the kids they are robbed of their cash and never know what hit them.

A passerby happened to capture the photo below. Please use caution when distractions like this come along.

Don't say you weren't warned




Photographic Evidence of AFLAC Scam! (http://www.cyberboxingzone.com/news/archives/AflacScam.jpg)

David Estrada will be fighting this Saturday at the Allstate Arena.



10-19-2006, 01:20 PM
Our own Juan Ayllon and my brother Mando during Mando's visit to Chicago
last weekend.


10-19-2006, 01:24 PM
My sister in law Pat and Juan.


Juan Ayllon, Pat Baltazar, the couple in red are Pat's ex-husband and girlfriend,but I can't remember their names


Mando Baltazar and the girl from Hooter's

Juan C Ayllon
10-19-2006, 07:53 PM
Hi Frank,

Thanks for posting those pics! It was a pleasure meeting your brother, Armando, his wife and friends. I never knew that was her ex, though!

I will post pics shortly.

I've been pretty scarce 'round these parts as of late, as I've been very busy serving as a test administrator, in addition to teaching an overload at the high school I work at. For instance, on Monday, I arrived at 6:10 AM and left at 10:45 PM. I never knew that preparing a school for big tests was so much work! A week ago Wednesday, we administered the EXPLORER Test at the Ninth Grade Center and yesterday administered the PSAT to sophomores and some juniors. 789 kids actually took the test.

Anyways, tonight, I'm laying low and getting some much needed rest.

Talk soon,


Juan C Ayllon
10-19-2006, 08:05 PM

Armando Baltazar (right) with me at Cabs

That's my painting, by the way, of guitarist Pat Metheny and a drummer hanging behind us...


That's Armando with my brother, Luis


Armando, his wife, her ex and the girlfriend


Armando talking with Luis's wife, Lisa


The band, "Uncle Boogie Pants" playing. Armando seemed to enjoy this band.


Former Chicago Bears lineman, Revie Sorey--who used to block for Walter Payton before "Da Bears" won the SuperBowl--and Juan.


Luis's wife, Lisa, visits with Revie Sorey, his wife and friends at a table upstairs


Luis looks on as his friend, Dave Kinney sits in with the band playing his harmonica. If you've never heard him, let me tell you, Dave can play!


Several gals who like to drop by at Cabs

By the way, Lisa told me the gal on the far right helped break up the first fight at Cabs by grabbing him forcibly by a pressure point on his trapezius muscle, then escorting him out the door with her hand clutching his trachea.

That's tough!

10-19-2006, 08:48 PM

Ya thats Pat ex-husband, him and Mando get along pretty though, he is invited to Pat and Mando's barbecue's all the time, I met him a few times I just can't his name, but I alway been bad with names.


Juan C Ayllon
10-19-2006, 08:52 PM

Karl Hegman sent me these pics to post from a recent boxing show:

http://www.cyberboxingzone.com/news/archives/34842__6__fp6__ot_232__3_3_875_XROQDF_2323554397_5 8ot1lsi.jpg

Juan Diaz with some admirers

http://www.cyberboxingzone.com/news/archives/34842__6__fp6__ot_232__3_3_875_XROQDF_2323554397__ 4ot1lsi.jpg

Middleweight prospect Chase Shields

http://www.cyberboxingzone.com/news/archives/34842__6__fp63_ot_232__3_3_875_XROQDF_2323554397__ _ot1lsi.jpg

CBZ photo contributor Kevin Keane with the great Evander Holyfield

http://www.cyberboxingzone.com/news/archives/34842__6__fp6__ot_232__3_3_875_XROQDF_2323554397_8 7ot1lsi.jpg

Evander Holyfield in the ring

Juan C Ayllon
10-19-2006, 09:23 PM
Hey Frank,

That's cool! Your brother seemed really laid back and cool. I would love to hang out with you guys sometime next summer in So Cal.

I hope Armando didn't think I was rude. I visited with he, his wife and friends at the bar, then disappeared for a while shooting photos for my brother of the band, "Uncle Boogie Pants."


My friend, Joe, dropped by to see this gal who he hit it off with the last time he was at Cabs.





10-19-2006, 09:41 PM
Yes Mando is laid back, he has alway been that way.
I talk to Mando and Pat on Sunday after they got home, they told me that you seem to be a nice guy an that they appreciate you taking them to your brother's place, they also said they had a good time.


Juan C Ayllon
10-19-2006, 10:12 PM
That's cool.

I had a great time meeting them, too.



By the way, disaster--and comedy--struck after they left.

I'd been shooting some pics and the flash on my camera stopped working, as the batteries were running low. So, I figured I'd jump in my car and drive down to the store and be back in a minute. I didn't think I'd need my coat.

Well, about two miles away, one of my axles went out on me. I tried calling my brother at Cabs and Joe on his cell. No one picked up. I started walking back in the cold of night at 2:00 AM in the morning. I was soooo upset! For some reason, it never occurred to me to call a cab.

Anyways, two guys and a gal rode up on their bikes and offered to help. To make a long story short, I offered to pay them $20 to ride on the back of one of their bikes. They said they'd sell me one for $40.

I was freezing, so I said, "Yes...just sell me the guys bike for $40, not the girl's bike."

They said the guy's bike would be $100 more.

I said, "No way." So, I rode this girls bike about two to two and a half miles in the freezing outdoors with no coat on all the way back to Cabs.

Luis and Lisa were laughing at me when I recounted the story.

The girl's bike was a piece of crap, but, hey, it got me there.


Juan C Ayllon
10-19-2006, 10:48 PM

Hey, I thought you might enjoy this pic with Harold Lederman and I at the Valuev-Barrett fight card recently.

Juan C Ayllon
10-19-2006, 10:54 PM

Juan C Ayllon
10-22-2006, 05:50 PM

This is something David "The Weezel" Estrada forwarded me today. Just a warning: it's a little scary...

Halloween Prank Link (http://www.worldschoolphotographs.com/halloween.htm)


Juan C. Ayllon

10-23-2006, 05:54 PM


Mando just sent me these pic. thats me (L) and Mando circa 1970.


Juan C Ayllon
10-23-2006, 08:59 PM
Hey Frank,

Nice photo!

It was good talking with you earlier this evening.


Now, I'll have "In 'n' Out Burger" wafting around more actively in my imagination. Just what I need when I want to drop some more pounds!

Have a great day,


Juan C Ayllon
10-26-2006, 02:53 PM

I keep getting these mailings from www.LatinBayArea.com , which is apparently based out of San Francisco. The latest advertises, amongst other things, a celebration of Dia Los Muertos at the Cancun Club.

Here's the photo that comes with it:


Hey, if any of you get out to that party, perhaps you can tell me about it.



Juan C Ayllon
10-26-2006, 03:49 PM

You might find this color blindness test interesting:

Color Blindness Test (www.myschool.com/SWF/ColorBlind2.swf )

Juan C Ayllon
10-29-2006, 03:26 AM

This Friday, the Majors Junction Band played at Cabs Wine Bar Bistro. Being the dutiful brother that I am, I shot some photos of them as they played at my brother's restaurant. They were an interesting blend of blues, rock and a touch of folksy country. I was very pleased!



Juan C Ayllon
10-29-2006, 03:32 AM




David Kinney on harmonica and John, a friend of Luis and Dave, on a jambalai (sp?) join in on the fun



Waiter Efrain takes special note of John's playing


A friend of the band/member of the audience chips in on a song


Luis (left) and I pose for a photo

Juan C Ayllon
10-29-2006, 03:47 AM





John and Luis's wife, Lisa, enjoy a dance

10-30-2006, 08:28 AM
That colour-blindness test is interesting Juan, despite the "gotcha" ending. I AM colour-blind, and I only ever found out about it earlier this year. On that test, after the first slide, I didn't see any numbers at all.

I took my five-year-old to have her first eye appointment, and the doc brought out a booklet to check her for colour-blindness. The first page was a bunch of dots like that, and he asked her what she saw. She said "a square and a circle," which I also saw. He flipped the page and I saw a boat, but she said, "a boat and a star." I was confused. On the next page I didn't see anything at all, but she saw "a horse and a triangle". The doctor saw my confusion and said, "You don't see anything do you?" I said no. He said, "You're colour blind."

I'm almost 37 years old, and I never even suspected I was colour blind. Very weird.

Juan C Ayllon
10-30-2006, 12:11 PM
Hey TKO,

Wow! I can only imagine how disconcerting that must have been. Hmmm. I think it's so easy to take that stuff for granted.

I ran that test by an art teacher, whose color perception was very good. The last slide had her stumped and then, the surprise!

Have a good day,


Juan C Ayllon
11-03-2006, 11:45 AM


Good news! Popular ring announcer Joe York will be writing for the CBZ. Joe's a terrific guy with a great sense of humor and a warm heart for people.

I smile when I think about our conversation several months ago when I invited him to write for us at the WoodHollow Bar and Grill in Merrillville, Indiana. Joe split this awesome pizza with me and shared some fascinating stories, prompting me to make that request. Thankfully, he took me up on the offer!

Here is his first piece for us:

Joe York's First CBZ Article (http://www.cyberboxingzone.com/news/archives/00002627.htm)


--Juan C. Ayllon

Juan C Ayllon
11-05-2006, 09:53 AM
Oops! Never mind.

Juan C Ayllon
11-05-2006, 09:54 AM
Today, I've got a stuffy head, courtesy of helping a friend put up a metal shed in her back yard. She, her parents, and her sister were also involved in this suprisingly challenging task.

It was pretty cold throughout. However, we also endured wind, some rain and a pesky neighborhood dog that barked intermittently. Of course, we joked about making the day the stuff of urband legend, adding to our recounted stories comments about snow, attacking killer squirrels and the like.

Funny thing was, my friend had an old, dilapidated shed at the corner of her back yard which she hadn't torn down yet. The way my mind works, I was reminded of an old Monty Python skit on Arthur "Two Sheds" Jackson. I shared this thought with my friend, who found it mildly amusing, adding that she may some day be known as Sarah "Two Sheds" (last name withheld).

Of course, being the silly person that I am, I Googled Arthur "Two Sheds" Jackson and found a transcript of the skit, which I will be forwarding to her, and share with you as well:

Interview with Arthur "Two Sheds" Jackson from Monty Python's Flying Circus

Host (Eric Idle): Last week the Royal Festival Hall saw the first performance
of a new symphony by one of the world's leading modern
composers, Arthur 'Two sheds' Jackson. Mr Jackson.

Jackson (Terry Jones): Hello.

Host: May I just sidetrack for one moment. This -- what shall I call it --
nickname of yours...

Jackson: Ah yes.

Host: "Two sheds". How did you come by it?

Jackson: Well, I don't use it myself, but some of my friends call me "Two

Host: And do you in fact have two sheds?

Jackson: No, I've only got one. I've had one for some time, but a few years
ago I said I was thinking of getting another, and since then some
people have called me "Two Sheds".

Host: In spite of the fact that you only have one.

Jackson: Yes.

Host: And are you still intending to purchase this second shed?

Jackson (impatient): No!

Host: ...To bring you in line with your epithet?

Jackson: No.

Host: I see, I see. Well to return to your symphony.

Jackson: Ah yes.

Host: Did you write this symphony in the shed?

Jackson (surprised): No!

Host: Have you written any of your recent works in this shed of yours?

Jackson: No, no, not at all. It's just an ordinary garden shed.

Host: I see, I see. And you're thinking of buying this second shed to write

Jackson: No, no. Look. This shed business -- it doesn't really matter. The
sheds aren't important. A few friends call me Two Sheds and that's
all there is to it. I wish you'd ask me about the music. Everybody
talks about the sheds. They've got it out of proportion -- I'm a
composer. I'm going to get rid of the shed. I'm fed up with it!

Host: Then you'll be Arthur 'No Sheds' Jackson, eh?

Jackson: Look, forget about the sheds. They don't matter.

Host (sternly): Mr. Jackson, I think, with respect, we ought to return to the
subject of your symphony.

Jackson: Huh!

Host: I understand that you used to be interested in train-spotting.

Jackson: What?

Host: I understand that, about thirty years ago, you were interested in

Jackson: Well what's that got to do with my bloody music?

John Cleese (entering): Are you having any trouble with him?

Host: Yes, a little. Good Lord! You're the man who interviewed Sir Edward
Ross earlier.

Cleese: Exactly. Well we interviewers are more than a match for the likes of
you, "Two Sheds".

Host: Yes, make yourself scarce, "Two Sheds". This studio isn't big enough
for the three of us! [They throw him out.]

Jackson: Here, what are you doing? Stop it! [Crash.]

Cleese: Get your own Arts programme, you fairy!

Host: Arthur "Two Sheds" Jackson... Never mind, Timmy.

Cleese: Oh Mike, you're such a comfort.

Juan C Ayllon
11-05-2006, 04:53 PM
Hey, I just received this funny email message from a friend:


This coming week is National Mental Health Care week.
You can do your part by remembering to contact at least one unstable person to show you care.


Well, my job is done!

Great stuff!

Have a great Sunday, everybody,

Juan C. Ayllon

Juan C Ayllon
11-13-2006, 12:45 AM

I got back from San Antonio, Texas yesterday, as I covered the Fres Oquendo-Evander Holyfield fight for the Carol Stream Examiner. During my stay, I visited with CBZ contributor Karl Hegman and Kevin, his ex-brother-in-law and buddy.

Here are some pics I shot while there.


CBZ contributor Karl Hegman (center) and his ex-brother-in-law and friend, Kevin (left) at ringside


Fres goes down in the first round from a right to the temple


Oquendo (left) jabs Holyfield to the body


Oquendo goes down from a low blow


Oquendo lands a right to Holyfield's head



Evander Holyfield is tended to afterwards


The drummer jams in a sportsbar we stopped by afterwards


A cutie (center) and compadres we visited with afterwards at a nearby sportsbar


Karl and Kevin in the lobby of the hotel we stayed at


Kevin talking in the hotel lobby with a fighter that lost a close decision in the prelims


Former IBF Heavyweight Champ, Chris Byrd in the lobby of the hotel Saturday morning

I'll post more later when I get the chance.

All photos Copyright 2006, Juan C. Ayllon

Juan C Ayllon
11-13-2006, 04:44 PM

Karl and Juan visit pose for the camera at the sportsbar


Kevin crashed out after getting back from Denny's at 3:30 AM...

Juan C Ayllon
11-13-2006, 11:11 PM
As you can see, I screwed up a couple settings in the focus and set the speed too low at the bar. I borrowed my friend, Tom Glunz's Canon EOS D-something or other camera and was just getting familiarized with it.

For instance, I accidentally made the focal point to be high iin the frame for Autofocus when I was trying to find another setting, which made for some interesting shots, especially in the sports bar. Notice, for instance, how the De La Hoya poster is in focus behind Karl and I?

Oh well...

Juan C Ayllon
11-14-2006, 07:50 PM

I thought you might get a kick out of this "Bonus Photo of the Day" I posted up a few minutes ago. It's of boxing analyst Sean O'Grady and his mom:

Link to Small Piece on Sean O'Grady & His Mom at Ringside (http://www.cyberboxingzone.com/news/archives/00002680.htm)


Take a look at those cufflinks! Whoooah!

Juan C Ayllon
11-14-2006, 07:53 PM
Here's a shot I took near the end of Golden Johnson vs. Oscar Diaz on the undercard of Holyfield-Oquendo.


Photo of the Day details... (http://www.cyberboxingzone.com/news/archives/00002679.htm)

Juan C Ayllon
11-15-2006, 12:52 AM

Hey, here's a photo of Karl fraternizing with one of the local gals at that sports bar in San Antonio after the fights.

Cheers, Karl!



Juan C Ayllon
11-15-2006, 12:56 AM

Here's promoter Lou DiBella and Karl Hegman at ringside


Lou DiBella

Juan C Ayllon
11-15-2006, 01:04 AM





Juan C Ayllon
11-15-2006, 01:23 AM




Speaking of which, I just talked with Fres earlier this evening. He seems to be doing better. I'm going to try to do a follow-up piece on him soon.



Juan C Ayllon
11-15-2006, 01:50 AM

Juan C Ayllon
11-15-2006, 11:17 PM


I just received the following message from my brother, Luis:


Here is the menu for Tuesday’s BYOB (bring your own bottle or bottles) Wine Dinner.

The cost is $45 per person (plus tax and gratuity)

Dinner starts at 7:00 pm

First Course

Lobster medallions with sweet pea ravioli, basil chiffonade and ginger bouillon

Second Course

Mixed greens salad with grilled apples, butternut squash, spiced pecans, and raspberry – balsamic vinaigrette

Third Course

Seared Lamb loin topped with pistachio crust and goat cheese - served with Peruvian lima beans, spaghetti vegetables and natural jus


Peaches and cream in filo

We still have room for more people to attend.


Luis (chef)

Cab's Wine Bar Bistro
430 N. Main Street
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Phone: 630.942.9463





I think I might just be attending that dinner, seeing that my Tuesday night class just ended this week. Yum!

Let me know if you'll be attending, and perhaps we can meet!


Juan C. Ayllon

Juan C Ayllon
11-17-2006, 12:24 AM
Wow! I didn't think these pics Jill Diamond sent me would move me, but they did.

Check them out:

World Boxing Cares goes to Mott Haven Prevention Program (http://www.cyberboxingzone.com/news/archives/00002695.htm)

Thanks, Jill!



Juan C Ayllon
11-19-2006, 09:34 PM

I thought you might enjoy this link below, which takes you to my latest fight report, one covering--amongst others--Rita Figueroa (AKA Fightgirl) and her bout against Mary McGee.

There's a lot of photos, including some fun ones from the after party.

Also, it's notable that I ran into one of my former students, who is now in charge of economic development for Merrillville, Indiana, where the fights were held.


Link to Rita Figueroa & Mary McGee Draw Fight Report (http://www.cyberboxingzone.com/news/archives/00002701.htm)


That's me on the right with fighter, Brooke Welby

--Juan C. Ayllon

Juan C Ayllon
11-20-2006, 12:35 AM

Ring Announcer Joe York with a friend


Hey, after a late night out and crashing on the couch of ring announcer Joe York's hotel room couch, I had a prrrretty long drive back home. Unfortunately, the drive back home takes me by the Dan Ryan in Chicago, where traffic can get pretty bad. It was bumper-to-bumper for a while there, after merging from the Skyway. See the photo above.

Still, all in all, it was a great time.



11-20-2006, 08:47 AM
Hey Juan,

That guy you're standing next to in your next-to-last post (Brooke Welby) is the guy that knocked my "next big thing" Rico Tan into next week about 3 years ago. What a shot he landed on Rico - he couldn't get up for about 5 minutes.

Juan C Ayllon
11-20-2006, 09:25 AM
Hi TKO11,

That's interesting. When I was hanging out with Joe York, he said that he'd seen Brooke Welby several times. He'd seen him win and lose. He added that sometimes his losses were related to not being in shape.

Before his fight with Jimmy Holmes, Welby told Joe that he was "in shape." Joe sensed it was going to be a competitive bout, and it was. He really hurt Jimmy a couple times, once sending him stumbling badly.

Guess that goes to show you that a record can be deceptive.



Roberto Aqui
11-20-2006, 07:38 PM
So, I rode this girls bike about two to two and a half miles in the freezing outdoors with no coat on all the way back to Cabs.

Luis and Lisa were laughing at me when I recounted the story.

The girl's bike was a piece of crap, but, hey, it got me there.


Yeah, like the time my best bud and I went down to Laredo to get drunk and eat cabrito. Coming back we were gonna stop at another friend's in the Valley. Well, back then there were no gas stations open in wee hours, and a quarter tank don't git far in Texas. Ran out 20 miles from destination.

Walked across rattlesnake scrub all hung over, and no friend at home, but his truck was there. Rode a wobbly girls bike back to truck with couple of gallons of gas siphoned from his truck, started my truck, and drove back where friend finally arrived and took me to buy gas the next am. Celebrated with a hell of a BBQ, venison over mesquite coals, liberally marinated with the mezcal we brought with us. The French and Chi-fans use wine for lesser, but satisfactory results!

Juan C Ayllon
11-20-2006, 08:28 PM
It's been a long time since I've heard from you. Where've you been?

Thanks for sharing that Roberto!

Well, I'm glad I'm not the only one who got stuck doing something like that. It's funny, looking back on it, eh? What is it about riding a rickety old girls bike, anyway?

Hey, speaking of Cabs, I'll be eating dinner there tomorrow night. Yummm! And what's even better is that Luis, the chef and owner of Cabs, will be hosting our family Thanksgiving dinner at his place. I love it when he does that!

Yep, yep, yep, it's good to have a chef for a brother!

Anyways, if I don't hear from you before then, happy Thanksgiving to you and everyone else here on the board!



Juan C Ayllon
11-21-2006, 10:51 AM


On the way out of the coffee shop around 6:40 AM this morning, I saw the most glorious sky. So, I snapped a shot of it with my cell phone camera.

Whereas it fails to quite capture the beauty, it's a nice estimation.

Juan C Ayllon
11-21-2006, 10:54 AM

I was going through my cell phone and came across this photo of my cousin Steve, who has a wonderfully decorated condo with an incredible view of Lake Michigan in Chicago.


Here's the view of the lake and part of the skyline. That's my mom in the center of the photo. To the left of her, I believe that's the John Hancock building.



Juan C Ayllon
11-22-2006, 03:36 PM

I received this cool animated Thanksgiving greeting from Frank Baltazar, which you can view by clicking on the link below:

Link to animated Thanksgiving Greeting (http://www.jacquielawson.com/viewcard.asp?code=0183913358)


Juan C. Ayllon

Juan C Ayllon
11-23-2006, 01:55 AM
Here's a few fun pieces I found while checking out some jazz on www.youtube.com:

Dennis Chambers Drum Solo with John McLaughlin (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uDZBIBfOeY)

I saw Dennis Chambers playing with Joey DiFrancesco and John McLaughlin when McLaughlin played at the Cubby Bear in Chicago back in 1995. He, along with McLaughlin and DiFrancesco, was amazing!

I absolutely loved that tone in McLaughlin's guitar, as shown in this following clip:

McLaughlin in '95 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KoT84sEJueY&mode=related&search=)

His tone and touch really shine in an album he put together with DiFrancesco (on Hammond B-3 organ) and Elvin Jones--John Coltrane's late former drummer--dedicated to John Coltrane called, After the Rain.

Here's a fun piece with McLaughlin appearing on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show:

John McLaughlin on the Johnny Carson Show (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Om6HDUKBbzE&NR)

Here's an unrelated piece with jazz fushion guitarist Pat Metheny playing with an orchestra. I've seen him live at Ravinia in Highland Park, Illinois and at the Vic in Chicago. This is one of my favorite songs of his:

Pat Metheny - Minuano (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BThgt4dARbo)

And check out this footage on a trailer filmed at the Green Mill in Chicago. I love that place!

Deep Blue Organ Trailer at the Green Mill (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCcJZxqaH6Y)

Note: At the very beginning of the tape, you can see the vertical sign for the Aragon Ballroom, where I go to cover some fights in Chicago. You also see the sign for the Uptown Lounge, which is another place I like to drop by now and again after the fights. And, of course, you see the famous Green Mill...


A friend with acclaimed trumpet and fluglehorn player Orbert Davis at the Green Mill

Juan C Ayllon
11-23-2006, 03:30 AM

While I was You-tubing, I found the Foreman-Lyle fight. Check it out!

Foreman-Lyle Link (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96KfeAFakak)

I remember watching that as a kid. Man, that was something!