Friday, May 15, 2009

who hearts new york?


it seems like all noted critics are racing each other to come out with the worst review for tom hanks' angels & demons. joe morgenstern of the washington post likened his experience watching the movie to that of being inside a vacuumed chamber. what!?

i will still watch it, though.

so who hearts new york?

well, i was listening to kcrw's evening news tonight when they featured this beautiful story about a young marine stationed in afghanistan who was caught fighting with the taliban in his pink boxers.

my friend sally will love this guy. printed on the boxers is the tourist trap "i love ny" phrase.

here is the picture that graced today's New York Times... there's something surreal about the picture. so unreal. i bet the photographer who took this will be nominated for a pulitzer!

here's the story i grabbed from the dailymail.

Taking on the Taliban in pink boxer shorts, t-shirt and flip-flops is not regarded as conventional military uniform.

Especially when the shorts declare 'I love New York'.

However when Zachary Boyd, 19, was woken up by a Taliban assault on his platoon he only had time to grab his weapon, helmet and body armour before springing into action.

Zachary Boyd had been asleep when the firefight erupted in the mountains of Afghanistan. So he only had time to put on his helmet, body armour and grab his weapon

Most of the time his appearance on the Afghanistan's frontline would have gone unnoticed by the eyes of the world.

However, Boyd managed to pick the day when a photographer was on hand to capture him going into battle in the pink boxers, red t-shirt and flimsy footwear.

The image of the fight at Firebase Restrepo in the Korengal Valley of Kunar Province later ended up on the front page of The New York Times.

'I knew he was a boxer guy. I knew that for sure. I did not know they were pink, and I didn't know they said, 'I love New York,' father Tommy Boyd told his local Texas radio station WBAP.

'After I saw the picture I just laughed for about five minutes.'

On seeing the picture, Boyd's father said: 'I knew he was a boxer guy. I did not know they were pink, and I didn't know they said, 'I love New York'. Boyd, right, joined the Army because of the September 11 attacks

Boyd phoned his mother Sheree Boyd to warn her that he might be in the paper. 'He said: "I hear the Times is what they put on the President's desk",' she said. 'Then he told us, "I may not have a job any more after the President has seen me out of uniform".

'It was typical. He has always been an interesting little character.'

Boyd, who graduated from Keller Central High School in 2007, decided to join the army because of the September 11 attacks.

He was promoted to the rank of Army Specialist last week.


the mom was on radio and it was such a lovely interview. she couldn't keep herself from laughing at what her son did.

she shared that zach will turn 20 on sunday, may 17. happy birthday dude!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I heart New York...and I heart guys like Zachary who makes it safe...


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