My old sparring partner Rusty Mcglint has changed.I put this to him the other night at a burlesque show at cafe Ravenous in Portobello road.
Heck no! he said. I aint changed I've evolved.
'I aint the man I was six months or a year ago; not because I changed myself but because shit happens and it affects you. I will be a different Rusty in six months time; I ain't got no control over that, it just happens.'
He went on to tell me:'I met a woman once, Babs was the name, I loved her good and she loved me. I told her straight though; I told her I aint gonna change and she said that was fine and dandy, let's proceed. Then she tried to change me; that got to me and I couldn't cope.'
Babs. Photo: Sasi Langford'I let her down bad and I deserve the fires of damnation for that.'
'But women do that, they fall in love with potential then try to mould the man into their ideal. If only she had let me evolve I woulda turned into something else pretty fast through osmosis and capilliary love action, through just being close to her spiritually.'
'I ain't proud of my actions but I'm proud of what I have learnt and what I have become... Long may I evolve.'
You know I respect Rusty for that... He is evolving!
I hope Babs can forgive him too.