I usually give these updates on our facebook fanpage(here) but this one was too large to put on the page and I feel like it needs to be read…. I just love downtown:

This is from our client, Aris:

Title: Paint Huffing Bum

So mid-workout, this old toothless bum wanders into the gym, and parks his wheel chair under the pull-up cage. He was wearing what looked like army fatigues and around 10 scarves. Anyways, Nick walked towards him asking if he could help him with something, so the homeless guy grabs a small water bottle and just points at it then points at your desk. I assume Nick thought that he wanted some water or something, and he said he had seen the guy before so he just kinda let him go by.

The homeless guy then sits down in the corner of the gym, pulls out that huge ass can of paint thinner you use to clean graffiti, and fills his water bottle up with it like its no big deal. Then before he closes the can up he reads the side of it for a little while (probably trying to make sure its toxic), sniffs it a few times before putting it away, then just puts the water bottle in his coat pocket like you would a flask and starts walking out. On his way out he gave us a head-nod.

I’m pretty sure he’s blacked out in an alley someplace right now.

I literally love these stories,… keep them coming people!

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Downtown LA's Ricky the Pirate

WOD 3-31-11

7 rounds for time

10 X KB swings (53/35)
10 X KB cleans left arm (53/35)
10 X KB cleans right arm (53/35)
10 X Goblet Squat (53/35)

CrossFit Mean Streets
Downtown Los Angeles


    • March 30, 2011

    You need to make Ricky the Pirate shirts again

    • March 30, 2011

    I may have been there that day. Can’t remember what day of the week it was… But that guy comes in all the time… at least the last several times I was at the gym… he uses the bathroom, towels off, takes a load off, tells the coaches to fuck off… pinches a shit off, maybe grabs some water (or paint thinner this time??) usually after he’s finished his business…. Yeah i’ve seen that guy hanging out under the pull-up cage several times… and I am first in line for the bathrooms after he has been in there a good 12 minutes…

    Anyway, that guy is amazing. If you look at him, you’d think: “There’s no way this dude can afford to train here!” But somehow he’s there, like me, almost religiously, and though I’ve never seen him even do a pushup, he still gets free admission, free water and free paint thinner and shit! Maybe we can at least keep time on how long his shits are on the white board!??!!?

    Training hard, almost to death, is enlightening… Crossfit, however, is like a lame-ass Frat Party… one where you CAN’T WAIT for your ride to get there to take you home.

    • March 30, 2011

    i will buy a ricky the pirate shirt

    • March 30, 2011

    That Bum is no bum , that bum actually can afford a place to live.. he lives his life giving businesses on main street hell. One time he sprayed pepper spray all over some friends of mine at Pete’s Cafe’s patio , then he proceeded to try and burn down Ray’s new restaurant and the Hellman building… this guy is a danger and a nuisance to downtown… keep an eye on him..

    • March 31, 2011

    On another note, I love Ricky… worked hard with other close friends to help him get a “steady” form of income and find him a better place to live than … and we were successful.

    • March 31, 2011

    Downtown color is amazing and I hope it never goes away no matter how “cool” downtown gets… although I have to say Ricky’s schtick has long lost its humor on me… arrggggg…

    on a side note, the other day at Cole’s some dude that we thought was harmless kinda homeless guy overdosed on in the bathroom and we had to call the cops and it was a huge pain in the butt… so if the paint thinner guy overdoses we should kettle bell swing him to the other side of the street so you don’t have to deal with it.

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