All the talk recently about the first two women to graduate from the
US Army Ranger School made me reminisce about my time in Ranger school,
37 years ago. Where to begin. Well, it was hard. Historically the
graduation rate is around 50 percent, and most quit within the first few
days, which surprised me. To apply for Ranger school you have to be
recommended by your cadre or your commander, plus you have to surpass
the prerequisites for physical fitness and military skills. Basically,
you have to convince everyone that you're the kind of demented,
hard-headed kook who could make it through the nine weeks of anguish.
Before you left for the school, you are briefed by recent graduates
about what to expect. I remember listening to their litany of misery and
asking, "Didn't you do anything fun?" The two Rangers looked at me like
I'd grown an extra head. I did spend the month before I was to report
for the school toughing myself up. Besides my usual routin…
Happy Mother's Day to all vampires (or non-vampires) out there!
So our theme week is vampires, is it? That's right up my alley. The mother thing...not so much.
I mean, I have a mother. I forced her to watch many episodes of Buffy and Angel with me over the years. And I think she even enjoyed some of it.
Buffy, for me, solidified my vamp love -- after years of enjoying Ann Rice and other vamp fiction (usually, at that time, found in the horror section). It was the first time that I noticed vampires "choosing" to be good and actively fighting their darker natures. This really appealed to me. Buffy's relationships with the vampires in her life -- the slayer falling for the vamp -- was a perfect Romeo/Juliet scenario. What can I say? I'm a sucker for a love story (no pun intended).
Upon reflection of Buffy's relationships with both Angel and Spike, I think I like both of them in different ways. Angel was the self-sacrificing guy with the very dark hidden side. Sp…