For two reasons. One, because Season Five of Star Trek: The Next Generation, the only season I have, maddeningly begins with part two of ‘Redemption’, and ends with part one of ‘Time’s Arrow’. Arrgh. And reason two, I’m reading a very depressing book; ‘Unbroken: A World War Two Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption’ by Laura Hillenbrand. I would not advise it for everyone, as there is a fair amount of cursing, and several taumatic scenes. The creepy, amazing, terrifying thing about it is that it ALL HAPPENED. Some wretched guard really killed a little duck named Gaga. Mutsuhiro Watanabe/The Bird (the POW’s code name for him) really beat Louis Zamperini with the buckle of his belt hard enough that Louie was deaf in one ear or a week or two. Here is en exerpt from part three of the book, during the long period of time Louie and his friends Phil and Mac were in the middle of the ocean, on a raft with sharks circling them 24/7:
‘That evening, Phil heard a small voice. It was Mac, asking Louie if he was going to die. Louie looked over Mac, who was watching him. Louie thought it would be disrespectful to lie to Mac, Who might have something he needed to say or do before life left him. Louie told him that he thought he’d die that night. Mac had no reaction. Phil and Louie lay down, put their arms around Mac, and went to sleep. Sometime that night, Louie was lifted from sleep by a breathy sound, a deep outrushing of air, slow and final. He knew what it was.’
This book, the story of Louis Zamperini, Olympic milist and B-24 Bombardier, made me realize how good I’ve got it. I have no world wars to worry about. No brother missing somewhere in Japan, and not hearing from him in over two years. The biggest wars I have to worry about are between my siblings and animals. I’ve got it pretty good.
Anywaaaay, I’m going to be done being depressed about that for the time being and wonder how the heck I’m going to stay alive and manage not to commit suicide (Not really, but if you have siblings like mine, you know how it is) when Ice Age: Continental Drift comes out. It was only because of Star Trek that I survived the two or three weeks when we watched nothing but Dawn of the Dinosaurs, with the occasional exception of Cars 2 or an episode of Fraggle Rock. :th Can you say TORTURE????