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Thursday, October 09, 2008

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fuck the blue angels. and to hell with fleet week.

Just a nit, but if they were strafing your house, you'd be dead (as would many of your neighbours). They're buzzing you.

But I'm the same way; I'm a nut for cool planes and big ships. Lived on Andrews AFB for a few years, and I remember when the windows used to shake as the fighters did static testing on the runways (lock the plane down and fire up the afterburners). Never made it up to Fleet Week when I lived in the Bay area, though.

I suppose I deal with it by just imagining that the ships are starships, and the planes are shuttlecraft, and thinking, wow, wouldn't that be neat.

Sigh.

As a kid, I hated the air show at Navy Pier in Chicago. I think it has a lot to do with why I have always been antiwar. I remember it made me really dwell on how awful it must be to actually be in a war zone. Of course, I'm a pretty screwed up person. Stuff doesn't seem to affect me the way it does normal people

sadie: And how. I usually flip off the sky at least once when they're right overhead. I went to the Castro to watch Fellini for a few hours, and didn't hear a jet engine the whole time.

cemmcs: That's a very impressive level of empathy for that age.

Mike: That's true, and not only that but it's one of my pet peeves: it bugged me to no end years ago when gamers started using "strafe" to mean side-to-side motion with firing optional. In my defense, when I used it in the original posting I made a point of saying "simulated attack"—since the Thunderbirds and Blue Angels would always point out that the formations and maneuvers they used weren't just for show but were actual combat techniques.

I suppose I deal with it by just imagining that the ships are starships, and the planes are shuttlecraft, and thinking, wow, wouldn't that be neat.

Yeah, these days if I run into a particularly offensive bit of military-boosting in a film, I'll try to imagine I'm watching an alternate reality where the US actually is a force for good, or maybe a scene from an alien planet where they just happen to speak our language and wear our uniforms. It's usually more disbelief than I can suspend, though.

cemmcs: That's a very impressive level of empathy for that age.

Are you being sarcastic?

Nope, not a bit. When I was that age I certainly wasn't thinking about what that stuff was used for; I was just thinking how cool it was. It speaks well of you that you felt otherwise.

I wasn't that young. I was a kid but well past the age when I would have been watching the show from my father's shoulders. I went with a freind and I never went again because it scared me. One second these things seem to be a million miles away and the next second they're right on top of you. I did think -- Oh my god, how terrifying it must be to be in a war! And it disturbed me for daus but I was probably just thinking about myself in a war zone and how I never wanted to be in one.

Empathy came later and, actually, I'm still working on that.

Just a minor gripe, but it bugs me no end when people use "to no end" (i.e., for no [good?] purpose) when they mean "no end" (i.e., endlessly).

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