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Ended up having a pretty good day.

I took good care of my knee -- meaning that I iced it twice and elevated it and all that good stuff -- and it's now not hurting at all. Yay! I'm very relieved, because I was hoping to swim tomorrow.

Shannon and I watched the second episode of Band of Brothers (a thus-far-very-interesting WW II series focusing on a unit of paratroopers who initially dropped into France near Sainte-Mère-Eglise -- 7 km away from their intended drop point -- on D-Day). The second episode of the series is simply insane -- it's the episode in which they actually fly to Normandy and drop from the planes, which are in the process of being shot down, only to find themselves lost in unfamiliar terrain with some of their equipment missing because it was destroyed during the jump. It was just crazy. (I kept thinking, "And these guys volunteered to do this?")

After watching Band of Brothers, we then played a game of "Memoir 44," the WW II board game we've been playing a lot lately. (In fact, we had previously played the scenario set during the attack on Sainte-Mère-Eglise, so it was neat when that location was mentioned in Band of Brothers, since we were a bit familiar with what happened there.) This time, we played the game version of the Allied attack on Sword Beach. Shannon was playing the Germans, and I was playing the Allies (mostly British infantry and tanks, but with a few British special forces units mixed in). Shannon won, and I was a little disappointed that I hadn't made better use of my troops until Shannon pointed out that in the actual battle, the Allies were defeated at Sword Beach in a terrible blow to the attack on Normandy. Well, okay. If the real soldiers couldn't do it, either, then I don't feel so bad that I wasn't able to make it work. In this game, it's always exciting when you're able to win even though your side lost in the historical battle on which the scenario is based. Normally, I loathe war games, but I love this one and am always eager to play it.

Nothing much else happened. We bought groceries. It was exciting.

Time for bed. Back to job hunting tomorrow, though I won't be able to do anything that requires dealing with other people, since they'll all have the day off because of the holiday. Whatever it is. I can't keep track of holidays unless they have a definite seasonal/date-related placement in the calendar. I can never remember when Memorial Day and Labor Day and ... ... Oh, wait. It must be Memorial Day tomorrow, because there's been all this WW II stuff going on. Right. Well ... I guess we've been celebrating it rather appropriately, no?



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May. 31st, 2004 04:37 pm (UTC)
Band of Brothers is amazing. My dad and I watched the series twice on TV, and if they were still playing it we'd probably watch it again. Easy Company was really famous though, because there was a comic book series about them. I guess it was in the 60's or 70's, because my dad read them when he was younger.

Jun. 19th, 2004 09:48 pm (UTC)
I think I'm going to have to buy the whole series on DVD, because now that I've watched it through to the end, I consider it some of the finest television I've ever watched. Damn good stuff.
Jun. 1st, 2004 11:41 am (UTC)
Aah - Band of Brothers! I'm just rewatching the series for the second or third time and I am absolutely riveted (I cunningly justified purchasing the box set 'for my dad's birthday'...Needless to say it's ended up in my dvd player more than his :)). Just wanted to share the WWII addiction. The series only gets better as it goes on, imo.
Jun. 19th, 2004 09:39 pm (UTC)
I completely agree that the series gets better as it goes on. By the time we got to the final episode, I had decided I would need to buy the boxed set for myself when I next have the money. Darn good stuff!

And that penultimate episode -- "Why We Fight" -- probably the most heart-wrenching hour of television I have ever watched. Good god.
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