"And, when the doctor said I didn't have worms any more, that was the happiest day of my life."
-- Ralph Wiggum

I am the very model of a modern major general…

Sailor KavSpent the morning sailing with The Grabber and BogMan, which was a great deal of a fun. We managed to get pretty far this morning after a slow start…we switched the jib for the 170% genoa, and then proceeded to make it all the way to Aylmer Island. Things got a little exciting on the way back when we realized the wind had picked up significantly and we still had the genoa on — after a some intense heeling (i.e. the leaning of the boat due to the wind’s pull on the sails), we decided that the way back would be much less nerve-wracking with the jib again. At the end of it all, it was a great morning of sailing, although my docking skills still need a lot of work. And despite the pose in the picture, I am not actually a great big poof.

Sailor GabyThe evenings of this weekend have been taken up with the continuing adventures of a certain vampire slayer. As we go through the sixth season, I am again reminded of how depressing real life can get sometimes…which is exactly what Joss was trying to convey with each of the characters going through their “I’m a grown-up now, time to make some mistakes” phase. Despite all of this, the female contingent at the Buffypalooza viewings were falling all over themselves to comment on Tara‘s clothes, Buffy‘s shoes, and Spike‘s chiseled abs.

Sailor PeatNotwithstanding the impressive ab-ular definition (remember: not a poof), there’s a lot to say about Spike in season six. I believe that he’s at his most powerful at this point in the series — after all, he spent half of season two in a wheelchair, he was fall-down drunk in his single season three appearance, he was neutered by the government in season four, and spent season five alternating between trying to get rid of his chip and figuring out how to ask Buffy out on a date. By contrast, Spike in season six exerts a great deal of influence over our intrepid Slayer, as much as she would prefer otherwise. He drags her “down where she belongs”, as he would say — that is, into the darkness with him. For Buffy, Spike represents the ultimate escapism, and although she eventually summons the willpower to turn away from him, his draw on her lasts right to the end of the series.

And, in true Whedonist style, Spike continues to inject much-needed laughter into this oh-so-dark season. From “with the rising music and the rising….music” to the ridiculous kitten poker, an appearance by Spike usually means that hilarity will ensue.

2 Responses to “I am the very model of a modern major general…”

  1. Kave, I think that the pic of Bogman noshing is just as much a threat to masculinity as the picture of yourself that you were complaining about, so I don’t think you need to worry!!

  2. Don’t forget, we’re coveting the Buffy cast’s jewelry selection as well!

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