Soldier Sam returned to Cupid’s office to find copies of his scripts in bright new red heart-shaped covers.
It reassured Soldier Sam to see his name in type. As he sat in Cupid’s waiting room he still wasn’t sure about the order of the Valentines Day Activity scripts. With the right director like Cupid this might be made into another Hit Movie like “You’ve Got Mail.”
Soldier Sam knew that if he got his name on something like that it meant a night of action with none other than Sarina, the biggest Star in LA.
But this time Soldier Sam decided to not blow it all on one activity on Valentines Day—He’d save his money--go to the base only every now and then, just to bark some orders and try to get a date with Sarina every night..like Forever.
Sarina interrupted his reverie, telling him to go in to Cupids Office. As Soldier Sam entered he saw with gratification that a copy of his latest activity idea was front and center on Cupid’s desk
Soldier Sam and Sarina entered that office. Before they sat down Sarina had some questions for Soldier Sam, prepping him for the encounter with Cupid. "Did you ever--" asked Sarina suddenly "--go to Walmart for any other reasons than a Hoodie and to browse the power tools aisle?"
"No," admitted Soldier Sam. "But I suppose I could get up on it. Is it a new assignment?"
"Not exactly.” replied Sarina “It's just that I think you've lost your grip. Not every girl wants to go on a Valentines Day Activity with such a cheapskate. A date with me requires a certain type of ambition. I've just talked to Cupid on the phone."
"Cupid must be nuts," said Soldier Sam, indifferent to this latest criticism."I didn't steal anything from Walmart last time I was there. Security was Tight.
“My name is on the application, isn't it? All the structure is laid out--every scene. I even was particularly interested in one scene—the one at the end about the Paintball War."
"Oh yes, the Paintball War," said Cupid as if he was thinking of something else.
"But if you like one of Sarina’s happy endings better--" Soldier Sam offered.
"Yes, I like Sarina’s ending better.” Replied Cupid. I never saw my arrows stand up at attention so fast. Sarina’s ending was dramatic, a True Love Story. Not one of your two-bit adventures in mediocrity.
.Cupid paused. "Soldier Sam, you've told the truth just once since you came in this room--that you stole that last Valentines Day Activity Concept from the Top Gun Movie."
"I certainly did not.” responded Soldier Sam. “I was just trying to pique your interest. You know that it was really filled with action, fighter jet strafe, motorcycle rides together..
“And we were seated in close proximity at all the After-Action Report training sessions” added Sarina. That was so Romantic.”
A certain attitude crashed over Sarina like a Tidal Wave as Cupid continued:
"I told you we had several Valentines Day Activity scripts to investigate. Cupid reminded Sarina, Not just yours, Soldier Sam”. All you did was just recycle the idea you had last year and we discarded that.
Soldier Sam was speechless.
"You see,” continued Cupid, You and Sarina clearly like each other. Seems like she typed a few details in the Paintball Script. Like filling a Red Heart Bag up in the Candy aisle. Like if Santa went Trick-or-Treating”
"Of course we like each other," said Soldier Sam. "Why, Sarina--"
"Hold it, Soldier Sam. You've already caused enough trouble enough today." Sarina cut in.
“Going Paintballing at Walmart is for the crazy couples.” Cupid observed. And you have proposed that the Paintball War with Sarina would take place at the biggest store in California.
“We can even add a fun twist to the game, Cupid!” Sarina was full of good ideas that day. Like if you win the Paintball Match, you get to raid the Cashiers Station on your way out of the Store.
Well, if you two have never tried spicing up your Love Game with a Paintball Match at Walmart, go for it.” Decided Cupid.
Soldier Sam was grateful Cupid had approved the plan. “This is going to be a blast, Sarina! Cupid had the last word.. “Just make sure you are okay with a little bit of stinging pain in your backside, Sarina. Those paintballs can shoot out of the gun pretty fast.”
Cupid had one more piece of advice. “After it is all over, just make sure to get back on the same team. No need to make your date mad for the rest of the day from you peppering her with paintballs
“And stay out of the Power Tools Section, Soldier Sam, Sarina warned. I don’t want you to get distracted shopping for all your DIY projects at our house.
Solider Sam could stand no more. He was ready to start that competition that day. He didn’t even want to wait until Valentines Day. Sarina was so Hot.
"Anyhow thank you, Cupid.” Soldier Sam’s idea was out in the open now. "Call my agent if anything else turns up." Then Sarina turned suddenly for the door, racing to schedule an appointment at the Hair Salon.
Soldier Sam’s Training for New Starship Missions was not at all like what he expected. Rams Mascot was not a typical Instructor.
It had been some time ago that Soldier Sam was in his first training sessions. He was now quite a bit older and he had quite a bit of experience under his belt. But times had changed. Soldier Sam went to the space station and asked Rams Mascot “Can I go to Planet X on my Way to Rams Planet?” Rams Mascot said, “Yes, but you will need to get up to speed on how things have changed since you were in training last.” “How long will it take?” asked Soldier Sam. Rams Mascot replied, “Not long at all. There is a crisis brewing and you will need to take off from here very soon..”
Because of its repetitive nature, the training the officers underwent ensures an automatic responsiveness when the unit comes under fire, relieving the pressure of action and reducing the risk of serious errors in judgement. The more experienced officers had reservations similar to that of the entire group, giving them an advantage since they had some idea of what to expect from the forces on the Mainland
The “problem” part of the “Training Simulation is inspired by several sources. In some cases, we identified “problems” during our war games. Played at the operational level, [OpFor] team. Most of the time, each game identifies several key operational enablers employed by our forces. With the help of our team, we capture that key moment—friendly force disposition, enemy situation, mission, and even the losses suffered on both sides—and use it as a point of departure both for our input to the Chief Integrated Agenda and for our Fleet Problems. In other cases, as we considered how our ConOps would play out in reality, it became apparent there were warfighting tasks that were critical to success that we could not execute with confidence. This gap was not because deployers did not practice these tasks individually—the efficiency of the plan ensured they could—but because we as a force never practiced them together, in combination with multiple tasks, against a free-playing, informed, and representative Red Team. In one case, during an exercise planning session, we discussed a critical operational tactic that is used routinely in exercises and assumed to be executable by the fleet.
The major questions the unit was facing involved trade-offs between assets, time, and resource bases.. How many fleets would have been required to sustain the actual demand of forces? How many fleets would have been required if the schedules had slipped by several months? How long of a time frame would have been required to construct alternative supply routes sufficient to supply the resource bases adjacent to the mainland and other areas of operations? The chief at HQs had just written a letter, and a large cache was deployed. HQs had been briefed, and approval would be required for the supplies to get through. Forces were at hand, and the Mainland was ready for anything.
LAST DAY ON EARTH ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES
Solider Sam awoke the next morning and proceeded to complete his usual daily duties-and by now, he seemed slightly confused how long Sarina‘s Birthday had lasted. By afternoon, his confusion was even greater when he found Sarina missing from work.
The Logistics Hub that was usually bustling on a day like this was empty–which meant there was no breakfast. Neither was there any indication of where Sarina had gone off to. He called her mobile several times only to hear a message indicating that it was switched off. He still seemed clueless about the significance of the day.
By lunch time, Soldier Sam was restless so he decided to call a friend. That’s when Sarina returned and calmly proceeded to sit next to him as she spoke loud into her phone. She stopped her conversation for a moment to speak to Solider Sam.
“Thanks so much for the birthday wishes Soldier Sam! I knew you’d never forget.” The happy look on her face coupled with an expression of gratitude was enough to make Solider Sam jump up from the aircraft he was fixing. He would remember that moment for the rest of his life.
The flight line alarm sounded and in the current circumstances, it was a welcomed interruption. Sarina slowly opened the door and shot him a questioning glance as a delivery pilot stood holding what looked like a cake box in his hand. Before she could even react, a boisterous group of maintainers burst into song ….”Happy birthday dear Sarina! Happy birthday to you…..”
The surprise was soon replaced with a wide grin. Sarina smiled as she thought it was an indication that she felt loved and appreciated. She prepared to give Solider Sam a huge hug and planted a kiss quickly on his cheek. “Thanks a bunch for making my birthday last even longer than my flight!” Sarina exclaimed.
Sarina found herself saying “Today is going to be even more awesome than my birthday was last year on a plane. I will celebrate at my birthday party with two feet on the ground. Maybe even the Best Ever. Just for me, my very own. And I'm wearing my favorite outfit, A Yankees Jersey Soldier Sam is always considerate. And the baseball season is just now starting!
“Too much work to do now this week that we are taking today off for your party, Sarina,” Soldier Sam said.
“Well, I know something about that“ Sarina replied.
Sarina’s friends say she’s like the moon at night. Watching everything around her. Sarina invited some friends to come out to Burger King with her and Solider Sam. Sarina was so happy Soldier Sam wanted her to have her birthday lunch with lots of friends. Sarina had made so many since she started working on the flight line.
Sarina’s friends are cheering and making quite racket. We’ve got to get to Burger King soon, Sarina. You would probably rather have a Whopper with Cheese and Onion Rings than too much noise. There are going to be party hats balloons at the restaurant.
When we get back from Burger King Soldier Sam was showing Sarina off to all their friends who had arrived for the afternoon shift who made her spirits soar like the planes Sarina loved to work on so much.
Soldier Sam asked, "Sarina, do you mind if some of us come to your Birthday Party tonight?” Sarina likes it when Solider Sam asks politely for her input. He treats me like somebody special. "Sure," Sarina found herself saying.
Everyone at Sarina’s party is talking at once. But she was still having lots of fun. Sarina got a Do-It-Yourself Kit filled with construction supplies and helpful decorations for many other items that will have lots of utility in her life, like functional Sand panormas, Spa and other Beauty products and of course lots of streamers, balloons and party noise makers and there was a Disco Ball too!
"Neat," Sarina says. "Thank you, thank you!”
Sarina started open may of her other gifts, stacks of wrapping paper and ribbons are all over the party area. Boxes too.
"It's your special day, Sarina. So don’t worry about the mess," Soldier Sam says. Looking at her and Sarina send back a nice smile. Sarina is quite organized most of the time, especially with her tools she needs to work on the aircraft. Not today though, because Solider Sam really wanted my Birthday Party to be a Blast!
Everyone likes my Yankees Jersey . But Sarina kept up the hope that she would also get some Sparkle are a Girls Best Friend. Taking nothing away from how useful and dedicated Soldier Sam was to her, of course. No luck though.
Balloons are bouncing on the floor. Some are on the table. Some are stuck to the ceiling. We start bopping them around. Some get busted. What a blast. My favorite Yankees Jersey got ice cream spilled on it.
One of Sarina’s friends was hoping she would like playing with Magnetic Silly Putty. Maybe making a Lego Model of Yankee Stadium That's OK. Sarina felt too happy to complain. Maybe later I will. Maybe later this week if the flight line is slow Sarina figured she would have time to go sit in her office to do just that.
From Sarina‘s office, she can see the whole wide world of the flights line. All the fighter jets were stashed in the back awaiting attention from Solider Sam, just like her.
Standing in the office during some downtime makes Sarina think about things. Solider Sam loved her more than anything in the universe he knew about. Sometimes he didn’t know how to be as considerate as he should, around me. That was OK though, Solider Sam always tried his best.
It got better after we moved here. Now, Now I have something special and I’m so glad I get to work at such a rewarding job with Soldier Sam always there at her side.
My party was fun, but now I’m tired, realised Sarina.
As long as Sarina could remember, her birthday was the most anticipated day of the year. In school, she eagerly waited for this day to wear her very best and spend half the morning distributing chocolates to her schoolmates. She would impatiently and mark time until the moment her teacher would recognise her for her in front of the front of the classroom.
It was exciting for Sarina to every year hear the heartfelt chorus singing “Happy Birthday!” resonating through the classroom hallway. At home, her extended family would line up with presents and the day would end with a huge feeling of satisfaction and the anticipation for an even better celebration the following year.
As Sarina grew older, chocolates were replaced with treats at the school canteen for a special few. She would come home with a bag full of beautiful greeting cards and tiny knick-knacks, lovingly bestowed upon her by friends. It was a time when wishes were more warm-hearted and friends didn’t need an automated reminder to keep track of the day.
Then came Soldier Sam. If she had to choose the most memorable birthday celebrations, it would have to be last year, because who could forget your Birthday lasting 46 Hours. And In an airplane of all things.
In some years that they were apart, deployed who knows where, her phone would beep and Solider Sam’s voice would attempt to sing a few lines of the birthday song for her. But now that that whole deployment thing had become less mandatory, the last few years Solider Sam had always made a real effort, like as good as she expected, but nothing more unexpected that that 46 hour Birthday in an airplane last year.
Before Sarina could even react to the phone beeping, she’d turn around to find him smiling, cake in hand as he would swoop down get on her level. The surprises grew better with each passing year and for Sarina, the celebration wasn’t as important as receiving tokens of Solider Sam‘s love..
Soldier Sam would always wait each year for Sarina’s wish on her birthday. In fact, that was possibly the only wish she most looked forward to. When the first year had rolled in and as the week leading up to her birthday began, Sarina came into work a few days before the big day and found up there was business trip that was scheduled just the day before her birthday.
Sarina was disappointed and when she was at dinner that night, Soldier Sam could tell that she was upset. He tried to reassure her with several possibilities of what he had planned—they would celebrate her birthday before they left and continue the revelry when they would return to home base a short time later.
“There would be more than one celebration”, Soldier Sam reasoned when Sarina suggested he postpone the trip. Finally after a lot of deliberation he managed to persuade her saying ‘This is just our first birthday together . We have the rest of our lives to celebrate.”
Sarina relented with a smile and so just a few hours before they boarded their flight, Solider Sam surprised her with her favorite cake and flowers.. Sarina wasn’t her happy self on her birthday but none the less, she made efforts to enjoy the day with It was still an extremely wonderful day but it could have been better.
The months after the 46 hour birthday has flown by and Sarina’s Birthday was coming up soon. Sarina knew exactly what she wanted for a present this year.
“I want a Real Token of your Love, commitment and trust until the end of time for my birthday,” Sarina told Soldier Sam, but at that moment he didn’t hear because he was busy with “an important phone call”. Sarina wondered why the phone call was so important.
“I want a Real, Legit Token that makes our love, commitment at trust rock solid for my birthday,” said Sarina. Soldier Sam was rushing out the door to get to work in time so he would meet with “clients”. Sarina wondered who “clients” were. “’Clients’ must be important too,” Sarina said to herself.
That day. Sarina scrolled thought the client list of her ever growing business. It was a secret she cherished and what a huge profit it had turned out to be. It was simple: her business helped people never to forget the most important days for fighter jet repair.
Oh well! Sarina considered Soldier Sam would be back for dinner soon and he would have time for her. It was Pizza Night and Orange Vanilla Soda, a beverage both Sarina and Solider Sam enjoyed and could identify with!, After all, she had started her business for people like him who forgot the most important days and ended up in arguments and missed operational missions because of the condition of the equipment
. "Let’s give Soldier Sam a few more hours before I surprise him with what I want for my birthday,” decided Sarina
At dinner, they had all set up Pizza Night and Orange Vanilla Soda, a beverage both Sarina and Solider Sam enjoyed and could identify with. Sarina told Sam, “I want a Special Token out our Enduring Love, Commitment and Trust for my birthday this year.”
“On my God, Sarina. Of course! I thought you were never doing to ask.,” said Solider Sam. “I’ve been waiting for you to ask since the day we met.”
Sarina drew a picture of what she wanted to wear each and every day and colored it. She got some tape and stuck the picture on Soldier Sam‘s forehead. Solider Sam didn’t want something stuck on his forehead until the end of Pizza Night and Orange Vanilla Soda, a beverage both Sarina and Solider Sam enjoyed and could identify with. He looked at it. Really, Sarina? That is so Awesome to me! I know just the place to get it!
“Are you sure you don’t want a Rocket To Whizz up to the moon> Are You sure?”, Solider Sam asked.
“Yes, I‘m sure, I want what I stuck on your forehead” said Sarina
“Wouldn’t you rather get Season Tickets for Yankee Stadium?” Soldier Sam inquired further.
“No,” said Sarina. I want what I stuck on your forehead“.
“Are you sure you don’t want the fastest car in the world and excusive membership at all the big racetracks to speed around?” Soldier Sam was completing his line of questioning just to make sure Sarina knew what she was getting herself into.
“I don’t want a race car, a moon rocket or Yankee Tickets. said Sarina “I want what I stuck on your forehead for my birthday.”
“Hmmm” said Soldier Sam.
I know just the place we can go on your birthday. We can go scuba diving and find the wreck of the ship that has never been found. There is a treasure chest with the most beautiful of what you stuck on my forehead. The key is available at the Scuba Shop for anyone who is daring enough to try.”
Wow! I didn’t know that!” exclaimed Sarina. How Exciting!”
As Sarina and Soldier Sam geared up for her birthday this year, she was in high spirits once again and knew this would be the biggest important milestone Birthday of them all, even bigger than last years 46 day plane ride.
Soldier Sam’s plans for the Big Scuba Diving Birthday sounded spectacular.
So Sarina and Solider Sam get in the car and drive to the Scuba Diving Shop.
When they went inside, Soldier Sam asked the manager where the key to the Magic Pirates Treasure Chest is. He showed them where it was kept and handed it to Sarina so she could pocket it .
When they got to the dive boat and were ready to jump in the water, Sarina finally started to wonder what in the world was in the treasure chest, and why!”
Sarina and Solider Sam both dove into the water at the same time.
Soldier Sam wondered if Sarina wanted to get more out of the dive that just their big target.
Soldier Sam immediately figured out the answer to that question. Sarina shot like an arrow straight to the Treasure Chest target.
Sarina signaled Soldier Sam to find out if he wanted to open the Pirates Treasure Chest together at the same time.
Of course he did. Sarina and Solider Sam were finally at the big moment!
When they got to the treasure chest, Sarina opened the trunk with the key., Soldier Sam was right beside her .
What was inside the box was so beautiful to Sarina and she put it on right away.
It was all true! What was inside the Treasure Box was the most beautiful thing Sarina had ever seen. And even more precious than that since it represented the growing and enduring love, commitment and trust She would always share with Solider Sam.
When they surfaced, Sarina and Solider Sam both heaved a sigh of relief that evening. They finally found a token that represented their love commitment and trust.
What could have gone wrong with the Birthday wish Sarina so boldly set ? Both Sarina and Solider Sam we so very thankful to have availed that offer immediately when Sarina decided it was a Next-level step
The next morning Sarina started her day and came across a note attached to the treasure chest key, which they had been given to keep forever because of their shared bravery and
STARSHIP ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES
You are in charge of the Ram’s Starship ever since Earth was destroyed by a devastating Sun explosion. Rams Fans have been drifting ever since.
But things have changed over time. Fans have grouped themselves into factions, each with different expectation of the potential for Rams Football on distant planets. In the time since Earth was decimated, other NFL teams have taken the same course as the Rams, each boarding their own Starship sent out in a wide arc of planet discovery.
If enough teams are able to find planets suitable for playing football, there can be an NFL again. Coordinates are ready to be set for a mystery planet with potential for acceptable terrain for Teams to play and now you have received word of a planet with extremely varied terrain.
The NFL has a plan to revive the game of Football on as many planets as possible, but as of yet not a single on has been found. Everyone on the starship realizes it needs a way to divide up all the tickets to future games fairly or risk mutiny.
As the protégé of Rams Mascot you are eager to find another planet to get down to the surface and see the Glory of Rams Football once again. Soldier Sam, however, has a different plan, one in which Rams Fans will never again witness a football game, at least not once he has been put into command.
If word of Soldier Sam’s plan gets out, his devious intentions could crush the hope of all the Rams Fans aboard the Starship to recreate Rams Stadium, possibly even one greater that that on Earth, impressive as that Stadium was.
Soldier San had never attended a football game in his lifetime. To him, NFL football is almost a legend or a myth, and in contrast to Rams Fans aboard the Starship, Soldier Sam had no appreciation for the game.
To you, Rams Football was so Real you could remember the Games like it was yesterday and don’t understand his intentions.
Soldier Sam’s plan is still a Wild Card and you’re concerned that no planet in the Universe will be able to revive the Magic of Rams Football.
Ops was deserted, but hardly empty. Bottles of Bourbon sat beside workstations lit by flashing alerts. Screens scrolled data and camera feeds. Bigger screens hung at the front of the room, showing the exterior surface of the hub and views of major corridors.
The Radio Crackled. Sarina and Soldier Sam both heard the noise.
“Rams Mascot is that YOU?!!” Sarina was shocked.
“Wait, Rams Mascot, I can’t hear you. Speak up!” Sarina shouted.
“Rams Mascot we have a bad connection. Hold on while Soldier Sam and I fix the ship so we can hear you. Sit Tight! Don’t Go anywhere, We will reestablish the connection,” Sarina Promised.
Soldier Sam looked at Sarina. His he was about to launch into something complicated, but it wasn’t hostile. “Let’s get to Ops,” Soldier Sam said.
The first-stage alert lights began flashing—just an all-hands call to action stations, but Sarina still expected the corridor to fill with hustling people.
It did not.
Sarina asked, “Do you see smoke?”
Soldier Sam said, “Let’s go back to the shuttle. This is not right.”
Sarina was surprised, “Where is the smoke coming from?”
It wasn’t visible, but the sight of burning plastics and ionization was obvious. Fire in space is hungry for oxygen, and it doesn’t share.
“Here’s Ops,” said Soldier Sam, and opened the door.
Inside was a scene of chaos from a post-apocalyptic game.
Sarina stopped inside the door. “Now I’m freaking out.”
“Step to the side, please,” Soldier Sam said, and moved her over with the back of one hand so they could enter.
The door sealed shut behind the pair with an atmosphere-retaining switch that Saina found reassuring. The smell of coffee overrode the smell of smoke. Also a good sign.
“OK.” Soldier Sam moved toward the life support station. “We need to find that fire and starve it.”
The easiest way to fight a fire in space is to deprive it of oxygen. Sarina and Soldier Sam had practiced this. Somehow, with Sarina’s hands on the cold molded plastic of a real Ops station, it didn’t feel like something she knew how to do.
“This has got to be a drill,” Soldier Sam exclaimed.
“If it’s a drill, you want to pass, don’t you?” Soldier Sam lifted the handheld on the engineering station and clipped the harness to its safety ring.
Sarina copied Soldier Sam. “Soldier Sam, would you get comms and see if you can find any signal from Rams Mascot on this reciever?”
Soldier Sam moved over to the station. As Sarina’s issuing instructions to Soldier Sam had shaken them loose, Soldier Sam checked other consoles.
An attitude jet fired again—a definite burn this time, the deck lurching under Sarina’s feet. Soldier Sam made a grab for his handheld and kept it from skittering away. “Stow your gear.” Sarina stuffed the unit into a pocket.
There wasn’t any loose gear to stow.
Sarina was glad she was clipped in. Soldier Sam had to grab the edges of his console.
“Got the fire,” Sarina said. “Sector 3 North.”
“I’m going to need an evacuation alert in Sector 3,” Sarina said.
“Good,” Soldier Sam replied. “How long?”
Sarina couldn’t do this. Sarina wasn’t able to do this.
There wasn’t anybody else to do it.
“Ninety seconds, Rams Mascot ?” There was no answer, so Sarina said, “90 seconds,” in a firmer voice.
An instant later, Soldier Sam said, “Done.”
“Where are You, Rams Mascot?” Sarina shouted into the radio receiver.
Rams Mascots voice came through loud and clear.
“WHERE ARE YOU, RAMS MASCOT?” Sarina wanted to know as soon as possible. “Can the Planet’s Terrain and Atmosphere support Rams Football””
“I’m on Planet SARGAS! Check it out, Sarina!”
Planets air expands and is buoyed up into the atmosphere where it delivers energy to the cooler surroundings at higher altitudes.
Sounds perfect for Rams Football” exclaimed Sarina.
Like someone in a dream Rams Mascot raised his hands--only then did he realize that he was looking directly into a great camera.
In an instant Sarina jumped in, ran past Soldier Sam and jumped onto the video console. After an interminable second Solider Sam heard the order loud and clear.
Rams Mascot rushed blindly through a portal on the new planet, around a corner, tripping over a cable, recovering himself and tearing for the video shoot. He heard footsteps running behind him and increased his gait, but in the doorway itself he was overtaken and turned defensively.
Sarina saw all this and instructed Rams Mascot.
'Hurry up, Rams Mascot!' Sarina shouted. 'That finishes my work. I'm taking this starship into orbit right now!”
As she scrambled into her position at the controls she threw back a last remark. 'I'm going to do the Hyper Galaxy Jump in just a minute.'
“Really?” Soldier Sam thought, as he scurried away.
Soldier Sam was unaware that Sarina’s boldness was to change the course of his life.
We are coming to Rams Planet, Rams Mascot! But we have to make 2 Stops.
First we are going to Planet X for some Upgrades to our Starship since we expect to Drift for Long Time to land on Rams Moon.
Then New Starship Upgrades for Big Fight to get from the Moon to Rams Stadium.
We are going to make a day of it on Planet X while our ship gets fixed. It will be an Adventure!!
Then we will go on a Day Trip on Your Rams Moon too.
“Look, Solder Sam!” Planet X is fast approaching “ said Sarina. Prepare for landing!!”
Landings can be fairly gentle to surprisingly rough, it’s all normal and the rougher landings can be intentional.
PLANET X ADVENTURE ACTIVITES
It was the Big Day. Sarina and Soldier Sam were going to Magic Mountain Island Adventure Park with Rams Mascot. The most Thrilling Rides in the Universe!
Sarina had wanted to ride a Roller Coaster her whole life. A Dream she had wished for since she was just a little tyke. Would Sarina finally get her chance?
Soldier Sam could read amusement parks like a book. He could ride anything, shoot accurately, was at heart afraid of nothing, and could fight like a little catamount when occasion for it really arose.
Among those who knew, Soldier Sam was considered one of the best scouts in the business. That is why Rams Mascot selected him when the idea came about that Sarina should go on a Fantastic Adventure.
Sarina was determined to go to Magic Mountain Adventure Island Adventure Park. She never had the experience of such a trip. The site had everything imaginable.
Rides that spun you around and hurled up and down all at the same time.
Rides where you can feel the high-flying rush as your swinging canoe set sail, swinging high and low on waves of excitement.
Rides on bumper car smash-up. No need for brakes as you put your pedal to the metal!
Riders where you can get your wave on in a realistic surfing simulator as you ride ten-foot waves on your own boogie board!
Rides where you get triple the twists and triple the dizzies on a wild waterslide that sends you swirling through twists, turns, and drops!
And of course THE ROLLERCOASTER. With countless to choose from. Strap yourself in for the Ride of a Lifetime!!
So, of course, Rams Mascot had, sooner or later, to take Sarina to Magic Mountain
Sarina wanted Soldier Sam, who liked roughing it, too; to come along. Soldier Sam and Sarina rigged themselves out bountifully, and prepared to enjoy the trip.
It was going to be a Wild Trip with anything involving Rams Mascot. For some reason, Mascots visiting theme parks believe they are the most entitled in all of the world when it comes to theme parks. Mascots always break the rules, they cut in the lines, they get upset when people call them on their shit, and they threaten the unlucky theme park workers and ride operators. Then they go complain to customer service and get free passes and shit.
It was a brand new, state-of-the-art amusement park. The Trios badges were pretty much an open pass to wander through all of the attractions or, if they ended up somewhere they shouldn’t be because of Soldier Sam “oops, guess I got lost” worked, always.
The coolest place by far was the maintenance office. It was also the tinker shop for broken ride parts. A massive expanse where you can see the inner workings of the carousel rides with broken ride cars was a great experience.
The syrup bags for the soda fountain upstairs were also there for workers that sold Mountain Dew Code Red which happened to spring a leak one day leaving it dripping thick red goo into a puddle on the floor.
So Sarina began to get very impatient.
Sarina and Soldier Sam would spend the entire day racing through the park side by side. Soldier Sam telling stories of adventure, and Sarina always chiming in about her anticipation of riding the Ultimate Roller Coaster.
“I worked at an amusement park on a beach the summer once upon a time, started Soldier Sam. “I sold food and a fair amount of beer, in my state being 18 meant although I was too young to drink, I was old enough to sell it in containers [we sold cans].
What kind of Beer, Soldier Sam?” interrupted Rams Mascot, glancing aside at Sarina with a humor-filled look at Sarina, to whom Soldier Sam ad mainly been addressing.
“A far number of customers yelling at me for things I didn’t remotely have anything to do with” continued Soldier Sam “Really, though, cotton candy was the worst. Making it might sound like fun. And it is maybe twice, but some of the sugar shoots back at you, impossible to avoid. And its hot so it really sticks to all over anyone that makes it. You go home with sugar sired to you. Most attempts at scrubbing it out are not going to do it.”
"Look that Water Slide, Sarina” Rams Mascot observed, with a laugh. "Sorry to spoil Soldier Sam’s story. Was it a good one?"
"It might have been if you hadn't spoiled it," answered Sarina "What did you do it for?"
"Oh, just to see him get distracted” replied Rams Mascot. He'll be reminded that I am in charge the rest of the day, and will hardly dare occupy your attention in front of me next time."
First Soldier Sam took Sarina on an indoor dark ride. It was a ride with boats that floated along past scenes. It had just been remodeled to a new theme, and in one room rather than remodel it into something else [the room was previously just mirrors with space lights that flashed] The designers had pretty much just left that room completely dark.
Like clockwork, the instant Solider Sam and Sarina would hit that dark room, they’d start a raucous, just messing with people. Only Sarina and Soldier Sam’s Super Vision would adjust and they could see fairly clearly, and even if other people were a foot or two away from them, they wouldn’t see the two of them.
So Soldier Sam and Sarina did lots of stuff. They would Splash Waves to rock the boats, standing on the edge of their own. They would make big noises, or bang on their boat. It was a BLAST.
“Isn't Soldier Sam fun?” Sarina exclaimed to Rams Mascot when they got off the ride.”I wish you could have seen him!"
Sarina laughed about the fun they had just experienced.
"Let's get ahead of the crowd so we can hurry up to what’s next," Sarina suggested.
Sarina and Soldier Sam ran through the crowd. Once well ahead of the masses they slowed down to a walk again.
"Soldier Sam says we'll go on the “Scrambler” next,” announced Sarina
"Oh, Yes. And that’s only your second ride here” responded Rams Mascot. “Are you glad?"
"Yes, I believe I am.” responded Sarina.
"Well, you're a Mascot and can do things too" offered Sarina. "Can't you do things?"
"You know I can” replied Rams Mascot. What do you suppose they'd say if I were to ride out that Bumper Car Race? The whole audience would have a fit."
"Who'd have a fit? Nobody but Soldier Sam, and I didn't know you'd gotten afraid of him yet! I say, Just Do It!! have a race, and then come right back." Rams Mascot looked eager.
"It would be nice," Sarina admitted. Soldier Sam and Sarina caught their eyes together and laughed.
"Why shouldn't I?" asked Rams Mascot. "I don’t really like staying in the moving circles of all these people. What's the sense of it all, anyway?"
"Why, just fuck it then and ride like the devil, I suppose," said Sarina supportively..
"I just might!!” Rams Mascot was getting excited.” I haven’t even been on a ride yet. Besides, you know what Soldier Sam said on the way through the turnstiles at the park entrance?"
"What did Soldier Sam say?" asked Sarina.
"Soldier Sam said I couldn’t even fit in a Bumper Car” responded Rams Mascot. “He said I better stick to the Water Slides.
"Well, why don’t you prove him wrong then?" Sarina challenged him.
"Oh, I will for sure fit in that Bumper Car!" Rams Mascot asserted with all the resolve of a true theme park adventurer. "I've got that all figured out.”
Soon after, Sarina and Soldier Sam were watching the kids drive by on the Tomorrowland Indy Speedway at the Magic Kingdom. They watched a dozen kids slowly drive by before Rams Mascot emerged from behind the corner. He was far too large for the car and was overflowing into the lane next to him. He was wearing an expression of absolute determination which only made it funnier.
Naturally, Soldier Sam and Sarina began laughing so loudly that they overpowered the speedway noises and caught his attention. He looked up, smiled and said in most stereotypical Mascot accent you could imagine:
"Dis is the closest thing to really driving I can get. They took away my license. I can't drive no more!"
To this day, both Sarina and Soldier Sam quote the Rams Mascot anytime they witness a fender bender in LA, which is a lot.
Rams Mascot looked to Sarina for admiration of his cleverness. She seemed convinced. She agreed and sent him to the concession stand for some invented Cotton Candy necessity.
When Rams Mascot was gone and Soldier Sam’s eyes drifted off her for only a moment, Sarina started tearing off in the direction of the “Yankee Clipper” Roller Coaster Running more Rapidly as any scientist had ever measured the Limit of Time.
Riding that Roller Coaster was the one thing Sarina had desired for as long as she could remember and right away Sarina enjoyed the Rush of it. It was Finally happening to the full to The Max.
"I left Sarina here just a few minutes ago," Rams Mascot observed, returning to Soldier Sam "and I guess she's given us the slip. Scold her good for me when she gets back, will you?"
Rams Mascot laughed with good-natured malice at the idea of Soldier Sam ever scolding Sarina. And he figured she would be back at any moment to feast on the Cotton Candy.
What happened next shocked not just Rams Mascot, Sarina and Soldier Sam. But the Massive Crowd that had joined then that day.
In a sudden moment Magic Mountain experienced a huge power outage. There are certain rides that’s a pretty big problem for. Namely, Sarina’s Rollercoaster. The backup to get everyone riding on the rollercoaster without power is a hand crank. So the power is out and there are lots of stressed out adventurers, but not Sarina. She had a cold beer, and knew the power would come right back on.
Sarina saw many people freeze inbetween her and the roller coaster, which made her Dream seem a bit further away for a moment, but then, as Sarina predicted, the power in the Adventure Park went right back on and Sarina’s Dream Experience was just moments away.
Solider Sam straightened up suddenly at what had just happened and quickly turned to Rams Mascot.
"You go back to th' concession stand, load up on as much reinforcements as you can carry, dial Sarina’s number and tell her this--that I've gone scoutin' some, and I want her to watch out for me. Got It?”
"What?" began Rams Mascot, bewildered.
"I'm a-goin' to find Sarina," said Soldier Sam, decidedly.
"You don't think there's any danger, do you?" asked Rams Mascot in a serious tone. "Can't I help you?"
"You do as I tell you," replied Soldier Sam, shortly, and bolted away.
Solider Sam followed the trail to the Rollercoaster quite rapidly, for he knew Sarina would be waiting there. Glancing his eyes ahead, the “Yankee Clipper” Rollercoaster line was discernible through the crowd.
Sarina was not a park employee but was watching everyone that dismounted that Rollercoaster. Every ride. She wanted to see those exhausted smiles for herself. Each ride came to a halt and the gate opened for the Lucky to get off. It started again with the next group of adventurers. Then, after each ride, the gates would open again and again.
"Here, I am, Sarina, lets jump into that Rollercoaster Line.” Soldier Sam had arrived.
Soldier Sam smiled at Sarina and stepped a few paces towards the Rollercoaster. Sarina followed, brimming with anticipation.
“Now What?” Sarina asked.
"Let’s Board that Roller Coaster, Sarina. Your Dream has finally come True!! Soldier Sam was excited beyond all belief too.
Solider Sam and Sarina walked up to the “Yankee Clipper” Rollercoaster Checkpoint and Sarina put her hands over her face and totally broke down. Sarina looked at the Rollercoaster up close so intently that for a moment Sarina saw no other goal in life than to get on that Rollercoaster. Nothing Else!!
"We're in for fight," said Solider Sam, coming back to Sarina after a moment. "There’s a Wrench in Your Dream Experience. We can't make a run for it through this Lockdown. We've just got to stand 'em off."
The Rollercoaster Security Guard would later explain, “I operate rides in an amusement park. I’m letting people into a ride where you have to be a certain size to go. In some rides, someone like Sarina just has to be with an adult to go, but this one says no on all signs, and we are quite strict when it comes to safety.”
I’m measuring Sarina and this is a No Go,” continued the Theme Park Boss, after Soldier Sam demanded to speak with their Supervisor.
“I’m sorry, Sweetie, but you’re a little too small to go. Come back next year, and I’m sure you’ll be able to go!” said the guard of the “Yankee Clipper”
“But I’m already full grown!!” protested Sarina.
“As Sarina started to leave, totally devastated, Soldier Sam yelled to contact me. The worker remembered.
“ Hey, hey! What if she just goes with me? Soldier Sam was going to Save the Day for Sarina.
“I’m sorry” replied the Attendant. We have a minimum. It’s for safety reasons. To make sure people fit in the seats.”
“But she’s very brave!” protested Solider Sam.
The Rollercoaster Master was resolute. “I’m sure she wouldn’t get scared, but we could risk her getting hurt, and we don’t want that.”
Soldier Sam was insistent. “But it’s such a close call! She has to go on the Rollercoaster. It’s her Dream! It has to be alright!”
The response was unwavering. “We have strict orders from the State. If it’s okay to just almost too small, where should I then put the limit? Where should I stop?”
Soldier Sam decided to rebel “Hm… good point. Come on, Sarina. Let’s get on that Rollercoaster ANYWAY!
So Soldier Sam took Sarina’s hand and boarded the thrilling “Yankee Clipper” Rollercoaster.
As Soldier Sam was well aware, you sit two per row and couldn’t contain his excitement to accompany Sarina on her very first Rollercoaster Riding Experience.
During the INCREDIBLE RIDE, their response to the massive torque they experienced at the Twist Knots was a moment to be cherished forever. The sharp waves of water grew progressively more dramatic, and Sarina and Soldier Sam held on for dear life.
Coming out of the installation at the top of the drop they see the "Waterfall Finale" and brace themselves for the Spectacular Splash. Out of the danger they came and the ride comes to a grinding halt.
They hear the voice on loudspeaker, "Welcome to the Rollercoaster Club of Champions, Sarina!! We are naming our entire Enterprise of Magic Mountain Adventure Parks after You!!”
Sarina and Soldier Sam were thinking about Rams Mascot the whole way. Was he still at Rams Stadium? What did they do with him?
Sarina and Soldier Sam were thinking about Rams Mascot when their escape pod landed.
“Um, Soldier Sam? This doesn’t look like the Moon” Sarina said looking nervously out of the window.
“Oh no, we’re on the Moon!” replied Soldier Sam. They put on their space suits noticing that the oxygen tanks only had enough for that day, and headed out of the pod.
Sarina’s and Solider Sam’s eyes glanced level, and were fastened upon the waves that swept toward them. These waves were of the hue of slate, save for the tops, which were of foaming white, and Sarina knew the colours of the sea.
The horizon narrowed and widened, and dipped and rose, and at all times its edge was jagged with waves that seemed thrust up in points like rocks.
“Soldier Sam ought to have a pick up truck larger than the boat the partners here rode upon the sea.” Sarina thought to herself.
These waves were most abrupt and tall like a monster and each froth-top was a problem in small-boat navigation.
Solider Sam squatted in the bottom and looked with both eyes at the several yards of gunwale which separated him from the ocean. His Yankees Cap was almost blowing off his head, and his Protective Vest dangled as he bent to bail out the boat. Often he said:
"Damn! That was a Narrow Clip." As he remarked, it he invariably gazed eastward over the broken sea.
Sarina, steering with one of the two oars in the boat, sometimes raised herself suddenly to keep clear of water that swirled in over the stern. It was not the most strong oar and it seemed often ready to snap.
Soldier Sam started pulling at the other oar, watched the waves and wondered why he was there.
At this moment in time Sarina was starting to feel some indifference which comes, temporarily at least, to even the bravest and most enduring when America is attacked, the Navy loses, the ship goes down.
Sarina’s Spirit, as master of a vessel is rooted deep in her fabric, though she commanded for a day or a decade, and Sarina had on her the stern impression of a scene in the greys of dawn and later a stump of a top-mast with a white ball on it that slashed to and fro at the waves, went low and lower, and down.
Thereafter there was something strange in her voice. Although steady, it was, deep and a of a quality beyond oration or tears.
"Keep 'er a little more south, Soldier Sam," said Sarina.
"'A little more south,' Sarina" said Soldier Sam in the stern.
Sarina considered for a moment that a seat in this boat was not unlike a seat upon a Bucking Bronx Bronco, and by the same token, a Bronx Bronco is not much smaller. In fact, the craft pranced and reared, and plunged like a Bronx Bronco.
As each wave came, and Sarina rose for it, she seemed like pole vaulter making at a fence outrageously high. The manner of her scramble over these walls of water is a mystic thing.
It was clear that the top of the waves were ordinarily problems in white water, the foam racing down from the summit of each wave, requiring a new leap, and a leap from the air.
Then, after bravely bumping a crest, the waves would slide, and race, and splash down a long incline, and arrive bobbing and nodding in front of the next menace.
A singular disadvantage of the sea lies in the fact that after successfully surmounting one wave you discover that there is another behind it just as important and just Sarina was just not sure if she should do something effective in the way of swamping boats. In a ten-foot dingey you can get an idea of the resources of the sea in the line of waves that is not probable to the average experience which is never at sea in a dingey.
As each slatey wall of water approached, it shut all else from the view of Soldier Sam in the boat, and it was not difficult to imagine that this particular wave was the final outburst of the ocean, the last effort of the treatcherous water. There was a terrible grace in the move of the waves, and they came in silence, save for the snarling of the crests.
Soldier Sam’s eyes must have been grey and glinted in strange ways as they gazed steadily astern. Viewed from a balcony, the whole thing would doubtless have been picturesque.
Soldier Sam had no time to see it, and if he had leisure there were other things to occupy his spirit. The sun swung steadily up the sky, and Sarina knew it was broad day because the color of the sea changed from slate to emerald-green, streaked with amber lights, and the foam was like tumbling snow. The process of the breaking day was unknown to Sarina, she and Soldier Sam experienced only of this effect upon the colour of the waves that rolled toward them.
In disjointed sentences Soldier Sam tried to communicate "Sarina!! There's a Rescue Regiment just outside of Buccaneer Bay, and as soon as they see us, they'll come off in their boat and pick us up."
"As soon as who sees us?" asked Sarina.
"The Rescue Regiment” replied Solider Sam.
"Rescue Regiments aren’t fully staffed right now, so they don't have crews," said Sarina "As I understand them, they are only places where Gear and Snacks are stored for the benefit of shipwrecked people like us. They don't always come to the rescue."
"Oh, yes, they do," said Soldier Sam.
"No, they don't," said Sarina. "Well, we're not there yet, anyhow, Soldier Sam.”
"Well," said Soldier Sam, "perhaps it's not the Rescue Regiment that I'm thinking of as being near Buccaneer Bay. Maybe it‘s just shelter from the storm."
"We're not there yet, Soldier Sam!!" said Sarina.
It continued bumping along but soon it gathered speed and began to soar high. The Starship was off in the sky. Soon it was flying at an incredible speed. At first Soldier Sam felt a bit nervous but Sarina calmed all his fears. Soldier Sam felt thrilled and the stars were overhead.
MOON ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES
Everything is Quiet. A Ship plummets toward Earth. No one can hear the roar of the ship’s engines. There is no sound in Space.
But inside the Ship, things are different. All the spare parts are working together in a constant, audible Hum. It is quite the experience.
The Guy from outer space comes from a world far away from our own.
He is a Champion in that place. But time is running out for him.
He had found an ancient ring from another planet on his way.
He asks it, “Find my replacement. Find a man on this world.. a man who cares more than he should. Find the Next Captain,”
He can’t hear any response over the Roaring Flames that have suddenly engulfed his ship. The ship is no longer in outer space. It has entered Earth’s atmosphere.
There is nothing quiet about the man flying the Test Plane for the very first time. His name is Soldier Sam. Flying is what he does best.
“You’re taking it too high,” someone says through Soldier Sam’s headset. The voice belongs to Sarina, the woman of his Dreams.
He should really listen to her. But he doesn’t . Instead, Soldier Sam takes the plane higher.
“I’m a Test Pilot, Sarina,” Soldier Sam explained. “I’m going to do my job. Let’s see what this thing can do!”
The Jet continues to climb. Just then, the engines shut off.
“Wait.” Soldier Sam says. He looks down at the controls. There’s no noise coming from them.
Sarina’s radio goes Silent. “Soldier Sam?” Sarina yells into her headset. “Soldier Sam answer me!”
But it is silent on the other end.
Soldier Sam pulls at the controls. They don’t respond. He has only a few seconds to eject before the plane crashes.
Suddenly, everything starts to Glow. A Bright Orange Light, as Orange as an Orange floods the cockpit.
It takes a minute for Soldier Sam’s eyes to adjust. He could soon see clearly. But it takes him much longer to believe his eyes.
His plane is no longer falling. It’s Flying, lifted up by a Shot of Orange Light.
The Orange light finally sets the plane down. Soldier Sam doesn’t recognise the area. There is too much Smoke to see anything.
Then, a Orange beam of light cuts through the smoke.
Soldier Sam follows the beam through the smoke. The ship on the other end of the light is waiting for him. It’s bay door lowers.
The Guy from outer space speaks. It is in a language Soldier Sam has never heard before.
The Ring from outer space translates for him.
“Greetings,” the ring says. “You must be the one I am looking for.”
Soldier Sam isn’t sure what to say. So he says nothing.
“You are not…running away at the sight of me,” says the Guy from outer space. “That tells me the ring has chosen correctly. Your bravery and…
But the guy from outer space is too exhausted. He simply hands Soldier Sam his ring.
The guy from outer space disappears. And so does the ship, fire and smoke. All that’s left is Soldier Sam and the all consuming Orange light shining through his entire body.
The ring will fit perfectly at it’s destination. Soldier Sam takes a step back. Visions fill his head. Planes whistle though the sky all around him.
They are on a mission. Somehow, Soldier Sam identifies with them –even though he has never seen them before.
They are Defenders and Heroes.
The vision ends. Soldier Sam Looks down. He is shocked to see that he is wearing the same strange uniform matching the emblems on the planes.
Sarina’s voice crackles from the Jet’s Radio. “Soldier Sam?” she says. “Can you hear me? Are you there?”
“Great,” Soldier Sam says, exasperated. “How am I going to get this thing airborne again?”
The a Bolt of Orange bursts from Soldier Sam’s ring. It surrounds the Jet. It rises into the air.
“Oh,” Soldier Sam says. I Guess that will work. By the way, I have something special for you.”
Soldier Sam takes a deep breath and signs off the Radio. He smiles. Then he summons all that is left of his concentration and jumps into the air.
And Soldier Sam just keeps going. The Jet follows close behind him in pursuit.
“This is a whole new way of flying!” exclaimed Soldier Sam.
Soon Soldier Sam is back at the base. He walks to the control tower.
“Whaaat?” Sarina called out. How did you get here so fast with what I ----?”
But the explanation would have to wait. Another plane has lost power. It is going down quickly.
With all eyes on the sky, Soldier Sam touches the ring to its final destination to charge it. It Sparks with Energy.
Like a Bolt of lightning, Johnnie shoots into the sky. Sarina aims the Ring and the Orange light beams out like a Shooting Star.
Energy surrounds the falling plane. Sarina closes her eyes. She concentrates with everything she can bring together and the plane lands on the runway.
Sarina was perhaps just as Shocked as Soldier Sam was. “How did I do that? With just this!” she was beside herself with amazement.
For once in his life, Soldier Sam stays quiet. He just smiles at Sarina and takes off for his next mission.
The Orange Force follows him. “In brightest day, in blackest night, you will never be far from me in Spirit. Because of the power of the Orange Light, as Orange as an Orange.
Soldier Sam will use the beam from Sarina’s Orange Light to conquer every obstacle in his way. He will Shine as Bright as the object he found. He will always follow through with the Strength from the Luckiest Spark of Orange Light.
RAMS PLANET LANDING
Sarina and Soldier Sam connected to the radio when Rams Mascot began to speak.
“We’re in space! We have to get out of here before the adversaries come back! Come on, I know where the escape pod is.”
Sarina and Soldier Sam were stunned, but they ran as fast as they could down the empty corridor, following Rams Mascot’s lead. They arrived at the escape pod where Rams Mascot explained that you can pick a destination and it will fly you to it.
Rams Mascot had no sooner given Sarina and Soldier Sam the coordinates when suddenly a group of adversaries arrived right at the escape pods door!
Watching the flanking fleets in action was reassuring to the chairman, as long as they were fighting on your side. Being on the receiving end of the business they administer would not be pleasant, to say the least. When the President has initially proposed the action, the officers had reservations and it was simply unreasonable for anyone to demand otherwise. The concerns manifested themselves to each officer in a unique manner, and repeated exposure helps, since it provides a rich measure of experience to draw on and permits better management conditions for the chairman, which is really all he had ever demanded.
On the other hand, experience with the tactics employed by the Mainland also put hardened officers with real-world operations at a disadvantage, since past endeavors had exposed them to no-win scenarios between trying to push the supplies policies forward and not trying at all. The intensity of the return fire from the Mainland was unexpected, even while detailed reconnaissance by the officers had been designed to mitigate losses to the unit, both operationally and politically.
An initial pass of the Mainland revealed that significant forces had been established, and it was obvious to the chairman that sustained engagement would be unpractical, as well as untenable. The second plan of attack had prepared for contingencies, but the officers were wary of deploying it because normally such a response is best executed closer to the mainland, and operational measures had not been ordered by the chairman at this distance before. They had to take everything with them to support the flanking fleet. It was always confusing and a big pain in the ass to change tactics at the last minute.
The position was bordered by the South Sea on one side, and the hilly terrain of an island on the other. To be out of position could be disastrous, so the officers has to get it right and the chairman figured to hell with other considerations. In order to be able to maneuver with any great precision, the pace had to be maintained. The officers were well aware of the problem and only requested that the speed of the operation would be such that they could take it from there for the duration of the exercise. There was almost no expectation of a smooth go at things, just a safe one.
Landings can be fairly gentle to surprisingly rough, it’s all normal and the rougher landings can be intentional.
It was the day before the Big Rams Game. The first ever in the New Stadium.
Sarina was still getting prepared for the Game inside the Stadium. Soldier Sam was disappointed that the Rams Tickets for the big game had somehow disappeared at the Ticket Window.
“Are you kidding me?” Soldier Sam was really getting tired of hearing Rams Mascot’s voicemail.
Soldier Sam was also really getting tired of standing out in rain. Yes, it was raining in Southern California that day.
“That’s figures” thought Soldier Sam. And, of getting his cigarette all wet.
Soldier Sam tried the number again. “Hey. This is the Rams Mascot. Sorry I couldn’t catch you, but I’m probably doing something really important.”
Rams Mascot had not been tops in Soldier Sam’s book for a while now. During the Rams Games last year, Rams Mascot had always taken forever in the concession stand line.
Soldier Sam yanked on the door handle to the Ticket Window and pretended like it was budging. Then came the obnoxious buzz of Ram’s Mascots car racing off behind him. Solider Sam smiled. At least one of his problems was solved. Unfortunately, he still didn’t have a way of getting to Burger King in time for Dinner.
.Unfortunately, the only car left in the Rams Stadium Parking Lot didn’t have a driver. Where could the driver be? Would that person take him to Burger King if he gave him or her all the money in her wallet? 10 dollars would be enough incentive, wouldn’t it?
“Did you need in here?” Soldier Sam turned his head, and there she was. The one person beside himself that was in the parking lot..
And, of course, it was Sarina, the Team Reporter.. The Fans favorite when at the game or doing any other media event. Of course, it had to be the Team Reporter.
“No.” Soldier Sam didn’t look at Sarina when he said it
“I was just hoping to get a ticket for the Big Game tomorrow. He looked at his feet. “Thanks.”
Soldier Sam expected to look up and see Sarina walking away, but she was still standing right there Soldier Sam looked up..Sarina looked at him. She seemed friendly.
“Someone is coming for you, right?” Sarina asked.
“Of course. They’re just late.” Soldier Sam replied.
The concern stayed with Sarina. “You’re sure?”
Soldier Sam glanced at his feet again. “Absolutely.”
Sarina still didn’t leave. Soldier Sam still looked at the ground. A few seconds passed. A few more. His eyes crept to his face. Sarina had a beautiful face and a rockin’ in shape look to her.
“…if you want to, I’ll give you a lift..” Sarina offered.
“I’m sorry. What did you say?” asked Soldier Sam.
“If you’d like to get out of the rain while you wait, my cars right over there.” Sarina pointed. “I’m not in any hurry.”
Soldier Sam wasn’t sure how to respond. Sarina was suspicious –the Rams Team Reporter not in a hurry the day before the Big Stadium Opener Game?
Soldier Sam was soaked from the Rain. Sarina was starting to get wet too as they stood there staring at each other. The wind struck Soldier Sam in the face, but he didn’t say anything.
Sarina was waiting for his reply. Solider Sam was waiting for her to knock his socks off him and drag him to her car.
At this point in time Soldier Sam never would have predicted a good outcome from the day. “I’m sure my ride will be here in just a minute.”
“Suit yourself.” Sarina started walking to her car.. Got in. Started the engine. Sat there for a moment. Didn’t leave. Why didn’t she leave?
“I’ll be fine,” Soldier Sam told himself. He called Rams Mascot again. Got his voicemail. Called again. Got his voicemail. Called agai…
“No one’s coming, are they?” Sarina cranked up the windshield wipers once she was inside. The radio was already on. Apparently,Sarina liked 70’s R&B music too..
“Why are you still here?” Sarina asked again.
Soldier Sam didn’t answer. He lit another cigarette and looked down at his feet again.
“Any time now.” Sarina wouldn’t give up.
Soldier Sam sighed.
“Let’s start easy here,” Sarina said. She turned the radio down so low that it became a buzz in the background. “I’m Sarina. What’s your name?”
It was a beautiful thing to Soldier Sam to hear a woman ask him anything in general. All the Rams Fans and Billboards and Posters inside the Stadium had her name on it.
“I’m Soldier Sam.”
“Do you like to eat, Soldier Sam?” It’s getting near dinner time now. Like Where?” asked Sarina.
Soldier Sam looked at Sarina. “Like Burger King I even have some coupons with me.” answered Soldier Sam.
Soldier Sam saw Sarina was interested and maybe hungry for dinner too but never in a million years would have dinner with him.
“So, you like Whoppers with Cheese, Onion Rings and Orange Soda then.” deduced Sarina..
“What about Zesty Sauce, Soldier Sam? I bet you like Zesty Sauce all over your face. A mess not even a handful of napkins could conquer.
“So there’s a sense of humor under all that mysteriousness.” The smile grew on Soldier Sam’s face.
Sarina’s hands were resting on the steering wheel. It made Solider Sam wonder if she really wasn’t in a hurry or if she was just trying to be nice. Soldier Sam figured she just wasn’t in a hurry. Soldier Sam didn’t know any other women that would be nice to him. This would be a first.
Soldier Sam actually laughed a little. It seemed to surprise both of them. It wasn’t as if what Sarina had said was all that funny, but it felt like the kind of joke you would share with a good friend. The easiness of it made the moment slightly wonderful.
“Are you ready to explain yourself now?” asked Sarina.
Sarina wasn’t someone Soldier Sam would predict would ever talk to him.
Another sigh from Soldier Sam. “Do you know Rams Mascot, Sarina”
Sarina turned the music the rest of the way off. Turned her entire attention to him. “I definitely know Rams Mascot.”
Really everyone knew Rams Mascot. He was somewhat notorious at Rams Stadium. He was an infamous installation at the Stadium, and Solider Sam knew it when he asked Rams Mascot for a ride.
“So, you didn’t expect to need another ride when you came to Rams Stadium today?” asked Sarina.
“And, there was no else to ask?” Sarina’s hands had tightened around the wheel.
Confession time. “I couldn’t call the cab company. Soldier Sam admitted. “ They’ve been dealing with me for weeks. I always call for a ride and jump right out of the car without paying fare.
“What are you still doing here?” asked Soldier Sam.
“What it looks like.” Sarina said. “I’m taking you to Burger King.”
“But, I didn’t ask you to.” Soldier Sam was shocked.
Sarina looked at Soldier Sam like he was absolutely crazy “But, you need me to.”
“It’s really okay,” Soldier Sam said. “Rams Mascot will come eventually.”
Sarina didn’t listen. “Which Burger King?”
The closest one, of course. I’m hungry!” Soldier Sam was ready to go.
“Thank you, Sarina.” They were outside Burger King. They had made it without a scratch.
They were about to part ways. But Soldier Sam didn’t want Sarina to leave. Not yet. The dryness inside the car made Soldier Sam very happy, but that wasn’t the only thing that had. They had had a lot of time to talk on the ride home thanks to the rain, multiple red lights and the broken gas gauge on Sarina’s car.
It had not been a normal ride due to the conditions outside, but it had given them both the chance to learn more about the other. Soldier Sam had found out Sarina grew up in the Bronx, and since Soldier Sam had also lived there for a while it gave Soldier Sam the opportunity to talk to her about something other than the Rams, something no one else would have done that was stranded in the Rams Stadium Parking lot that day.
Sarina had been more interested in lots of things other than the Rams, more than Soldier Sam would have guessed.
Along the way, the car had stopped and they’d had to get out and push. Soldier Sam’s socks were still wet, but the moment when he had fallen face-first into the ditch had been worth it. Sarina seemed to have felt the same way about him too.
“How you doing after that long car ride? ” Soldier Sam asked now.
Sarina laughed. “Like feasting on a Whopper with Cheese, Onion Rings and an Orange Soda. Zesty Sauce and free refills on the Orange Soda too of Course. You?”
“I guess we should probably get on that then,” Sarina said. She got ready to open the door on her side. “Would you happen to want me to have dinner with you tonight, Soldier Sam?”
“Only if Rams Mascot or anyone else in the World doesn’t want to too,” Soldier Sam replied. They hadn’t broached the subject on meaningful relationships yet, but Soldier Sam was surprised she would have dinner with him since then, since he was sure that Sarina must have someone to eat dinner with other than him.
Sarina was so Beautiful and popular and charming not to. Not to mention fun to talk too.
Sarina’s response was surprising to Soldier Sam.
Sarina replied “I didn’t think that I had anyone, but I’m sure they won’t mind. Imaginary Best Friends seem to be very understanding in these situations.”
Soldier Sam’s smile probably got a little too wide at that comment, but he didn’t care. It shocked him to know that there was not someone she was so into, and he felt so much better, that she wasn’t all locked up for dinner that night.
Soldier Sam put his hand on the door handle. Opened the door. Felt the rain that was still hitting the pavement the short walk they had in front of them from their parking spot to a Delicious Dinner.
“I would LOVE for you to have dinner with me tonight at Burger King, Sarina!!.” Soldier Sam’s voice showed he could not contain his excitement.
“Alright.” Sarina reached for the volume knob and turned off the radio before stepping Her Hotness into Burger King with Soldier Sam.
Soldier Sam was beaming as they went inside. Not even thinking about the Ticket Window where all the Rams Tickets had apparently disappeared into thin air.
But as we shall see Sarina had an even bigger Surprise for Solider Sam at dinner. He would get to see the Ram’s Game inside the Brand New Stadium anyway!!