So there I was having dinner in the DFAC between two of the junior Enlisted, as is my wont, when the Battalion Commander comes along with his dinner tray laden with food, and asks if he might join us.
"So, what are you guys talking about," says he.
"We were just talking about movies, Sir," I explained, "and how this young man doesn't like old movies." I motioned to the Soldier on my left. He's a twenty-year-old combat vet.
"You mean like Gone with the Wind?" asked the Battalion Commander. "What's not to like about Vivian Leigh?"
The Soldier to my left looked puzzled.
"You've never seen Gone with the Wind?" he asked incredulously. The young man shrugged.
"Don't tell me *you've* never seen Gone with the Wind, Chaplain!" he implored.
"I love that movie, Sir, and have seen it many times. In fact, I have a friend who played Bonnie Blue Butler in that movie. She once said to me, 'Tim, when you're five years old, and get to bounce on Clark Gable's knee, life can only go downhill from there.'"
The Battalion Commander looked in the direction of the Soldier to my right. "Surely *you* have at least heard of this movie!"
Turning back to the other Soldier, the Commander said, "So what movies do you like, then?"
"Well, Sir, there's that movie where they can make bullets curve around corners after they've been shot...."
"Wanted, with Angelina Jolie," chimed in his friend.
"Is that a good movie?" asked the Commander.
"No!" came from my right, while "Yes!" came from my left. I said "No" at the same time.
The Commander looked bemused.
"Well it's a lot better than *old* movies," the friend to my left said, a bit defensively.
"What exactly do you mean by 'old movies'?"
"Anything before 1995."
The Commander and I just looked at each other and sighed.
Blessings and peace to one and all,
Fr. Tim, SJ