Reconnaissance and Intelligence Training

A bunch of us (I took the picture) after an excercise at the Intelligence and Reconnaisance training camp

Reconnaissance and Intelligence training was at a base in the Negev Desert. We spent 2 months there learning to navigate in and drive our jeeps. We also learned to identify all sorts of enemy troops and machinery. This picture is taken after a long morning run. Our officer would periodically declare someone wounded so that we could practice running with a stretcher. As usual, I’m the one taking the picture. The guy on the far-right is our officer, Eran.

Advanced Basic Training

Advanced Basic Training in the Jordan Valley
Advanced Basic Training in the Jordan Valley

After 3 months of basic training, we went on to Advanced Basic Training–Tironut Yechida–in the Jordan Valley. We stayed there in a makeshift camp made of pup-tents (in the background). This was the most grueling 4 months of our training.

 

 

 

Nimrod Gafni
Nimrod Gafni

Film School Confidential

For mothers’ day I took Marni to see Art School Confidential. It was great to have a few hours to ourselves—for Marni more than me. She’s the one with a 7-month-old strapped to her waist all day. The movie was crap however. I mean really bad. I came away with the feeling that someone made this movie with some other motive besides making a good movie. I think this is the product of some marketing meeting where a guy in a powder-blue suit and very un-stylish glasses stood up and pointed out that based on his research, spoof movies starring John Malkovich and Steve Buscemi always make at least enough at the box office to be worth making. I know the story is that the movie was adapted from a comic strip, blah blah blah. I’m no movie critic–I guess we all should be considered critics–but I just don’t see how this movie ever made it to the big screen without someone stopping the show and saying, “Whoa. This sucks. We can’t actually show this to people who paid their baby-sitters $40 for the night off to see a movie and then another $8 at the box office.” It could be worse, we could have seen this in New York where tickets would have cost $11.

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