Rats! Episode 14 – This is killing me!

I cannot tell you how dead tired I am right now. I spent last weekend at Ravencon, partying like I was still in my early twenties which I’m not. And now, even half a week later, I’m still dragging ass and trying to catch up on work. It’s killing me, I tell ya.

Of course, PT used to kill me too. I can recall all too well getting up at 4:30AM (or 0430 for you military types) to trek all the way across campus to Lane Stadium to run stadium steps for an hour for ROTC. Well, I didn’t exactly run the stadium steps, not after the first lap. I more like limped as fast as I could up the steps and tried not to dry heave all over the place.

Yes, I was the cadet who could barely make the 2-mile run, and had to struggle to crank out even 10 push-ups. While I had taken quite a few dance classes and been a member of the marching band in high school, I was in no way prepared for the physical demands of being a cadet, especially not when you threw in sleep deprivation on top of everything else. To this day, I don’t know how I finally managed to eventually pass the APFT. I flat out hated PT sessions, and couldn’t stand running in formation (I was always tripping over the guy in front of me, or tripping up the guy behind me). However, once I graduated and got my commission, things sort of turned around. I eventually got good enough at PT to score a 260 out of 300 on the APFT, and to this day I do my best to stay active – running, water aerobics, 4 hours of karate class most weeks, etc. I’m a little heavier than I was back in college, but I can still wear the same size clothing, so I guess I’m doing something right.

Anyway, the cartoon above best spells out how I felt about ROTC and the VTCC at any given time. And it’s also my favorite of all the Rats! cartoons I ever drew. I recall the night I finished drawing it, I thought it was perfect! And then I accidentally knocked a whole can of Coke over the finished product…

So after much swearing and tearing out of my hair, I sat down and redrew the cartoon all over again. And it was still my favorite cartoon the second time around.

Hope you all enjoy today’s cartoon.

About Cynical Woman

Cartoonist, Artist, Geek, Evil Crafter, Girl Scout Troop Leader and Writer. Also, a zombie. I haven't slept in I don't know how long.
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