‘Moon Over’ Alert: Ian, Life, and Total War

What do you do when you’re a 22-year-old intel officer in love with a hot Russian guy, working your dream job, and you realize life ain’t all it’s cracked up to be? How do you find meaning? Ask Ian as he dreams of Bohemian Rhapsody and Dima in a swimsuit!

Ian works a grueling schedule: Three day shifts, a day off, three afternoon shifts, a day off, three midnight shifts, and then three days off. I worked that schedule for a long time, and it takes a toll. Enough of a toll to cause black moods?

Well, Ian has more than enough reason to face existential dread, besides just being 22, an age when that sort of thing might be expected. He’s in the “business” of worrying about nuclear-fueled annihilation.

But he also remembers The Day After, which aired in 1983 and set a record as the highest-rated television film in history. Almost one of every four Americans watched it. The film made a visceral impression on me, showing in horrid detail what the consequences of war could be in the nuclear era.

Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot. jamesfinnwrites@gmail.com

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