Charlie Sheen plays Private Chris Taylor in Vietnam, who deals with the horrors of war and the duality of man, or some other stuff that was over my head at the time, in Platoon.
“Pete” and I had gone to a midnight showing of Platoon at the local multi-plex. As we drove back to his house, I asked him if he wanted to drop by my girlfriend’s (“Terri”) house. One of her friends was staying over and I assured “Pete” that he would have no problem hooking up with her.
The truth was that I needed “Pete” to be a decoy, because I was hoping to lose my virginity on this night. Understandably, he thought I was bullshitting him, but he agreed to go along with the plan. We each stuck a condom in our wallets and headed down the street.
When we got to her house, it was about 2:30 in the morning and I lightly knocked on the basement door, as she had told me to do. After a few seconds, “Terri” cracked the door and let us in. I was so nervous about the possibility of my first sex that I could barely talk. My temporary blackout cleared and I traded a smile with “Pete”, because we were both about to get laid.
After some awkward introductions, I saw a bunch of blankets and pillows on the floor, and somebody flipped the lights off. I was sort of freaked out. “Pete” and “Tammy” started going at it a few feet away, and I sat frigid next to “Terri”. Minutes passed and we started kissing and pawing. Soon, like I had imagined, the clothes came off.
It seemed like it took me twenty minutes to open the rubber and then I couldn’t figure out how to put it on. I’d done it plenty of times at home when there wasn’t any pressure (yes, I bought some to practice with). My heart was beating so fast, and my hands just were not working right. The damn thing would not go on.
Neither of us were really ready, so we gave up and got dressed. We broke up a couple of days later.
“Pete” got laid that night. He lost his virginity and I didn’t. It was opposite from how I had planned it. At the time I was pissed off, but later I was good with how it worked out. She didn’t even know my middle name.
Platoon is available on Amazon in Blu-Ray, DVD, and Amazon Instant Video.