4 Dec
2013

One jump, One whistle, And one….

gebhardbassWhat is the hardest activity you’ve ever tried to do in the SCA?

I’ve eaten things I’m pretty sure were made out of eyes. I’ve burned myself metalworking. I once (accidently) cup shotted a Duke, who shortly after was kind enough to give me a personal lesson on defense. I’ve made and failed many times on complicated garb. I’ve nearly lost fingers making crossbows. I could go on for sometime listing things I’ve done I considered to be hard.
However, the hardest thing I’ve done to date is try to play music in the SCA. Read More »

25 Nov
2013

Of Beavers, Garb Police and Giving Thanks

downloadIs Thanksgiving a period holiday?  I know at a glance you’d balk and think “How can anything celebrated in the modern United States be period?”.  With a minor amount of research, done between the loading gaps of my steaming shows, I can tell you concretely, 100% that Thanks Giving is… sorta period…. ish… but not really.

However, I have also concluded that Thanksgiving as we know it is only Mostly not Period. That’s different than Completely not Period. When it’s completely non-period, there is only one thing you can do: give it to Gold Key. Read More »

18 Nov
2013

…with Vengeance (or Justice)

Oathbinder

The week after Coronation, I pulled up to Their Majesties home with the Fun Bus to pick up everyone and everything needed for the event. Let’s see: large wood chests, benches, thrones, banners, Bass, over sized music stand, lute, three large bags of armor, water cooler, helms bags…. But what’s this? Among the regalia is long wooden box, beautifully made. I immediately recognize what would be in such a box. It is Oathbinder, our most cherished symbol. The Midrealm’s sword of state. Read More »

14 Nov
2013

Royal Carrier of Heavy Things

royal1It has been a great honor to assist with a Royal reign.

It takes many people to make a reign run smoothly. For example someone with amazing talent will be needed to sew, paint, applique and embroider garments to make them worthy of a King or Queen and someone with excellent communication skills to organize staff and make needed arrangements.  I, too, have my part.  It’s mostly to carry the really heavy things from the back of the oversize van to someone off in the distance. Up hill. Both ways.

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11 Nov
2013

Connecting to things once broken

ballroomTheir Majesties of the Middle Kingdom, my beloved Katayoun, myself and many others loaded up into my van of unreasonable size headed out to Crystal Ball. Our local Crystal Ball expert and dance laurel Mistress Felice wished for us to stop at City Museum in St. Louis, near the event location. 

 

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21 Oct
2013

Getting your head in the game

1239694_10153245899695262_479868300_nOne of the comments that often comes up from people who have been in Crown is about the “head game”, and how to get ready for it.

Over time, as I have entered tournaments, I put a lot of thought (as much as someone who gets hit in the head on a regular basis is capable of) into how to approach a hard fight mentally. Read More »

16 Oct
2013

Being a King…

King1At Rendezvous at the Bridge, His Majesty made a remark about not being able to fight as much as he had before He won crown. Someone responded with something similar to “Why not fight as much You want? You’re the King” He replied, “I’m not the King of only the armored fighters, I’m the King of the entire Middle Kingdom”.

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6 Oct
2013

Coronation

1391498_643485079005466_454909177_nThis is a day, I’ve been looking forward to (with maybe a little bit of dread) for a long time. His Majesty Cellach, (at the time Sergeant Cellach) was at fight practice the first time I came to an SCA meeting. Somewhere around the 3rd meeting, he delivered to my head, the hardest blow I had ever been struck, during a small melee.

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29 Sep
2013

Our friends to the North

1380112_226784414147882_1309816961_nI am just getting home from spending 30 hours in a car this weekend to attend an event. Not just any event of course, but the Coronation of a Midrealm Knight who won the Ealdormere crown, Nigel and his amazingly awesome wife, Adrielle.

Was it worth it?
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Of course it was, not in that definite way you say something is worth it, like when you eat an entire super mega dodeca burger to get a free t-shirt, from which you got beef poisoning (but it was a neat t-shirt).
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23 Sep
2013

Rose Tourney

1231644_10153252196680262_1371198772_nI have never been to Rose Tourney before. I asked what it was like. I was told, it’s the way you’d wish all events were, it’s a very pretty site, lots of banners, everyone is dressed nice, mundane things are hidden away. That certainly turned out to be true.

However I’m getting a little ahead of myself: As normal, the day started with getting up earlier than I like to make the runs of getting people and things loaded into my school bus sized van. Conversations about your commitment level, do tend to drop off after you buy a 20 foot van (and later a trailer hitch because it’s not big enough) to support your “hobby”.

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