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Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Readying to pick a new Baron and Baroness

This is almost as contentious as picking a new president but every two years a barony picks a new Baron and Baroness to lead their part of the kingdom. For me this is a hard thing. Baron Guillume and Baroness Rowen have been in reign my entire time in the SCA and they have led honorably and well.... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

War is Wet IV - Camping Foibles

Rule number one when camping - You will never be prepared for everything. Last year we did not even camp after the first night because of the microburst that froze me and scared the hell out of me. But I made sure to pack every blanket we own and three sleeping bags and one of those shiny plastic... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

War is Wet III - War Food

War Food is the most hearty, the most decadent, yummy, filling stuff in the whole world. There were over twenty five different food vendors at Estrella with one thing in common... everything they served (with the exception of sodas and such that we just cannot live without) could have been served in... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

War is Wet Part II - Shopping in the Mud Pit

One of the most important things you can bring to war is money. There were well over 100 vendors of every description and no matter how hard you try you will not go through merchant's row without spending just a little cash. Tom and I saved all year for this event and we each had a budget of $1000... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, February 22, 2008

War is Wet

I have just returned from my second trip to the Estrella war and this year's mantra is... war is wet. The first two days at war were sunny and pleasantly warm. In fact, the weathermen were not calling for rain... there was a bare chance of precipitation but the desert had had no appreciable... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

The War Checklist

It is almost time to leave for Estrella and I could not be more excited. But the last few days before leaving is about the busiest, most frenetic time. We have been to WalMart twice with a third time to go (have to pick up back ordered medicines). and I am trying to finish with a website for a... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Bards and the "Moose Song"

Bards are a group in the SCA who perform... sing, dance, play instruments and tell stories. As I am a writer and have a decent singing voice I called upon a fellow Scadian for a few lyrics that I might try my talents with. It was late in the evening, feast had been all but cleared away and I was... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Who's on First? - A Guide to Royal Titles

At your first event, it is very common to call people by the wrong descriptive terms. For that matter, it is easy to do this on your second, third, fourth, fifth... events. It is one thing to know who the Baroness or Queen are but do you know how you are supposed to address them? Here's a primer.... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

On Becoming a Herald

Our Canton's outgoing Senaschal has a saying, If you don't want to get appointed, don't leave the room. Most people get offices in the SCA when the person holding the office vacates and they open the floor for volunteers. Sometimes people get volunteered. On my first day as a member I offered to... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

I was a medieval Barbie Doll

The hardest thing to get right when you are first in the SCA is the garb. That Maid Marion dress you wore at Halloween three years ago will do for the first or second event but once you get a taste of what real medieval garb looks like you are really encouraged (and all you have to do is ask for... Sign in to see full entry.

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