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Sorry - I've been recovering from Pennsic, and then getting new teeth put in, and recovering from that.  The three crowns on the left side are now set in with temporary glue, just to make sure that the teeth underneath two of them aren't so nerve-damaged that they need root canals.  Once I decide whether they're too sensitive to manage (and let me tell you, the temporary?  Agonizingly cold-sensitive) or not, we'll do the permanent gluing.  Meantime, I get used to slightly different teeth.

Pennsic was awesome - the camp was awesome, the party was awesome, singing Friday night was awesome, the shopping was good, and generally, I remembered why I like Pennsic.  Seriously, the bad garb doesn't bother me nearly as much as the snarking on it in the Pennsic Independent - "Shame a lame out of their mundanes"?!  Way to be ableist and an asshole.  Good Show!  In general, it was the usual mix, but the better has gotten so much better that the bad stands out a little more, but hey, at least it's an attempt.  Pennsic is such a crossover event, I don't give a fig if you're in black leather or fine linen.  In fact, I picked me up a smokin' hot steampunk corset vest in red leather.  I don't know why it was at Pennsic, but who cares? Yummy.

I did have a problem with the people who wandered around in their t-shirts and shorts, clearly not having either just arrived, or just leaving, but simply not bothering to dress up.  I don't care if your little kids won't dress up, but adults?  Throw on a tunic, please.  You look silly, and it's rude to come to a dress-up event and not dress up, you impact everyone else's fun.  Tunic, you needz one.

The weather was astoundingly hot, but Tom and Heather put together a stews in camp for us!  Ingredients:  One kiddie pool, cedar shingles, canvas, wood strapping and cooler water, and voila!  A delightful stews, wherein we could steep our overheated feat.  Just marvellous, and we could fit way more people in it than a bucket.

I, of course, overdid it a bit, and ended up very achey (I gave up on using my cane after a while, because it was a toss-up between being wobbly and making my arms hurt much more - so I wobbled), but I had great fun, and even got to see some stuff as I kept Bob company on a couple of his times as Watch Commander.  I even brought him breakfast, aren't I fulfilling the bare minimum decent behaviour for a life partner nice?

(Hee.)

Gardiner's did our Opening Ceremonies pike escort for the King and Queen of Atlantia, and we looked damned good doing it, if I do say so myself.  Of course, I brought the tone down a bit by playing Will Kemp, in moustache and beard, but they put up with me remarkably well.  Sandy and Carla made little paper souvenir flags, which were well received by the crowd.

 

I didn't take that many pictures this time (I forgot, okay?), but rest assured, it looked great.



Thanks to the Vair and Ermine camp for hosting us, as usual.  We appreciate it, especially being surrounded by such splendid tents and pavilions.

Pennsic, for me, has always been the "Burning Man" of the SCA - there are a lot of crossover groups that attend, and there's a lot of looseness in what actually constitutes "period", but you know what?  If everyone looked fantastic, we wouldn't get as many compliments, and I'm a greedy little sucker for compliments, I am.  I can't control what people do, and don't want to - if someone wants to follow either Gardiner's or Vair and Ermine's example, that's awesome, and we love to help, but if you don't, that's okay, too.  We just like creating our own little corner, and it's very enjoyable.

Over the years, I've become very tired of the people on both sides who see any level of interest different from their own as a failing and/or judgement of their choices.  Like pretty much everything in life, you can't shame people into doing what you want, it just makes them pissed off.  If we inspire you, fantastic.  If we intimidate you and you get mad at us for it, please understand that we're not judging you - we don't have the energy.  It's pretty much live and let live in our neck of the woods.  It seems odd to me sometimes that we have so much trouble getting people to believe that.

The only time I care is when someone chooses to make no effort at all, which simply makes me wonder why they joined the SCA, since they clearly don't want to play.  What I care about far more is the people who are assholes.  A crappy costume doesn't ruin anyone's fun, but an asshole does.  I'd rather be surrounded by creative attempts than snobs who find pleasure in making people feel bad.  After all, I can help someone become a better costumer (if they want), but it's very hard to fix an asshole (and boring to attempt).

So Pennsic costuming merely amuses me, but being an asshole about it pisses me off.  I'd rather laugh than fume.  And I spent a lot of Pennsic highly amused, but appreciative of the quality entertainment and the good friends.  What a great week.

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elizabethankat
Aug. 19th, 2010 05:28 pm (UTC)
I think you just gave my husband and I our new motto, "Greedy little suckers for compliments." Now I just need to find out what that would be in Latin.

I do not understand the no effort at all folks either. Why are they here? Someone can get drunk at home or at a regular campsite. No need to go to Pennsic to do it.

Thank you again for inspiring me. And thank you to all the people and camps that are trying to raise the bar of authenticity, even if the upgrade that year is just using a pewter mug instead of a Coke can or a wooden folding chair instead of a poly-plastic sports chair. Because I am one of those people who feels like I've been tossed back in time when I look at the campsites in the early morning fog and can't see anything mundane.
gwacie
Aug. 19th, 2010 05:36 pm (UTC)
My sister Lyonnete and my hubby dreamed up a game for next year: Good Garb Bingo. Much more fun to revel in the -good- :)

I did have someone tell me that they had a newcomer interested in the SCA, but she showed her pictures of me and I intimidated her with my clothes into not joining. Which... well, hurt. I wasn't dressing up to intimidate... heck, my clothes in general aren't very fancy. Anyway, it made me sad.

Vair and Ermine *sigh* They look so good it -almost- makes me want to get off my duff and spruce up our camp.... almost. It's just... like... work! at least we can appreciate the view :)
tudorlady
Aug. 19th, 2010 11:14 pm (UTC)
Good Garb Bingo

This sounds AWESOME. Please let me know when you get it together - I'd happily be your AnTir regional distributor :)
corbaegirl
Aug. 19th, 2010 05:38 pm (UTC)
"A crappy costume doesn't ruin anyone's fun, but an asshole does."

I'm stealing this, and translating it into latin.
murasakinoyoroi
Aug. 29th, 2010 11:35 pm (UTC)
When you do, would you be willing to share with the general public for posterity? I would personally love to know what that is in latin.
florentinescot
Aug. 19th, 2010 05:52 pm (UTC)
"A crappy costume doesn't ruin anyone's fun, but an asshole does."

this. in spades.
mistressrhi
Aug. 19th, 2010 05:55 pm (UTC)
I just simply adore you.
hugh_mannity
Aug. 19th, 2010 06:08 pm (UTC)
It was good to see you, however briefly.

The heat and humidity combo got to me more than usual, so I was slumming it in a mix of Roman and bad mostly modern Middle Eastern. Next year, full-on Middle Eastern -- So it'll be a cold wet year.
baronessadriana
Aug. 19th, 2010 06:13 pm (UTC)
I do have a couple pictures of Gardiner's taking part in Opening Ceremonies as well as Open Camp Night posted in my Pennsic XXXIX flickr set.

Here's a good one of you dressed as Will Kemp...

curiouschilde
Aug. 19th, 2010 08:00 pm (UTC)
And this.. this is why i stalk/adore you!!
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reasie
Aug. 19th, 2010 06:13 pm (UTC)
I saw you guys marching out and was sad I had to hustle my butt to Midrealm Royal for my baronness and couldn't gawk more.

Three Bears is so drab compared to our neighbors across the street! Love those pennants!
theodorad
Aug. 19th, 2010 06:24 pm (UTC)
But you have the coolest bears! I wait for the yearly bear updates. And, the oven.
theodorad
Aug. 19th, 2010 06:22 pm (UTC)
Totally agree! Authenticity isn't a requirement of the SCA, so don't be a jerk about people not doing it. Offer to help those who are interested, leave everyone else alone, and only give grief to the people who can't even be bothered to put on a t-tunic cause, well, they deserve it.

strawberrykaren
Aug. 19th, 2010 06:34 pm (UTC)
With Thirty-Year taking place at Montpelier, I am seriously tempted to go all 1810ish for the event ... well, maybe not for the whole weekend. ;-)
chargirlgenius
Aug. 19th, 2010 07:00 pm (UTC)
Go late 15th c. Italian and pick the things most common to the two periods. :-)
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zihuatanejo
Aug. 19th, 2010 08:04 pm (UTC)
The Gardiner's party was faboo!
pinkleader
Aug. 20th, 2010 02:59 am (UTC)
Glad you ladies had fun!
chargirlgenius
Aug. 19th, 2010 08:54 pm (UTC)
Sorry we missed the open camp party! By the time we managed to walk by everybody was abed. :-(
brickhousewench
Aug. 19th, 2010 09:09 pm (UTC)
I picked me up a smokin' hot steampunk corset vest in red leather.

Did you get the red hot corset with the collar?!?! My girlfriend tried it on, but couldn't come up with an excuse to buy it.

It was my first Pennsic, and really? I just don't get how so many people can complain that it "used to be better" because I think it's one of the coolest events I've ever attended.

My costuming effort wasn't up to my personal standards, but that's partly because 1) I was worried about having enough garb for an entire week and 2) I didn't have that much garb that was appropriate for the crazy hot temperatures as much of my garb is designed for cool/cold weather. So seeing a wide range of clothing made me a little less self-conscious about my own clothes at my first Pennsic. I'll do better next year. ;-)
isabeau_lark
Aug. 19th, 2010 10:39 pm (UTC)
I was sorry I missed Tuesday, but the sunscreen never soaked in because I was already sweaty when I put it on and the burn left me pretty toasted. That was also the Runnymeade dinner (landed barons & baronesses of the east) and I was playing background music. Looks like it was lots of fun.

Vair & Ermine folks are great and since I camp just up the hill (N21) looking out to see the pennants flying over the tents was one of my happy Pennsic sites.
eithni
Aug. 20th, 2010 12:37 am (UTC)
I was sorry to miss the party on Tuesday as well, but it conflicted with the Northshield party and I was just lazy. You were just up the road - you're just tall enough that I saw your hat bob by above the Greyfox camp walls a few times - but I napped long enough to be late and had to choose.

Pennsic garb no longer phases me. I really don't see most of it anymore, as long as people are comfortable and making something that looks like an attempt, I don't usually care... unless it's something I want to inspect to replicate, of course. :) Well, I did notice one special outfit this year - the chick with a chain mail bikini whose straps were held up by safety pins pierced through the flesh! But that was more about body modifications than costuming, per se...
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