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19 October 2008 @ 07:33 pm
Bardic and Bonuses  
Well, it has been an exciting weekend, if not in the ways originally planned.

Late-late on Thursday night, I decided I would go to Bardic Bedlam in Calontir. I am currently on the Northshield Bardic Council and always a lover of the Bardic Arts, so I thought it would be nice to be at their very first Bardic madness-type event. Dahrien graciously allowed me to join him and two others in the FyrdVan, so I would not have to drive the whole way by myself. The plan seemed simple - leave work at 3:30, pack like a crazed woman, drive to meet Dahrien and Eva in Beloit around 5:30, pick up Breddelwyn and his harp in Rockford, and then drive to site... Of course, nothing ever goes that smoothly. As I was leaving the house, D called to say he'd had a slight delay and so I might have time for a "sit down" dinner in Beloit. I went back and grabbed a book, thinking that way I'd at least have company for dinner. This turns out to have been a good choice, because I soon got a call from D saying that they had blown a tire on the way out of MKE and would be, in fact, significantly delayed. There was a Wal-Mart at the next exit, so they were sure we were still on, but I ended up with a significant amount of time to read. I am, however, apparently doomed to bad food experiences while on the road - I opted for a "fast food" option that took (I kid you not) 19 minutes to get. Oi. Finally, around 8ish D&E showed up and the rest of the plan went beautifully, at least until we got to site...

(bitchy whine/) Whine #1 - If I were to walk up to any little knot of Northshielders and say "hello" and join them, before too long, someone would ask who I was and offer me a beer. The Calontiri? Not so much. After the first five minutes or so when there was no break in the conversation, I decided it was an interesting opportunity for IKA and decided to see how long it would take before someone offered or asked for an introduction. I periodically participated in the conversation, but no intros and no offers of beer... Over an hour later, I got bored with the experiment and went away. :P  Whine #2 - Once I settled in for the night in the main lodge, I discovered that there was more than the usual snorers there. There was a fellow (I began thinking of him as Captain Phlegm somewhere around 3AM) who snored, gasped wetly and loudly when coming out of episodes of sleep apnea (no machine, of course), and coughed all night. Lovely. Come to an even where people want to sing and spend the night spewing germs all over everyone. Niiiiiice. Of course, he was the first one up at 6 in the morning, coughing and loudly blowing his nose for minutes on end. Then his friend started rooting through her stuff and kept kicking my bed-nest. :P Needless to say, they were not my favorite people. (/bitchy whine)

The event itself was reasonably good. Being an authenticity maven, I was a little bit dismayed at the proportion of post-period and/or modern-but-not-SCA material. It didn't seem to bother the Calontiri, so I was just quiet and worked on my projects. None of the challenges inspired me, but I did some good work on my projects at least. I have been having the urge to paint lately and my fingers have been reasonably obedient, so I decided to give it a whirl on a test-piece before working onilaifire 's AoA (yes, bad Laurel, bad scribe, it is very late...) and some other painting ideas. I decided I may as well work on a piece to send for Gevehard's challenge at Northshield Scribes and Heralds, so I did a 1/5th scale of an illuminated miniature. The goldwork did not work out and I ended up entirely repainting the dress. I'm not full pleased with the results, with crudity of the face and goldwork in particular, but some of that is simply the limitations of the thick gold paint and the scale I was working on. The finished piece is 34x48mm. I may send as it as an entry for "smallest" although I may try a smaller/better entry of a simpler design.

I also worked on some whipcording and got to teach at least one person. E from CAM is being my guinea pig with the new webpage tutorial. She saw me working it, but got no instruction, so we'll see if she can pick it up from the webpage and handout or not. However, the location of the last flyt was covered in recently-downed walnuts. After quickly checking with the site coordinator, I gathered a really respectable bag of the nuts. By the end my fingers were significantly brown, but now I have some dyestuffs to play with. :) The feast was potluck and very yummy. Afterward, I had a little nap because the lack of sleep from the night before was making me hate the world and everyone in it, but then the later phase of the Bardic Circle was a lot of fun. There was a very interesting young fellow there - a newbie, and I'm afraid I don't recall his name - who had spent two years on a tall ship as their chanter and was really very, very talented. Then there were the Calontiri usual suspects (Dolan, Alyna, etc), as well as notables from Northshield (Owen, Dahrien, Eva, Breddelwyn) and the Midrealm (Inchingham, Cerian), so it was a balanced and very enjoyable night.

Saturday night I opted for a sleepy-pill, so I did sleep some. The ride back was blessedly uneventful, other than a stop for lunch at a Pizza Hut buffet that they opened up early for us. Sometimes, there is nothing better in the world than a just-out-of-the-oven pizza and breadsticks!

Now, caught up on homework, LJ, and email, I think it's time for a (light) supper, a shower and bed. It was a lovely, if utterly irresponsible, weekend.
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Kathrinnewperspectives on October 20th, 2008 03:17 am (UTC)
You know, the social phenomenon you mention where Northshielders are super-friendly and welcoming and others are less so seems to be... unfortunately common. I got spoiled, having my first event be a WW and having lovely people about who were so welcoming. It's less so here, too, and it's frustrating. It's somewhat easier if you're really outgoing and willing to talk about a specific area of artistic interest, but I still find Northshield to be a far more welcoming place generally.
And really, the bardic is better in the North. I was excited for the bardic at Rendezvous at the Bridge, but it was painfully bad and quickly degenerated into bad "and then that one time at War..." stories, and we left early. We don't have as strong a tradition of communal singing (I know my Northshield songs reasonably well; I don't think I've heard any Midrealm group-sings), and I think that makes a difference, too.
Sisuile Butlerliadan_m on October 20th, 2008 02:17 pm (UTC)
Reply turned too long. I'm sorry you felt that way.
eithni: backliteithni on October 20th, 2008 02:28 pm (UTC)
Eh, no worries. Usually I'd be more assertive, but I was in a curious but quiet mood, so the IKA was an interesting diversion, even if the results were somewhat disappointing.
Sisuile Butlerliadan_m on October 20th, 2008 03:29 pm (UTC)
It wasn't IKA for me. You weren't the only disappointed.
Ursula: UrsulaTN08ursulagoddess on October 20th, 2008 09:45 pm (UTC)
I think your illumination looks lovely and I'm sorry to hear that you were not offered any adult beverages or made to feel welcome.
eithni: backliteithni on October 21st, 2008 05:01 am (UTC)
Thanks, I'm not displeased with it, I just can see every imperfection and it makes me want to try again.

I think I'm just spoiled by the Northshield "Welcome to Northshield, have you eaten yet?" mentality. :P