Well folks, I've come to a decision that for good, bad or indifferent is worth considering. I've been away from the SCA, Caid, Dun Or and the (remains) of The Cross & Dragon for almost six months. In March after
Estrella has come and gone, the kids and I will come back to play a little. What's changed since you left?
My attitude and frustration with certain aspects of the local SCA has eased. My hand is mostly functional and I've recharged the "batteries" that the SCA (friends, associates, & activities) had left utterly drained. I’ve been told changes are happening. I can’t be the judge of that if I’m not around.Are you going to be as active as before?
Yes & No. I'm better positioned now to step back and either watch or play. The last year I was involved, I autocrated, sub-autocratted or coordinated, four events, including several with Caidan royals attending. This was on top of marshalling, teaching and so forth. I'm not going to allow myself to get drawn back into that deceptively, exhausting cycle again. The work that went into these events versus the rewards or disappointments were utterly disproportionate.Why this timing?
In September and October of last year, I swore to myself that only two things would bring me back to play. One was the direct and meaning meaningful request of friends telling me I was wanted (not needed). The other was a need to recover. But you’re going to miss Estrella, etc etc...
Estrella has always been a lot of work contrary to popular opinion. Over the last few years, I'd been the one to coordinate much of the camp arrangements (read: cat herding) for Cross and Dragon. The cost, the travel, the timing and the emotions wrapped up in this event are close to overwhelming on a normal basis. Given my frame of mind, my expectations need to start a bit lower than the second largest event in the Society. Yes, it means missing weddings, old friends, and the activities, but I don’t know that I could handle that level of activity just yet.Will you be fencing/involved with rapier again?
I really don’t know. In August of last year, I had the index and middle finger on my right hand badly broken and hyper-extended. I didn’t realize how badly damaged they were till after Known World Academy of the Rapier when I final saw a doctor. I’m not sure I can safely handle a rapier at this point. I know that combined with mild arthritis in my hands already, I am unlikely to be competitive in tourneys anymore. We’ll see. I hadn’t picked up a sword till last weekend when aeddie
stayed overnight after Festival of the Rose. In all likelihood, my tourney fighting days are over.Will you be supporting boff.. er.. Youth Combat?
We’ll see – that’s all for now. I haven’t figured out which event will be first but we’ll see.