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Why do I feel so at home? [Mar. 4th, 2009|08:41 pm]
Eliane/Jennifer
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I just got, and responded to, my first e-mail inquiry about joining the SCA since I became Baronial Chatelaine (newcomer welcomer) Sunday night. (That didn't take long...!) Oh, and an LJ-related note: the person who e-mailed me found a post I put on the madisonwi LJ group maybe a year ago about the SCA, and that's what led her to be interested in joining!

I'm really the Chatelaine again, now that I've started doing one of the duties of the office! I just love doing this. I was Shire Chatelaine in Rokeclif and Kingdom Chatelaine a couple of years ago, but now I get to welcome people to the SCA in my actual hometown. There is something about this that feels like coming full circle. My first non-newcomers' event in the SCA was here in Jara. So although I lived elsewhere, I feel a little like I was new here once, too, in Madison. (That was one long, cold, lonesome event for this newbie...anyone remember the Pas d'Amour? In one of those livestock barns next to the Coliseum in fall 1997? That's one event that will never let me forget how hard it can be to be new.)

I am suddenly taken with uncharacteristic ambition: I want to do a good job. Anyone have Chatelaine-y advice?

Next fall I would like to do a real blow-out Newcomers' Feast here in the Barony. Who'd like to help out? Any ideas for sites? I know we could use devikat's co-op's living room again, but I'm hoping this will be too big for that! Ideas for fun activities? I wouldn't mind having a co-autocrat (and you wouldn't be committing to being my deputy or anything). Let me know your thoughts/ideas.
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[User Picture]From: splagxna
2009-03-05 03:12 am (UTC)
oh, was that your first event? i remember that! it was.... fall... of my sophomore year. so i'd been playing just 12 months.
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[User Picture]From: gflower
2009-03-05 03:27 am (UTC)
Actually it was my second event...the weekend after I showed up at my first Falcon's Keep moot was a Newcomer's Event/Althing in Caer Anterth, and a bunch of people were going so I went down with them. But there wasn't much going on besides lectures and a dessert revel. Plus I had been up since 3 am since the drivers insisted on day-tripping, Marshfield to Milwaukee and back. So I slept through some of the lectures. (4 hours is STILL outside my day-tripping horizon. Over three hours, I get crash space or a hotel room.)

I forgot, you would still have been in Northshield at that point! You started before me, it seems...I had been in the SCA for maybe two months at that point, tops.

Edited at 2009-03-05 03:45 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: splagxna
2009-03-05 03:13 pm (UTC)
i started ASAP upon joining college, so sept 96. my first event was february 97, rivenwood tower's 'lupercalia.' so i beat you by a few months, maybe.

and yet look who's got the peerage.... ;p
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[User Picture]From: angels_ember
2009-03-05 03:12 am (UTC)
Oooh. I've been blogged about! ;-P

Mind if I add you as a friend?
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[User Picture]From: gflower
2009-03-05 03:27 am (UTC)
Go for it! And I'll do the same, if you don't mind!

YAY!
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[User Picture]From: angels_ember
2009-03-05 03:37 am (UTC)
You have been added. ^_^
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[User Picture]From: zarhooie
2009-03-05 04:03 am (UTC)
Hi!

I am a bit punchy, but if you're the new person, I shall again say Hi!
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[User Picture]From: gflower
2009-03-05 04:04 am (UTC)
She is--and she proposes to bring her boyfriend too!
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[User Picture]From: zarhooie
2009-03-05 04:18 am (UTC)
I like boys and I generally approve of them at events.

Generally.
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[User Picture]From: angels_ember
2009-03-05 01:26 pm (UTC)
He's a very nice boy. A bit on the shy side (read: He can be easily intimidated, so no scaring him away!). But very nice, sweet, funny, and smart.
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[User Picture]From: lostvirtue
2009-03-05 03:35 am (UTC)
I'll volunteer to help(as long as it's a day I can come of course, I have a fairly flexible schedule as long as I know well in advance).

Edited at 2009-03-05 03:42 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: gflower
2009-03-05 03:47 am (UTC)
YAY! I'll let you know when I have a clearer idea of when this will be. I'm hoping to have a date pinned down by, say, September. No idea when the feast will be at this point--I'll have to see the fall event calendar before I speculate.
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[User Picture]From: zarhooie
2009-03-05 04:05 am (UTC)
You? The chatty-lane? You're such a cold and unwelcoming sort of person. Rude too. And mean. Did I mention cold and unwelcoming? I've never seen you smile at *anyone*.

Heartless wench.

(<3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3!!!!)
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[User Picture]From: gflower
2009-03-05 04:10 am (UTC)
*pout*

You're so cruel to point out my shortcomings in a public forum!

I shall now quit the SCA in discouragement. Goodbye.

*sound of footsteps, then door slamming*









*sound of giggling coming from other side of door*
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[User Picture]From: zarhooie
2009-03-05 04:19 am (UTC)
AND STAY OUT!

*steals your laurel medallion, dyes her hair and gets a perm*

I am Eliane 2.0.

Or. You know... like... not really. I'd have to get a voice box transplant and that sounds like *work*.

Edited at 2009-03-05 04:20 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: gflower
2009-03-05 04:26 am (UTC)
In order to sound like me, you'd have to get a voice box transplant FROM ME, which sounds both painful and...IMPOSSIBLE! Because a) they don't do that, and b) I'm not giving mine up!

HAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

(Besides, I think you have a lovely singing voice.)

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[User Picture]From: zarhooie
2009-03-05 04:36 am (UTC)
a) Yeah, well they never did a heart transplant before they did it, so nyah.
b) You will if I steal it from you! Ooooh, or I could go find an evil octopus witch and get her to put your voice into yoru medallion and then I could really steal it forever muahahaha!

(Eh. I've got a voice. T'ain't nothin' special really.)
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[User Picture]From: devikat
2009-03-05 09:37 am (UTC)
Yeay!!! I hadn't gotten a new-person email in more than a month... it was meant to be!

One things that people seemed interested in, but I wasn't really able to get off the ground, was the idea of a regular sewing moot (bi-annual?). Have newbies come in with fabric and teach them how to make basic garb. Give regulars space to cut out garb and sew and chat and share tasty things... etc.
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[User Picture]From: gflower
2009-03-05 04:11 pm (UTC)
Cool--I would love to look into doing some sewing moots.
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[User Picture]From: angels_ember
2009-03-05 04:13 pm (UTC)
I like this idea.

Once upon a time I learned how to sew.
And then I stopped using this ability.
And now I no longer remember how to even thread the darned machine!
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[User Picture]From: julia_spring
2009-03-05 12:22 pm (UTC)
I don't think a good job is uncharacteristic for you.
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[User Picture]From: gflower
2009-03-05 04:10 pm (UTC)
No, ambition in general is uncharacteristic of me...I generally aspire to do a good job, but am not always zealous about accomplishing that goal.
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[User Picture]From: gcmadtown81
2009-03-05 06:21 pm (UTC)

Pencil me in...

If it's not too imposing, I would LOVE to be the feast-o-crat for Newcomers' again. I had a blast doing it this last time around, and everyone seemed to love the food. I'm in as long as the usual schedule and such don't get in the way.
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[User Picture]From: gflower
2009-03-07 09:01 pm (UTC)

Re: Pencil me in...

Just realized I am slow in responding to this...it's not for lack of enthusiasm about the idea! I think it would be wonderful if you wanted to do that. The food was GREAT last year. Let's keep Newcomers' in the back of our brains and if either of us comes up with a theme or food ideas, get in touch with each other, sound like a plan?
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[User Picture]From: gcmadtown81
2009-03-18 08:03 pm (UTC)

Re: Pencil me in...

Sounds smashing!

Speaking of smashing, that gives me a great theme idea for the feast, just one of many to come, I'm sure: Haggis, 'neeps, and 'tatties. Mmmm... mushy food, all on one plate.
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[User Picture]From: gflower
2009-03-25 10:06 pm (UTC)

Re: Pencil me in...

My one experience with haggis in the SCA was...not so positive. Actually they called it 'haggis spread'. Basically it was oatmeal and liver mushed together. It was awful.

So you'll forgive me if I'm not very excited about the "smashed things" theme...but the 'neeps and 'tatties might be good with something else, maybe roasted meat or chicken? I dunno...keep thinking of ideas...
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