January 4th, 2007

Viking Spongebob

SCA Meme

meme gacked from isenglass

But with a few changes, this could be used for almost any living history subculture...

1. What is your SCA name? (You don't have to write the full name, just your first name if you want.)--Fólki Rusli Þorgilsson

2. What is your home kingdom?--Midrealm

3. Have you ever lived in another kingdom? If so, where?--Nope.

4. Do you remember your first SCA event? When/what was it?--North Woiods (Lansing, Michigan) Coronation and Crown tourney, October 1972. It ruined me for years afterwards. Caellyn FitzHugh cooked an incredible meal, and I though all SCA feasts were like that. In November, the next event I went to featured fish stew for the feast. I sat there, going, "And...?"

5. Do you have any awards? (You don't have to list them if you don't want)--Then I won't.

6. Do you list them after your name in communications like e-mail?--nor before the name.

7. Do you have a device?--Of course. I was Dragon Herald in the 70s, and it would just be embarassing if I didn't!

8. Do you use it? On what?--Nope, Okay, its burned on a couple chests that I sometimes use, and it is on the badge given to members of my household, but I try not to since it's oop for a Norse impression.

9. Are you on all the kingdom/society lists available to you, or do you avoid them?--Not all, but a good chunk of them, even if so many of them are worthless. Occasionally, you pick a pearl out of the dung, and that makes it all worthwhile!

10. Do you keep your Pennsic/Estrella/Gulf Wars/etc. site tokens?--Of course. I havethem photographed as well. I also keep all other site tokens and kick myself each time I see them because they aren't labelled :\ Which event gave the rubber duckie as a site troken...? Okay, _that_ one I remember!

11. Do you keep the favours you've been given by royalty/friends/SOs, etc.? Do You wear them all?--They're somewhere, but they are not accuurate at all, so I don't wear them.

12. Do you call your friends by their SCA names even when you're not at an event?--It depends, generally on what they're usually called. The better I know someone, the more likely I am to use the modern names. Some I don't know their modern names or, somnetimes, even that the name used is _not_ the modern name!

13. Do you go out to dinner in garb after an event?--I don't even wear a costume. "Freaking the mundanes" is a vastly over-rated pursuit that seems more appropriate for boozing frat boys out at a game.

14. Do you have all kinds of garb, or do you generally stick to one period?--I have a 14th-century clothing chest (okay, a 14th-century storage bag), but I generally stay Icelandic at the time of rhe Conversion, and all future costume is likely to be Anglo-Scandinavian, although I also have 18th-century and 19th-century clothing around here.

15. How many interests do you have within the SCA? What's your favourite?--SCA History. It seems ironic that a group devoted to re-creating history does not know its own. In fact, some facets of the oligarchy discourage and sanitize it like Stalin at his worse!

16. Do you have an SCA-oriented web site (to show off projects, keep dress diaries, etc.)?--I have several Regia Anglorum sites.

17. Do you maintain a hairstyle that is more period style than modern? How about any other part of your appearance?--Probably so, since my hair is shoulder length. When it got that long, though, it was modern...

18. Do you tell "No Shit, there I was" stories? (Admit it.) Do any of them involve well-known SCA people?--You call them "no shit stories;" I call them history. Besides the unvarnished truth, I also write current historical fiction, romans a clef if you will and have for over two decades now.

19. Authenticity is Fun. Yes or no? Why?--If you want to dress up in a tunic made from Animaniacs fabric (someone recommended this as "fun" at a recent new mermber meeting; and they wonder why the group can't attract anyone!), then be honest. You don't want a group to re-create historical culture; you want a group where you can wear fantasy costumes with an historical overlay. The SCA is living history (not good living history is some instances, but certainly living history according to Jay Anderson's definition). Why do something wrong just because it's convenient or comfortable? Why do something accurate; my standard reply is borrowed from CivWar reenacting: BIRD (Because It's Right Dammit!). Why yes, I am a snotty elitist. And hell yes, accuracy is fun!

20. Is there one modern thing at events that really bugs you?-- Eyeglasses on Vikings. I get hate mail whenever I say that though :) I could go on--you probably can guess them faster than I can type them out--but that there's the biggie! Surprisingly, modern camp gear doesn't bug me at all; I just wish that we had period and modern camping areas. But any farb in the common area can really yank my yak!

Bonus Question! 21. Everyone has a shameful garb/accessory mistake hidden somewhere in their past. What's yours? (We're all friends here, we promise not to laugh. Much.)--Plenty of polyester and farby stuff. But I sold it all off about fifteen years ago after not wearing it for a decade before that. I sold it at a skiffy con; it was, of course, bought by an SCA peer who wore it for years after that...
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Viking Spongebob

Illinois Timeline Event!

I received word yesterday that the Forest Glen Timeline Event will be held on the weekend of 28 April, 2007! Please feel free to pass this information on to anyone who might be interested.

Forest Glen Preserve, the site of many AWI, ACW, pioneer, wild West and medieval (among others) reenactments is attempting to hold its first timeline event. There will be period camping, modern camping and space for demonstrations & battle tacticals. The public is invited. Sutlers, crafters and other vendors of living-history goods are also welcome! If you, your unit or your group is interested in participating, drop us a line. Further information may be found at http://www.advancenet.net/folo/FGTL.htm and http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MidwestTimeline/.

All participants must be invited. If you've never attended a timeline event, they *are* a blast!

Cheers, Folo
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