njones at ix.netcom.com
Mon Dec 23 22:55:45 PST 1996
I was "cured" of my peer fear after I had been in the SCA about six
months. I had been living a fairly sheltered SCA existance in
Bjornsborg, not traveling all that much and only traveling with the
group of friends I knew well. But then all that changed one day!
I had been introduced to Lady Gunnora (this was before she had her
Iris), by a mutual friend and we hit it off fairly well. So, I
would up spending a bit of time at her apartment. Or rather, I
should say Baroness Mari's apartment since at the time Gunnora was
living on the hide-a-bed in Mari's apartment. And I was deathly
afraid to speak to Mari. She was a peer. She was a noble. She
had been in the SCA _forever_! *grin*
But, time came for Tournement of the Worthies, and Mari was going
and wanted to make a big splash. Since Galen Niccoli was fighing
for her, she wanted to go as a Florentine, and was looking around
in the barony for someone who might want to help out and play the
servant for the weekend. I had nothing better to do, didn't have a
problem interacting with Mari as a manservant/mistress basis, and I
was Florentine! Seemed natural for me to volunteer.
Well, I had a great time! Mari and I really hit it off, and she
offered me a deal: I would travel with her as her manservant and
she would introduce me around, make sure I had a place to stay at
non-camping events, make sure I was fed, and make me a new costume
once a year! Thus started the evil friendship that exists today.
So, my best advice for getting over "peer fear" is what worked for
me: Volunteer! I still do it. It's my instinctive reaction to
being in an enviroment where I don't know anybody.
p.s. Remind me tell the story of the "Mari Bag" sometime!
*big evil grin*
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