[Ansteorra] Events in the Last Five years

SoldierGrrrl soldier.grrrl at gmail.com
Sun Jan 20 20:24:24 PST 2008

On Jan 20, 2008 10:13 PM, Richard Threlkeld <rjt at softwareinnovation.com> wrote:
> Though I consider persona play magical and wonderful to watch, most of what
> I do is service which is not really period. I do first aid which no one
> wants to be medieval. I do cooking - and though we want to cook period
> things, we want to do the cooking with modern sanitation and techniques.
> I've been a Seneschal a couple of times and it primarily relates to modern
> thinking about people and law. I take pictures (and I apologize for the
> modern intrusion it causes, but I believe it is a valuable service). I
> Marshal and that is a modern affectation. I guess only Heraldry (of the
> things I do) is more or less a period thing subject to persona play.

Why must it be an either/or?  This shouldn't be an "I can do what I
like *or* I can be in persona," and there's no way to reconcile them.

I am a professional photographer, and I make no apologies for my
camera, but I do attempt to stay out of people's faces and to capture
the dream as I see it.  If I step on someone's toes, I beg pardon and
go on, and I certainly appreciated those good gentles at Bordermarch
who did not kick me as I moved through the knighting.

I enjoy cooking, and I enjoy period food, but I see no reason to have
my plastic containers of meat or my bottles of hand sanitizer sitting
on the table.  I have a small wooden cupboard to hide my spices and a
box to hold my cooking utensils.

I am a huge fan of good first aid, but must my first aid kit be in the
blue plastic box with "Johnson & Johnson" stenciled on the front?

> So there are things I could do in persona, but I have never found time to
> build a really good persona. Maybe that will come with time and changing
> priorities, but mostly I agree with Sir Jean Paul.

I don't think anyone truly wants to go back to times when meat was
heavily seasoned to disguise the fact that it was rather ripe, when a
bloody split whole pigeon was considered an ideal poultice for blood
poisoning or having to sit for hours upon hours to have an image
created, but rather, find ways to blur the edges between what we know
to be true and what we wish to be true.  It means taking a bit more
time, possibly from things we would rather do, but in the end, perhaps
it would be worth it.

If I have offended you with my words, I ask forgiveness.

Helena Dalassene
Blonde.  It's not just a hair color; it's a way of life.


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