[Ansteorra] Answers to Questions-Waterbearer proposal

SoldierGrrrl soldier.grrrl at gmail.com
Fri Jun 20 09:43:09 PDT 2008

On 6/20/08, Elisabeth B. Zakes <kitharis at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 6/20/08, SoldierGrrrl <soldier.grrrl at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > I think what is being referred to is not the fighter who accidentally
> > leaves the water sitting on the counter, but rather the people who do
> > not bring anything, and do not plan to bring anything.  There is a
> > difference between forgetting something at an event and poor planning
> > because you assume someone will cover your butt.
> >

> I'm a huge proponent of personal responsibility. I'd be just as happy if the
> waterbearing went back to its roots -- kind people providing a service as a
> gift rather than an "expected" activity to supply everyone's water for the
> day. I don't mind at all if these kind people are organised. I'm also a huge
> proponent of organisation. :) I don't mind if groups (households, baronies,
> what-have-you) gather funds to help the kind people out financially.
> But I -do- mind the people who take it for granted.
> Aethelyan Moondragon
> Bryn Gwlad
> (and old fuddy-duddy, according to my children :)  )

Personal responsibility is a huge pet peeve of mine.  I understand
that there are things that come up, but really, if you're competing in
a sport as demanding as fighting in the SCA (both light and heavy),
then you also need to be aware of the demands of your body and prepare
to meet them, waterbearers or no.  I apprecaite that someone is there
to offer pickles and oranges and water, but I also know that I can
walk back to my pavilion to supply my own.  It's part of our event
planning, both as fighters and fighter support.

In cranky, creaky service,
Helena Dalassene
Blonde.  It's not just a hair color; it's a way of life.


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