[Ansteorra] Why aren't we doing this?

Celestria leDragon celestria.ledragon at gmail.com
Tue Nov 2 13:42:58 PDT 2010

As for smoking the smokers that I know or know of including myself walk away
and either join other smokers or stand away from the activities and people.
It is some of the non-smokers that come into the space we created out of
respect to smoke that get indignant about smoking. I have been to an event
that was held in a park where you could not smoke on their property so we
just walked across the street. It was no problem.

Flash has always been an issue with some courts. It's hard to get good
pictures without it and we all want the cool pictures. There is no easy
solution to this especially at outdoor events, even indoors during court
most lights are shut down.

If we become too right-wing about trying to be period then the less new
comers will stay and play. Without new blood there can not be growth and
younger hands to carry on. We are suppose to be a "Creative" group. We do
not re-enact therefore we can be more relaxed about what and how we do
things. Yes it's nice to cover chairs and hide coolers under tables or with
cloth. But if a new person is not taught this simple act then we as a
Society has failed that person and have no right to criticize and at times
we need to remind the not so new member.

There are many reasons people are drawn to the SCA, be it for the fighting,
A&S or just to wear cool clothes. We all play at different levels, with
different budgets and different levels of being period. But we all come
together as family to enjoy this game we play, some family members are not
as cool as others but we are all family.

As with life if you want respect then you need to show respect no matter
which side of the fence you are on.

In Service,
Lady Celestria Monelyght leDragon

On Tue, Nov 2, 2010 at 2:12 PM, Liam Gordon <cenliamgordon2005 at gmail.com>wrote:

> Mornin' Everyone!
> I'm probably going to step on a hornets nest here.  And for doing so, my
> apologies.
> Smoking...  *gasp*  I'm a smoker.  I tend to be a very considerate smoker.
> I tend to walk away from groups of people and even get down wind from folks
> if I can.  I even go so far as to ensure that if the event is being held
> inside, I walk a distance away from the door to the building.
> In other words, I am already away from the primary areas of the event.
>  I've
> had people ask me to walk away from them a bit farther because they're
> allergic to the smoke.  Ok, fine.  I don't have a problem with that.  Those
> who have asked me in the past, I tend to remember them and don't smoke
> around them.
> But, when our events are outside, we don't smoke in the middle of court.
> All the smokers that I know will go outside the fringe of court, usually a
> good enough distance away but are still able to hear what's going on.  Most
> of the smokers that I know also don't smoke right by the list field.
> They'll go behind list field pavilions to a point far enough away that the
> smoke won't bother folks but can still see the list.
> I do understand that there are those smokers who aren't as considerate as
> others.  That is where those of us who are considerate should take a moment
> and help them out, guiding them to a more considerate position/spot.
> What else can we do other than not smoking at the event?  If that is the
> case, then maybe alcohol should be banned from events also (except those
> alcohols that are entered into A&S competitions).
> Just my two-pence,
> Liam

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