[Ansteorra-rapier] Soap boxes

Brendan McEwan brendan_mcewan at dhope.net
Sat Jul 21 17:50:44 PDT 2001

I tell you what.  You ask me to fight, and if I give ANY excuse except for a
Circle, drag out that box and hit me over the head with it.  Since I have
spent as many as 12-14 hours some days fighting(okay, it was a REALLY long
tournament) I don't think fatigue is usually an issue.  What events are you
going to?  I'll try to make a couple of them over the next 2-3 months.

Brendan McEwan

-----Original Message-----
From: ansteorra-rapier-admin at ansteorra.org
[mailto:ansteorra-rapier-admin at ansteorra.org]On Behalf Of Laurie Garnes
Sent: Saturday, July 21, 2001 1:43 PM
To: ansteorra-rapier at ansteorra.org
Subject: [Ansteorra-rapier] Soap boxes

Marquet, I think you know that I agree with you about the travel thing.  We
beg and plead all we want to get people to come and see us here, but if
we're not
willing to see them in their home once in a while, then how often are we to
them to come charging at our call?  I give major kudos to Dona Gwynneth and
Avery for coming to Trelac to teach us just for a practice date.  (Guys, I
trying to make it to Austin and have put down several dates to do so, but
life has come to squash each one, but I will be at Queen's and am still
trying to
set up a day to join you for a practice!)

*pulls Marquet's soap box closer*  Mind if I borrow this now, Marquet?
*struggles to the top*

Now, it's wonderful to travel to events in other areas.  I truly enjoy
getting to
see friends that I only get to see on these occassions.  I travel to an out
region event at least once a month and love the opportunity to see/meet new
people, catch up on the news of those I haven't seen in ages, and just
have a great time.  I have to say that it's getting very frustrating,
though, to
travel these great distances (up to 1000 miles in one case) and only get to
two fights (if the tournament was double elim) or so.  Now, before all you
get up in arms and start screaming about how if we want to fight in pickups,
we need to do is ask - I do.  What becomes frustrating is when there are
running amuck all over an event and I go around asking both white and red
alike to
fight with me and get the same responses over and over.  "Catch me later"
seems to be the same response all day), "I'm not really feeling up to it
now" (But they feel plenty up to winning tournaments), or something similar.
course, I've never gotten a "No, I just don't want to fight with you", but I
as well be for all the response I get.  At one event (the afore mentioned
mile trek), there were scads of white and red scarves running around.  I
asked no
less than 9 people to fight with me.  Only one did - a cadet.  (Thank you,
Rolanda!)  One Don said yes and was going to get his toys when the WS circle
called (Thank you for the thought, Dore!).  Some of the events I've been to,
scarves would fight with me.  Now, I know that you guys get busy.  Fine.
But if
you guys are going to keep saying how all we have to do is ask to get to
with you, follow through on that sometimes.  If this had just been a
problem, I would not be upset.  But this has happened at every large event
gone to.  (Most of the small ones have either had enough fighting during the
tournament to keep me busy or, more often, no scarves in attendance.)  Last
at the Rapier Acadamy, this problem of no one to fight with was brought up
almost unanimously all the WS's and cadets claimed that all we had to do was
Ok, well I've spent the last year doing just that.  I haven't seen much of a
change in the problem.  Am I just asking the wrong people?  Who do I need to
talking to now?

Well, thank you for listening.  *steps off of box and hands back to Marquet*
Thanks for the loaner!

In search of the dream,
Muirghein MacKiernan

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