[Bonwicke] Peer Fear

Ron Brooks rbrooks at xit.net
Fri Jul 23 17:48:24 PDT 2004

Thought that you would all enjoy this. :-)


Peer Fear 
By Her Excellency, Dame Eleanor Cadfan, Baroness Skraeling Althing, 

Peer Fear is a terrible affliction in this club and so unnecessary! 
Getting to know Peers in their natural habitat, like on the list 
field, is fine, but there are other ways. Peers can be anywhere and 
everywhere, so when approaching an unfamiliar Peer it is best to 
keep a few general rules in mind. Remember they may be more afraid 
of you than you are of them! Although frightening from a distance, 
these magnificent creatures domesticate easily and can make very 
rewarding companions. 

1) When approaching a Peer, do so from the front. Walk slowly. Peers 
startle easily, particularly Roses, and you don't want to set them 
to flight. 

2) Distract them. It may help more skittish Peers, like Laurels, if 
you begin by letting them examine a sleeve hem or a work in 
progress. Show a Knight a new weapon or anything shiny. 

3) Speak softly and use encouraging language and flattery. They may 
not understand everything you say, but they will respond to the tone 
of your voice. Avoid excessive bragging or arm waving. Rarer Peers, 
like Pelicans, can be easily intimidated by overt displays of 
passion. Laurels or Knights can become competitive or agitated and 
may charge. 

4) Offer them food or drink. Many Peers can become cranky when 
sitting through long meetings, Courts or performing arduous tasks of 
A&S or service. Food or alcoholic beverages will often make them 
more placid and with a little work many Peers can become tame enough 
to take food directly from your hand. Remember to keep the food soft 
and easy to chew. Many Peers are old and dependant on Squires or 
Apprentices to cut their meat. 

5) Approach them in groups. Peers tend to travel in clusters and can 
become anxious when cut from their herd. When approaching a flock of 
Pelicans or a pride of Knights, be careful to include all the Peers 
generally. Avoid singling out one Peer with direct eye contact and 
never turn your back on the rest of the group. While not meant 
maliciously, many separated and started Peers can accidentally 
trample you in an effort to rejoin their fellows. 

6) Wear your Apprentice, Protégé or Squires belt. Let the Peer 
examine the belt or touch it. Many Peers feel more comfortable 
knowing another Peer has been there before them. 

If you follow all these guidelines, anyone can form a lasting and 
meaningful relationship with a Peer. With proper maintenance, a Peer 
can be a faithful and loving companion and friend. 

Fight the fear. Hug a Peer! 
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