[Northkeep] Words of Thanks

John Carnnahan johncarnnahan at gmail.com
Thu May 25 05:48:36 PDT 2006

I wasn't long in Northkeep, but Northkeep will forever be in my heart.

All of the wonderful people of Northkeep made that the case, but especially
Ainar and Mercedes.

Thank you Ian for capturing these truths and conveying them so well.

Thank you your Excellencies, for being who you are and doing what you've
done.  You both made a defining impact on what playing in the SCA means and
how to go about it properly, to this newbie.

I miss all of you in Northkeep very much.  I'm coming down for Castellan and
can't wait to see everyone.

Sincerely (and very sentimentally now..),

Michele de'Medici

On 5/24/06, j.t.herring <j.t.herring at sbcglobal.net> wrote:
> Greetings Northkeep,
> Since Monday night when humble words were spoken in thanks to our Barony I
> have been thinking on something.  The words spoken were those of Ainar and
> Mercedes, their last as Baron and Baroness in Fief at populace meeting, my
> thoughts were about them and all they have given and done for Northkeep.
> The
> populace meeting was small, smaller than normal, and their last meeting
> was
> faced just as gently and humbly as their first. I wish the meeting could
> have been larger so that more people of the Barony could be there to hear
> their words and to share in the experience with them one last time. So for
> my part I want to express something to Ainar and Mercedes and I would like
> to share that with all of you here on this list.
> Part of the those thoughts I mentioned were wondering how many times over
> the years have Ainar and Mercedes addressed the populace? How many times
> have they been there praising Northkeep and thanking them, reminding all
> of
> us how good our Barony is and how proud they are of us? They have been
> there
> and done that for four and a half years, that is a lot of good praise that
> they have given.
> Ainar and Mercedes kindly give credit to the people of Northkeep were
> credit
> is due but they also need to not be so humble and take some of that credit
> upon themselves. It was their leadership that brought Northkeep out of its
> turmoil into the places of the Kingdom where it could shine once again.
> Ainar with his wide honest smile and Mercedes with her gentle matronly
> manners took the honor of our Barony to heart. Their Excellencies raised
> high the standard of service while bearing Northkeep's arms. All the while
> they have praised the people of Northkeep while taking none of that praise
> for themselves. Ainar and Mercedes have been humble but proud, they have
> done as a good Baron and Baroness should.
> Over the years Ainar and Mercedes have unknowingly endeared themselves in
> so
> many ways that I have come to deeply care for them, as friends and as
> leaders. They have been an inspiration to me, as others who have come
> before, an example that as the incoming Baron I often wonder if I can live
> up to.  So I say thank you Ainar and Mercedes, thank you for all you have
> done, thank you for all your work, for all your words, and for your
> inspiration. These thanks are not worthy of all your great deeds but they
> are honest and simple and they are for you.
> Thank you,
> Ian Dun Gillan
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