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Thoughts on SCA events [Apr. 16th, 2004|04:46 pm]
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Why I am not going to either Coronation or Crown Tournament. Of little interest to anyone not in the SCA.

I am not going to either Coronation or Crown Tournament and I'm kind of bummed out about both them. Usually when I don't go to big SCA events, it's because of my schedule. Because I am at church every Sunday of the school year, it means that I cannot crash at someone's place on Saturday night. I must always drive home after the event, which for the most part puts a geographic leash on me of what I tend to day-trip. As well, sometimes I have certain things or events planned that conflict with SCA events and cannot be moved.

However, in the case of Coronation and Crown Tournament, I have had both events on my personal calendar for months and have planned around them. It is the actions of others and not my ministry that are causing me to stay home.

In the case of Coronation it's that feast ticket lottery. I totally misunderstood the original announcement. I had thought that it would be mostly first come, first served, and that the lottery would be used at the end, say if there were 30 reservations that came in on a certain day and only 10 spots and it was impossible to tell who had really gotten there first. So, it was a bit of a shock that I didn't get in – especially since I wasn't informed about it myself but had to hear it through the grapevine from someone else. Never-the-less, without feast, it really isn't worth it for me to bother going to the event for several reasons.

I don't think people without children appreciate how hard it is to get out of the house. I didn't get to Hare last year until after noon. I got to Pikeman's last year at a scandalous 2:00 or 2:30. Even without Grace, my husband can't get his butt in gear. We were almost late for Practicum and the only reason we got there at 9:58 was because he drove an extremely non-legal speed since I was yelling at him for making us so late.

I basically knew that there was a good chance that I'd miss the morning part of Coronation, which is the truly interesting part. Without feast, there is just the afternoon of talking to people and chasing an over-tired toddler who refuses to sleep around.

And, then there's the economics. I have always felt that site fees were too high while feast fees on the other hand are the best bargain in town - especially for what you get. So, while I think it's a bad deal to pay $6 for the privilege of sitting in a high school gym and talking to people I see every second week anyway, I think the idea of paying $18 to go to an event that culminates in a 2 or 3 course meal is amazing.

In conclusion, a don't find the idea of packing up the car, driving for an hour, paying $16 to sit in a high school gym with a few banners, chasing a toddler around all day, and then having to leave at 6:00 so that both the important and the lucky can start to eat is an appealing way to spend a day.

Tyr thinks I should go, but I am not going to let him make me feel guilty. I wanted to go to Twelfth Night and he didn't want to go. I wanted him to go to Practicum and se me teach my first course, but he didn't want to go. I wanted to go to Crown, but more about that later. I wanted him to go to Autocrat's which I am running this year, but he's already not going. I don't want to say he's wrong for all th events he's not going to, but I certainly am not going to let him make me feel bad for not going to the one he feels like attending.

I am sorry I'm missing Eleanor's elevation. Seeing Cennedi and Susanna's final court would have been nice, but I did go to Rising Waters to see their coronation, so I hope I shouldn't be perceived as being unsupportive of them. Actually, more than missing Coronation, I do regret that I told Susanna's entourage that I wanted to be a lady-in-waiting and then I never followed through. The idea seemed so exciting at Coronation and I genuinely like them, but I wasn't thinking realistically. Unless Cennedi was a very unusual toddler who always stayed in place and did what he was told, I hope Her Majesty can understand why I was never able to follow-through with my intension.

As for Crown Tournament, Tyr is not fighting. He had told me last year that he wanted to enter Crown and fight for me.

But, he hasn't been to practice in months and it just isn't going to happen. And since he doesn't seem motivated to go back to practice any time soon, I doubt he's going to fight in fall Crown either.

It's disappointing because this was my one chance to be fought for at Crown. I know that there wasn't much of a chance of him winning, but I thought it would be an honour and an experience just to be there and be part of this tradition.

He might some day fight for me, but it's doubtful. Tyr is an intellegent, not bad looking, successful, nice, old-fashioned guy. It is only a matter of time before he meets someone and then he will be fighting for his fiance or wife instead of me(which is how it should be.) Maybe finding the right girl and the thought of fighting for her will be the motivation that will some day get him back into fighting.

Crown was also going to be an opportunity for me to finally get an AoA. Eleanor once told me that if you don't have one and are faught for by anyone, you automatically are awarded one. And the best part of that would have been that it would not have been in Caldrithig. I would be humiliated to have to receive an AoA in Cladrithig in front of everyone I know. It's a great honour when you've been around for a year or two. But most people assume I have one. I once had a conversation with someone from the canton. I think we were talking about how newcomers don't know how to act if called into court. She asked me if I knew what to do when I was called up for my AoA. I told her that I never got one and she looked at me and said "Why? What did you do?" Getting an AoA after 4 and 1/2 years and serving on 2 executives may be like getting your high school certificate at age 25 after dropping out - somethings are best done as quietly and with as little fanfare as possible.

The only good thing about missing both Coronation and Crown is that they are repeated every 6 months. So there will no doubt be other Coronation feasts and Crown Tournaments in my future.


From: fairydarkfire
2004-04-17 07:02 pm (UTC)
I am sorry to hear that. :(
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[User Picture]From: beable
2004-04-22 03:08 pm (UTC)

Hi, 'tis Cecilia. I didn't register who "Vesta Venus" that fairy kept referring to was until Helly mentioned the gold key, than I figured it out.

On the coronation, I am mildly surprised that it wasn't organized as a a "lottery of the latest comers" too.

On the AOA, I know what you mean. In my case I think I was involved for almost 3 years before I even got a tail, although outside of dance people didn't know me much, and the then Baron and Baroness certainly didn't. But still, I was attending events more regularly then than I do now. And when I did get my AOA (after about 5+ years and my first name was spelled wrong), then while I was pleased to receive it, there was also a certain amount of "well it's about time" mixed very heavily into it too, because I had been feeling quite overlooked.

I feel part of the mildly guilty now, though .. I thought you had long since had your AOA (before me even) too!
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[User Picture]From: vesta_venus
2004-04-22 08:14 pm (UTC)
Well, greetings!

As it turns out, I am going to Coronation after all. Apparently, a number of feast spots have come available. So, all of this rigamorole has been for nothing. I am still not going to Crown though - the deadline for applications has already passed.

AOA's are tricky things and I will confess that I don't understand the politics. I wrote 8-10 recommendations last fall after C&S's coronation. The interesting part came when I forwarded my recommendations to several friends to ask them to also recommend any one on my list they agreed with (for that multiple recommendation requirement.) My thought was that if people didn't agree with my recommendations, fine, just support the ones you agree with.

What happened instead was that several people wrote back to me pointing out what they disagreed with about some of my recommendations and I caught a glimps e into the politics of awards.(Interestingly, I had 3 people write back to me and they all picked different people to disagree with.) :)

In one case, I had recommended Inge for an AOA and someone wrote back and said she would not support this as Inge only went to dance. And I thought, "Man how many times have I sat through Caldrithig court and seen people (from Caldrithig) that I've never met before get AoA's". Inevitably, they are fencers. (It is our activity with the strongest population base.) I go to meetings, I've been part of the dance group, I've been to Gina and KES's A&S night, and I go to all the little Caldrithig potlucks. So, it's to the point where if I don't know someone, it's because they are a single activity particpant not me.

So, my argument is that if we can give AoA's to people who fence and do nothing else, then why can't we give them to dancers (or fighters) who do nothing else. I think the problem is that the dance group is not as tight-knit and supportive or each other as the fencers and we need to recommend our own.

Your AoA was overdue. All the AoA's I campagned for last fall were overdue as well(Cyamund and Jaffia, Rinehart and Emmaline). In fact, the number one agrument I got to people over those was that they got one years ago, so that I had to forward people a link to the OP.

Re mispelling - my brother's AoA has both his first name and his place name mispelled. (The calligrapher did manage to spell "de" correctly.) :) He tries to laugh about it and says that misspelling was period, but I think it kind of hurt that no one cared enough to do it correctly.

Anyway, I'm not campagning for an AoA for myself, merely noting that Crown is a nice little work-around for those who don't have one.

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