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Jul. 2nd, 2010


Historical Martial Arts classes at Pennsic: WMAinSCA Schedule

For our second year in a row, the WMAinSCA camp is offering a full series of Historical Martial Arts classes at this years Pennsic War 39 (www.pennsicwar.org), in a continuing effort to bring the Western Martial Arts and the SCA Combat communities closer together, and to share in the study and research of the Historical Arts to all interested.

The full class schedule is posted at: www.flechyr.com/WMAinSCA along with a downloadable PDF version to print and take with you to Pennsic. Any changes to the schedule, and any additional information (like our camp location) will be maintained and updated on the website (including the PDF) up until a day or two before Pennsic, so check back before heading out.

This year's line up features some very special classes by: Tom Leoni, Christian Tobler, and Greg Mele, to name a few, along with a host of other SCA and WMA instructors with classes ranging from I.33 through Pallas Armata.

Come join us, there's definitely something for everyone, and be ready for some excellent training!

Please feel free to re-post or forward this information on.
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May. 5th, 2010


Jesslin has a birthday!

Happy Birthday jesslin !


Mar. 1st, 2010


Announcing: Freelance Academy Press

Dear Friends, Students of the Sword and Lovers of History, 

We are proud to announce the debut of Freelance Academy Press (www.freelanceacademypress.com).  

Freelance Academy Press offers its readers both innovative books and rich supporting material in the fields of Western martial arts, American and European history, arms and armour, chivalry, historical arts and crafts, and related fiction for adults and young-adults. We accomplish this through the introduction of new educational books and timeless, carefully selected reprints. Each of our titles features innovative cover composition, clear illustrations, high production value and solid binding. Our goal is to give book-lovers a product in which the quality of the subject is matched with a notable degree of professionalism and cleanness of design. 

Now Available: Our First Titles 

As devoted students of Western swordsmanship, it is our particular pleasure to launch Freelance Academy Press with two compelling titles, ready for order today: 

Venetian Rapier: Nicoletto Giganti’s 1606 Fencing Curriculum - Translated by Tom Leoni (www.freelanceacademypress.com/venetianrapier.aspx)

Perhaps no other weapon represents “Renaissance Italian fencing” as powerfully as the rapier. However, do we truly know how this sword was used and how it was taught? Venetian Rapier transports you into the fencing school, or salle, of celebrated Renaissance rapier master Nicoletto Giganti of Venice. Giganti was one of the most influential teachers of the period, and a master whose instructions on the use of this weapon have survived the centuries. It is most fortunate for us that his 1606 text, The School, or Salle is a veritable training curriculum, complete with stepwise lessons and easy-to-follow explanations on the use of both the rapier alone and the rapier and dagger. This faithful translation of Giganti’s seminal work, by internationally-renowned rapier teacher Tom Leoni, includes the complete text, original illustrations, and an introduction on rapier fencing that enables the reader to easily follow Giganti’s text.  

In Saint George’s Name: An Anthology of Medieval German Fighting Arts by Christian Henry Tobler (http://www.freelanceacademypress.com/insaintgeorgesname.aspx)

The medieval knight was a well-trained fighting man, expert in the use of sword, lance, spear and dagger, and a member of a warrior aristocracy whose values, virtues and vices helped shape European society for over 500 years. Providing an insightful, fascinating view of the medieval knight and his craft, In Saint George’s Name: An Anthology of Medieval German Fighting Arts brings readers a treasure trove of musings on the culture and the context of the martial arts in the late Middle Ages, hands-on training exercises for wrestling, dagger, falchion and poleaxe, and most importantly, the first English translation of the so-called “von Danzig” manuscript, the largest and most complete of the medieval German treatises. Join medieval combat expert Christian Henry Tobler on an expansive journey into the lost world of chivalric fighting arts, a journey that is certain to thrill martial artists, arms and armour enthusiasts, and lovers of history alike. 

Coming Soon: Forthcoming Titles 

We are confident that you will be as pleased with our debut titles as we are proud of them. But, just a swordsman cannot make a cut and then pause to see if it wins the bout, a publishing company cannot stand on their laurels for long. Therefore, we are happy to announce that the following titles are currently in production and slated for release by summer 2010: 

In the Service of Mars: Proceedings from the Western Martial Arts Workshop, 1999 – 2009

The first of two volumes, In the Service of Mars: Proceedings from the Western Martial Arts Workshop, 1999 – 2009 is a visual and content-rich chronicle of the growth, in depth and breadth, of the Western martial arts community since the introduction of Western Martial Arts Conference in 1999. A compilation of some of the most popular and detailed lectures and class notes from the Western Martial Arts Workshop’s first decade, it is also far more than a “best-of” anthology. Ideally presented for both past and future Workshop attendees, each entry has been substantially revised, expanded, and in many cases, photo-illustrated by their authors in order to recreate the actual class experience in the subject presented.  

Swordplay in the Age of Shakespeare by Stephen Hand

Stephen Hand, author of English Swordsmanship, Medieval Sword and Shield and former editor of the journal SPADA: An Anthology of Swordsmanship, now turns his attention to an in-depth survey of the fencing styles of late Elizabethan England. Designed specifically as an introduction to Elizabethan swordsmanship for Western martial artists, stage combatants and reenactors, this lavishly illustrated training guide compares and contrasts the swordplay techniques of Giacomo di Grassi, Vicentio Saviolo, George Silver and Joseph Swetnam. 

Journal of the Armour Research Society

We are pleased to inaugurate our Arms and Armour catalog with the long-anticipated second volume by the renowned Armour Research Society. This research journal will feature articles by Fabrice Cognot, Jiří Hošek, Martijn A. Wijnhoven, and Douglas Strong. 

Master of the Guild, the Fight Book of Master Peter Falkner by Christian Henry Tobler

Our first, full-color facsimile is a reproduction of a beautiful and little seen 15th century fencing treatise by the Hauptmann (Captain) of the famed Marxbrüder fencing guild, covering the longsword, messer, wrestling, staff, dagger and armoured combat. 

These are just a few of the many titles currently in production at Freelance Academy Press. Rest assured that we will make regular announcements of all new titles and materials to be offered. 

Freelance Academy Press: Something Different

Our goal is to be more than just another publisher, and our name “Freelance Academy Press” reflects our core structure and philosophy. As with many modern expressions, the origin of the term freelance has largely been forgotten. Originally, a “free lance” was a knight for hire, which in the modern world now means an individual hired to do contracted work.   

The foundation of a publishing house is determined by the quality and diversity of its catalog. We are keenly aware that the structure of our business is built on establishing solid, enduring partnerships with our freelancers – our authors. That is why we collaborate with our authors to shape and refine their vision into a work that will withstand the test of time.  

If freelance is our structure, then academy is our philosophy. Since we are passionate students of the subjects we publish, we are invested in seeing interest and knowledge of our titles grow on a global basis.  We carefully choose titles and materials that lead readers on a historical journey that does not merely end with the final page of a book. Instead, our philosophy incorporates the three-tiered approach of Discover-Learn-Experience:  

Discover - Freelance Academy Press broadcasts and promotes the existence of fascinating topics such as Western martial arts and the modern communities that exist within this rapidly expanding arena. By doing so, we help these communities to grow and we encourage interaction between the individuals within them. 

Learn - We provide high-quality instructional and translational works for our readers. Because even the most scholarly of historical works should not be dry and boring, we emphasize readability and visually-compelling presentation in order to make your journey back in time a stimulating adventure.  

Experience – In today’s publishing world, a press must be about communicating ideas, not merely about printing books or DVDs. We encourage you to return to our website, in particular our blog, time and again. We promise that you will find it to be an ever-growing repository of supplemental training documents and video clips, featured interviews and Q&As with leading researchers and instructors, and free downloadable e-books and translations. As a further bonus, subscribers to our periodic newsletter will receive “sneak peaks” and advance news of new title releases, as well as pre-order discounts and a few other surprises. 

In short, Freelance Academy Press is run by aficionados of Western swordsmanship, for aficionados of the Art of the Sword. We seek to forge an interactive, on-going relationship between reader, author and publisher that is well beyond the model of a traditional press.  We invite you to come to www.freelanceacademypress.com now and join us on this odyssey. 

Freelance Academy Press: Interact with History

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Dec. 15th, 2009


Send Help Immediately - Tourdion and I are now on Twitter *facepalm*

If you would like to follow Tourdion:

I feel a little dirty about it, but if you would like to follow me:

In other news, Tourdion will be back at ReenactorFest in February!

Nov. 15th, 2009


Desperately Needed Brewing Day

I haven't had the opportunity to make anything in a while, so thankfully, since berries won't last forever, the day had to happen—and it did.

The basics:

Batch 1: "Carlsonberry Melomel" (black raspberry melomel)
9.5 lbs Black Raspberries
10 lbs Honey
Spring Water
Yeast = Premier Cuvee
OG = 1.062 @ 70°
Total volume at pitching: 6 gal.
Notes: Thanks to queenserenity42 and family for the fruit.

Batch 2: "Great Depression Mead" (semi-dry mead)
14.5 oz. Buckwheat Honey
14.5 oz. Black Forest Honey
Spring Water
Yeast = Lalvin 71B-1122
OG = 1.10 @ 70°
Total volume at pitching: .5 gal.
Notes: Test recipe, Honey was a brewing competition prize from a couple years ago (SCA - All Souls).

I don't boil, heat, or pre-sulfite
I do use acid blend, tannin, and plenty of yeast nutrient
The rest of my process is secret

I'm hoping for a light, crisp, and relatively dry mead from the berries, and a strong, complexly flavored one from the test batch. We'll see what happens with both of these—I'm usually pretty confident when it comes to my mead making skills, but today's work was done on about 6 hours of sleep total since Thursday night. For now, we wait.

I also really need to figure out a way to get back to making beer, too. Our kitchen sucks, and I don't have a lot of space or outdoors area, so my options are limited. I'm also very picky when it comes to beer making equipment and procedure (much more so than when I make mead), so "good enough" for me usually isn't. It's definitely time to research and get to it, though.

Now, time to quench the thirst and kill off some braincells, so hopefully I sleep tonight.

Oct. 30th, 2009


Long Time No Post - Throwing Someone Overboard

Thanks in part to

loreleiskye and mairegirl , their posts yesterday reminded me just why I have this journal, and why I should try to get back to using it again.

I blame my lack of posting mostly to a combination of Facebook, and having a rather spectacularly bad year, where the lows have managed to thoroughly steam-roll the few extraordinary highs there have been. It’s made it rather difficult to muster the energy—or willpower—necessary to write, except for the typical short and often cryptic one-liner “sound bites” of life that Facebook thrives on. Should I ever start to Tweet—send help immediately—I’ll have completely lost it.

I’ve weathered the majority of the storm, though, and although there are a couple menacing clouds still out there that could potentially do a lot of damage, I’m hoping for the best.

One small ray of somewhat sickly light through the clouds recently, however, and the one triggered by L’s & M’s posts to write about, was making the very difficult decision to finally throw a toxic crewmember of my own over the side, a few weeks ago.

As a good captain, I did my best to parlay, though, offering the benefit of the doubt; extending a hand; reexamining my own place and understanding; looking the other way; etc., but in the end, the hurt of the original betrayal of my trust, the complete lack of honest remorse or regret, the continued lies, and the attempts to manipulate and coerce, made any reconciling utterly impossible.

I’ve never done this as plainly before, either, but after struggling with it for some time, I opted for being direct and completely honest, and told the person exactly what my thoughts and observations were, why so, and goodbye—with good wishes and a hope to someday get a clue.

From their four word response, however, I doubt that will ever happen.

I hated doing it, I hated having to do it, and I don’t ever want to have to do it again, but quite literally, like the cliché, it felt like a weight was removed from my shoulders—I should have done this much sooner.

This person proved themselves a liar, dishonest, discourteous, rude, greatly self-serving, and insidiously manipulative—and continues to be so—admittedly. Charisma is a dangerous tool in the wrong hands.

Unfortunately, due to associations, the person will still be “around,” and there is always the potential for fall out, or even continued subversive behavior on their part, but it had to be done.

Life is just too short to suffer a fuck-wit like this.

Anyway, I hope to find the time and energy to post here again more frequently, and thanks again to

loreleiskye and mairegirl , for inadvertently clearing out the cobwebs for me—I really needed to get this off my chest.


Oct. 29th, 2009


Oh noes! Queenserenity42 has a...

Happy Birthday, queenserenity42 !

I'm so glad you're in my life, and such a special part of it.

Have an absolutely wonderful day!



May. 20th, 2009


Happy Birthday, Rowandoll

Have a great day, rowandoll !

May. 8th, 2009


SCA Meme

Blame loreleiskye :)

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May. 5th, 2009

Kryten 2

Happy Birthday Jesslin!

Happy Birthday, jesslin !



May. 3rd, 2009


Happy BD So_zanie!

Happy Birthday, so_zanie ! Have a great day!

Apr. 23rd, 2009

Tourdion 1

Farewell to Bristol

It is with great regret that I must inform you that Tourdion will not be back at Bristol this season. The new management only contacted us now, at this late date, to offer us a single weekend appearance, unfortunately, on a weekend that isn’t available to us.

Tourdion has been a part of the show for the past 11 seasons, through thick and thin, and we are saddened that we won’t be seeing our incredibly supportive friends and fans for what would have been our 12th straight year.

Have a great season, everyone. We’ll miss you.

Apr. 9th, 2009

Natural 1

RIP Dave Arneson

At least Gary and Dave can get a game started up again.


Apr. 8th, 2009


Happy Birthday Mairegirl

Have a fantastic day, mairegirl !

Feb. 12th, 2009


20 Important Albums Meme

As usual no tagging from me—got this from Ken Pfrenger on Facebook...
Think of 20 albums that had such a profound effect on you they changed your life or the way you looked at it. They sucked you in and took you over for days, weeks, months, years. These are the albums that you can use to identify time, places, people, emotions. These are the albums that no matter what they were thought of musically shaped your world. When you finish, tag 20 others, including me. Make sure you copy and paste this part so they know the drill. Get the idea now? Good. Tag, you're it!

Don't make too much fun! Feel free to guess (or ask) why particular albums are there.

In no particular order, and I included the original release dates for fun:

1. Joe's Garage: Act 1 - Frank Zappa (1979)
2. Discipline - King Crimson (1981)
3. Meet the Beatles - The Beatles (1964)
4. M. F. Horn Vol. 1 - Maynard Ferguson (1970)
5. The Wall - Pink Floyd (1979)
6. Kiss Alive II - Kiss (1977)
7. Stan Getz & the Oscar Peterson Trio - Stan Getz & the Oscar Peterson Trio (1957)
8. Druid Wood - Celtic Stone (1984)
9. So - Peter Gabriel (1986)
10. 1984 - Van Halen (1984)
11. Blow Up - The Smithereens (1991)
12. A Wild and Crazy Guy - Steve Martin (1978)
13. South of the Border - Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass (1964)
14. Dizzy Gillespie in Paris Vol. 1 - Dizzy Gillespie (1953)
15. Freedom of Choice - DEVO (1980)
16. Get the Knack - The Knack (1979)
17. Haymarket Minstrels - Curtis & Loretta (1989)
18. Dream Police - Cheap Trick (1979)
19. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap - AC/DC (1976)
20. Setting Sail - Tourdion (1998)

Wow, this is really a microscopic number of albums that were/are important to me—to force some variety, I purposely limited myself to one title per artist.
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Feb. 5th, 2009


Tag "This" – 25 random things meme

Rules: Once you've been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it's because I want to know more about you.

I'm answering since I've been tagged by various people on Facebook, and have seen it here on LJ many times—but mainly because I'm just really fried and need a diversion at the moment. So, here are my 25, however, I'm not tagging—feel free to do it if you feel like it.

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Jan. 20th, 2009


History as it happens

This is a rather amazing moment in our country's brief history. I feel very fortunate to be here, at this point in time, to witness it, as it happens. Thank you intertubes.

Dec. 31st, 2008


Happy Birthday & New Year Lifeonwry!

lifeonwry , have a great day & Happy New Year!

Dec. 28th, 2008


HBD - Lylyan

Happy Birthday, lylyan—have a great day!

Dec. 24th, 2008


Las Vegas Love

So jesslin  and I are back from only our second-ever trip to Las Vegas, and we're already planning the next one. We picked a great week to go, especially since the weather was less than ideal here at home while we were gone—suffice it to say that it was clear, sunny, and cool (40s-50s) in Vegas—just beautiful. It's also funny to think that two people that don't really party very much, don't go clubbing, aren't really into gambling (other than poker for me), don't care for crowds or masses of stupid drunk people, or care about anything trendy, fancy clothes, or...etc. REALLY enjoy the place—but we do.

This trip, we stayed at the Mirage, since out main objective was to see Love, and that's where it plays. It's a great hotel, relatively not too expensive, good service, good food, and has a great location on the strip, but other than the poker room, its casino is nothing special and only offers rather high minimums at it's table games, and has far too many evil 6/5 blackjack tables. There are some standard 3/2 tables, but they are dealt out of the multideck auto shuffle shoes only. Oh, and the new version of the Mirage Volcano is awesome (see below), as is the Secret Garden with its lions, tigers, leopards, and dolphins (didn't expect the free show there, either, the dolphins were a bit frisky—got to witness 'hot dolphin sex' O.O—even more amusing since there were a bunch of families there at the time—explain that one to your 7-year olds, HA!) definitely one of the highlights of the trip, and I can't forget to mention the utterly outstanding milkshakes at BLT Burger.

We also managed to catch the Fab Four Live, to further help get in the spirit for Love, and wow, these guys were great, and that's coming from someone who has been a rather serious Beatles fan all his life. It helps when the musicians are real fans, themselves. It was also proof that some of the "second tier" shows in Vegas are still very-much worth seeing.

So, about Love: Jesslin and I are both fans of Cirque du Soleil already, so we expected a good show, but Love is truly a special one—not anything we expected, but in a very, very good way—a bit more dance and story oriented, and of course the tribute to the Beatles music—especially their message. There was so much going on, we're sure we missed a bunch of things—truly an amazing experience.

OK, what else...unexpected Hindu shrine in Caesar's Palace garden area, Star Trek TOS Slot Machines, the Dueling Piano Bar at Harah's, Perfect Margarita's at Margaritaville and a kickin' house band, the Bird Habitat at the Flamingo, Lions at MGM, the Shops at Caesar's, Planet Hollywood, and the Venetian, the odd concept of the new City Center still in the works, big empty holes where the Frontier and the Stardust used to be, the new Pallazo and Encore hotels, winning swag, free slot tourneys, etc., etc., etc., a lot more I'm sure I'm forgetting already, too many miles put in on the shoe leather, too many miles put on the credit cards, too few hours of sleep...too much fun...too long a wait until we can go back. (Sorry, too lazy to make links to everything—if you want to find something and can't, let me know.)

So, here are just a couple pics, and a bit of video I took of the Mirage Volcano from our room...

The view from our room at the Mirage:

One of the Lions at MGM:

Looking North on the Strip at twilight:

May post more later as the brain continues to digest everything.



Happy Birthday Marielaf!

Have a great day, marielaf !

Dec. 9th, 2008


Pardon my dust

This LJ may look a bit "off" over the next several days as I tinker with a few layout ideas.

Dec. 5th, 2008


Pulled the trigger...

...and decided to buy a permanent account.

Heh, maybe it'll get me to post more frequently—more likely, though, I'll just have an utter crap-load of icons. ^_^

Although, I do also think it's time to replace the Casino Royale theme - any suggestions?

Dec. 1st, 2008


Todai - Fun Restaurant Find

jesslin  and I were in the mood for sushi on Saturday, but were in the mood to find someplace new to try, and after a little online searching, we turned up Todai at Woodfield Mall, and braved the holiday traffic to go there.

Although this place is a buffet, it isn't exactly cheap ($19 for lunch / $28 for dinner / no drinks included) but we found it to be easily worth the price, especially considering most folks would run up at least that at a regular sushi/seafood place. The food and variety was surprisingly good, so needless to say, we stuffed ourselves to near exploding. The (raw) marinated tilapia and salmon were a highlight for me. Jesslin appreciated that they had three choices of crab, including blue, snow, and her favorite of the evening: dungeness.

Aside from the mountain of sushi goodness, they also have several hot seafood dishes, crepes, soup, desserts, salads, soba, oysters, and we probably missed some things—I think there is a complete list on their website.

Todai reminded us of the huge buffets in Las Vegas, and no surprise, one of their US locations is there.

As far as an actual review goes, all I'll say is that we plan on going back. :)



Nov. 30th, 2008


Happy St. Andrew's Day - A great reason to have a wee dram

Old Scottish Blessing - If There is Righteousness in the Heart:

If there is righteousness in the heart,
there will be beauty in the character.
If there is beauty in the character,
there will be harmony in the home.
If there is harmony in the home,
there will be order in the nation.
If there is order in the nation,
there will be peace in the world.
So let it be.



Nov. 25th, 2008


Happy Birthday Loreleiskye!

loreleiskye, have a great day!

Nov. 11th, 2008


Quick KWAR Recap

Thursday night:
     Drinking with friends

     Taught 3 classes:
          Developing a Safe and Proper Lunge
          Gaining the Blade-Mechanical Advantage in Italian Rapier
          Developing a Proper Feint
     Dinner driving adventure courtesy of Sir Logos' ability with new technology
     Drinking with friends
     Late night half-drunken Dusak fighting

     Clerk of the Roster issued new Authorization Cards
     Company of St. Jude Prize Play (Cut & Thrust challenge)
          Finally got to cross steel with Earl Sir Brian of Darkwood Armory
     Court (Congrats to the newest Bronze Ring: Sibyl Sevenoke)
     Drinking with friends (LOTS of Single Malt)
     Tuning a guitar for Mateo
     Late night half-drunken Equi-sims class, featuring an encounter between Sir Logos' forehead and a door frame

     Field trip to the Frazier Arms Museum

I sat in on several other classes, did a bunch of shopping (yes, the right kind of mail DOES pass the drop test), did lots of schmoozing, and just plain had a great time.


Nov. 5th, 2008


There are things

For many in my generation, being raised when we were—through the cold war and the rough times of the end of the 60s and 70s, there were things we never expected to see in our lifetime:

The fall of the Berlin wall.

The break up of the USSR.

A Woman or African-American as President.

I am again utterly speechless, as I was the first two times—especially for someone as cynical as I am, and generally down on the entire human race—every once and a while the world surprises you, and does the most amazing thing.

I am in awe of what we have achieved.

Today is a very good day to be an American.

And, to add, what old wall can we break down next?

Oct. 29th, 2008


Queenserenity42 has Birfday tiem nao!

27 years ago, a very special person came into this world, and I've come to love and care for her very much...

Happy Birthday, queenserenity42 !


Sep. 17th, 2008


Cut & Thrust Videos from the "Fete of the Sabaton" Pas d'Arms at MKAOD XI

Oh what fun it was—Enjoy!

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Sep. 2nd, 2008


Fun & (Media) Exposure at MKAOD

Good, but a bit too warm of a weekend. Only fought C&T on Saturday for the Pas demos, and we managed to attract a bit of attention from the local media:


Much fun was had by many.

Here the pics from the article, just in case they pull it down anytime soon...

C&T in full harness is an absolute blast!

Edit: For those that may not know, I'm the one in red & black.

Aug. 22nd, 2008


Heh, Manciolino & Wine, but not so Unique

Kipped from, er, a lot of people:

So, flechyr, your LiveJournal reveals...

You are... 2% unique (blame, for example, your interest in manciolino) and 14% herdlike (partly because you, like everyone else, enjoy wine). When it comes to friends you are popular. In terms of the way you relate to people, you are keen to please. Your writing style (based on a recent public entry) is intellectual.

Your overall weirdness is: 34

(The average level of weirdness is: 27.
You are weirder than 75% of other LJers.)

Find out what your weirdness level is!


Aug. 19th, 2008


Sword-Porn Alert: Darkwood Acquisition from Pennsic

Scott of Darkwood Armory put this rapier together for me at Pennsic, and although it isn't a custom-made piece, it is definitely the best sword I've purchased from him, so far. It balances much more closely to the few real pieces I've held, and with the pierced blade that matches the cuts in the shell, I find it rather attractive. The blade is 42" long.

I've really fallen for the Pappenheimer style hilts over the last few years, and the rings in front of the plates really makes this one, for me.
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Aug. 18th, 2008


NHS Class of 1983

So, I actually went to my 25 year high school class reunion and it didn't totally suck, although "fun" wouldn't be the correct word to use for the experience, either. It was, however, a worthwhile time. jesslin was amused.

Out of a graduating class of  300, only about 150 people were able to be contacted, and of that, only about 60 people showed up—rather disapointing IMO for the 25th, even though I hold no real attachment to it all.

I had no idea what to expect, especially since there were only a few people I was actually interested in seeing again, anyway, and all but two of them didn't even show up, but there were a few decent conversations, a good number of former band brats, a few odd reconnections, lots of returned memories, several "oh yeah" moments, and the often morbid curiosity associated with these events was officially sated.

In the end, I will say that our class seems to have done pretty well for coming from a small town, and I am thankful for the quality and high level of education I got there. [info]jesslin said it though, and thinking on it a bit more, I really agree with her: although this is where I grew up, I am not really a true product of it. It seems that who I am, especially now, is much more connected to my college and early adult years than my high school ones.

So, anyway, here's to the Niles (Michigan) High School class of 1983. Go Vikings!


Aug. 14th, 2008


Pennsic XXXVII - Quote of the War

OK, so I've been short on time since coming back, and I really will try to post more on what was an excellent Pennsic for me.

For now, though, here was the best line I heard from Pennsic (sorry, epiccoterie, I think this takes the cake ^_^).

"Rapier melees are like a bunch of monkeys trying to screw a coconut."

Needless to say, I laughed a very long time...and happen to think that this is a pretty accurate statement, too. ^_^

Anyway, to protect the source of the comment, I'll leave it up to him to fess up to it or not.


Aug. 11th, 2008

Tourdion 1

Bristol Encore!

It is confirmed. We will be back at Bristol for one more weekend of performances: August 23rd and 24th!

Come on out!

Jul. 14th, 2008

Tourdion 1

Bristol: Two Down One to Go!

This coming weekend (July 19/20) is our last of the season!

Three weeks: in and out — not a lot of time, but definitely a great time.

Jul. 9th, 2008


SCA meme - No surprise

Nicked from...er...a LOT of folks...

Your result for The hardcore SCA Test...

The Queen's Champion

You scored 73% hardcore SCA!

You are really involved in the SCA. You probably have some really cool garb. You put a lot of work into playing the game and making sure its fun for others too. For a lot of folks an event wouldn't be the same without you. You probably have a tendancy to over do it sometimes. You may need help knowing when to say "No" or when to stop sewing and go to bed.

Take The hardcore SCA Test at HelloQuizzy

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Jul. 2nd, 2008


Good grief: a Peanuts meme

Nicked from So_zanie

Can't argue with being Snoopy, though. ^_^

Your result for The Peanuts Character Test...


Wishy-Washy: 38%, Mental: 63%, Physical: 63%

Joe Cool...you are the world's favourite beagle! Snoopy is owned by Charlie Brown (although this relationship often works the other way round) and spends his days sleeping on top of the kennel - that is, when he's not eating, writing novels or flying his Sopwith Camel against the Red Baron. Watch out for errant birds and the cat next door.

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Jun. 26th, 2008


Three things meme

 Swiped from queenserenity42, aztecknight, moonflake1978, etc., etc., etc.

The Challenge:
- Post 3 things you've done in your lifetime that you don't think anybody else on your friends
list has done.
- See if anybody else responds with "I've done that." If they have, you need to add another! (2.b., 2.c., etc...)
- Have your friends cut & paste this into their journal to see what unique things they've done in their life.

What I've Done:
Played trumpet in a wind ensemble in front of 3000+ people in the town square of Lucerne, Switzerland.
2. Had actual boxing lessons as part of my public school second grade PE class.
3. Was out on New Years Eve with my parents until 7am when I was 16, acting as designated driver (before there was such a thing), as we spent the night out on a traditional Puerto Rican Parranda. There were about 40 or so people traveling around by the end of it.

Jun. 21st, 2008


HBD IX ^_^

 Happy Birthday aztecknight!


Jun. 17th, 2008


Where I've Been - Meme Map

Ganked from polylizzy 
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Jun. 15th, 2008


Happy Birthday Tamarinne!


Hope you had a great day!


Jun. 13th, 2008


SCA - Border Skirmish V - Cancelled Due To Flooding

 In case someone doesn't get the info any other way...

Border Skirmish has been cancelled for this weekend. The site is under 2–4 inches of water, including the camping areas. Not to mention that many highways in and out of Wisconsin are currently closed, also, including parts of 90 and 94!

BSV will be rescheduled for later in the year if at all possible, according to the autocrats and groups.

Jun. 10th, 2008


Seeing The Moody Blues at the Genesee

 So, for jesslin's Birthday gift (back on May 5), I got us tickets to see the Moody Blues at the Genesee Theater in Waukegan. The show was this past Sunday night.

Now, I've been to a lot of oldies-type concerts over the years, but I don't think I've ever seen a crowd more old and tired than this one—for the first half, anyway—they had almost no energy, and gave even less of that to the band. Thankfully, though, there was an intermission, and the crowd had a chance to liquor up a bit, and relax.

The second half of the show was much better, and the booze apparently did some good for the crowds mood, loosening up even the oldest of the throngs of 60 yo+ concert goers.

The MBs, themselves, were quite good, and covered a heck of a lot of the territory of their 40+ year career. Their voices and musicianship were still up to snuff, as were the arrangements, and the additional musicians. A well done and enjoyable show.

Yes, the concert was mainly for Jesslin's sake, but even though I'm not a real "fan" of the MBs, they did manage to hit all the right buttons for me by playing a very good selection of their earliest, and best, hits.

I'd also like to comment that the Genesee is a great venue, and rather attractive since its recent restoration. Sight lines are great, and sound was OK—a bit bass-heavy for me, but that seems to be more the norm of late, and the fault of the mix, not the venue.

Jun. 9th, 2008

Tourdion 1

Great event and another coming this week


jesslin and I performed at the Reclaiming our Heritage festival in Milwaukee, on May 31st. We weren't sure what to expect, but this event is a really wonderful collection of reenactors from all periods of American history—from 1600 up through the modern day. I would highly recommend this event to everyone for next year.

Also, we'll be performing at the Isle a la Cache Museum's Island Rendezvous this weekend, June 15th-16th. Our official show time is from 1:30-2:30 pm on Sunday, but we'll also be doing a wandering set that morning, also. There's a link to a full schedule of the event at the bottom of the Island Rendezvous page as a Word doc file.

Yet another chance to be all 18th century!

In other 16th century news, we'll be back at the Bristol Ren Faire this summer, performing the first three weekends only!

Come on out! ^_^


May. 22nd, 2008


HB Tokyolove!

 Happpy Birthday tokyolove! ^_^

May. 5th, 2008


Jesslin can has good birthday!

 Happy birthday, jesslin!


May. 3rd, 2008


Happy Birthday to So_zanie!

Happy birthday so_zanie!

Have a great day!

Apr. 14th, 2008


Out of touch and devastated

So, somehow I completely missed the fact that one of my greatest musical heroes and influences passed away. Unfortunately, I can't even say "recently," though—he died on August 23rd, 2006.

Maynard Ferguson

I was lucky enough to see him in concert many times, and even had the opportunity to meet him a few times, and even got to shake his hand and actually thank him for his music and influence (I was 17 at the time).

It was completely by chance, today, that I was looking up an old album this morning that I have ripped on my work computer, but no notes, and I wanted to check out the track info, so I went to MF's official site, and there it was—who knows how long it would have been, otherwise.

My life and direction have changed so much over the years, including my musical "self," but jazz and the trumpet will always be a part of my soul. I've lost some of my connection with it, though, and apparently I'm more out of touch than I thought—I'm not happy about this.

I've been incredibly fortunate over the years, especially due to my high school, my college, and working in the the music industry for a time, to have met and interacted with some of the true giants of the jazz world (Stan Getz and Dizzy Gillespie, to name just two of litterally dozens, just to give you an idea).

I have some serious soul searching to do, and it's probably going to be at a rather high volume (and above the staff) for the next several days.

Here's to you MF: you will always own the stratosphere.

Damn, the rest of the day is just gonna suck. :(

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