"You went last week. That thing. You know that thing... right?"
DG wanted to know: "Why didn't you go to that thing?"
Me: "What thing?"
DG: "That thing. You know, that thing you do. You go to it. You went last week. That thing, you know that thing... right?"
I didn't go anywhere last week. I had an assumption of what he was talking about though, but I wanted to be sure. And since I didn't answer right away, he added: "You know that thing. You dress up for it."
Ah, that thing. My assumption was correct. He was talking about the renaissance faire. So I said, "That was two weeks ago and it was just the small faire." He didn't reply so I continued: "Janesville has a small two-day faire in May. The big faire doesn't start till July 9th." (Bristol)
DG: "Why didn't you go?"
Me: "It hasn't started yet."
DG: "But you have that thing." (I saved up my loose change for six months and made a couple sales in my etsy shop and got myself a season pass- which is the thing he's referring to here).
Me: "I know, but the faire isn't open to the public till July 9th."
DG: "And how long does that last?"
Me: "Every weekend from July 9th to Labor Day. And I plan on going every single day."
DG: "How are you going to do that?"
Me: "Because it's every weekend. Why can't I go every day?"
DG: "Oh. The weekend. Okay."
Then I went on with my photo editing and he went back to his NASCAR (being Saturday, it isn't actual NASCAR, it's Busch. But it isn't even called that anymore. They changed the name a few years ago, but for descriptive purposes in our house, it's still NASCAR and Busch).
A few minutes later he asked: "If it only happens on the weekend, what do those people do all week?"
Me: "What people?"
DG: "The ones you know. Those people... with the pictures." (I have photos on the wall by my desk- people I call friends. One of them, I've known for eight years now- even before I started going to faire. He flies up once a year now for a weekend at Bristol).
Me: "That depends on the people. Some of them are from the area, they have jobs during the week. Some of them travel from faire-to-faire. It depends really. Some of them are touring, but they're also from the area, so I assume they go home now and then. But most of the jousters are from really far away. I have no idea what they do... plus, they have horses they have to take care of, so it isn't like they can just fly home."
DG: "How would they get the horse on the plane?"
Me: "I guess they put them in a carry-on."
DG: "Don't be ridiculous. A horse would need a carrier in the bottom of the plane. Sheesh, woman."
Me: "The guys with the horses have a hard time flying because they also carry swords."
DG: "As long as they don't carry nail files, I guess they're okay."
Then he let it go for a few minutes. Then he asked: "What kind of day job does someone from there have?"
So I told him of the few I knew. A few work in offices. There is one I know who is a student. One of the jousting knights does amazing leather work. Some don't have other jobs, their touring job is their job. He wasn't satisfied. He keeps pondering what they do during the week. I even told him there are rehearsals and training (especially with the acrobats and jousters).
He seems to be calm now. I want him to go to the faire with me just one time. NASCAR has bi-weeks now and then and I think he should go with me at least once. I'd love for him to see some of the shows (Barely Balanced, especially) and see the joust. Meet some of my friends. And, you'd think the ren faire cleavage would be enough to convince him to go. But he's been holding out. Maybe his sudden interest in my friends is the start... maybe he'll go.