I've said it before and I'm gonna say it again- I go to the renaissance faire. I dress up, I talk with a fake accent, I drink from a tankard (water and Gatorade because I don't drink alcohol; I'm the one who has to drive home). So does our 18 year old daughter. Except for the driving part, because she rides with me.
Last weekend was another excellent time at the faire. Saturday was "Day of Wrong" where you're "allowed" to wear anachronistic items with your period garb. I didn't exactly participate, because I'm old and fat and pretty much had no ideas on what I could do. I did wear my shiny red Doc Martens instead of the black Docs that I usually wear (I bought them specifically because they looked like ren faire shoes).
Ceej, on the other hand, looked fabulous, mixing modern clothing with ren faire garb and adding modern accessories (sunglasses and MP3 player). This is her before the gates opened (yes, we get there before opening and stay till closing. Stop laughing, you're a nerd too. Everyone is a nerd for something. DG is a nerd for NASCAR).
And Ceej with our lovely friend, Loki (we love him, he's so cool). He's a merchant at the faire, so he's not allowed to dress for the Day of Wrong.
And, Ceej after the last joust of the day-
Also on the Day of Wrong, we found this woman...
Now, I'm not saying Xena, Warrior Princess is "wrong". But you know, she's not exactly what you'd expect to see at a Renaissance Faire. And this is the story that followed when I showed DG this photo:
Jase: "What was Xena doing at a ren faire?"
Me: "I don't know. I guess she was there for the Day of Wrong or something." (there was brief discussion on whether or not Xena was from the renaissance time period or not).
DG: "Maybe she was one- those people- she was a person who traveled back into the future to come from the past."
Me: "You mean Xena's a time traveler?"
DG: "Not that. No. But she goes through time. From her time to another time."
Me: "A time traveler."
DG: "That's not it. She has a machine... and she can move through time..."
Me: "A time machine?"
DG: "Not that. But she goes through time-"
Me: "A time traveler with a time machine."
DG: "That's not what it is!"
Jase: "Dad, is she hoping that with each leap, it will be the leap home?"
DG: "Don't be ridiculous!"
Me: "So, she's a time traveler with a time machine?"
DG: "No! Its wizard-y. A wizard did it. He put a CURSE ON HER!" (and he widened his eyes as far as he could). "SHE'S CURSED!"
Me: "Let me get this straight... Xena is a person who travels from one time period to another, but she's not a time traveler and she does so in a machine that was cursed upon her by a wizard?"
DG: "He's a wizard like Merlin, except he's way worse."
Me: "How is he 'way worse' than Merlin?"
DG: "Merlin was just awful! So anyone worse than him would be more awfuler."
Me: "Okay, there we have it, Xena is a time traveler in a time machine given to her by a horribly untalented wizard. Anything else?"
DG: *thinking for a moment* "Nope. That's it."
And he walked away.
And, because this is my favorite photo from this weekend, I'm sharing it here even though it has nothing to do with the story.
(the caption from the photo on Flickr):
Oh, that's right. He loves me. Okay, maybe "love" is too strong a word. He enjoys vexing me. I told him, after the Joust to the Death, that I got a great shot of his killing of Sir Gregory. A few moments later, he was signing a pennant for a kid and I called out: "Sir Amadeo!" he replied and I said, "Will you be in my 365-days-self-portrait-project photo with me?" And he said, "Absolutely."
He came over, I said, "Self-portrait, I have to be in the photo and I have to take the photo" (it isn't a hard concept, obviously). So, we stepped up and this is what he did. He actually licked my sweaty cheek.
I said, "I have jouster's spit on me!"
He said, "I can do more than that!" and embraced me long enough to rub his sweaty, dirty cheek all over my cheek.
And he got blood on the boobshelf.
So, today, along with buckets of rain (which was fun and awesome, seriously), I got Sir Amadeo's spit, sweat, tilt yard dirt, AND his death blood (he's recovered nicely).
I have one person left- Sir Gregory, who keeps avoiding the 365-days photo. After this, I showed Gregory his death photo and then he and Amadeo got into an extremely hilarious and childish kicking match- seriously, kicking at each other's armored shins. Amadeo declared: "the next time we joust, it will be FOR REAL!". I had to threaten to separate them.
I love these guys so much.
You just never know what will set off a little story. Oh, speaking of stories- Ceej and I have told the story of the Rats with Little Nike shoes at the faire. In our ren faire voices. Its hilarious.