A good time was had at Brawl.

This has been a fairly productive day. I woke up rather early considering what time I got to bed last night. I’ve watched a couple of good movie (The Bank Job and Lock Stock and 2 Smoking Barrels ), made my plans for the coming week, and even completed a jewelry project I was working on for a good friend of mine. Now, it’s time to talk about yesterday.

Yesterday I attended Barbarian Brawl put on by the good folks in Grey Niche West, ….excuse me I mean by the good folks of Small Gray Bear. This is the third year I’ve attended Brawl, and I have to say it is becoming one of my favorite events. The folks are always friendly, the fighting is always fun to watch, and there is always plenty of time to do what I do best; talk with people.

Turlaugh, Jakob, Elizabeth, and I pulled out of the drive way right on schedule at 6:30AM. The roughly two hour trip to Beebe went by surprisingly quickly. The conversation during the drive was interesting, wide ranging, occasionally thought provoking, and often hilarious. This is a good thing, because the drive across eastern Arkansas on I40 may be one of the most boring drives in the country. Well, on second thought, it’s not as boring driving through the Nebraska Sandhills, but then, nothing is that boring.

We arrived at the ASU Beebe campus about a quarter til 9:00 AM. I had promised I would help my friend Dia work the Troll station at the event, but unfortunately she was unable to attend due to illness so I worked with Ravenswar (hope I spelled that correctly), until the Troll closed at noon. I always enjoy working Troll, always enjoy talking with people as they arrive on site. If nothing else it’s a great way to know exactly who is, and isn’t on site. All to soon it was time to close troll and count the cash. I love it when the count is right the first time, it makes things so much easier.

The time between closing troll and feast was spent just talking to people, my favorite activity. I didn’t get nearly enough time to talk to my friends Cucullin or Eithne, but that is understandable; they were the autocrats for the event and were  quite busy. I did spend some time talking with Kat the Strange, John the Bell Ringer, and Lady Abigail. The four of us were trying to think of a spot halfway between Memphis and Little Rock that would be a good site for a regional fighter practice. I wandered out to the merchant area and talked with Drix for a bit, and then spent some money buying some pendants from Froggie, and  before knew it, the afternoon had passed and it  was time to set up for feast and court.

One of the things I really enjoy about Barbarian Brawl is the way that Their Excellencies Hrothgar and Brianna combine feast and court. It is nice to not have to hurry up and tear down the hall after court to set up for feast. It also makes for a relaxed, pleasant Court. The feast itself was wonderull, Julianna did a great job with it. I particularly liked the fresh bread in the first remove, and the chicken in the second remove. Oh, and I truly loved the entertainment between removes and between court business. Those in attendance were privileged to see the beginning of a new, informal, Baronial award, the SPAM*D: The Spontaneously Active Man Dance. Trust me, those of us that saw it in action are not likely to ever forget it, no matter how hard we try.

All to soon feast was over, and it was time to pack up and head home. Once again the trip was filled with laughter and seemed to pass quickly. Elizabeth and I both came away from the trip with ideas for new projects to work on. We got home somettime between 11:30 and Midnight. A long, but very, very pleasant day.

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2 Responses

  1. I had to miss most of it. That sucked.

  2. I was truly sorry to hear about your injury. I saw you limping off the field, but didn’t find out till much later how seriously it was. Here’s hoping for a quick recovery.

    C

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