Thread: OF Sheep, and Scotsmen (& Kiwis)

windsinger - 2/23/2007 at 01:43 PM

Somebody Had to do this, so I'm volunteering.

Linnie, move the sheep verses women here, so it won't be cluttering up Blueboy's great topic no more.....(and we May be forgiven....)

I've gotta penfriend in Aussieland who loved it when I passed it along, and he sent me a great counter something....I'll post here, later. (and no more sheep at Blueboys,...I'm feeding trolls, no more OT sheep-teasing outta paddock) Oh, yeah, did I mention we Finally got some of our vacation photos of Ireland, from last Spring off my memory chip and into real photos...just today,........32 out of 487......the girl in the line behind us started we'll go back, later, and print more....)
Well, there were lotsa 'sheep' in paddocks (stone corrals/pastures) there....

In the meantime, park/corral all yor 'sheep' here and we'll start a Sadie Hawkin's party...
(We'll, I Do recall one of the guys was looking for a cheap date,, that was 'sheep' date......)

(Does Anyone, but me, remember Lil Abner ?....that was 'Sadie Hawkins, not Stephen Hawking )

LinnieXX - 2/23/2007 at 02:12 PM

Hiya Wind!

well, i'd just as soon leave Derek's poem about sheep fellatio there, since I feel like blowing chunks whenever i read it....

we'll start a Sadie Hawkin's party...
(We'll, I Do recall one of the guys was looking for a cheap date,, that was 'sheep' date......)

ok. that means we can ask out who we want to, and they have to say yes? awesome.

windsinger - 2/23/2007 at 03:23 PM

Uh, I Think it means the sheep can say 'no'........

windsinger - 2/23/2007 at 03:35 PM

(From my friend in Aussie Land)


Of course I love ya darlin'

You're a bloody top-notch bird,

And when I say you're gorgeous

I mean every single word.

So ya bum is on the big side

I don't mind a bit of flab,

It means that when I'm ready

There's somethin there to grab.

So your belly isn't flat no more I tell ya,

I don't care,

So long as when I cuddle ya

I can get my arms round there.

No Sheila who is your age

Has nice round perky breasts,

They just gave in to gravity

But I know ya did ya best.

I'm tellin ya the truth now

I never tell ya lies,

I think it's very sexy

That you've got dimples on ya thighs.

I swear on me nanna's grave now

The moment that we met,

I thought U was as good

as I Was ever gonna get.

No matter wot U look like

I'll always love ya dear,

Now shut up while the footy's on

And fetch another beer!

LinnieXX - 2/23/2007 at 04:07 PM

well, as much as i'd like to give up on men sometimes, i'm just really not ready to 'go there' yet........

however, with a few drinks in me, there is no telling what could happen!

rottinpeach - 2/23/2007 at 05:20 PM

Where Men are Men and the sheep were scared..............

[Edited on 2/23/2007 by rottinpeach]

windsinger - 2/23/2007 at 06:31 PM

well, as much as i'd like to give up on men sometimes, i'm just really not ready to 'go there' yet........

however, with a few drinks in me, there is no telling what could happen!

Ya know, there's a book that came out, years ago, called "Cucumbers are Better than Men, because.........."

(I HAVE the book....around here, Somewhere in my woodsy library,...or did....go check out the veggie counter....I've seen a Number of good substitutes available, cheap.....just buy other groceries, like more salad fixin's, otherwise someone's gonna leer at ya in the checkout line, and Don't ask how I know,.......) (I'm still at the library, and just showed this to husband #3.....he laughed, and went back to his book,....something called "Darwin's God")

Oh, and I got that Certificate saved on a floppie.
I'll get my son to print out me a color copy of it...

COOL Certificate,....! Bow Bow Bow (somehow, that just doesn't sound right.....)

LinnieXX - 2/23/2007 at 08:24 PM

Why Cucumbers Are Better Than Men

1. A cucumber a day keeps the ob-gyn away.
2. A cucumber can always wait until you get home.
3. A cucumber doesn't care if you always spend the holidays with your family.
4. A cucumber doesn't flush the toilet while you are taking a shower.
5. A cucumber doesn't have softball practice on the day you move.
6. A cucumber doesn't turn your bathroom into a library.
7. A cucumber doesn't use your toothbrush, roll-on, or hair spray.
8. A cucumber isn't allergic to your cat.
9. A cucumber never forgets to flush the toilet.
10. A cucumber never has to call "the wife".
11. A cucumber never leaves the toilet seat up.
12. A cucumber never suffers from performance anxiety.
13. A cucumber never wants to get it on when your nails are wet.
14. A cucumber never wants to improve your mind.
15. A cucumber will always respect you in the morning.
16. A cucumber will never make a scene because there are other cucumbers
in the refrigerator.
17. A cucumber won't ask "Am I the first?".
18. A cucumber won't ask for a transfer just when you're up for promotion.
19. A cucumber won't ask to be put through Medical school.
20. A cucumber won't care what time of the month it is.
21. A cucumber won't come home late, stinking of beer.
22. A cucumber won't consume all your food or liquors.
23. A cucumber won't drag you to a John Wayne Film Festival.
24. A cucumber won't eat all the popcorn or send you out to get Milk Duds.
25. A cucumber won't fall asleep on your chest or drool on the pillow.
26. A cucumber won't fall asleep too soon.
27. A cucumber won't give it up for Lent.
28. A cucumber won't grab cash from your purse while you're asleep.
29. A cucumber won't insist the little cukes be raised catholic, jewish,
or orthodox vegetarian.
30. A cucumber won't leave town on New Year's Eve.
31. A cucumber won't lie to you about having a vasectomy.
32. A cucumber won't make you go to the drugstore.
33. A cucumber won't make you sleep on the wet spot.
34. A cucumber won't mind hiding in the refrigerator when your mother
comes over.
35. A cucumber won't need to be sucked off.
36. A cucumber won't pout if you have a headache.
37. A cucumber won't run off with a cheerleader or an ex-nun.
38. A cucumber won't say "Let's keep trying until we have a boy.".
39. A cucumber won't take you to a disco and dump you for a flashy blonde.
40. A cucumber won't tell you he's outgrown you intellectually.
41. A cucumber won't tell you that size doesn't matter.
42. A cucumber won't want to come on your face.
43. A cucumber won't want to join your support group.
44. A cucumber won't wear shorts to your office party.
45. A cucumber won't work your crossword with ink.
46. with a cucumber, you don't have to play Florence Nightingale during
the flu season.
47. All cucumbers are fresh and juicy.
48. At a drive-in, you can stay in the front seat.
49. Cucumbers are very easy to pick up.
50. Cucumbers aren't into leathers and chains, talking dirty,
or swinging with fruits and nuts.
51. Cucumbers aren't into meaningful conversations.
52. Cucumbers aren't jealous.
53. Cucumbers can get away any weekend.
54. Cucumbers can handle rejection.
55. Cucumbers can stay up all night, and you won't have to sleep in the
wet spot.
56. Cucumbers can't count to "10".
57. Cucumbers don't care if you make more money than they do.
58. Cucumbers don't compare you to a centerfold.
59. Cucumbers don't get too excited.
60. Cucumbers don't have sex hangups.
61. Cucumbers don't jam the freezer with food you don't like.
62. Cucumbers don't leave dirty shorts on the floor.
63. Cucumbers don't leave whisker burns, fall asleep on your chest,
or drool on the pillow.
64. Cucumbers don't leave you wondering for a month.
65. Cucumbers don't mind if you enjoy them and a movie at the same time.
66. Cucumbers don't play the guitar and try to find themselves.
67. Cucumbers don't tell you they like you better with longer hair.
68. Cucumbers never asnwer your phone or borrow your car.
69. Cucumbers never expect you to have little cucumbers.
70. Cucumbers never have mid-life crisis.
71. Cucumbers never have to tell you what they did while on vacation.
72. Cucumbers never need a round of applause.
73. Cucumbers never want to take you home to mom.
74. Cucumbers stay hard for a week.
75. Cucumbers won't give you a hickey.
76. Cucumbers won't go through your medicine chest.
78. Cucumbers won't leave hair on the sink or a ring in the tub.
79. Cucumbers don't care if you are a virgin.
80. Cucumbers won't tell anyone you're not a virgin.
81. Cucumbers won't tell anyone you're not a virgin anymore.
82. Cucumbers won't tell other cucumbers you're a virgin.
83. Cucumbers won't tell you a vasectomy will ruin it for them.
84. Cucumbers won't write your name and number on the men's room wall.
85. It's easy to drop a cucumber.
86. No matter how you slice it, you can always have your cuke and eat it too.
87. No matter what age group you are in, you can always get a fresh cucumber.
88. Nobody calls you a bigot for having a favorite kind of cucumber.
89. The average cucumber is at least seven inches long.
90. The cucumbers you raise don't desert you.
91. With a cucumber, the toilet seat is always the way you left it.
92. With a cucumber, you never have to say you're sorry.
93. With cucumbers you don't have to be a virgin more than once.
94. You always know where YOUR cucumber has been.
95. You can have as many cucumbers as you can handle.
96. You can keep as many cucumbers as you want.
97. You don't have to wait until halftime to talk to your cucumber.
98. You only eat cucumbers when you feel like it.
99. Your mother won't flip out finding a cucumber in your house.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------- -----100. A cucumber will never call and say, "I have to work late, honey." ...
... and then come home with the smell of Channel No. 19 on him.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------- -----101. Cucumbers don't stay up until 4 and then demand that you take care of
them when they get sick...
...But on the other hand, cucumbers stay up ALL THE TIME.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------- -----102. Cucumbers won't ask about your last lover...
...or speculate about your next.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------- -----103. With a cucumber you can get a single room...
... and you won't have to check in as "Mrs." Cucumber.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------- -----104. You can fondle cucumbers in a supermarket...
...and you know how firm it is before you take it home.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------- -----105. You can go to movie with a cucumber...
... and see the movie.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------- -----106. A cucumber will never leave you for...
(a) another woman.
(b) another man.
(c) another cucumber.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------- -----107. A cucumber never...
(a) snaps your bra.
(b) pinches your butt.
(c) gives you a snuggy.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------- -----108. A cucumber will never...
(a) contest a divorce.
(b) demand a property settlement.
(c) seek custody of _anything_.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------- -----109. Afterwards, a cucumber won't...
(a) want to shake hands and be friends.
(b) say, "I'll call you a cab.".
(c) tell you he's not the marrying kind.
(d) tell you he is the marrying kind.
(e) call his mother, ex-wife, or therapist.
(f) take you to confesion.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------- -----110. Cucumbers aren't jealous of your...
(a) gynecologist.
(b) ski instructors.
(c) tennis instructors.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------- -----111. Cucumbers won't ask...
Am I the best?
How was it?
Did you come?
How many times?
--------------------------------------------------------------------------- -----112. Cucumbers won't make you...
(a) wear kinky clothes.
(b) go to be with your boots on.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------- -----113. You won't find out later that your cucumber...
(a) is married.
(b) is on penicillin.
(c) likes you, but loves your sister.
(d) likes you, but loves your brother.
(e) trying to screw your sister.
(f) has AIDS.

lolasdeb - 2/23/2007 at 08:27 PM

Where Men are Men and the sheep were scared..............
ROTFLMAO - on the pic and this whole thread!!!

greggswoman - 2/23/2007 at 08:31 PM

I kinda like whisker burn actually.

And I'm there for the John Wayne Film Festival!!

LinnieXX - 2/23/2007 at 08:46 PM

Sadie Hawkins DayFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Sadie Hawkins Day was a day-long event in Al Capp's comic strip Li'l Abner observed in the United States on the Saturday that follows November 9, named after Sadie Hawkins, "the homeliest gal in all them hills." Each year on Sadie Hawkins Day, the unmarried women of Dogpatch pursued the single men. If a woman caught a man and dragged him back to the starting line by sundown, he had to marry her.

man i tell ya, if you have to catch a man and drag him anywhere, you ain't getting off to a good start.......

oh, and this little tidbit is a bit odd.

Usually, female and male partners choose to wear the same or extremely similar clothes in order to match. At a Sadie Hawkins dance, couples are easily distinguishable because of their matching clothes.

[Edited on 2/23/2007 by LinnieXX]

LinnieXX - 2/23/2007 at 08:47 PM

i suppose a week or two later they should have some other type of day, where you get to drag them back to the finish line and leave 'em there

rottinpeach - 2/23/2007 at 08:52 PM

DerekFromCincinnati - 2/23/2007 at 09:02 PM

I'm glad all of you think this kind of love is funny........and it was a poem about castration , nut a lanolin hummer. Big difference.

Past that-to hell with Sadie Hawkins.

LinnieXX - 2/23/2007 at 09:11 PM

Past that-to hell with Sadie Hawkins.

ooooh but i was gonna ask YOU! damn. oh well.......NEXT!

and it was a poem about castration , nut a lanolin hummer.

castration by fellation.

DerekFromCincinnati - 2/23/2007 at 09:29 PM

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Past that-to hell with Sadie Hawkins.
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ooooh but i was gonna ask YOU! damn. oh well....

Yeah, that'd be a good time. It'd be like having a dinner date conversation with 'Wilson,' the soccer ball from the movie "Cast Away."

LinnieXX - 2/23/2007 at 09:38 PM

booo! hiss!!!

BigDaveOnBass - 2/23/2007 at 10:23 PM

This is one WEIRD thread.

windsinger - 2/24/2007 at 02:50 AM

This is one WEIRD thread.

Depends on where you're coming from....
Amongst re-inactors........with men-in-kilts in our midst, it's perfectly normal conversation to be hearing,.......especially LATE on a Saturday night when the beer keg has been replaced several times with fresh ones......

One year,... (in Macon, no less, at Lake Tobesofkee) I was at a party at one camp, and we kept hearing an extremely noisy party going on almost a quarter mile away.......curiosity finally got the better of us and we abandoned our own and went to see what was so blamed 'entertainingly funny..........Those Florida women are Wild !!!

They had a huge bonfire, and 14 guys lined up facing the tennis court fence......
There had been heavy amounts of alcohol consumed, and it was, by this time, about 2 am, and their party still going strong.

The guys ?
Being female appreciated,...uh,...judged......judges had been elected (all female) and the volunteer males were being judged on 'best buns' with applause the ultimate deciding factor....not by the judges, but by the party-attenders...the judges were merely there for hands-on judging and offering opinions.....there was a 'Scotsman' in the line-up and the ladies in the audience wanted to know if he was 'man' enough to be 'regimental'...

The judges asked him.
He assured them he KNEW his Scottish History.....he believed in wearing his garb (clothes) according to 'tradition'.....

There had been SO much alcohol that had been consumed by almost all, by that time (None by me, I proudly don't drink, but I can appreciate folks making fools out of themselves, who have been.....) anyway, calls (female,....most of the shyer menfolk were off in the Middle Eastern Encampment, watching the belly dancers....)from the crowd, demanded 'proof' of the Scotsman's claim.....He was a proud man,.....and he fully intended to win that contest ......Yep,....he was regimental all right.....

Alas, this was a fair contest, and the Scotsman simply didn't win.
He left the fence rather disgusted, uh, disappointed.......

Now before you go fussing at me, for starting the thread,.......(after my first, award-winning thread post on this site)......I need to say that (1) there was a need for this one.
Homeless sheep were popping up on threads where they didn't belong.....I merely provided them a place to be appreciated.
and (2) My first thread had 'Serious-written-all-over-the-place'

Believe me, THIS thread would have whole-heartedly met with C's approval, where-as the very first one he just woulda shook his head about it as too darn depressing......
He was not a shy man.
Had he lived, he would have been the very first volunteer up against that fence, and stone sober at that......he was nothing else, if not a man with a wickedly mischievous sense-of-humor, and a delight in pleasing the ladies......

That said,...I vote we Don't use words like castration here.......yuck !!
When H. and I took his cat to have that done, H. apologised to 'Missy' the whole trip home...."I'm So sorry,......but better you, than me...." (Then he apologised to his cat for that statement....)
(I was personally un-aware that 'he'd' been in any way considered a candidate for the procedure,....... )

PS....I actually Have a DVD of Lil Abner and the Sadie Hawkin's Day Race !!!
Cute as heck.

Oh, and what was that about a man ya gotta chase not being worth catching ?
(My lady mother told me a 'secret' she said all grown females 'knew'.....
"We pick the man we want, then we chase him til he catches us")

Dang. I haven't thought of that since she told me when I was about 20

Did I mention I'd chased my H. ?
Well, he innocently showed some interest, and I'd seen him around for Years and thought him cute... (I do so LOVE a purty man !!!)...he liked my company......but never wanted to marry, Anyone. I convinced him otherwise, and Now he panics everytime he thinks I'm not happy being wed,.....

There is Nothing to compare to making a convert out of a sworn bachelor !!!.......He had thought he'd lose so much freedom.......happily married men don't view things that way.

I still get (receive, from him) flowers once a week......tell me another woman, Anywhere, who can make that claim......was he worth chasing ? Yeah. (and he's still cute, too)

DerekFromCincinnati - 2/24/2007 at 03:26 AM

You don't drink??????????

windsinger - 2/24/2007 at 04:17 AM

You don't drink??????????


Why should I 'do' that ?

Man, people drinking have NO idea how funny they are to those of us who don't....

I was at a party once where I suddenly realized I was being followed every time I went to the kitchen.
I finally asked 'why' ?

The guy who had followed me, says "Well, they told me you don't drink,....but I told them (he was relatively new to the singles group) that there was no-way in hell you weren't drinking....and I was gonna Prove it!!!"

I just laughed at him.
"Well, what's your verdict ?"

"I dunno,....I coulda Sworn you were,.....but I'll be darned if I've seen you drink anything but cokes I've watched you open.....".......

And that's all he was gonna see.

With-in the (often heavy drinking, uh, party-ing) re-inactors culture, I'm also well-known as a non-drinker....offer it, and I may taste it, just wetting my lips, but you'll never be able to see me doing any of those adjetives (can't spell it) that imply enthusiastic partaking of the vine or keg.....

I love to party.
But, for me, that means staying sober, but with a twist.....I'm one of those lucky individuals who can get ...hmmmmm, how to word this so it makes sense.....I have the ability to 'pick up' on other folks' emotions.........if people around me are drunk, I can get pretty 'high' on their buzz......the drunker the crowd, the better my buzz......and I'm a 'happy not drunk'.......i.e. I get horribly giggly, very flirty.....that alone, tends to get folks to watching me closely, Sure they've been misinformed....nooo I'm just a cheap date and a fun-loving party animal..... It's Great camoflage (sp).......but, by the next morn, I have to steer well clear of the folks with the hang-overs, 'cause I can pick up on that, too.

Personality-wise, though....I'm a work-a-holic artistic type who Loves my solitude, away from all the clutter that comes from being around folks.

I've been lucky enough to of had two husbands who share the need for solitude, but between them one didn't drink, and the other does.

Anyway, why'd ya ask ?

crossroad_blues - 2/24/2007 at 06:53 AM

Y'all know why Scotsmen wear kilts, don't cha?

Sheep can hear a zipper a mile away.

LinnieXX - 2/24/2007 at 05:18 PM

Middle Eastern Encampment, watching the belly dancers....)

wow, do they really have those?

windsinger - 2/26/2007 at 06:09 AM

Middle Eastern Encampment, watching the belly dancers....)

wow, do they really have those?

Belly Dancers ????
SURE !!!
And drummers.

The re-inactors will gladly teach you either art.
I've been trying to tell ya...NO BODY knows how to 'party' like we do !!!

We're all about research/study etc.......but when we get together on week-ends, come Saturday night, after the huge King Arthurian-type feast,.....the drinkers haul out the beer, wine, mead, etc. and the musicinas haul out the drums if they're gonna be at a Middle-Eastern party, or the guitars, etc and songbooks if at a European revel (party)

......the later and drunker it gets, the more likely things will deteriorate into music from the 60s, 70s, and 80s for all up die-hards who just refuse to go to bed (if it doesn't deterioriate into a skinny-dipping party, down at the lake, first....)

No drugs.
Drinking is fine, as long as everyone plays nice, but we don't tolerate drug use........(1) we just can't afford to have that associated with out group and (2) there's often kids and teens around, even at 2/3 am.

We're an unbelievable diverse group of folks.
ages 0-death, we play together with virtually no generation gaps, no gender or color lines,'s SO cool !!!..........we have lowly auto mechanics and college professors, housewives and Municipal court judges, all getting along, respectfully, and potentially every color.......

Belly dancers ??????

The BIG WAr I'd told you about in PA every year,....?........has wandering 'bards' (Musicians) who carry their guitars, hammered dulcimers, harps, etc, from campt to camp to perform, for no other payment than a cold beer and plenty of enthusiastic appreciation.

But cha know what 'I" love the VERY best ?
When the guys (musicians) who favor Irish music gather for a jam session !!!!!

Some are professionals.
others aren't but welcome to join in.
Get 12- 20-something half-drunk, VERY talented musicians out there in the woods, near a bon fire, with fiddles, Bohran drums, penny whistles, etc. etc. having fun....and oh about getting 'high' on music !!!!!, you can absolutely reach the tree-tops with what they'll stir in you !!!!!......the laughter and clapping and whooping and knee-slapping/foot stomping in time to the music...........there CANNOT be a drink, or drug, to compare with where that kinda music can take you !!!!!

And, now, y'all know what I Really get off on......
(and a certain Scotsman named Gerard Butler........H. found me a magazine, today, with G.B. on the cover and pages of pix, inside,, I have dream plans ta night !!!!

Linnie,....the ceremonies are done. When ya get rested up,...mail
Missed ya.
D. too.

LinnieXX - 2/26/2007 at 01:21 PM

well i can totally handle a belly dancer type of re-enactment.......but i sorta have an 'issue' recreating war events and what not....i sorta feel like they are bad enough one time around let alone another time. whatever floats your boat though! it sure does sound like a party.

i love irish music too......i found out when i was an adult that my family is 1/4 Irish......boy, did that answer a few questions!

BigDaveOnBass - 2/26/2007 at 02:27 PM

Windsinger, there was the annual reinactment of The Battle Of Aiken (SC) over the weekend around here. Have you ever been to it? It's a relatively big event here.

LinnieXX - 2/26/2007 at 02:49 PM

The Battle Of Aiken (

Clay Aiken has his own battle? i figured the American Idol war would have been enough....

BigDaveOnBass - 2/26/2007 at 03:36 PM

The Battle Of Aiken

Clay Aiken has his own battle? i figured the American Idol war would have been enough....
Not Clay Aiken.....

Claude Akins

[Edited on 2/26/2007 by BigDaveOnBass]

[Edited on 2/26/2007 by BigDaveOnBass]

LinnieXX - 2/26/2007 at 03:39 PM

Claude Aiken

Sheriff Lobo?

BigDaveOnBass - 2/26/2007 at 03:42 PM

Claude Aiken

Sheriff Lobo?
Hell, I don't know. Check the edit on my post.

LinnieXX - 2/26/2007 at 03:55 PM

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Claude Aiken
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Sheriff Lobo?
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Hell, I don't know. Check the edit on my post.

oh man Georgia is an odd state. they have recreate battles from TV shows? Do BJ and the Bear show up too?

BigDaveOnBass - 2/26/2007 at 04:00 PM

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Claude Aiken
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Sheriff Lobo?
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Hell, I don't know. Check the edit on my post.

oh man Georgia is an odd state. they have recreate battles from TV shows? Do BJ and the Bear show up too?
I'm not gonna touch that with a ten foot pole. As hard as it may be....

LinnieXX - 2/26/2007 at 04:07 PM

I'm not gonna touch that with a ten foot pole. As hard as it may be....

is that feet, or inches big guy?

windsinger - 2/26/2007 at 06:02 PM

Windsinger, there was the annual reinactment of The Battle Of Aiken (SC) over the weekend around here. Have you ever been to it? It's a relatively big event here.

Aiken ?
i.e. Battle of....
No. But H. probably is
Sounds like what re-inactors call 'Blaclk Powder' re-inactors.

Most re-inacting falls into the following catagories :

ROMAN....all folks dress in Roman style clothes and battles are fought and one-on-one tourneys using Roman-age weapons. Roman re-inacting is done, oddly enough, primarily in GERMANY where they hold most of their day and weekend events in real castles or castle ruins..... (Medieval re-inactors, here, are SO envious !!!!)

OLD WEST.....This seems to be a trend in GB. where there is, at least, one (American old west) town where those folks play, with their British accents....I saw something about it on cable tv and it was downright funny....which is good, since they were clearly having fun with it)

REVOLUTIONARY WAR.....speaks for itself, done primarily in the N.E. US
CIVIL WAR......ditto but done in the South......(a word about the Civil War re-inactors.....they seem to be dominated by the very rich, and it seems to be a macho thing........with all the checking out we've done on it, we don't qualify to play with them.
H. COULD if he Really pressed the issue, I think, but he wouldn't just based on the mentality that seems to go hand-n-hand with the group....i.e. they're absolute Sticklers for 100% 'authentic' head-to-toe gear, surroundings, EVERYTHING. I talked to one guy who spent 3,000 $ + (!!!!!) on his uniform so he could play with them,.....only to have them verbally take apart his efforts. He quit, in disgust, before he'd even started.

As for the part of women in that group,....they're allowed to be (1) wives or (2) camp followers,(3) nurse or (4) servants....they're mostly allowed to stick around camp, doing domestic stuff and little to nothing a woodcarver,.....I wouldn't even be acknowedged by them, as having a place to exist. Most likely the Revolutionary folks are the same way, but we haven't really been that far North (yet) to ask.

MOUNTAIN MEN / LONG HUNTERS.......These guys are more laid-back...more middle-class in origin...their clothes are rugged, lotta buckskins and wool....AMERICAN INDIAN re-inactors frequently play with them......they aren't really into re-inacting actual 'battles' but they do have regular shooting contests with their black powder rifles, and ax and knife throwing. They also do a lotta stuff with wood, bone and antler, black-smithing, open-fire cooking etc etc. If we ever start doing any 'Black-powder' re-inacting, it'll be with these folks......

(.LOTSA re-inactors cross that line. When we went to Colonial Jamestown (and Willimasburg) in 1990, on our honeymoon, there were 3 SCA re-inactors actually working in Jamestown, as costumed interpretors, there...only we only got to meet, one......the other two were married, and she was pregnant...VERY pregnant, about to drop that one, so she and her husband had opted to NOT do so with-in the re-inactment village, but stick closer to the hospital to wait......I don't think cell-phone use was something reqadily available back then...............

I know, years earlier, OUR re-inactors had a huge gathering in Texas, where one of our queens, in full Elizabethan clothing, suddenly went into labor.....The couple was from the west coast somewhere (we have regional royalty) the hurry to get the lady to the nearest hospital, no-one bothered to change their the hospital waiting room wound up full of costumed re-inactors, the crown's 'entourage' The husband wound up also needing attention, since he'd closed, and broken, his hand in a car door in the panic to leave site.

The couple at Jamestown did not want to go through that.

Anyway, there's also LARP....Live Action Roll players....purely fantasy playing....kinda like a D & D game played for real.

And there's 'us'
Folks observing, get the two confused (we also get confused with the Renaissance fairs)

'US' though ( are part of an immense, world-wide non-profit, educational organization, that actually has 'corporation' status with the IRS.
We have a BOD (Board of Directors) and have very strict recording/reporting procedures we must adhere to.

It's all very complicated to be part of the organizational aspect. I held an Arts and Sciences office for many years, and I was a real stickler to get all my regular reports in on time, I Knew how hard they'd come down on the head of anyone who didn't.....5 solid years, in the days of Snail mail,. (and in triplicate)..and never a single getting called -on-the-carpet for a late, or missing, report.

Aside from that, there are three main things that seperate us from 'the black podwer' folks.

(1) we don't allow the use of/carrying of any kind of black-powder/gun weapons ...
our tourneys/competitions are strictly with bladed, or representative of bladed, weapons.

(2) our battles are never the pretend of firing blank guns and pretending to get shot.
When our guys 'fall' on the battle or tourney field,.....they've actually done so as the result of a full contact encounter. (we have strict, well-researched (and help of Doctors)info/rules, on what kind of blow with what kind of weapon, constitutes what kind of injury......basically, when a crown tourney is fought, to determine the next king, the winner is simply the man who was the most skilled, and fastest, who was able to beat his apponants into the ground....FAIRLY......

(3) we aren't sticklers for authenticity. Ya wanna play with us ? we don't require, you, first, show up with 3,000 + $ invested in your playsuit........we cover a Thousand year time span of different cultures.......but you can come play for a week-end, with no more preparation than a new name, and 2-6 $ worth of cheap dollar-a-yard Walmart tunic or T-gown. If you like the people/have fun, we Know you're gonna be antsy to get/make some cool outfits to play in, as soon as you can. we don't worry about it. We also don't pressure folks into paid memberships. You can show up, pay a small non-member's fee (3 $, here in the S.E.) more than a member pays, and get full playing priviledges.

As for Linnie's objection to 'Wars'
It's just what we call a larger gathering. (like Black powder folks call a 'Pow Wow')
The biggest ones (500-10,000 + people) do, eventually, have a 'War' (grande Finallie)but primarily it's all about a week of classes in all kinds of things, competitions in the arts and sciences, live weapons competitions like archery and ax and knife/spear throwing, shopping in the Grande Bazzare(sp)-type shopping village, artisan's row where craftsmen display and demonstrate their specialities, herald's point, where I usually volunteer to do art work for folks submitting their coats-of-arms to eventually be recorded in London's College-ofArms... (I do that, when I'm not attending classes somewhere,...I LOVE classes !!!) Those of us, not into the combat sports, have Plenty to do......and un-like the Black powder folks, we don't put restrictions on what women are allowed to 'do'..

Linnie, the Middle-Eastern Encampment will have oodles of classes on how-to dance, drum, make clothing, and cook (among other things)
I tend to spend most of my class time off in the Early Period encampment,.....learning (workshops) things like open-fire cooking techniques, pewter mold-making and casting, spinning/weaving/ wool-dying, bread-making, woodworking, etc. plus it's where H. goes for hanging around for the blacksmithing classes.

Other things, closer into the encampment center, will have things like Yurt-making, period painting/illumination, embroidery, games (chess etc) herbal arts and healing....even stained glass making, bead-making, pottery techniques, name it, if they did it, there may be a class on it....

and now, in/after my usual long winded's time for me to get back to work.

LinnieXX - 2/26/2007 at 06:14 PM


oooh! our Yurtle will be happy to hear that.

if one of these things comes up near here (esp. the belly dancing stuff) i *might* check it out.

windsinger - 2/26/2007 at 06:31 PM

whatsa 'yurtle' ?

go to sca,org
look under 'groups' to see which are nearest you.
Look under Kingdoms to see where and when events are (You're either in the 'Kingdom' of 'The East' or 'Atlantia',...but I Think,..the East)

See the where and when of the events, then click on any that look interesting to you, and see what they're offering in the way of activities....these days, there's generally plenty of on-line scheduals and details posted about events....

When my elder son went into the Navy, he called me from ALL over the country, asking me where the nearest group was to where he'd been stationed....he'd give the Seneschal (head local person) a call to find out about local meetings, and show up, and introduce himself as 'Alexander of Arron Isles' from Meridies'......he did this in VA, Maine, Chicago, Wash. State, and Lower Calif. and never lacked for 'family' to play with /help him find his way around.

You know me.
Tell, who-ever, that you heard about it via a woodcarver friend, Shara of Starwood, down in Meridies......I'm fairly well known, down this-a-way, and not at all, there, (well, not true,...I have friends in Boston, NY, MD and Cleveland,....but individuals)...but my 'fame' such-as-it-is, is here. (an internet search for my name, will actually turn up stuff !!! ain't that cool !!!)

Anyway, it never hurts to drop a name to open the door more warmly.
Lemme know if you find something appealing

LinnieXX - 2/26/2007 at 06:38 PM

Yurtle is a frequent poster to this land of Allman.

windsinger - 2/26/2007 at 06:55 PM

Dave, the "Gram Letters" at Stephan's are indeed mine.
My only attempt at Fictional writing, and my last.
But you may find them interesting.
The research and actual creating of fiction were nearly the end of me.....I NEVER wanna work that hard, at writing, again......but it turned out to be my Masterpiece.

(Can y'all tell, how reluctant I am, fresh showered (last night) to go out and get dirty again...leveling up the place between back door and wash house,...)

windsinger - 2/26/2007 at 07:02 PM

If ya do the google search...
ONLY the references to 'lady Shara'of Starwood, are me. (or lady Asa of the Wood)

The references/links to a Shara associated with 'pagan' or 'tribe' are Not

BigDaveOnBass - 2/26/2007 at 10:30 PM

Wind, I should have clarified....The Battle of Aiken is a Civil War reinactment. Thanks for the explanation of the different types of reinactment.

windsinger - 2/26/2007 at 11:15 PM

I think I tried to say that's what it sounded like,....before I took off on my tangent.

H. would be up more on that sort of thing, than I would. (partly because he knows about Civil War battles, and assorted historical battles, in general, AND because he used to live in your area and most likely may have seen one of the battles there.

We don't limit our historic interest, attendence wise, to just our own,,,,,,,when traveling, we visit any musuem, plantation, etc etc etc we can find.

The opportunity had presented itself, I just went ahead and broke it all down.

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