In the last month I have had two cousins pass away. Gary was older than I by about 10 years and led a somewhat hard life. Growing up I recall him being a biker type and I just thought that was the best thing ever.
Mark was a second cousin technically, the son of my cousin Mike. He was only 34. I think I babysat for him once or twice many years ago.
Okay, so what is the really odd part about this? That my family told me about the first death 2 weeks after the fact and my cousin Deb from Seattle, the only family member I am close to, just saw the second notice and emailed me to ask if I knew. Oh, and the visitation for Mark is tonight in Rockford. Now I have to ask myself, is my family just that rude to not call people when there is a funeral or is it an out of sight out of mind thing since I never really see them? I am leaning pretty heavily toward to latter but it did make me look at myself and my family interaction.
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Last Friday was a dark day as the company laid off approximately 10 people. I knew it was coming, and that I was not one of the 10. I was also told how one of my employees was going to end up working half time for me and half time for another department that was going to lose someone. No problem I thought, my employee gets to keep working. Then I was blindsided on Monday which is not a great way to start the week. HR walks into my office about 9:30am and explains how they made a change and decided to keep one person they were going to let go (“very valuable to the company”) and let my employee go instead, effective immediately. All of this without the input of my boss who is president of the department all these people work in. He is on vacation until the 6th. Needless to say that I couldn’t do anything about it but be mightily PO’d.
Physically, I am giving my body a few weeks to heal up from fighting. Nothing major (asthma flair up the last few days but is better now, lots of bruises and dings from two weeks of melee events) but I want to have a good Simple Day and Pennsic. I have been doing some light exercising in the mornings, stretching, sit-ups, and some work with arm weights.
Need to do a few armor repairs this weekend. One sword needs the basket hilt attached better, need to take the vervielles off my helm and replace with Chicago screws, then use the vervielles on Susanna’s helm to attach her aventail, tighten belt on leg harness (darn weight loss), and do a general check of rivets and buckles to make sure all are ok. Also need to check garb situation for Pennsic, see what I need to make so that I have enough garb.

Yea, latest meme post and it's Friday so....

"“The problem with Livejournal is that we all think we are so close, but really, we know nothing about each other. Hence, I want you to ask me something you think you should know about me. Something that should be obvious, but you have no idea about. Then post this in your LJ and find out what people don’t know about you.”


Today’s thoughts and issues…

1) I get an email from the HR people at work today letting me know that our insurance rates are going up (personally, $20 a check) and that it is effective April 1st. Like, wow, lots of advanced notice on that…..
2) In the SCA, why do people take a position and then treat it like it doesn’t matter much when it comes to doing the actual job but means a lot when it comes time to the ‘prestige’ of the job? It doesn’t matter if it has to do with the mundane world, incipient group or established, a job is a job and you have certain responsibilities when you take the job. Period.
3) I had to decide to not do the A&S Pentathlon this year. I would have had to rush 2 of the 5 projects in order to have them done by April 18th. Maybe next year…..
4) Gulf Wars was fun. I would like to do it again but only if my wife gets to go. I can’t stand being away from her for a whole week.
5) Crown tourney is in 7 ½ weeks…..time to start really training.
6) Weight loss continues…..down 28 lbs since November.
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Yes dear....

I was tagged by my wonderful wife so I have to do this...

01. Make a list of 5 things you can see:

Nigella Lawson
cell phone
tape dispenser

02. Would you ever get plastic surgery?

Disfiguring accident, sure thing.

03. Is there anything in your fridge right now that you would never eat/drink?

Hot sauce?

04. What's your occupation?

Manager, database fulfillment

05. Do you nap a lot?

If given the opportunity, yes.

06. What was your first celebrity crush?

Susan Day from the Patridge Family....

07. What's your current fandom/obsession/addiction?


08. Name one of your heroes.

I really don't know who to put down for this...

09. What was the last text message you received?

Spam on how to flirt. Like I need that kind of help.

10. What websites do you always visit when you go online?

Legio, bank account, LJ

11. What was the last thing you bought?

Coke zero

12. Radiohead, Muse or Interpol? Choose one.


13. Does the weather affect your mood?

Most defintely.

14. What is your zodiac sign?


15. Name a song that makes you think about a ship/character that you like lately.

I was camping for a whole week, does music still exist? I am at a loss.

16. Weird dream

Being chased by Frankenstein and turning into the wolfman in order to run faster.

17. Do you have any siblings?

One, a brother.

18. What's the last thing on TV, movies or the news that made you tear up a little?

Every time I see certain scenes in "Remember the Titans".

19. What are your plans for next weekend?

Carnivale and a whole day spent with Misreall.

20. Say something about the person who tagged you:

She is the love of my life and my best friend. I am totally lost without her.

Fat Tuesday

     I haven’t written anything in a while so time for an update.   I have a lot of events I am planning on going to between now and Pennsic.   Gulf Wars is next month and  I have some local events the following two weekends I get back. In there I need to find time to finish off my A&S entries because the regional competition is April 18th. May and June I think I have something every weekend.  

     I was lazy last week and didn’t do my daily stairs at work.    Going to start that again today. This consists of me going up and down the 2 flights of stairs at work 10 times straight. Hoping to build up some stamina with that. I started doing it a few months ago with just 5 times.

     Didn’t go to practice Sunday because I felt like I was coming down with something.   In retrospect, I should have gone and did slow work if nothing else.   I am not going to get better if I don’t go to practice.

     I shot archery last week and am going to try and shoot every week.   I wasn’t horrible but it is hard not to try and measure up to the others that were there.   Of course, 4 of them were Foresters and the other 2 were very experienced.   I shot once last spring and before that I hadn’t shot in 18 years. I need an armguard and a belt quiver.   I will look for those at Gulf Wars. I am also going to look for something period that I can carry a notebook and stuff in.   Like an over the shoulder pouch. I guess that would be a purse by modern standards.  

    Brewing wise, in the last few months I have made 2 batches of brown ale, 1 batch of an IPA, 1 batch of a stout, and 1 batch/kit of Canadian (need to bottle that this week).   Each batch is 5 gallons.   Last Saturday I converted the little storage room we have in the basement into a “booze celler”.   It is about the size of a walk in closet.   On the left side are shelves with all the beer, on the right side are two wooden wine racks. Each rack holds about 50 bottles of which I have only filled maybe 30 total slots right now.   I have 5 gallons of various mead to bottle in May as well as 3 gallons or so of a braggot I made last October.   Trying to decide if should enter anything beyond mead in the regional A&S.

    My lovely wife, Misreall, ordered a book for me, ‘Farmhouse Ales”.   It is supposed to have some great recipes in it, including a Biers de Garde.   Being that her persona is French, I thought it would be fun to make a French beer.   Should get the book in about 2 weeks.


New definition of stupid.  We have a cleaning crew that comes into our offices on weeknights and empties the trash and vacuums.   Friday night they come in my office and while emptying the trash notice a dead mouse in a corner under my desk.  Do they remove it?  Noooooo, they leave me a note to tell me it is there.   So it smells wonderful in here today....I have named him Mickey and am currently holding a wake.  The time of the funeral is yet to be determined as the maintence department has not yet deemed to appear to remove Mickey to a better place.

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12th Night

     I am tired and a little sore today but I am still grinning like a kid. Last week started out as not so good but ended extremely well. 

     Well, it was cold here in Chicago last week.   Like highs in the single digits with wind chills of minus twenty.   Wednesday we had blizzard conditions due to the wind.   This made it hard to get anything done.   I'd get home at night, eat dinner, get warm, and my body would just shut down. Then there was Middle Kingdom 12th Night that was hosted locally.   I had a scroll assignment that had a major question and then Saturday kept getting closer and I wasn't able to get the job done (although it worked out fine).

    So I went into 12th Night with my friend Drscam thinking "I just want to have fun today".   We had an early breakfast at our favorite diner and picked up Misreall to head to the event as we agreed to unload royal stuff first thing. Timing was almost perfect as we got there just to start unloading.   That finished, I had to put the hinges on the box my shire, Rokkehealden, was putting into the basket raffle.   By the time everything was done it was almost noon. I was retaining for Her Majesty from 2-4:30 so I had time to eat lunch and shop a little. 

   During the shopping I was told that I was to attend the Pennsic Commanders meeting at 3. I informed Her Majesty and she said it was not a problem. I retained for her then scurried off to the meeting.   It was nice to sit amongst those who I look up to and be accepted among them. The meeting was very informative and so I came away from it quite happy. It was then time to see my lovely wife, Misreall, for about 3 minutes before I went up to the basket raffle.   I did not win the feast box my shire put in but I did win the brew kit the Ayreton Brewers Guild donated.

   Court was shortly after and many people I know were recognized with awards.   Mistress Sarafina Sinclair and her husband Etienne were made Court Baron and Baroness.   Sir Fern, my knight, received the Dragon's Heart. Others I know received the Purple Fret, Silver Oak, and Order of the Evergreen. Biggest shock was when Drscam and I were commanded to appear before Her Majesty. She spoke about spending a lot of time with us and enjoying it... mostly.   Then she awarded us each with the Doe's Grace. I was shocked and teary.  

    I feel the need to explain me being teary over this award.   20 years ago, Her Majesty Eislinn took all the squires who were willing and made them her Queen's Guard for Pennsic. I was one of them.   At that time she was very ill with cancer. I recall driving her to the chirurgeons in a golf cart for treatments and such.   The last day of Pennsic a handful of us squires took our red belts and tied them to her banner as a sign of the depths of our love for her.   That winter she passed away and I was told that those squires belts were placed in the coffin to remain with her forever.   It is for Eislinn that the award was renamed to the Doe's Grace from the Queen's Favor, the doe being a major part of her personal heraldry. Hence my feelings on being given this award are even.....more heightened than usual.

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Music Meme - lameness of my IPOD

How many songs total: 120
How many hours or days of music: 6.9 Hours
Sort by song title

First Song: Ain't Nobody's Bizness by BB King
Last Song: 1, 2, 3, 4 by Plain White Tees
Sort by time
Shortest Song: Theme song to the Banana Splits at 1.26
Longest Song: Where the Streets Have No Name by U2 at 5.39
Sort by album
First album: Acid Tongue by Jenny Lewis
Last album: The Warriors Code by the Dropkick Murphys
Top Five Most Played Songs 
1. Don't Get Around Much Anymore by Sam Cooke
2. You and Me and the Bottle Makes 3 by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
3. Ain't Nobody's Bizness by BB King
4. I'm Beginning to See the Light by Bobby Darin
5. Jump Me One More Time by John Lee Hooker 

 Highest Number by One Artist

Drop Kick Murphy's 

Last Song Purchased

John Barbour by the great Big Sea


First Song Purchased

Walking with a Ghost by Tegan and Sara
Genre With the Highest Number


 Genre With the Lowest Number

I have a bunch tied with 1. Latin, Power Pop, Adult Alternative, Electronic, Emo, Hip Hop, Jm Bands, Jazz,

 Songs I Was Happiest to Find

Carpetbaggers by Jenny Lewis/Elvis Costello


iTunes Helped Me Find

Listening to the radio to hear new songs is not a bad thing
The Random
First song that comes up on Shuffle: I Wanna Be Like You by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Search the following and state how many songs come up:
Death - 2
Life - 4
Love - 5
Hate - 1
You - 13
Sex – 1 (strange if you know me)
Blue - 10