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A Great Author…


2013
09.15

We all have our favourite authors — in sailing, it would have to be Lin and Larry Pardey or Hal Roth or Eric Hiscock. In reenacting, I am a fan of Mark Baker who writes about the colonial period and his search for the “Longhunter” or woodsman. He has a lot of fans due to his smooth writing style. He has a good way of saying things… the words just roll off the page. He has certain ways that he does things. And he has a lot of people, like myself, who enjoy his writings. No, I don’t want to go out and do a period trek myself. I like the woods, but period camping is not so much my thing. To each his own. I like to shoot black powder and Mark’s articles on how to do things like they did back then are very interesting.

I was looking for something about Mark’s videos (yes, he has some) and ran accross some Mark-hate. I had forgotten about that. A few years ago, I had seen a lot of snarky comments on some muzzleloading websites. As I read them again, it struck me that some people are just wankers. Mainly it’s sour grapes, but often, its a backlash against something that is “too popular.” I’ve never understood that — I remember back in the day when everyone had an Oakley (sunglasses) sticker on their car and I saw some inbred (yes, truly) with a home-made “Oakleys suck!” sign on his raggedy-ass car. I remember thinking “No, they aren’t — dumbass!” — same kinda thing. A lot of these guys get mad at all the people who follow Mark Baker’s methods… now, he says himself that he doesn’t know everything and he does shoot for the most “common impression,” yet too many people of the doofus class have to strike out against those who have actually DONE something in their life. Maybe that’s it. Probably.

No matter what, Mark seems to try and help people and this drive, to me, makes him a true teacher and mentor. Again, this strikes jealousy in many.

So, if you want to learn about the common longhunter of the 18th century and how to emulate his life, you can’t go wrong reading Mark Baker’s books and/or watch his videos. BTW, you can buy his videos from American Pioneer Video at www.americanpioneervideo.com… You can buy his books in my bookstore on reenactor.Net here: reenactor.Net’s Frontier Area Bookstore and Reading list. 🙂

I’ll stop now before I start getting hate mail (which, btw, is often entertaining).
Ende

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It’s MY Thanksgiving.


2011
11.25

In Mail Hauling, usually, we get the day after the holiday off. After so many years, you just get used to it… it is what it is. We’re going to my mother-in-law’s place for our Thanksgiving dinner today. She is a great host!!

I haven’t posted in a while… lot’s going on and I didn’t feel like it. Was busy before WWI and real world stuff after. I will say again: Hobby politics blow and you would not believe the amount of just hateful and “angry” people in a hobby. It’s sad — they can’t see the positive, just wishing to be angry, to impose their views on others. To play games and to think their title in a hobby means something. I don’t have time in my life for angry, small people. Do you? Is it worth it? I am concentrating on doing stuff w/ my unit and hoping we can move away from the one unsafe unit out there. My knee hurt so bad that it makes me really reconsider if I can keep doing this.

On the Hiring Front

So, as usual, we are short-handed. I actually found another person, willing to do the Sat night run and fill-in. Oh yeah, the promises. Yes, yes, yes. I spent an hour explaining to her (yes a “her”) all about the job. I went over every little thing. And then, I had to jump through hoops to hire her. And… she made it hard. She could not, would not follow instructions. Would not do the paperwork for her app, she questioned and argued about the paperwork for the Post Office, etc. On her app, she wrote all over thepage, her whole life story. THREE TIMES we had to redo that?!

I tried to help her, to get her onboard, well in excess of what I would for a guy (preferential treatment already?!) and she still would argue, etc. Ack! I explained NUMEROUS times this is not freight-hauling, it’s MAIL HAULING. Some drivers don’t get that and think they can “bargain” with you for stuff (“Well, why can’t ah picks the truck up here, by ma house?”). Well, after about 3-4 weeks work, I get this ding-dong on and what does she do??? She frigging quits. Yes. Quits. “What happened?” you ask… you guys must have been mean to her… Hardly: first, on her training run, she proceeds to argue the WHOLE night with her trainer. Just on and on and on. The morning after the training run, she gets back and she QUITS. “Why?” asketh you. Well, she didn’t like the computer (all trucks will be going to them now and it’s pretty simple to use), she didn’t like going to New Jersey (WTF?! I explained, FULLY, where we go and what we do…). She didn’t like the idea of laying over in the truck once in a while for a day (again WTF?!?!? I explained all this at LENGTH and she had said “Oh, that wouldn’t bother me at all.”). She didn’t like the fact that you have to “go” and cannot just stop when you feel like it. We “rush” her she said. There are “bed bugs” in the truck sleeper… That’s MY truck you drove, dipshit, there are no bedbugs in there. WTF? WTF? WTF? WTF? I should have just dumped her when my warning klaxons started going off. She always had some “reason” for problems or inconsistencies, always some excuse. My dog has more common sense than this person.

So what does this idiot’s actions end up doing? Well, she cost the company a bunch of money to hire her worthless ass. She goes makes ME look like an ass to my boss (after I jumped through 40 hoops to get them to let me hire her) — think that will happen again? By quitting like that, she screwed the other drivers who were scheduled off, now one had to run over the Holiday and others had their schedules all messed up. And you know who else she screwed? Any other woman who wants to drive for us — will they go out of their way to hire someone who really is not qualified or cannot do the job? Will they give people the chance to “prove themselves?” HELL NO. Horrible huh? I tried to be fair, more than fair. We went WAY out to accommodate her and she pissed all over that. >:-( No more accommodations — if someone cannot do the job the way we need it or how we tell them to do it, they ain’t gettin’ hired. My boss has told me a couple times: “You can can bend over backwards for these people and they will then turn around and try and screw you.” and it’s TRUE. It really is. Every time they do this crap, it makes me (and other managers) less nice, less forgiving, less accommodating. And lest some jack-ass think I am some sexist scumbag, one of the BEST drivers I EVER had was a woman. I am just too trusting, too naive — thinking there’s good in people. House is right, “Everybody lies!”

What Else?

Some good things at work… I do have a great crew! Without good people, nothing really get’s done. Treat them right, look out for them and they’ll look out for you. If you DO get a bad apple, you get rid of it before it contaminates the rest. My crew really steps up and does the job. I can say, without reservation: I have the BEST crew in the company. My guys take care of the trucks, they come to work and run the run correctly. They don’t tear up the equipment. They keep our stuff in better shape than in other areas… yes, my guys are great!!

Politics

I still like Herman Cain! We need, desperately, a BUSINESSMAN in the White House, not another career politician, not another do-nothing, no-experience leech, sucking off the teat of America. From what I’ve read, Mr. Cain believes in many of the things that I do. He says he’s not an “African-American” but a “Conservative-American!” That’s what we need. Not a divider, but someone who is part of US, not part of his own little group. And… I don’t care if the fleabaggers on the left (isn’t that a great and totally apropos term for these idiots) don’t like Mr. Cain — I think he’s a good guy for the job. Maybe Cain/Gingrich??

Now, like they always do, the fleabaggers and neo-Bolsheviks on the left, are trying to tear down the candidate running against them. They conspire against ANYONE who dares run against their current socialist hero. The left, really, is an insidious and hateful political machine. They’re funded by that Nazi Collaborator, George Soros (yes, he as a teenager in Hungary, he collaborated with the Nazis), who will spend his billions (click here to read just how he made his money) to advance the causes he supports (seemingly the socialist domination of Ameirca and the world). The things these people say and do say just disgust me. Now, the right isn’t much better and do not seem to learn either AND all the IDIOTS in Congress seem hell bent on destroying the United States of America.

I am tired of hateful, partisan scumbags ruining our country. I have written my senators, congressman and President to tell them that they were doing a poor job and as their employer, I was not happy with their performance, and out of them all, the President was the only one who did not bother to respond — the White House just went and  put me on their spam mailing list. Hell, at least Bill Clinton would respond. I think if everyone wrote them, perhaps they’d try and work together, but probably not. Things are so polarized that I don’t see anything good coming. And really, I don’t care that much: I have no descendants — what do I give a shit about? I have a nephew and a niece. My nephew will be okay and my niece, well, I worry about her, but she has parents–I cannot save the world. I think people need to start learning Chinese and reading their Koran. Allāhu Akbar (الله أكبر).

Ende

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Dont you just get tired of BS?


2011
10.16

I hate people who think they’re better than everyone else. That they know more, or better. That they know better than YOU and should therefore decide what IS BEST FOR YOU.

Hobby politics are bad. They are stupid bad and if you throw money into the mix, well people will do the most dishonorable shit. They will stab their best friend in the back, throw their mom under the bus. Its sad, and disgusting too.

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Got house!


2011
08.27

Yay! We just closed on our new home!! Look left. And… we’re soon to be all gone from the nice looking, but ghetto-people-filled neighborhood we live in. One of my neighbors who moved out, called it the nicest trailer park he’d ever lived in. Not fair, as I’ve lived in trailer parks before and they were nice. Our neighbor’s on the one side just suck! As in ignorant, flies buzzin’ around their face suck. Fine, soon I shall never see their sorry asses again. ’nuff said about them. Oh yeah… “vile” works.

Anyway, now we just gotta move our stuff. 🙁 Of COURSE, right during hurricane Irene… And being short a driver at work. Still, I have until Sept. 30… I have a company that helped me before — Mr. Moves out of York, PA… Awesome workers, reasonable prices, no bullshit. Gotta pack though and wife’s health is AFU. 🙁 Just gonna take time — come home from work and friggin’ pack… Did that shit last move and it blew!

Being a homeowner IS cool though and when my brother Jim asked if I had made “carpet angels” I had to admit “yes.” :-p

Of course, Lowes got the fridge handles wrong, but they were cool and ordered new ones and then loaned us some stainless ones until our black handles come in. Oh, and dumbass me on first trip over, I missed a step and landed right on the knee I crunched slipping on truck… D’oh! Dat done be a hurtin’ still now.

Please excuse any typos, I’m writing this on my cell out in front of Wally World… Starting to rain pretty good…  Hey, at least it will water my new grass! Needs it, been dry here — not back-home, Cali dry, but for Pennsyltuckey, it’s been bad. For a bit, they’d throw a cig out the windah of the car and stuff would catch fire. Duh!

Some good news, I have a great new programmer who has gotten the Reenactor Consumer Guide (RCG) going. It had a LOT of bad code that wasn’t allowing it to work. Microsoft ASP really sucks!! Anyway, it’s working at  www.reenactor-rcg.com BTW, we have now made it “all-era” vs. just WW1 and the orignal WW2 version. What is this thing? Well, it’s a place for reenactin’ folk to review their experiences, good AND bad with vendors servicing the hobby… Give it a look! It sure helped straighten up some shady dealers in WW2 reenacting (and made a couple of the real bad ones go away!)

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Janitor Generals


2011
07.05

In the reenacting hobby, we have a number of people who are, in a term coined by Ed Franzosa, “Janitor Generals.” What this means is that in their normal life, they’re something like a janitor, worker bee, etc. but in reenacting, well they are some high ranking person of “importance.” And the thing is, they believe this is all real. Now, there are many in the hobby who are NOT like that, but you always have a few who think they’re Julius Caesar or Robert E. Lee reborn. They’re the ones who ALWAYS have to portray an officer — who ALWAYS have to have rank. Off the top of my head, I can think of 4-5 gross offenders of this practice: “I’m a Roman LEGATE (elite SS Panzer OFFICER, etc.) , you will respect me. You MUST swear allegiance to MY unit and go with NO OTHER to events where I deign to take MY UNIT.” LOL, kinda funny. That one is also unemployed now — did I mention many of these guys are among the professionally unemployed!?

It CAN be Great!

Reenacting is a neat hobby — you get to kind of step into things and see how it was then. BTW, by the term “reenacting,” I mean going and doing actual events, not standing in front of bored touronz and bloviating crap that they are not listening to. It is a sad fact that the vast majority of younger people today do not give a tinker’s damn about history. If it isn’t on an Xbox, they don’t care. The “loserazation” of the next generations is a whole separate topic.

Anyway, I have seen some high-minded “LIVING HISTORIANS” who insist that the only reason to do what we do is to “TEACH THE CHILDREN,” etc. My answer, as always is “horse puckey!” And this abomination that suddenly we’re not lowly reenactors, but are “LIVING HISTORIANS” with a higher purpose (I don’t know what that is, except to inflate their gigantic egos further, so that while they are cleaning toilets in their real life, they feel better). For that matter, asking them WHY they are a LIVING HISTORIAN vs. a reenactor can be enlightening. Ask them if they have any special training or anything… Rollin Curtis of At the Front has these “rants” wherein he goes on about stuff that he finds wrong, etc. For the most part, they’re pretty funny, but farbs and janitor generals don’t like that kind of thing. Here’s the intro to Rollin’s living history rant:

If you are new to the hobby, or have been out of circulation for a few years, here’s the situation: A growing number of participants prefer to consider themselves “Living Historians”. For some, the term “Living History” sounds more glorious and noble than “Reenacting”… a term which they associate with “cap busting”. It’s like the drunks at the Bel Air gentleman’s club looking down their noses at the drunks at Hike’s Point Bar and Lounge. I believe that this tizzy was an outgrowth of the previous conflict between those who prefer active events (playing war) and those who just like to dress up and pose for nazi shots and admire their collections. . . while wearing them. The LHer’s simply cannot comprehend that no matter how they dress, slice or dice it, what they do is playing war. Reenacting and Living History are the same damned thing.

Needless to say, my opinion has not been well received in certain circles. . .

You may read the whole series of rants on “LIVING HISTORIANS” here. I also think Rollin’s bit on Harley riders is damned funny and telling too… “Oh, were all rugged individualists” LOL, LOL, LOL! Harley riders are (at least the new breed of them, vs. real bikers), for the most part, all like lemmings… Everything has to be “just so.” Black leathers and “ride free” and über-shiny bikes with lots of chrome and doo dads and lights. Hell, most of these types of “bikers” are in their mid-life crisis… I digress, this, like the current generation of Losers (which is why I call them Gen “L”) is a whole separate blog. Back to ma peeps: reenactors.

Reasons to Reenact

There are MANY reasons to reenact… Sure, there IS the aspect of teaching and demonstrating the past to another generation, but for some of us, it’s a chance to “step back” into another time period. Immersion events are great for this. Sometimes it’s hard, but if you persevere, it can be great. No, you won’t actually be there, but you can “feel” the time period. You don’t get this kind of thing at public events. Civil War has some great immersion events. WWI and WWII do too. I do WWI and can tell you that you CAN get that feeling there. No, reenactors, for the most part, do not wish to be wounded, die or be miserable; we’re more there for a “taste of the time” as Tony Dahm says. Yes, we want a taste, a feeling of what they went through, not actual pain or real suffering. We don’t want fleas, we don’t want lice, we don’t want blisters, broken bones, gun shot wounds or to get a disease. But we DO want to camp like they did, to try the food, good and bad (hard tack, turnip jam, garum), we find it fascinating to see how the gear feels, how it hangs, impedes your progress, etc. Sitting in the rain, trying to stay dry under a rain cape, the smell of wet wool and leather are something that stays in your mind. Wood smoke from a camp fire — ask ANY reenactor and they will tell you that it conjur up instant good memories. You can get in the closet for something and bump your uniform and smell the smoke and it will ALWAYS bring a smile. Always. The comradeship of a good unit is something too. Amongst the LIVING HISTORIANS, it’s more like actors. They are, to use a phrase coined by Dan Peterson a “display team.” You can also call them “mannequins” which while pretty much accurate, is as insulting to some as the term “farb.” >:-)

Anyway, I am just rambling along, this all started by thoughts on one self-important ding-dong in the Roman reenacting world (don’t worry, there are plenty in other time periods too, just this one is kind of nutty nowadays). If you get into my hobby, you be sure to find these “heroes” or “LIVING HISTORIANS” as they think themselves. My advice is to mess with them some: don’t salute, call them “sir” or pretend they don’t exist. Point out to them that there “Is NO uniform Code of Reenactor Justice” and they can’t actually court martial you… that always spools them up. Ignore the ones who ORDER you around. In this hobby, for the most part, rank and position is determined by how much work and effort you put into the hobby; in othe rwords, you earn it. You can always tell those guys — they’re the ones who DON’T want any rank, who don’t wish to be “in charge.” The janitor general will ALWAYS insist he be in charge, then complain bitterly that people don’t “do their jobs.” Anyway, you’ll know what I mean. Ende

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Newville, Pa Frúhling 2011


2011
04.15

Well, I’m here. Got here too late to set up tent… So im Wagon schlafen.

Went to GWA Social did some politikery :-p We’ll see. My goals are for better commo, more comraderie and to bring in more younger blood, as our hobby is aging, which is sad, very sad.

The WWI centennial is soon upon us… We HAVE to grow and bring in the young guys to our hobby. WWI is a great time period and it has some great people in it. I wish to make it better.

More later… Ende

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Life moveth on >>==>


2011
03.23

Been a bit… Been doing some solid work on r.Net, getting it back to speed. Our most recent update messed up a lot and we have to manually fix it.

“We” means myself and staff. A new member is Kathy whom I have known since she was born. Literally! I rememberws today, the day she was born (I was like 4) and her Dad driving around handing out cigars 🙂

Anyway, she’s been helping a LOT, keeping me on track and not distracted… She’s learning about websites the real way, by doing.

Other staff coming back and getting things going. Bookstore will be back this weekend. ACW close now… WW2 in process.

Reenactor Consumer Guides also this week. Going to a winows server, so, of COURSE, have to move, can’t just be upgraded. 3 databases, 4 websites, a LOT of email addys to reset >:-0 Ack! Donations going nowhere — sadly, but enough for server. Need to get more to pay programmer to fix some of our site “mods” that the upgrade wiped or deactivated. So much to do…

WWI is soon upon us and many Rekruten are not ready and some alte Hase not either. April 14th to 17th is my time for fun… Twice a year, dat’s wuts ah gets. Gonna try Roman Days in May too.
Ende

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Stoßtrupp 1917 from IHF


2011
01.20

Oh holy sheepshit Margaret!! It’s a BEAUTIFUL copy… Clear and detailed… With subtitles (meaning I can actually, really get what they are saying).

Stoßtrupp 1917 is the final part of the “Holy Trinity” of WWI German videos and, I think, the crown jewel.

Lavishly filmed using real Wehrmacht Soldiers and SA men. Real munitions were used in the filming… That Schrapnel hitting the water ain’t CGI Buckey! And SO clear… The first private video that I can see clearly. It is a “must-see” for any German reenactor. It is SO much better than “All Quiet on the Western Front” or “Westfront 1918″… This movie is pretty awesome and I cannot recommended it enough!!

Here is the description from IHF (whom you should buy this movie from)…

Uneasy lies the countryside beneath the stench of war. Stosstrupp 1917 (Shock Troop 1917) is the story of the steel hurricane known as the Great War, told from the German perspective. Lewis Milestone’s All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) had been fiercely pacifistic, and G. W. Pabst’s Westfront 1918 (1930) no less so, but while Hans Zoberlein’s equally lavish Stosstrupp 1917 is also antiwar, it is more sympathetic to Germany’s trench-warfare ordeal. All Quiet on the Western Front and Westfront 1918 are universally hailed as the two greatest First World War films ever produced, based as much on the astonishingly mobile cinematography of Arthur Edeson and Fritz Arno Wagner as on their masterly direction. Regrettable is the omission of Stosstrupp 1917 from this pantheon, for its cinematography by Karl Hasselmann is as uniformly dazzling.
An enormous box-office hit upon its release on 20 February 1934, Stosstrupp 1917 was based on director Zoberlein’s own war memoirs, Der Glaube an Deutschland, to which Adolf Hitler contributed a foreword; was financed by the National Socialist government; and featured Wehrmacht and SA troops in its cast, which make its invisibility since 1945 more readily comprehensible. The picture has been banned in Germany since the end of the Nazi era. Prints that have circulated since then have been heavily censored and run less than 90 minutes, removing militaristic dialogue and diluting the film’s impact and painstaking realism; many of its pyrotechnics, for instance, were produced with real ammunition and explosives. The present release restores 21 minutes of missing footage. Directed by Hans Zöberlein, Franz Adam, Marian Kolb, and L. Schmid-Wildy. Starring Ludwig Schmid-Wildy, Beppo Brem, Max Zankl, Hans Possenbacher.

Anyway, this movie is WAY better than the other two movies mentioned. Ack! You HAVE to watch it. Oh wait, that’s if you’re a historian or WWI reenactor–if you’re just some American Idol-watchin’ shallow, sheeple, no, you probably won’t like it. I don’t care, I do.

Uneasy lies the countryside beneath the stench of war. Stosstrupp 1917 (Shock Troop 1917) is the story of the steel hurricane known as the Great War, told from the German perspective. Lewis Milestone’s All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) had been fiercely pacifistic, and G. W. Pabst’s Westfront 1918 (1930) no less so, but while Hans Zoberlein’s equally lavish Stosstrupp 1917 is also antiwar, it is more sympathetic to Germany’s trench-warfare ordeal. All Quiet on the Western Front and Westfront 1918 are universally hailed as the two greatest First World War films ever produced, based as much on the astonishingly mobile cinematography of Arthur Edeson and Fritz Arno Wagner as on their masterly direction. Regrettable is the omission of Stosstrupp 1917 from this pantheon, for its cinematography by Karl Hasselmann is as uniformly dazzling. An enormous box-office hit upon its release on 20 February 1934, Stosstrupp 1917 was based on director Zoberlein’s own war memoirs, Der Glaube an Deutschland, to which Adolf Hitler contributed a foreword; was financed by the National Socialist government; and featured Wehrmacht and SA troops in its cast, which make its invisibility since 1945 more readily comprehensible. The picture has been banned in Germany since the end of the Nazi era. Prints that have circulated since then have been heavily censored and run less than 90 minutes, removing militaristic dialogue and diluting the film’s impact and painstaking realism; many of its pyrotechnics, for instance, were produced with real ammunition and explosives. The present release restores 21 minutes of missing footage. Directed by Hans Zöberlein, Franz Adam, Marian Kolb, and L. Schmid-Wildy. Starring Ludwig Schmid-Wildy, Beppo Brem, Max Zankl, Hans Possenbacher.
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Where has the truth gone?


2010
09.22

I don’t get people… why can’t they just tell the truth? Especially when you will find out they’re lying… Sad, weird–no, sad. And people having your back or following through… just gone in this world. I know, I am way behind on shit, but I will get to it, just am crushed w/ real life right now. On my recent trip to Columbus, it was actually a relief! I didn’t have to get on the computer to deal w/ people or e-mail or whatever. Nice for a change.

And really, why do people have to sneak around and try and do shit w/ out asking anyone? I know that in one organization I’m a member of, it’s pretty much the “RULE” to just go ahead and do stuff without asking or publicizing it, then ask for forgiveness later. I have an end-date there.

And really, reenacting for me will not last forever. I won’t be some old guy w/ translucent skin, pretending I’m a 20 year old soldier. I see guys who were my age now, still reenacting as a frontline soldier. Sure buddy, sure. Nothing lasts forever and you can’t stop time. End date. Remember that.

I’ll stop now. I’m depressed at the cheeseyness of man.

Ende

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A Three Day weekend…


2010
05.26

Memorial Day…

Alas, it has become simply an excuse to go relax and party. Hell, our President, Robert Mugabe Barry Obama isn’t even gonna be Presidential and hang in DC for this, nah, he’s going on vacation… Too good he is to go to Arlington and attend those events. But hey, as his wife says, he’s a “native Kenyan” so I doubt he cares about this kind of thing. Doesn’t matter, most Americans feel the same 🙁

Getting Hot

Wow, all hot in muggy in a couple of days. Sticky nasty… And I have people suggesting I go to historical events and wear wool. No thank you. Hot is NOT fun. Talking to hot, bored touronz is also not much fun. I guess I am jaded and mean. However, it just isn’t fun.

I DID want to go to Roman Days this year, but they went and moved it back to the SAME weekend as the Reading WWII Airshow. I already made plans… I know quite a number of others who already planned on attending Reading too 🙁 The answer i was told was that 1-2 of the RD event committee also does War of 1812, so to make sure it didn’t conflict with that (in Sept.) They went back to 1st weekend June. Hmmmm,m war of 1812, all 25 of them in the entire reenacting world. Oh well, there will be other Roman things to do.

Work Tragedies…

A lot of BS and trouble. “Gott sei Dank” it’s over. Weekend coming soon. That will be nice, I have a lot to do in those 3 days.