Tuesday, May 26, 2015
What can I say? I always wanted to visit a Renaissance Faire (or RenFair or Pleasure Faireeeee if you will). I have always had a love of Shakespeare, the time of King Arthur and basically anything regarding the time period in-between.
That being said, I have never actually gotten to one of these things until recently when I visited one in Irwindale California.
Immediately upon entering the grounds, I knew I was in a different world. A world of Elizabethan times from the look of the dress. There were ladies is amazingly crafted hoop dresses, lords and pirates, several shareholders of the East India Trading Company and these guys:
It was fairy weekend at the Faire and there were numerous sprites, fish...people(?) and other spirits hanging out at the Faire. What was very apparent was how INTO it everyone was. I wore kinda a Faire hat along with jeans and a shirt but I was in the minority, most people were rocking period garb. Not even Elizabethan stuff but I saw numerous Musketeers, a lot of Scottish highlanders and yes, even a few Calise's.
In fact, I was surprised that Game of Thrones (a current cultural conundrum) wasn't more represented at the Faire but the current was kept to a minimum, well almost:
This Faire had it all, and it had a lot of "all". The Faire is huge, so many rows of vendors hawking their wares and stages set up for comedians, sword swallowers, bad pirate bands (but good in a bad way):
(seriously though, these guys have a song about how the skeletons of their enemies are going to have a drink with the skeletons of their friends in the afterlife, how can you not LOVE that?)
The big draw for me though was the joust. Jousting! In the 21st Century!
They have 3 jousts a day, warming up with jousting games (involving rings and some weirdo scoring system). They have both female and make jousters and the female jousters took it to the men on a bunch of passes. Then the main event, the two knights going head to head, all out in full armor.
Here they come....
You could feel the tension in the arena something about big horses running at each other at full speed gets you going.
In addition to all the shops, entertainment and jousting (did I mention the jousting), there was food. I have been on a diet recently but you better believe I wasn't going to do a Renaissance Faire without a bit hunkin' leg of meat:
There was also a lot of drinking and I encountered a pub crawl full of happy-go-lucky Gandolfs, knights and regular folks. Those who know me know I love pirates and next year the Faire is going to have a pirate weekend. Doing a pub crawl on pirate weekend seems like a great way to spend a day.
Aside from such future plans, I was surprised how much fun the Faire was, no matter what you are into. The people who run this Faire really go out of their way to be friendly, and make for a relaxed, easy going experience.
Fan of the Faire: http://renfair.com/socal/
Posted by Peter Flanigan at 8:55 AM
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
I love me some Terramar clothing here on EWH and the only thing I love more than Terramar clothing is giving it away. We might be heading toward Summer but there is still snow in the air (Yosemite high country received several inches the other day) and it is never to early to start stocking up the closet.
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Posted by Peter Flanigan at 6:44 AM
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Have you ever gone on a major journey? I don't mean a 3 day weekend but a 3 Thousand Mile journey. Specifically a 3,800 journey by bike, across the US?
I personally can't imagine how daunting that would feel at the very beginning. You have all of those miles, you have the uncertainty of roads, food, cars, how do you handle it all?
Well if you are my cousin Anne, you get the job done. I met Anne at the start of her journey here in Los Angeles a few months ago and ever since then she has been pedaling her way across the country. She has faced crazy elevation gains and has also cruised through 90+ mile days.
I think after awhile, you get your bike legs under you and the ground starts to fly. I have heard tell of people doing the PCT and Appalachian Trail speak of similar moments, where their body clicks in and they start making some serious miles.
Of course, what also might be helping spur Anne on is that she is riding for a great cause, specifically:
Alzheimer's is a prevalent disease among our elderly population and we certainly need to help the afflicted. If you don't know someone affected by this disease, just think of it this way. We all are going to get old some day and we definitely need to put in the time and the money to try and cure this disease.
Anne is doing an amazing thing riding across the country to help raise awareness about this disease and you can do a great thing by helping to donate to this cause. The link is below, please help out if you can!
By the way, Anne is currently past Mississippi and well on her way to the East Coast!
Here is the link to help donate: http://act.alz.org/site/TR/ActiveEvents/NY-NortheasternNewYork?team_id=255023&pg=team&fr_id=4620
Posted by Peter Flanigan at 9:00 AM