September 30, 2002
Holy shit. Um, I mean "Yay me!". Heheheh...
In case you haven't heard by now, it's true. On Saturday I proposed to my love, Celly McFae (aka Karen), at the MDRF (She said "Yes" by the way. Heh. That makes her my fiancée!) in front of about 50 of our closest friends. I think at least half of them had cameras so there should be lots of pics coming. I'm still working on the pictures from my own camera. I know you're impatient and frankly so am I. What you may not know though is that this morning (Monday) I had a tooth pulled that had cracked and gotten infected last week. I took some where over 100 pictures this weekend so it's gonna take a bit of time.
I really want to take the time now to thank everyone for helping with my little plot. Yes, she suspected but not because anyone said anything, evidently she knows me too well now and knew that I was up to something. *sigh* I'm going to have to be sneakier with future plottings.
Thank you all for coming and sharing in our joy. Especially the 11 other Rogues (Andre, Mark the English Rogue, Josh, Jim aka Cronnacht, Dread Pirate Russell, Seamus, Lance, Angus, Chris, and my brothers John aka MrWhizzr and Raymond MacDobhran) who helped romance her.
Thank you Ani for being my "flower girl" -- for providing the flowers and taking them at the right moment -- and for all your advice. I love you.
Thank you Keltik for your support and for postponing a rather large Wenching so that I could have at least a few people show up for this. *g*
Thank you Marcy for taking the wonderful pictures that we will look back on for years to come.
Thank you to all the people who came out to witness. Local friends I have known for years. Friends who traveled great distances. Friends that I just met this weekend.
I should have a story and pictures ready in a couple days.
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September 26, 2002
Y'know, you'd think that you'd stop being surprised that I let so much time lapse between updates. I'm lazy, get over it. There hasn't been much going on around here for the last couple of weeks. I went to Faire last Saturday though and saw one set of the Medieval Baebes. They were pretty good and they're all attractive women, but honestly I could take them or leave them. They sound pretty good but I didn't hear anything so spectacular as to justify all the hype that surrounds them. I mean, Enya has been doing the same thing for far longer. Maybe it has something to do with the number of voices or something. I dunno, music isn't really my thing. I'm sure Celly and I will listen to them a couple times so I'll get her opinion on them.
Only two more days until Faire! Wheee! I am so looking forward to this weekend. For one it's the annual AFR Invasion of MDRF which means lots of friends that I haven't seen in a long time will be there. I expect there will also be the usual -- or rather the unusual -- shenannigins and plots. In fact, I know about a couple of them and let me tell you, there are gonna be some pretty good stories next week.
I bet you thought it would be nearly impossible for me to take fewer pictures than I did last weekend? You would of course be wrong. I haven't been even remembering that I have a camera much less pulling it out. THIS weekend shall be different though. Oh yes my faithful reader, there shall be pictures galore!
If I remember to take out the camera that is...
I'm also excited about this weekend because my sweety will be coming up from NC. I haven't seen her in four weeks due to financial and time contraints. *sigh* In fact, this is our 1 Year Anniversary weekend. We met at last year's Invasion; about 3 hours before closing on Sunday. We hit it off immediately and here we are a year later. That's the longest relationship I've had in the last 15 years. It's also the best relationship I've ever had. Lots of things about her are the best. *eg* (shaddup, Lisa) I love her to distraction and for some reason she's still under the impression that she loves me. Hopefully she'll continue to live in this dreamworld and never realize what a dufus I really am.
So let's just keep that part just between us, m'kay?
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September 16, 2002
That's right, loyal reader, it's time to put on your snarky caps and come up with some interesting dialog for the above picture. Since I was only at MDRF on Saturday last weekend I only took 6 pictures all day. If I had been thinking clearly I would have given my camera to someone in the afternoon to take pictures of the Clanchief's return to sports.
Saturday afternoon, I was coerced by several surreptitious Wenches into participating in the "MDRF Lowland Games." It seems the Local Madame (i.e., Keltik, the Ringleader) managed to
tyrannize convince someone on cast that it would be a good idea for the IWG Local #42 to be the judges for the Lowland Games. So under the guise of a "Best Knees" contest, I tagged along with Keltik, Ani, Dee, Chris S., Loni and Lilly from the Dragon Inn all the way up to the front of the Faire. Naturally since I was well acquainted with the distinguished panel of judges (i.e., they all know me. Not like that! Perverts.) I thought it wise to do a little um, "preemptive negotiating." I used my second most valuable commodity, some neck-nibbling and massages, (I didn't want to completely overwhelm the poor lasses after all!) to try swaying some votes my way. It was working pretty well if I do say so myself. Deals were struck, promises were made. *wink-wink, nudge-nudge*
Sadly women are such fickle creatures that the first tall, blond, athletic guy in a kilt caused near complete memory loss. *sigh*
However, that was not the end of things. It seems there were two more games to be played. The next competition was to be "Sheep Wooing." Now I know what you're thinking and you're right. This event had my name written all over it. They gave Ani, Keltik and Lilly three stuffed sheep to hold. The object was for each of the Scots (there were a dozen of us kilted lads) to woo each of the sheep and try to convince them to come back to the line with us. The first time out I convinced Keltik to come by virtually growling "Baah!" at her. Since round one ended as a three way tie, we went to round two. Once again we each approached the lasses and their charges intent on possession. This time I used a slightly more cutesy inflection on my "Baahs" and walked away with Lilly. Unfortunately, it was another three way tie so sad to say, I'm not the undisputed sheep wooing champion.
The third and thankfully final contest was the "Haggis Relay." This involved three teams of four, three tube socks, two spoons and a big bucket of oatmeal. I'm sure you get the idea but let me assure you, it was much worse than you can imagine. Oatmeal is sticky! It sticks to your hands, your clothes, your brand new bracers. It also looks exactly like you've just blown chunks.
From your little solar plexus. Meow, meow, meow.
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September 10, 2002
You can view more pics from Week Three of MDRF by clicking the link. Hopefully I'll have more time later to write an update.
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This is the idea
September 6, 2002
...and the idea is this. Each week I'm going to pick at least one picture from the weekend and invite you, my faithful readers, to fill in the word balloons. So put on your "snarky bonnets" and join the fun.
Oh, and I am totally stealing this idea from Sunni. Let's get that right out in the open now before she starts yelling at me.
Pictures from Opening Weekend are online. There are also some pictures from the second weekend of MDRF along with some from my birthday dinner at Mike's Crabhouse. Originally I just felt like eating crabs so I told some people and left it open for whoever wanted to join Celly and me. But nooo, that wasn't good enough for some people. First Russell (and I'm sure Ani had a hand in suggesting it) got our waiter to bring me the biggest freakin' ice cream cone I've ever seen and the whole table sang "Happy Birthday". Thankfully no one started that birthday dirge song. *shudder* I am not a fan of that song.
After the ice cream got delivered, Celly pulls out a bag which obviously contains a present. I say obviously because she kept telling me to give my camera to Shrew. (I'm slow, not a moron.) Knowing the group at the table as I do, I viewed the box inside the bag with more than a little trepidation. I was looking at the back of the box as I removed it from the bag and all I saw was that it was a clock. Then Celly said, "It talks!".
I have to admit that the first thing that went through my mind was that the clock told dirty jokes or cussed or something equally strange. Because as I said, I know you people. Fortunately nobody thought of that or I'm a lot more corrupt and evil than I thought.
Celly had shipped the clock to Keltik who had then run around Faire on the first weekend and got a lot of my friends to record little messages on the clock. Then she pasted a picture of each speaker to the hour in which their message is played! It is one of the coolest presents I've ever gotten. I was incrediblely touched that not only did Celly and Keltik go to all this trouble but that they found 11 people that wanted to participate.
I had planned on writing a review of the weekend and tallying all the hugs, kisses and presents I got, but I've just been too busy. It was a great weekend. Even the rain was a blessing in that it cooled down the heat wave and gave Celly and me a good excuse to run away from faire early Sunday and just be normal. Well, as normal as I ever get anyway. Thank you all for a most excellent birthday weekend.
~ 6 coins donated
September 5, 2002
Well, I figured out the deal with the calendar links (the one over on the left of the index page). It seems it will only link to the last post made for that date so that's why people kept saying my vacation update wasn't there. It was, just not via the calendar. Now that I know that will happen I'll try to post the interesting stuff last.
Of course, since it's a new month now everything works the way it should.
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