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16 May 2005 @ 05:45 pm
On Saturday, we got to the Ski Center at noon only to find that just about everyone else was stuck in traffic and that there was a LOT to be done before the place was party-ready. When the others arrived, Kel and I went out for cleaning supplies (honestly, you think they’d do a big season-end clean-up, wouldn’t you?) while others set up the temporary fencing for the horses, made signs, got the food ready, etc.

Round about 4 p.m., we realized that all the parking signs were behind a lock for which we did not have a key. Several of us took our turn at directing folks to the parking lot. It turned out well enough; I just felt badly that I had been promised abundant signage – and in turn assured others that it would be there – to no avail.

The party itself was a blast. I don’t know what the final headcount was, but the place was hopping. I did have to make a run out for cider (and extra cases of beer). We had plenty of food. That was a relief. Truth be told, I was worried that we would run out of any number of things. I’ve never done one of these shindigs before. We had people driving a good distance to get here, so I didn’t want to disappoint.

Entertainment-wise, all of the music rocked. The Crimson Pirates debuted a few new songs. Other than repeating a lyric in ‘Jock Stewart,’ nary a hitch. Three Pints Shy were particularly brilliant. As for Pirate Karaoke – I had no idea it was going to be SO MUCH FUN.

We ended up with some really terrific items for the raffle. I dropped about $20 worth of tickets in and ended up with a little pewter knight. I really wanted one of the two-handed broadswords or the green silk Dra pants, but hey – it would’ve felt weird if I’d won.

All in all, we raised a very, VERY nice amount of money for the repair of the paddocks. Don promised to write up a formal thank-you that we’ll be posting on all the sites where we announced the party.

We finally made it home around 1 a.m. Ann and I stayed up chatting, eating potato chips and drinking wine until nearly three. It was lovely, but rather ill-advised as we had an all-day rehearsal on Sunday.

Speaking of which, I awoke with a terrible headache. I assumed it was a bit of a hangover (although we really didn’t have all that much to drink), but it never went away. Four hours of joust rehearsal – riding and fighting – and two and a half hours of chess game fights. Ouch.

I felt like such a wuss. I had no focus. I kept making stupid mistakes and forgetting basic choreography.

The bright point of the day was actually a bit of a silver lining. Our farrier is ill, and was unable to come do the boys’ feet. Oso’s are too long for me to ride him. He’s stumble-pony as it is, and his legs don’t need the extra strain. So, Jeff and I both rode Fortune. We ran her through the games and through joust passes (sans actual hits). This was her first time doing any of this – and she was amazing. Just… I have no words. I can not wait to work with her again. We’re thinking that, for the summer, I may ride her in the first joust and Oso in the second. That way, I get a quick, agile horse for the games (Sorry, O! You just don’t bend!) and Oso can work in the cooler part of the day.

Keep your fingers crossed, my friends. This summer may just be all right after all.
(no subject) - trongersoll on May 16th, 2005 05:43 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Jobs, baby, Jobs!picoland on May 16th, 2005 08:02 pm (UTC)
and I hope you signed up for FoF my trollish friend! We had a blast!
Phoenix Risingmynock25 on May 16th, 2005 10:47 pm (UTC)
I'm still upset that my work schedule didn't allow for me to be at the party, but I'm glad that everything was such a success.
moi: kickass arwenleaflette on May 17th, 2005 02:53 am (UTC)
This summer may just be all right after all.

Yes! Yes it will! *giggles!* :DDD
yami_shadows on May 17th, 2005 03:13 pm (UTC)
I'm sure all will turn out splendidly! It sounds like a load of fun.