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30 September 2008 @ 09:50 pm
The Crimson Pirates went to MDRF this weekend. In a nutshell: gorgeous faire, lovely people, sod-all weather. Our first set on Saturday was on a stage with only the teensiest bit of cover. Naturally, the skies opened up as we were not three songs in. Anyone playing an instrument for a particular song ducked under the cover*, but otherwise we all sucked it up, good pirates that we are. Our audience stayed (NYRF crew, you are hardcore!), so we kept singing. And so it went, the rest of the day: rain followed us from set to set. When it wasn't pouring down in buckets, it was drizzling or misting or spitting or smacking down on us as tree-rain. We stayed long enough to crank out a song for pub sing and then fled, soggy and miserable, for hotel rooms and hot showers.

Sunday was a bit better. The forecast promised much better weather: a chance of a stray shower. No big. Aside from the forecast being completely fucking wrong, it was a lovely and very soggy day. At least we were under cover when the rains hit (well, save for that last bit when Don and I were running our drums and gear to the car before the last set. I figure that was the universe having a good laugh on me, though, since I'd stayed beautifully dry all day. Fair enough.). Robin had NO voice by mid day, so we didn't have to stay for pub sing. We were on the road and heading home before the sun had set.

Other happy bits of MDRF: seeing the always gorgeous Melissa (also, her character name and accent made me want to rewatch S1 of DW (again!!!)), seeing the Pirates Royale, seeing the Maryland fans, the NYRF folks, pumpkin cookies!!!!, Bevan and Izzy**, chatting politics with Julia, oyster shrimp shooters (especially when they made they were kind enough to customize mine), sets at the Boar's Head, hearing nice things about 'Distant Drums,' hearing nice things about my husband, hearing The Rogues, and, of course, pork chop on a stick.

Sad bits: vampcurse not feeling well, stupid insecurities, ceaseless rain, horrible, sucking mud, Fiddler's Green, and the worst female pain I've ever had to deal with. Also, having to deal with female needs in a port-o-potty. In layers of costume. WET costume. bah.

*not me, but I only had to deal with a pennywhistle for that set
I feel: draineddrained
I hear: Chiron Beta Prime, Jonathan Coulton
Amanda: Susananyagee on October 1st, 2008 03:04 am (UTC)
Where is your icon from? Is quite hilarious!
Kel: paco has a stickladyjoust on October 1st, 2008 03:22 am (UTC)
It's from an issue of the new (ie: relaunch) Blue Beetle comic book... I'm not sure of the exact issue, but I could find out.

I have to confess, I didn't give the new Blue Beetle a fair shake. I only went back after half a dozen people (and that was just at one panel at ComicCon) told me I absolutely had to give it a second chance. I'm so glad I did. The writing is freakin' brilliant: really freakin' smart, often touching and very very funny. Great character work.

Oh, and this icon *points up* is another from the series that just made me happy.

Silvie: [Bleach] ♥silverfyshxin on October 1st, 2008 03:18 pm (UTC)
This is because Jaime is adorable and awesome in a suit.
Kelladyjoust on October 1st, 2008 11:41 pm (UTC)
Oh so true.
Kathytoosha on October 1st, 2008 11:36 am (UTC)
It was great seeing everybody. I have tons of pictures from your sets at O'Shucks that I have to get in to an online album.
Blaidd Drwgfairyrune on October 1st, 2008 01:08 pm (UTC)
Awww! My cookies got blogged about! ::feels special::

You guys were AWESOME this weekend. Total troopers.

I think that the rain was not so much following you, but preventing me from taking my fancy schmancy camera out and getting nice pictures. Every time I got that thing out of my pouch, it started to rain!
mothehappycowmothehappycow on October 1st, 2008 08:17 pm (UTC)
Oh yes. It's such a pain to be a badass warrior lady...especially when you choose to wear full court garb...and then it pours...And oh, you have lady-troubled. When will people decide that rennies need real potties? Seriously? Too much to ask?

My friends and I, if forced to wear hoops (which I try to avoid as it interferes with the swordwork and horsebackriding. Yay for ladyknights!) we just pull those up before entry of yon porta-potty and tuck all of our other skirts up into the basket it makes. It works really, really well. Just make sure that you're either wearing reall cute underwear, or that you have shorts on over your tights.

A tip from your rennie-friend on the west coast. Massive love and commiseration, Chica.
mothehappycowmothehappycow on October 1st, 2008 08:19 pm (UTC)
And another note: It works with a full-sized underskirt too, in case you were wondering. And if you are trying to realign the 'poof' hop up and down a few times. Works.
Kelladyjoust on October 1st, 2008 11:44 pm (UTC)
It's a great tip, and one that I was (sort of) able to employ: I tucked my skirt up in my belt (I was in piratey garb, mind), but I have a bodice that comes down very low in the front and back. That throws a bit of a wrench in the works. Also, every fiber of cloth was soaked through and through. Heavy and clinging and unhappy.

I think I'd rather deal with chain and plate mail.
mothehappycowmothehappycow on October 1st, 2008 11:49 pm (UTC)
Here here!