Paul (Ansel)

Book Meme

Taken from colin_g ,

Book Meme
* Grab the nearest book.
* Open the book to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
* Don't dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST.

"Once an organization fails to respond to a changed environment, it becomes increasingly hard to recapture its lost position."  --Marketing Management by Kotler and Keller (2008)

Not that interesting, but good useful insight anyhow.
Paul (Ansel)

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I was reading [info]colin_g's post yesterday on McCain's withdrawal from the first Presidential debate with Obama tomorrow, and it got me thinking...

--Ansel gets up on his soapbox--

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Sooner or later the debt is going to have to be paid, we can face it now, or let our children deal with it years down the road, but reality must be faced.  Keep this in mind when we look at either candidate and think who is going to help the economy.

--Ansel gets down off his soapbox--
Paul (Ansel)

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 As cathgrace stated in her post on Saturday, Pennsic was full of excitement and drama.  
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     As far as the drama goes, I returned my squires belt to my knight.  I won't go into all of the details here in LJ, but the break-up was a long time in the making, and will be for the best.  The one thing that I will say is that mutual respect and trust are key to any peer-non-peer relationship, and if that respect is lost, or the trust is betrayed, then the relationship needs to end.

     So, eventful Pennsic to say the least.  I've got to get back to work stuff for now...
Pyrmont Garbed

Would rather be at Pennsic...

Well, like a few have already said, Pennsic land-grab was beautiful!  We left DC Saturday morning at around 11am to get onto the battlefield for troll line-up at about 4pm (stopped once for gas and lunch).

By the time we got trolled in, the storm was moving, but we were moving (luckily) a little faster, and we got the pavilion and the porch set up before the first rain blew through.  (This first rain was actually quite nice because it got all of the new canvas wet so the fibers could swell, but didn't soak everything clear through).  After getting our stuff set up (which is in Lochac [another story completely] and looks amazing), we made a Wal-Mart food run, stopped for dinner at about 11pm, and got to bed well past midnight.

Yesterday was a very vacationy day.  We got up, got dressed in garb, helped with some more set-up in Lochac, and then loaded the kids in the wagon to go see if any friends needed help.  We stopped by Vair & Ermine to see the first of the seven 27.5' war standards go up--Theora's squirrel flying on silk looked fantastic!  Then we went and found Val in the Gleann Abahnn camp and helped pound snub-wall posts.

Finally, back to camp--resoled one of Val's shoes--went to Lowe's for a few hardware necessities, and then drove back down to DC to get home around 11pm.  My body did not want to let me get out of bed this am for work.  But, I've got several un-re-schedule-able meetings this week.  I will head back up to Pennsic Friday after work.

Paul (Ansel)

White-gloving at the Higgins

"It's not everyday that one gets to hold a Viking sword," was what the curator (Dr. Jeffrey Forgeng) at the Higgins Armoury Museum said to me on Thursday afternoon before handing me the almost 1400-year-old blade.

Yes, I had a spectacular time at the Higgins.  Dr. Forgeng (who's work on translating period fighting manuscripts and making them widely available is truly inspiring) hosted my visit (piggy-backed on a work conference to New London, CT) to the museum, and showed me around the collection storage.  I got to handle a Viking Sword (c. 600), an 11th century blade, a 12th century blade, an Elizabethan Rapier, a 17th century Dutch rapier, a 17th century German sabre, 2 17th century Northern Italian Schiavonas, and I got to thumb through the pages of 2 16th century Fechtbucher (one was an original Meyers :-)).

To top off the week, Catherine and the kids gave me another Father's Day gift (they had already given me a late 16th century Saxon Hilt sword and a early 16th century hald-and-a-half as an early Father's Day gift last month) in the form of a hardbound Meyer's translation by Dr. Forgeng.  I opened up the gift (yesterday) and said, hey, I just saw an original copy of this...too cool!

Anyway, that was my exciting week.


An eerie evening...

Normally this building is all a bustle with about 26,000 people walking the cooridors each day, but tonight (or, I guess, this morning) as I walked through the cooridors I saw only one other person.

I am working an evening shift (which worked out great for taking Cathgrace to and from the White House yesterday morning) as part of a HQ USAF exercise.  After three years of working on Air Staff, this is my first time working through the night, and the empty halls are kinda eerie. 
Paul (Ansel)

10 things to help...

To Maintain A Healthy Level Of Insanity
  1. Page Yourself Over The Intercom. Don't Disguise Your Voice. ! 
  2. Every Time Someone Asks You To Do Something, ask If They Want Fries with that. 
  3. Put Decaf In The Coffee Maker For 3 Weeks. Once Everyone has Gotten Over Their Caffeine Addictions, Switch to Espresso. 
  4. In the Memo Field Of All Your Checks, Write ' For Mari-juana' 
  5. Finish All Your sentences with 'In Accordance With The Prophecy'. 
  6. Order a Diet Water whenever you go out to eat, with a serious face. 
  7. Specify That Your Drive-through Order Is 'To Go'. 
  8. Put Mosquito Netting Around Your Work Area and Play tropical Sounds All Day. 
  9. When The Money Comes Out The ATM, Scream 'I Won! I Won!' 
  10. When Leaving the Zoo, Start Running towards the Parking lot, Yelling 'Run For Your Lives! They're Loose!' 

Disneyland Paris

My wife is the BEST!!!

So, after cathgraceand the kids picked me up from work yesterday we had a few errands to run on the way home.  When we got home, there was a 6"x6"x40" (estimated size) box sitting on the porch.  To those of you who don't know, I love high quality live steel, and tend to get a couple of period weapons each year for birthdays, anniversary, christmas, and whatever other ).  

Anyway, so when we got home, Cath took the box inside and unwrapped all of the packaging to reveal the late 16th century German hunting Sabre she had bought me for my birthday (turning the little 3-0 on Feb 20th).  I was present when she ordered it, but it was still so very exciting when she handed it to me to play with!  :-)

In addition, since Cath has been taking a two-month repriece from her studies, she has been doing more sewing, and is making me a sweet 16th century Italian red silk quilted doublet.


Ansel &amp; Catherine Crown fl07

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 I got this meme from


, I don't usually do memes, but I liked this one.  Thanks Sir Bryce.

1.  What do you like best about the SCA?

I enjoy spending the time with my family and friends without all of the modern distractions.

2.  Name the first five scadians that come to mind.  First five famous medieval persons.

Baroness Catherine Grace, Duke Jade, Duke Valharic, Mistress Isabel, Duke Paul 

Henry V (I just love the Agincourt campaign), Queen Elizabeth, Emperor Maximillian, Eleanor de Toledo, Albrecht Durer (we just bought an old art book of his stuff yesterday)

3.  Who do you miss the most that no longer plays SCA?

Duke Konrad "& Duchess Kortland of Artemisia (they got enticed away by the World of Warcraft).

4.  What direction do you see your home kingdom going in the next 5 years?  10?

I see a lot of new blood sitting the thrones and bringin new ideas and new life to Atlantia over the next five years.  
Ten years is such a long time away that our children will be giving us hell on the field and elsewhere.

5.  Tell one funny SCA story that has happened to you.

I was retaining for a certain king when a certain very-drunk campmate of his confessed that a couple of the Pelicans in camp had been perving on him while he was changing.