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Originally uploaded by aghrivaine

I like camping.
I like pirates.
I like hitting nerds with padded weapons.
I like pyr8queen.
I like dressing fancy.

So what could be better than a weekend where pyr8queen and i went camping, dressed like fancy pirates and hit nerds with padded weapons together? We went to Decker Canyon Campground for trekhead's LARP, Dying Kingdoms. It was ungodly hot in the canyons (though pleasant down by the beach, oddly) and extremely dusty. Also I seemed to attract very gnat in Malibu. And we had an alarmcrow that cawed at our tent at the hour it felt it was appropriate for us to awake, but that was more amusing than annoying.

We borrowed a gigantic tent, which was the right move - room enough to stand up and move around comfortably, plus space for the air mattress and all of our gear. We brought a ridiculous amount of gear, so in a couple of weeks when we head up to robmcdiarmid's gig, ApocaLARP, maybe we'll bring less. But we ate well every day, and had hot fresh coffee on demand, so all thigns considered that's pretty posh camping. Maybe a swimming pool and a helper monkey would have been improvement. Oh, plus more bacon.

Despite our stated intent, after the event, to have an easy day with a brief sail and relaxing, we ended up working on the boat, sailing, walking around the Abbot-Kinney Festival, going shopping, and then finally getting to slow down in the evening. I'm still picking dust-boogers, however. Which is one of the first times, post-Army, that it's happened...and not one of the handful of things about military stuff that I actually miss.

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parrismcb
Sep. 29th, 2008 09:43 pm (UTC)
you look damn fine
in pirate gear, now I want to get you in proper kit for 11th C.

(ps, delighted to see the happiness you have now, and the Pirate Queen seems to be quite a remarkable woman).
aghrivaine
Sep. 29th, 2008 09:45 pm (UTC)
Re: you look damn fine
She is too! Actually I've been trying to get a hold of you, she and I will be in your neck of the woods two weeks hence, and wanted to invite you and Himself for dinner! Do please let me know if it's possible! We could even be convinced to dress like pirates! :)
parrismcb
Sep. 29th, 2008 10:58 pm (UTC)
Re: you look damn fine
oooopppps not been good with the email lately, resend to grrmfan and i'll answer.
trekhead
Sep. 29th, 2008 11:43 pm (UTC)
Sorry about the heat, I was floored when I checked the long-term forecast and saw "90 degrees." I am still not sure how a hillside next to the ocean in late September gets that hot!
aghrivaine
Sep. 29th, 2008 11:53 pm (UTC)
You may find this shocking, but no one holds you personally responsible for the vagaries of the weather.

Even moreso - thank YOU for busting your ass and dealing with the whiteknuckling to pull of a very fun event!
trekhead
Sep. 29th, 2008 11:54 pm (UTC)
Well, sure, but still. I hate hot weather LARPing as much as the next guy, so I really am right there with you. Except, of course, that I wasn't wearing a bunch of black pirate garb, so I was probably more comfy.

And I really did none of the hard last-minute save work, that was all Liz, Morgan, Rob, Alex, Andrew, and Ira.

I can take credit for writing the weekend's story and events, though. :)
aghrivaine
Sep. 29th, 2008 11:57 pm (UTC)
well then yay for them, too! Of course any big event is a group effort, if the players don't show up, pitch their tents, put on their garb, and BE the game, there's no game to play. But it still takes someone with the vision and willpower to herd the cats and get 'em all in the right place at the right time. So thank you!
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