Well I am back from Maryland and back in the swing of things at Casa Williams.
I must say that I was just a little disappointed with the event I went to. Not that the event it's self was bad, from all that I heard from the folks that were there as well as what I saw it seemed to be a great event. My disappointment came from the fact that my knee let me down once again. I got to the event about 7:30 on Saturday morning and found Doc and Miss Jan set up and ready to go. Doc had his medical gear and Ms. Jan was there in support. That was all the Dragon crew that was there. The boss was down with the flu and no one else on the crew could make it. I brought my rope stuff and worked up a ditty bag for a shipmate and just talked to the public. We were set up between the Royal Marines and the 21st so I had plenty of reenactor friends to talk to also. And of course, Ms. Jan to flirt with. After off-loading the car, I had a pretty good walk in from the parking area (even with finding a handicapped spot in the visitor parking. which was only one quarter the distance that I would have walked from the regular reenactor parking. ) Now one of the good things about setting up where where we did was the fact that I had good friends in both of the surrounding groups. Every now and then, I was offered refreshments which I was much too polite to refuse. Hard cider and M&Ms, are a perfect finish to a plowman's lunch. -GRIN- Since I wasn't able to take to the field, I had even made arrangements to have a buddy show up to serve as a surrogate trigger puller for me. Mr Randal of the Virginia branch of my family said he would show up so that I could drink a few after hours if I so desired. (I refuse to drive a car after even one drink of alcohol. I have seen that kind of foolishness screw up way too many people)
As the day progressed, the knee got worse and worse, until when it was time for the the park to shut down for the day I gave it up and went back to the Randall homestead where ice bags, tens unit and knee established a therapeutic repartee.
All in all, a bust of a event for me, but I was glad I went so I could spend time with my extended family, shipmates and friends.