First on my list involves the Bhakail fencing practice. On my way through Philadelphia, I encountered a pick-up truck with two stickers on its bumper; "Hill Cats" and "Tuchux."
I'm not sure how to explain the Tuchux, except that they're one of the non-SCA groups that attend Pennsic. I was merely surprised to spot one of them randomly in traffic. Anywho, once at Bhakail I proceeded to fence and either I did really good, or everyone else underestimated me. I don't know. The one lady asked me after our fight if I had noticed her doing anything wrong because she felt she hadn't done as well as she should have. I felt bad because I had no constructive criticism for her. Since I was running on about 4 hours of sleep, and facing a curved blade (which I'm not terribly familiar with yet) I was solely focused on what I was doing as opposed to what she was doing. I also helped one of their "newer?" people work on dagger and buckler. He asked if I had any other dagger training outside the SCA. This led eventually to a dagger vs dagger fight....
First of all, you have to understand that dagger/knife fights are never pretty. They're one of the more dangerous things you can do in SCA Rapier combat in that they're fast, close-quarter fights. You also have to realize that we do use real, steel weapons. They're dull and designed to bend, and should they break, they're meant break flat like this:
|These two were one moments before.|
|As you can see, the edge is...mostly flat...mostly.|
In other news, on Thursday I went to see Contagion with my cousin and some of her friends. On my way there I passed a bank whose sign said "Free Checking." I thought it said "Free Chicken" which didn't make much sense to me. Anywho, being a Bio major I actually found the movie pretty interesting. I actually understood some of the more technical mumbo-jumbo. The movie does a wonderful job showing how illogical, poorly uneducated people will kill us all when disaster strikes. My one issue with the movie, as in many such movies, is that while 1 in 4 people are dying, electricity, cell phones, and gas stations continue to operate.
While watching the movie, I was reminded of the fact that I really like old doors and doorknobs. Like the ones with the glass knobs and long keys. I'd like to fill my house with such doors someday....