John and I had an absolutely beautiful weekend at the RenFaire and it was good to see old friends and make new.
The camping left a little to be desired, however, and we will not be returning to that campground again. They do not provide fire rings for more than four sites, but do not advertise this. Our cooking plans were thrown off, and we had to create our own fire pit just to make a fire. And, as we weren’t interested in spending over $50, just so we could set something up to put the grate on… the apathy from the site manager was also less than stellar.
In addition, the sites all contain gravel, and my brand new tent has at least one hole in the bottom – through the tarp, no less.
Anyway, Faire itself was wonderful, despite my leaving the sunblock at the campsite and thus burning my lovely face and shoulders (fire may not kill a dragon, but nobody said anything about the sun). Fun was had, friends were had, drinks were had, and there was even fire, so, I was quite content. Excellent music, as always, in the form of Scales and Crosstones (and others!). We got their new cd and listened to it on the way to dinner with them Sunday evening, which was rather delightful.
On the way home yesterday we stopped for some half-way decent Chinese buffet in Charlottesville. We discussed the differences between Memorial Day in the US and Remembrance/Armistice Day in the UK. We agreed that the latter is generally viewed with more solemnity, and postulated on the fact that the US has not known real loss to their soil (save Pearl Harbour) since the Civil War, and there is something about having that threat, and effect, which changes the impact war has.
We discussed “Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye” and “Green Fields of France” as Memorial Day songs, and the points they were getting across. We discussed how eager the US was to start sending troops places (even if they were more reticent to send over the requisite number of troops for what they wanted to do, whether or not they should do it), and how it possibly related to the ease of doing so when it wasn’t on our shore. We discussed the loss of lives and the creation of the graveyards in France because there were too many bodies to move. We discussed how many Americans do not fully realise the extent of something like that, because it is not easily there for them to see. We discussed the divide that places between the idea and the reality of war. We discussed those who were willing to lay down their life, even if they didn’t agree with the immediate concern, because it was their job, and they served their country.
It was a good discussion.
Then we went to Star Trek, and came home and watched the first two Fast and Furious movies. So, y’know.