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I found this thing on the internet: http://sandradodd.com/ideas/consider3.html 

I don't agree with her central point, that you can't help the king or queen merely because they are the king or queen (in fact, I don't agree with most of the stuff she says about the SCA on that website, though this may be culture clash-- she's from the Outlands), but I'm interested in everyone else's thoughts. I do think the "be nice to newcomers" stuff is valid but that should be happening *anyway*, not on the off chance they might become royalty someday.

Date: 2010-05-25 10:45 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jducoeur
Context: that's Mistress AElflaed of Duckford -- sometime Society Seneschal, creator of Thinkwell (a really neat if short-lived newsletter, that may have been the Society's first serious internal discussion of Interkingdom Anthropology), my sometime boss in founding the Grand Council, etc. While she's distinctly Outlandish, she's got a better sense of how the Society in general works than most.

I do think the essence of her point is correct. She's not so much saying that you can't help the King and Queen -- she's saying that, if you only start paying attention to someone *because* they are Royalty, you're never going to matter quite as much to them as the people who treated them well *before* they became Royal. Basically, the Royals can't easily separate the sincere helpers from the simple suck-ups, so there's an automatic barrier there.

Substitute "Rich" for "Royal", and you get a pretty standard meme. When you win the lottery, everybody is suddenly your friend -- and so you can never really know which ones are sincere, and which are simply after your money. So you mostly trust the people you knew *before* you were rich. Same thing with Royalty: while there are certainly plenty of exceptions, it's a non-trivial hurdle of trust...

OT: Would you like some of my garb

Date: 2011-09-02 10:13 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] siderea
I have an Elizabethan women's doublet in red brocade (in reasonably good condition) and a skirt in green brocade (a fixer-upper -- I didn't do a great job at the cartridge pleating which is coming undone, and the waistband doesn't have a closure). I've outgrown them and am looking for a good home for them. I think the doublet is about a women's size 8; the skirt probably, oh, a 10? Would you like them?

Re: OT: Would you like some of my garb

Date: 2011-09-03 10:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] serakit.livejournal.com
I would be delighted to have more garb-- the fixer-upper bit just means that it can become the subject of the garb sewing lessons I'm getting! (Although I think I'd also want to try it on; a ten might be too big.)

Thank you so much!

Re: OT: Would you like some of my garb

Date: 2011-09-04 12:01 am (UTC)
siderea: (Default)
From: [personal profile] siderea
How best to get it to you? Are you in Carolinigia these days? I'm happy to ship. If it doesn't fit, you're welcome to just pass it on to someone whom it does. Because I'm not active, I'm not likely to run into people needing garb, and it's a lot of tsuris for me to go find them.

Re: OT: Would you like some of my garb

Date: 2011-09-06 12:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] serakit.livejournal.com
I'm in Carolingia for Thanksgiving and in December-- if you'd rather get it out of the way sooner, I'm at college in Vermont and I can send you the address in a private message.

Re: OT: Would you like some of my garb

Date: 2011-09-30 08:51 pm (UTC)
siderea: (Default)
From: [personal profile] siderea
The skirt turns out to be larger than I remembered -- I can still fit it, after all, so I'm holding on to it. The doublet's yours. Why don't you send me a shipping address and I'll mail it to you.

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