Thank you for your advice Justin. I will heed it. I am having lots of fun. This Saturday we (my children and I) are going to Danelaw. This will be our first major SCA event wish us luck.
In your service,
Iustinos Tekton called Justin <justin@...
On Saturday 27 September 2003 16:33, tonia ewell-thomas wrote:
> Thanks for correcting my salutations. You would think after 3 years with
> the SCA on and off someone would have straightened me out by now. SMILE I
> am not sure how the arms system goes but I guess I will know when I am
> eligible to work for one.
If all else fails, remember that the courteous address of "my lord" or "my
lady" is correct for *anyone* whose title you do not know. If they are
wearing a crown, "Your Excellency" is *always* acceptable until the correct
title is known.
You will find that most people aren't that hung up on titles anyway, and
if you address them courteously, many won't even bother to correct you because
they would much rather have fun visiting with you. :-) Those who do correct
you will 99% of the time be gentle about it: "Actually, m'lady, I'm a Duke,
so it's Your Grace, but that's okay." And the remaining 1% who are jerks?
Well, they disgrace themselves by behaving in such a way about a *PRETEND*
title of nobility in an *IMAGINARY* world.
A very wise person once invented a simple quote to remind us all that there
is a Real World out there, and that in that world, we are all equals:
"Fill it up with unleaded please, Your Grace." In other words, the greatest
Duke in the whole SCA still has to make a living in the modern world, and
still has to deal with a boss just like the rest of us. :-)
By the way, my best advice on how to work for an award is, don't.
Do what you like to do. Have lots of fun. Find things that need to be done,
and volunteer, then make that into part of the fun, too. It's all in your
attitude. I had a great time at an event this weekend, and spent at least
4 hours of it washing dishes. Get the right social grouping around the sink,
and even that can be fun. The awards will follow in their own good time.
And, when they do, you'll find they don't really change how you play the
game all that much. Awards are the organization's way of formally saying
"thank you," and they're a way of motivating and challenging people to keep
doing good things. But they're not what we should be doing for fun.
Maistor Iustinos Tekton called Justin (Scott Courtney)
Gules, on a bezant a fleam sable, on a chief dovetailed Or, two keys
fesswise reversed sable.
Marche of Alderford (Canton, Ohio) http://4th.com/sca/justin/
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