Since all the drama across the street has died down,
the landscaping still hasn't been replaced but his wife seems to have returned, limbs intact, but only a couple nights a week. I overheard a census worker trying to get info out of him while he was axing down what was left of his white rose bushes. While the census worker stood there in the dirt and asked how many people were living in his house, I heard the the guy reply, laughing, "one and a half." To a census worker, that would mean just what it means, that perhaps a child might only live there half the time. To me? Take a wild guess
...I am looking for other things to look out at. Last weekend I got an eyeful of a load of people tumble out of a burgundy Volkswagen mini-van (circa 90's, don't get your hopes up). They were laden with things that looked like stuffed swords, sticks with spiky balls at the end, your basic role-playing nightmare. Since I never had much of a look at the folks who live in that house, I got to thinking that these people might be diamonds in the rough, you know, ones that might have more to offer in terms of people-watching than your average Southern California super-duper boring suburban yadda-yadda that I'm so used to.
I was rewarded again yesterday when that very same mini-van pulled in front of the house. Out tumbled the same folks, this time carrying video cameras and even more fake weapons. One guy was wearing some sort of a robe. They scrambled around giggling like grown-up round bellied would-be elf-grownups, and I took note of the time and day so I could be there at the window again this week.
"Those people across the street, I realized what they're doing," I said over lunch with HWWV and Girlfriend today. "This article in the paper says that there's live-action role playing going on in the local park. The reporter calls it 'Braveheart' style and it's officially called 'Belegarth.'"
"The reporter doesn't know what she's talking about; it's not Braveheart-style, Wendy. Braveheart took place in Scotland. The reporter is confused because elsewhere she says that the role-playing they're doing is Medieval crap, not Braveheart crap."
"Why split hairs? Braveheart crap is Medieval crap, although probably late Medieval crap if you want to get technical. I know this; I have a college degree in that stuff. Anyway, she says here that they do live-action battlefield fighting and people get slapped around pretty hard with those foam swords. One guy was quoted as saying that he got temporarily woozy after getting beaned pretty badly. They actually act dead and lay there if they get smacked hard enough. . . I think the folks across the street, the ones I pointed out yesterday, were at the park playing those "Belegarth" role-playing games, not filming a geeky Renaissance home movie as I originally thought."
"But it can't be" he said, "I spotted one of the guys wearing a black robe with red trim! Red trim! That is most definitely not Belegarth or Braveheart-ish. It's more, you know, wizard-ish, especially since it was longer than hip-length. It's more like what role-players would wear if they are re-enacting Lord of the Rings battles, or, come to think of it, I suppose it could it be he's confused on eras or had a random wizard costume that fit him better than his Medieval tunic..."
And that is when I gave up on the argument and realized I married a guy who might have a stick or two hidden in his closet and might also want me to show him how to use my sewing machine, you know, just in case a ninja re-enactment opportunity arises.
So, I cast on for another Jordan. I had to. I loved the one I knit as the sample so much but I no longer have it in my possession. I had to send it to my pattern wholesaler who has it on display at their shop and will be taking it to TNNA. The first two or three rounds are a little slow, but once you get started, it's a breeze. I have other projects going, including Veronik Avery's cabled beret from her new book Knitting 24/7 (click on the link and look at the right-hand sidebar for a free copy of the pattern) and some sewing projects which I'll show you as soon as I can.