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Hey, look, here's a perfectly good clipboard, take it! [May. 3rd, 2011|10:31 pm]
terribleturnip
Not really. I mean I have a love-hate relationship with a lot of things. The Faire is just one of them. Lots of people I love, and seriously, the satisfaction of looking out over it all and thinking "I helped MAKE that" is awesome. And so many people give so much -- time, money, effort, blood, sweat, tears -- that it damn near restores my faith in humanity. On the other hand, it's like carrying around a 500 pound needy toddler, if a toddler had a mouth like a lamprey, on your back, whining and needing and omigod, it's not quite ready for Pull-Ups just yet, is it?

At least one person has written an article on "why you don't want to run a renaissance faire". And of course, allsfaire.tv is a MUST see if you're involved in this at all. And have a sense of humor. I'm just glad I don't have a webcam, because right now I'd be the YouTube version of that article.



Sucking desperately at a glass of wine, my mascara running (my eyes are bleary and I keep forgetting that I shouldn't rub them), in full throes of why the hell did I agree to do this. And I'm pretty sure my last three e-mails have contained threats of bodily harm. No. I can't change the time of...oh, c'mon, don't make me look up your act's description...seriously, I don't know where to put the goats on the schedule!

I'm waiting on some scheduling questions, which I KNOW I SHOULD HAVE RESOLVED DAYS AGO, thank you, who the hell invited YOU to my journal? No one can ride my butt harder than I can. So, stop trying. I know...but seriously, I didn't WANT to spend 12 hours getting to Green Bay this week for work. And I really didn't want our ice company going walkabout. And, and, and.

This is me breathing in a paper sack.

(No, okay, you KNOW me. I can't fool YOU, you sharp expletive! This is me taking a large gulp of a lovely Spiers Chenin Blanc)

And thank goodness I did, because my next keystrokes obliterated the post completely -- which YOU may think is a Good Thing. But I was pissed. Wine = letting autosave do its job. So, when they roll me into Betty Ford, we can say "It's all due to Autosave."

Anyway -- now's the time I remind myself that I do this because no one else will and someone HAS to. Which briefly makes me feel better: I'm NEEDED. And then, like whiplash, I'll try not to be depressed because that seems to be the reason why I exist sometimes. Honestly? It's boring. Tedious. If you've ever wondered why I made a complete ass of myself at a party...making up for lost time, mate. Nearly 50, my friends, and I'm still the hall monitor. Blergh.

But I'm a conflicted individual in general, right? Love-hate describes so much of my life:

Dear Pandora, no matter how hard you try, I am not going to like Pink Floyd, the Beatles, and Van Morrison is sort of on probation. Stop trying to slip them in. I've got my folky channel and my aging alt-rocker channel and you seem to randomly try to convince me that they fit. They do, I'm sure they do. But not for me. If I don't thumbs-down them, it was only because I was having a whiz or re-filling my wine glass. Where's the "just stop" button?

Dear Trader Joe's, some of your stuff is great, some is not. Your packaged salads, which normally I eschew, as a tree hugger who hates excess packaging and realizes that buying the lettuce and cutting it up myself is a tiny fraction of the price...still, I fall prey to your butter lettuce. So, I tried your field greens with herbs. I thought a lot about that purchase. I almost just bought field greens. But no, you had "with herbs" and I thought "ooh, once I had a mix that had baby fennel and baby arugula and other cool things -- this could be good.

For the record "with herbs" does not mean "we chopped up 12 stalks of cilantro and threw that into our regular salad mix." Cilantro: the divisive herb. I mean, if you're going to get all cheap-expletive, just use parsley. Pah. Step up, TJ's.
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[User Picture]From: thatliardiego
2011-05-04 03:15 am (UTC)
I am not going to like Pink Floyd, the Beatles, and Van Morrison is sort of on probation.

I'm with you on the first two. However Van Morrison is my Sunday morning putter-around-before-breakfast music and my fall-asleep-in-two-minutes music.

However me and Jimmy Buffett done broke up for good.
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[User Picture]From: giantsloth
2011-05-04 12:16 pm (UTC)
I wish Pandora had a "meh" button as well, for all those bands that I don't want to give the full thumbs-down to. Or songs like "Blackbird," which I like OK, but for some reason Pandora is convinced I need to hear it at least once a day.
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[User Picture]From: terribleturnip
2011-05-05 12:02 pm (UTC)
Right! I "liked" 99 Luftballons and now I get a daily dose of Nena, which is fine, but now I feel pressured that I'm not paying enough attention to Pandora and its brain is getting all stunted because I'm not giving enough feedback.

Because I needed to feel guilty about one more thing...
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[User Picture]From: russell_moore
2011-05-04 02:03 pm (UTC)
Dear Trader Joe's, some of your stuff is great, some is not.

I have such a love/hate relationship with Trader Joe's ... they always seem to be cycling things right when I go back for more of what they are removing, because I tried it, liked it, and want more ... but of course the what I want has now been replaced with something I don't
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[User Picture]From: terribleturnip
2011-05-05 12:04 pm (UTC)
Hear you. PUNJAB SPINACH SAUCE, where ARE you? To be fair, it's how they get such good prices -- when it becomes successful, the supplier gets cocky and feels they don't have to give such a good deal, so TJ's shrugs and moves on, which helps keep most of their suppliers in line.

I get it as a former buyer/retailer. But the big giant toddler in me wants my damn spinach sauce.
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[User Picture]From: furrball
2011-05-04 06:05 pm (UTC)
now's the time I remind myself that I do this because no one else will and someone HAS to.

And, as much as you might hate this fact from time to time, you're good at it.

I know I, for one, haven't every thanked you enough. As much as this is going to sound like suck-uppage, I've had this in my head for years. I'm just too dumb to actually... you know... tell it to you:

The faire was on a collision course with permanent obscurity. Then you joined the Board. Ever since then, I've watched it grow and mature in ways that would never have been possible before you. Yes, group effort by so many, etc., etc.. But, at the same time, I've always seen you be the (sometimes tensely) smiling voice of reason, with the long-term view. And you've Made Things Happen.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.
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[User Picture]From: ferlonda
2011-05-04 11:11 pm (UTC)
Could you please come Out West and take over the gurdy festival? *sigh*
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[User Picture]From: terribleturnip
2011-05-05 12:20 pm (UTC)
I wish there was a decent living in it! Honestly, if I won the lottery tomorrow, that's probably a good plan for what I'd do with myself: travel around and help people get events organized.
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[User Picture]From: ferlonda
2011-05-05 11:56 pm (UTC)
Oh, that would be great! You could save so many festivals! *sigh*
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[User Picture]From: pyratelady
2011-05-05 03:10 am (UTC)
"The faire was on a collision course with permanent obscurity. Then you joined the Board. Ever since then, I've watched it grow and mature in ways that would never have been possible before you. Yes, group effort by so many, etc., etc.. But, at the same time, I've always seen you be the (sometimes tensely) smiling voice of reason, with the long-term view. And you've Made Things Happen."

I agree with this. As someone who was performing with the post-REC festival from the very beginning I remember the season after you got involved. There was a very noticeable difference; it ran much more smoothly and it felt a lot more like a professional event instead of a by-the-seat-of-the-pants, "hey my uncle has a barn, let's put on a SHOW" kind of endeavor.

So, good work!
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[User Picture]From: terribleturnip
2011-05-05 12:18 pm (UTC)
Aw, now y'all going to make me blush.

I think that's the bane of so many organizations/groups, especially when it comes to something artistic like this -- you have a group of talented enthusiastic people who can make music, create theater, throw their hearts and souls into it.

But you need the person(s) who starts thinking "okay, so we'll need toilets, and gatorade and tickets and wristbands, and water coolers and ice delivery and water delivery and insurance and fire inspection and alcohol permits and..." and then makes sure it happens. But even more importantly, the person who says "No, we don't have the time/money/people/pixie dust to do that". Someone who can take a knife to hopes and dreams.

The first couple of years were actually much harder, who the hell is this person raining on our parade! Now, though, with everyone's support, it's so much more fulfilling.

But still. I miss acting. And I do miss just sitting in the Hound Tent with my pups, visiting with patrons, with my only responsibility being ensuring we had a bag of ice and a jar of garlic stuffed olives.
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From: kudrasslipper
2011-05-04 07:17 pm (UTC)
I couldn't get past the thought of riding your ass. Sorry.

(wait... no I'm NOT!) xoxox
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