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Sorry this took so long to write, it was a little hard for me.

This weeks tails will be a little different. I will do a quick run down and then I will get to the more serious part.

Got to faire and to the booth on time. Saturday was a good day for sales. Sunday was better than Saturday for sales. Got to see lots of friends and old familiar faces. Good to see all that stopped by. We had a skull stolen off the front post of our shop. They took a $20 cow skull. This sucked. Bought a new cup from Judhe Jenson, one of my favorite potters out at faire, and one of my dearest friends. We are Halloween buddies basically. all in all a good week end...

I found out a friend from faire had died. Chuck had been out at faire for many years. For a while he made willow furniture. (called the business Willie Benders, booth was where the Captain Goldtooth booth is now) recently he was making brooms and walking sticks. A dinner was held on Saturday night at Jeff and Sally's booth. It was a memorial to all the rennies we had lost this year. A bunch of photos was put up and boy was that a lot of memories. There was a picture of Chuck from back in the first days of his being out at faire. under that was some old photos of people and their booths. There was a picture of Chuck on the old Rain Makers jewelry booth. (thats the booth that the kettle corn people bought) That booth has not been there for years now. There was a picture of Judhe's old/original booth. Also her painted face and costume she wore. Ah the memories.

It was figured out that I started working out there in 87, but we had been going out every year since the beginning. We got to meet and become friends with many people over the years. Some are still there, others are no longer with us. I had forgot about some of the booths that people originally had. Gloria (a potter that use to have a booth by T'ger Toggs) had a piece of canvas that was made in to a tent type thing for her original booth. T'ger had a cart for his original booth. Part of Judhe's booths roof is from her original one.

As the night went on, I saw many faces of old friends, and hugged a lot of them for the first time in a long time. Some I didn't recognize till they spoke. We laughed, we cried, we remembered. Soon they was gathering every one for some words and the lighting of 4 paper sky lanterns. Then as we watched the lanterns fly off into the far sky another friend sung a song called "the Parting Glass". I will not lie and say that i didn't cry. I had tears in my eyes. More and more memories was flooding back. Good times, scary times, sad times, and every thing in between.

Here is some last thoughts. While I don't say it enough, you all mean a lot to me. While i don't see some of you for more than a few days a year, you are with me for more than that. I don't do much, but if I could, i would take and do more with all of you.

In closing, I want to give you the lyrics to "the Parting Glass".

"The Parting Glass"

Of all the money that e'er I had
I've spent it in good company
And all the harm that e'er I've done
Alas it was to none but me
And all I've done for want of with
To memory now I can't recall
So fill to me the parting glass
Good night and joy be with you all

Of all the comrades that e'er I had
They are sorry for my going away
And all the sweethearts that e'er I had
They would wish me one more day to stay
But since it falls unto my lot
That I should rise and you should not
I'll gently rise and I'll softly call
Good night and joy be with you all

A man may drink and not be drunk
A man may fight and not be slain
A man may court a pretty girl
And perhaps be welcomed back again
But since it has so ought to be
By a time to rise and a time to fall
Come fill to me the parting glass
Good night and joy be with you all
Good night and joy be with you all


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Oct. 24th, 2015 08:07 pm (UTC)
That is, as always, beautiful
Especially reading it today with the awful news brought by FB about Nancy.

Dammit, I'm crying again.

It was good to see everyone Saturday night, I'd known some, forgotten some, and etc. When I started I didn't have a lot to do with the crafters (SCA), then got dumped in when I went to work for Lucy.

I did not know Chuck when he was so hot (yes, shirtless photo, humina, humina). There were good photos of everyone we've lost over the past year, vibrant, in their prime.

We're all getting grayer, but we go onward. And I got to find out the origin of the treasure I snagged at the last PemDay sale I was able to attend -- it is a Jude wizard dragon! Sally ID'd it for me, it's keeping the cat tree from falling over and is rather more attractive than the toolbox we used to have. It is also, oddly enough, not that much lighter than that toolbox.

Thank you so much for your tales! I look forward to next year's. Hugs and love.
Oct. 26th, 2015 12:29 pm (UTC)
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