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Re: boring court? (was re: escorting ladies)

Poster: "Heather Swann" <swann@intercon.com>

> and Meli doth reply: 
> I got called into court at TRM's Coronation, for the first time 
> in 23 years of off-again, on-again playing in the SCA, between 
> Carolingia of blessed memory, and Ponte Alto, my happy home 
> nowadays.  Vis-a-vis the current discussions: 
> a) Kevin of Thornbury escorted me into court.  TRUST me, I needed 
> it....  :-) I was very well aware of where the thrones were, and was 
> a nervous wreck.  A joyous nervous wreck, but still....  :-)  
> Didn't bother me at all to be escorted, but I can understand where 
> some folks might not prefer it.  Put me in on the side of the 
> debate marked "Preference of the Callee".  :-) 
> b) I have almost never found Court to be a boring thing.  I like 
> seeing people get awards, be given thanks, be told they are doing 
> good work, etc., etc.  
> Yes, court can go a bit long -- but so what?  A recent meeting at 
> work where I was told I had "done good" on a project to which I gave 
> my all "went a bit long" too, but the end result was well worth it. 
> Libra with Libra rising....  never totally disagree, and try to 
> make everything come out all right....  :-)  What can I say? 
> Cheers, 
> Meli 

Frankly, I think the main question as far as court is concerned is 'Is it fun 
and entertaining?'  Having watched various levels of court and the effort put 
into them, I think the only things that make court dull are:  1) If you can't 
hear anything, and  2) If it isn't done in a smooth-paced but entertaining 
way.  If you can't hear it, you miss the entertainment value, and if it isn't 
kept moving, it can drag.  Lately, though, I've seen some very fun courts.

Vis a vis the escort issue, I prefer to be escorted.  I have a very bad case 
of stage fright, and having a second person there makes it possible for me to 
not feel the weight of all those eyes.  Also, I view it the same way I view 
having doors opened.  By allowing someone to escort me, I am giving them an 
opportunity to display courtesy.  It's just the way I was brought up.  I tend 
to briefly curtsey before empty thrones, since they represent the Crown.


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