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Poster: "Ed Hopkins" <Ed.Hopkins@MCI.Com>

> >Perhaps waivers for boffers are a good thing. Several years ago a 
> >three year old laid a boffer sword along my spine, I saw stars. People
> >who are not familiar with the weapons could get hurt.
> >
> Perhaps we should all look at the fine print on our SCA
> membership cards. I believe that we have already signed
> our waivers.

What do you know!  It's true!
My card says:

                   confirmation of waiver

   I hearby acknowledge that I am fully aware of the nature
   and purpose of the activities of the Society for Creative
   Anachronism, Inc. (SCA).  I understand that these ac-
   tivities are potentially dangerous and I voluntarily accept
   any risks involved.  I agree to be bound by the rules of the
   SCA, and to obey the directions of the governing officials
   at SCA events.

Unless I misread it, this means that as an SCA member I should
not only accept a toddler hitting me on the back with a boffer,
but even, say, an adolescent hitting me on the head with a wooden
spoon in the middle of the second remove.

The trouble is, because of an unfortunate loophole in Kingdom
Law, a non-member[!] can attend an event simply by paying an
extra dollar or two.  There's no easy way for a three-year-old
to know who's a valid target.

-- Alfredo el Bufon
    Stop hitting me!!
    Stop hitting you?
    Why did you come in here then?
    I wanted to complain.
    Oh no, that's next door.  It's being-hit-on-the-head
lessons in here.
    What a stupid concept!

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