Posts Tagged ‘East Wind’

25
Mar

Bluebonnets and Ladybugs

   Posted by: MB    in Daily

Little Field of Bluebonnets
24 March 2012

 

Trailer Day! Yep, this was our day to haul the trailer to Scarborough Renaissance Festival, finish the cleaning and make-ready, and do the big unloading.  It’s always a day of hard work made easier by wonderful good friends.  Without that sort of help, I am sure Kyle and I would have retired from doing faire long, long ago.  Today, we were joined by so many and they worked so hard that I feel compelled to say thank you to them all again, here.

 

~Stephanie: I cannot even begin to tell you how much I miss you on a regular basis, and how glad I was to get to spend the day with you. You were a powerhouse of energy, worked with us ’til the very end of day and were such a huge help!
~Maggie: Welcome to the family, girl! I am delighted you will be working with us at Pendragon Costumes this season, and I promise that most work days will not be so grueling!
~Marcus: Once again, East Wind Games heads into another season with you as our manager and we are thrilled about it. You and Jordan both worked hard today to help us get ready and we are so grateful.
~Kat and Jeffrey: Kat …Ten years! We’ve been doing this together for ten years! Can you even believe it? Thank you so much for being who you are and for being such a crucial part of my team. And, Jeffrey … thanks for your patience and for your help in speeding through unpacking those tubbies!
~Beth and Dan: Beth, your comfort and stamina in the heat was admirable … that yoga proficiency came in handy, today! Thanks so much for all your hard work … and Dan … holy cow! I’d have to admit I thought Beth was bragging and a bit biased when she told me you were the most handy guy on the planet … but, I am now a believer!
~Angelica and Scott: You guys rocked! You worked so hard and stayed to the bitter end. Words of thanks are not enough!
~Emily: When you walked into my life wanting a special Elizabethan Wedding dress, I had no idea that years later, I’d have such a great friend! Thanks for understanding and participating in the non-glamourous part of what we do as well as looking so amazing in the outfit I made you!
~Ron: We somehow went a whole season without you last year … so glad we’re not doing that again! Your help was invaluable and your “go with the flow” spirit, an inspiration.
~Chuck: Your smile! I love your smile … and you worked hard, and so did young Brandon. Thank you guys for your help and your happiness! It helped propel the day.
~Curtis and beautiful daughter Rebecca: Not only did you come give us the lion’s share of your day, but you brought Rex and David with you … two additional, muscular teenagers with good manners, great spirits, and massive amounts of energy! Rebecca, we love having you around, and if you want to come to faire when Dad isn’t, you let us know … we’ll help! Curtis, after all these years, I think you finally believe … “I like you!” 😉

 

My goodness! I hope I haven’t left anyone off the list, but the point of all this is we have amazingly awesome friends who came out to the faire site, knowing full well that they were in for a day of dirty, sweaty, hard work. They did whatever we asked them to do, never once complaining or avoiding. They endured allergies, layers of dust, too many stairs, and even vehicle towing! They waited patiently when vehicle towing meant lunch was delayed. And, they all said goodbye with a hug, somehow loving us even after all the work. I am humbled and feel so blessed.

 

Kyle and I pulled away from faire before sundown … another surprise bonus to the day. As we made the little switch from I-35 to Hwy. 287, I asked Kyle to pull over and let me get a couple of shots of the lovely Texas Bluebonnets on the hillside. It took me a while, because the lighting was best when my little field was in shadow … the shadow only happening when an 18-wheeled rig drove by! The photo above is the result of my waiting and getting the timing down right.

 

It wasn’t until I thought I was done, that I looked down and saw this:

 

Bluebonnets with a Bonus:  A Ladybug!

 

Those who know me well, will know why I smiled.

 

Hi Steve.

~MB

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26
Jun

Ariel

   Posted by: crazyBobcat    in Daily

arielThe delightful Ariel at repose in East Wind Games.

The daughter of some good friends, she has become dear to me as well. I have watched her grow into a beautiful, charming young lady.

 

Cheers.

~KR (Written on 26 June 2011)

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26
Jun

Pirate Booty

   Posted by: crazyBobcat    in Daily

hanging_coinsOne of the best things about being surrounded by so many talented, beautiful people is that they can do anything.

The incredible Allyson, of Beading Dreams wonderfulness, saw that I carried coins as part of my stock at faire. She said: Hey, do you want me to make jewelry out of those?

These are the last two remaining of the first batch she made for East Wind Games. Beautiful, aren’t they? One is wire wrapped, and one is bezeled.

In the back is Jorge reading the rules to an excellent new game we carry called Stronghold. It’s complex, but quite excellent.

 

Cheers.

~KR (Written on 26 June 2011)

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18
Jun

Celtic Challenge Cross

   Posted by: crazyBobcat    in Daily

celtic_challenge_cross

One of the challenges that faces me each year as the owner of East Wind Games is: What can I do, get or buy in that makes East Wind Games better than it was last year? This year, with the constant attention of and creative buying by my wife, the product mix at East Wind Games was more diverse and varied than every with a vast number of new and exciting games, figures and accessories. Some were clear winners, some not so much.

One of the stand out successes this year was the beautifully manufactured Celtic Challenge. This gorgeous game mixes the style of play of Tai Pei with the histories of the Celtic peoples to create a beautiful game with enough strategy and luck to provide high re-playability. At only $45, the game is a beautiful centrepiece and conversation starter as much as it is a game for 1-4 players.

 

Cheers.

~KR (Written on 18 June 2011)

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12
Jun

The Good Wizard Cialis

   Posted by: crazyBobcat    in Daily

cealis

Steve, member of the Blazing Sun and strong component of the sales staff at East Wind Games this year, took a day off from work to frolic in the lanes as the Good Wizard Cialis.

In coordination with other members of the Blazing Sun, they abandoned the “traditional” clothing of the pirate to don their once-a-season wizardly clothing.

Here, he takes a break from the magic to rest comfortably in the embracing arms of a bush.

Cheers.

 

~KR (Written on 12 June 2011)

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10
Jun

The Blazing Sun

   Posted by: crazyBobcat    in Daily

Blazing_Sun_sepiaOnce a season, at each of the two major Texas faires, the Blazing Sun come together as a crew – well, at least as much of a crew as can be brought together from the diverse expanses that separate us. This year,  the crew gathered in the East Wind Games back yard on the only decent-weather weekend we had. The photo was taken by Lord Blueberry so that I could be in the photo.

Cheers.

~KR (Written on 9 June 2011)

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7
Jun

Curtis the Red

   Posted by: crazyBobcat    in Daily

Curtis_the_RedCaptain of the Blazing Sun is he, but far more important: my friend.

This jovial gentleman is, in most every sense of the phrase, a gentlemen’s gentlemen. He is ready, willing and able to help a friend, a colleague or even someone he doesn’t know just because he can. He’s an enable extradordinaire, and if he cannot get it done himself, he will find someone who can. At faire, he hangs out with the Blazing Sun and the East Wind Games staff and is always willing to lend a hand or kick someone’s ass at chess.

Next time you see him, give him a hearty handshake, and tell him KR salutes him.

 

(in the background, please note Lord Blueberry and the Wizard Cialis)

Cheers.

~KR (Written on 7 June 2011)

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20
Mar

Jordan Does Some Light Painting

   Posted by: crazyBobcat    in Daily

jordan_light_paints Some time back, as you may recall, Marita Beth, Kara & I did the Adult’s Night Out at the Ft. Worth Museum of Science and History. Marita Beth & I did a light painting that night which currently adorns the desktop of the East Wind Games laptop.

This evening, I caught Jordan swinging his new toys that he had recently purchased and decided to try my hand at capturing the light paintings that Jordan was making. The background isn’t as good as the one Marita Beth & I were in front of, but the image is pretty amusing.

Cheers.

 

~KR

(Written on 20 March 2011)

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13
Mar

Barrels of Fun

   Posted by: MB    in Daily

Barrels

12 March 2011

We spent the day at the Scarborough Renaissance Festival site, cleaning, maintenancing and readying our booths for the upcoming faire season. Remember that March snowball rolling downhill? If we don’t do this now, it’ll be April before we know it, and faire is upon us. So, off to faire we went this morning, only to drag our butts home ten hours later—dirty, sore, and exhausted.

We owe a huge debt of gratitude to those who came out and helped us today—friends and chosen family—generous, talented, wonderful people who helped us clean and move furniture and a million other things. Curtis and daughter Rebecca, and later the rest of the family as well! Whatever would we do without them?  Kat and Jeff, who worked hard for me on the Pendragon Costumes side of the lane.   Marcus, our manager, and Jordan, his son—an awesome father and son team.   Mike and Frank who not only cleaned and schlepped and hauled, but who replaced my broken back door. Rod, whom I adore and I think would do just about anything we asked. Steve, who did such a beautiful job on the garden-building! (We sent him and Curtis to Home Depot and they procured everything we needed to have a successful work day. And with my birthday Home Depot money I got “rocks” and they look awesome! LOL) Dwayne, whose decorating touch makes the East Wind Games booth a real thing of beauty. And, Laura, who was perfect in her efforts to make our living space habitable after ten months of un-use.

The end result of the day, is two clean booths, ready for product set-up, a new door, a new garden, a new floor plan at East Wind Games, a bunch of sore muscles and two much-emptier beer coolers! 😉  Okay, not all fun, perhaps, but satisfying.

As we drove off site, this collection of trash cans awaiting the day the site crew will deliver them to their work zones, caught my eye. I kind of like the repetitious patterns and shapes.

28 Days ’til opening!

~MB

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18
Sep

Shopping at Bristol

   Posted by: crazyBobcat    in Daily

24 July 2010
Shopping at Bristol
Marita Beth & George shopping at the Bristol Renaissance Festival. I wish they were shopping for a new camera for me, because I think mine is on its last legs (you can tell by the focus). :-(
I also think I’m going to build me that little cart you see in the front. That will be a great display for East Wind Games

~KR

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