The Jousting Knight Tuesday, May 20 2008 

17 May 2008
Oh what a day! I’ve never seen so many people at SF (at least recently) and the sales were amazing. I had arranged to take the day off to spend with friends in for the day, so my manager and his primary sales assistant went to it. What a team they are. When we looked at the days results that evening it was a record-breaker! So, thanks Bill & Marcus for letting me out of the shop and for doing a bang-up job in my absence.
While I was out of the shop, I took opportunity to do things I haven’t done in years (in some cases, a decade or more). One of those was watch the joust. It amazes me still how hard those guys hit & fall. I know it’s all scripted and choreographed (sometimes it’s painfully obvious), but there’s still a great deal of talent underneath that show.
The Joust
Then, when you look at the amount of money, time & skill that goes into making the armour, the entire experience takes on a new shine.
This evening, we had good wine, good company, & great jewelry. Thanks, Allyson, for yet another successful trunk show for Beading Dreams.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 19 May 2008)

Listening to:
Rainbow by Ween
from Chef Aid: The South Park Album

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
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The Red Dragon Tuesday, May 13 2008 

11 May 2008
Happy Mother’s Day, Mum!
What a relief from Saturday. A front moved through early, early, early Sunday morning pushing out all the humidity and bringing with it a cool breeze. The morning air was crisp & cold, almost fall-like.
The attendance was great, much greater than the past few Mother’s Days we’ve had at the faire. Perhaps it was the weather. Whatever it was they were happy and in a playful, spending mood…at least in my shop. We had another robust day pushing our year over year way up. My new manager seems to be making a world of difference for East Wind Games. And, speaking of East Wind Games, it’s time to show off another product. This is a new product line that I just picked up.
The Red Dragon
It’s a backgammon set with Red (pictured) and Blue dragons guarding the ends. It’s beautiful.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 13 May 2008 )

Listening to:
Back to me by the Positions
from Mastered CD!

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Self Portrait…again Monday, May 5 2008 

4 May 2008
Somehow I managed only one photo in the 24 hours that made up Sunday. Not sure how, but it is what it is. This is me:
Self Portrait
I have on a brand new, brilliantly black & yellow landsknecht chapeau (I will have to look up the proper time for the hat UPDATE: The hat is apparently called a tellerbarret ("platter hat")) and a new pair of green-tinted sunglasses with bronze rims. The sunglasses are reproductions of a pair of spectacles that date to the very early 18th century. I’ve been told that there is very little difference between this pair and the few pair that have been dated to the early-mid 16th century. Therefore, I feel fully vindicated in owning, wearing and selling them at a Renaissance festival that takes place, ostensibly, in 1538 England during the reign of HRM Henry VIII (although I feel pretty confident in saying that musketeers, frock-coat clad pirates in tricorns, and ninjas didn’t make their debut in England until much later).
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 5 May 2008 )

Listening to By-Tor and the Snow Dog by Rush
from Retrospective I (1974-1980)

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Draughts or Chess? Monday, May 5 2008 

3 May 2008
Saturday. Week 5 of Scarborough Faire.
Happy Birthday Starr!
The day was phenomenal for a faire day. Temperature in the low 70’s with a slight breeze and sunshine. Can you ask for better? Here you see a family playing chess on my large chess table that I have set up in the front yard. In the foreground, next to a small garden is another table with a jumbo draughts (Americans call it Checkers) set.
Draughts or Chess?
I was taught to play draughts at an extremely early age, as are I think most American youth. I grew, quickly, to detest the game because I either won too quickly or lost too quickly. There was no challenge in the game. As the owner of a game store, I have found a new love for draughts, but not in the form I was taught. There are, literally, hundreds of draughts variations that enhance the game and make it much more challenging and oh, so much more fun. My favourite version is Irish Draughts and I sometimes play it to distraction.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 5 May 2008 )

Listening to:
We’ve Been Had by Walkmen
from The Walkmen

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Scottish Billiards Monday, May 5 2008 

1 May 2008
Happy Beltane! Happy Mayday! Happy Birthday, Sis!

This photo was taken at my local haunt, Rob’s Billiards and Sports Bar.
Scottish Billiards Setup
I was writing an article about Scottish Billiards rules & scoring and needed to test the scoring system. So, after work, I went there and roped a couple of friends into playing with me. I like the game.
You can read the rules at the newly-launched East Wind Games blog.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 2 May 2008)

Listening to:
Les Trois Cavaliers by La Bottine Souriante
from Rock & Reel

Pirates, Oh my! Thursday, Apr 24 2008 

20 April 2008
Sometimes it’s not easy to not turn this into an advertisement for East Wind Games. It’s an introspection, a musing, a diatribe on occasion; but I don’t ever want it to be just a commercial vehicle. So, I feel slightly bad that so often it seems that my photos are of my product, or my shop or my…whatever. But, when you are immersed in the entrepreneurial aspect of a small business, you find yourself surrounded by that business at all times. So, it sometimes is just not possible to not mention it, or use product images as the journal entry of the day. So, that’s what we have: Pirate Chessmen from East Wind Games.
Pirate Chessmen
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 24 April 2008 )

Listening to:
Too Shy by Kajagoogoo
from Billboard Top 100 of 1983

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Frippery Witch Monday, Apr 21 2008 

13 April 2008
Our good friends, Mike & Marlane, own a fantastic shop at Scarborough Renaissance Festival called Fripperies. Years ago, they occupied the building that East Wind Games now owns; since then, they have rebuilt their base on the other side of the festival. We don’t get to see them very often, but we do try to get over there as often as we may. MB still provides Michael with fabric for some of┬áhis fantastic creations. This is one of them:
Frippery Witch
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 21 April 2008)

Listening to:
Missa by Neil Diamond
from Tap Root Manuscript

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Wooden Dice Friday, Apr 18 2008 

11 April 2008
Goodness, a lot of product came in this week. Marcus and I were up quite late getting everything labeled, inventoried & displayed. Although these 30mm wooden dice did not come in this week, I liked the play of light from, on & through the glass bowl that contains them. So, that’s the image we get today. 30mm wooden dice in a glass bowl at the East Wind Games shop at Scarborough Renaissance Festival.
Dice Bowl
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 15 APril 2008)

Listening to:
Whenever God Shines His Light by Van Morrison
from Live in Montreux

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The Youngest Pirate Thursday, Apr 10 2008 

6 April 2008
Jordan takes a break from a demanding game of XTreme Bocce and lounges on the Blazing Sun bench in the afternoon sun.
Jordan
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 9 April 2008)

Listening to:
Hope by diGBox
from Decompression & More

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Queen & Tower Thursday, Apr 10 2008 

5 April 2008
Lots of hard work, lots of hard play made this a successful day.
Thanks to Marcus, Bill & Curtis we had good sales in good weather with a very nice-sized crowd. It was opening day at Scarborough Faire and at East Wind Games we had a good time.
Queen's Tower
I like the tower.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 9 April 2008)

Listening to:
Chant of the Soul by Keith Jarrett
from Nude Ants CD 1

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