Pennsic 2010 Diary

Pennsic 39: The Pocket Bard Gets Owned

The most noteworthy event this Pennsic is that I got taken on as a student by Mistress Marian of Heatherdale. This makes me incredibly happy. War was wonderful in other ways too, and I invite you to read on and find out all about how I spent my two weeks in August.

Saturday, July 31

late night — Pennsic

I wasn’t planning on being at Pennsic tonight. Really, I didn’t expect to make it as far as Meadville. Apparently it’s a 4-day weekend in Ontario this weekend. Consequently, between parking-lot traffic at the toll bridge and the wait at the border, we probably moved no more than 5 miles between 11:15 and 2:00. Then some super-slow service at lunch lost us another hour. Jeanne and I planned on staying overnight in Erie and going the last 2-odd hours tomorrow.

We arrived in Erie around 8 p.m. We’d been in the car about 12 hours at that point. It turned out, though, that the long-weekend traffic that lost us 3 hours in the afternoon turned into zillions of holiday hotel-stayers. We checked a half-dozen hotels between two exits before resigning ourselves to the idea that there wasn’t a free room in Erie — except the $140 room at the first hotel we checked (and decided was exorbitant, since it was twice the amount advertised) and a honeymoon suite. So we decided to travel down to Meadville. What else could we do? It was getting dangerously close to night driving — which I abhor — but it was only a half-hour.

We got to Meadville around 9:30 and quickly realised there weren’t any rooms there, either. We ate dinner at Perkins and pondered our options. Option 1: we had phone numbers for hotels in Grove City, 20 minutes further down the road. We could call and maybe find something. Option 2: bite the bullet and drive the last 45-60 minutes to Pennsic, surprise John, and roll out our sleeping bags in his tent.

In the end, Option 2 prevailed. John was, indeed, happy to see us. He was awake, which meant we couldn’t go with our mischievous Option 2a (curl up into his bed with him and see the expression on his face in the morning). On the other hand, Sisuile’s tent was already set up and she’s not arriving today, so we could squat for the night, as it were.

With great foresight, or at least great luck, both Jeanne’s cot and my air mattress (and air pump) were accessible, so we both have something to sleep on other than the cold, hard ground. It’s warm and humid enough that I may not bother actually getting into my sleeping bag.

Other than being far too long and losing four hours in the middle, the drive was fine. No construction zones to speak of, and the audio book I’d thought to download kept us occupied. Definitely going to go the audio book route next year. Much better for the sanity than 12 hours of my playlists over and over.

Troll at 11:15 p.m. on Land Grab Saturday is pretty quiet. Only one or two people ahead of us in line. The car’s parked horribly, but it’ll be moved early tomorrow morning, so it’s okay.

In any event, I’m at Pennsic! Yay! And now, after 15 hours in a car today, I’m going to collapse. G’night.

Forward to Sunday, August 2



  1. August 19, 2010 at 10:12 am

    For next time, an audiobook you might (or might not) enjoy:

    • pocketbard said,

      August 19, 2010 at 10:14 am

      Excellent! I’d heard you had a book out. I had no idea it was an audio book too. Thank you so much for the link!

  2. November 18, 2010 at 8:33 am

    some sleeping bags are waterproof and weatherproof too, they are nice for camping outside the house :-‘

  3. November 22, 2010 at 8:24 am

    i love to listen on audiobooks while travelling on a bus, i could learn a lot from it while travelling “-‘

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