May. 14th, 2009

danagryphon: (Sagittarius)
Having gotten a late start to the archery practice season this year (first *real* practice was less than a week ago), I've resolved to step up my training program, at least until 1) after K&Q archery champs or 2) I achieve GMB, whichever is later. So I was down at Uncle Li's house again last night to practice.

Yeah, my muscles know that I had quite a good workout just a couple of days ago on Saturday. My arm got tired much quicker last night than it did on Saturday. And although I managed to do a 36 point timed end (with 9! arrows) pretty early on, I couldn't quite get the rest of the pieces last night to post a decent RR score. The best I could do was an 88. Which I think at this point, does nothing for my average. Oh well.

I know it's not a good shooting night when I can't get an untimed end at 20 yards that scores over 22. Which sounds good, and is good if you are looking to break 80. But when you are on that Occam's Razor between 95 and 100, where you've been for the past 2 years, not so much.

The good news (as Li was very strident to point out to me) is that my speed and accuracy at speed definitely seem to be improving. In two practices, I've already shot 4 timed ends above 30, with 2 of them at 35 or better. I did that once, just once, all last season. And that has traditionally been my weak point. So everything is there, I just need to put in enough practices that all the pieces will fall into place consecutively at least 3 times.

Hence my increased training. I'm going to be shooting at Li's twice a week, plus we will be starting a more regular, weekly practice at the new Shire range in Stow (thanks, Rozi and Brokk!), where we can do 40+ (can you say, "CLOUT"!!) yards. I'm going down there tonight, hopefully, to check the space out, and maybe even start getting something set up for this Sunday. They are having fencing practices on Sundays already, so I need to discuss with them what they think of running archery at the same time, or if they think we should try to squeeze it in at a different time and/or day. The only drawback with running it at the same time is that I won't be able to fence, unless another marshal shows up who can run the range for part of the time. Actually, I think the idea of folks cross-training (there was a big push for that by the Royalty a couple of years ago) and doing one while taking a break from the other is a cool idea.

In other SCA news, I do have a scroll assignment for K&Q's, so it's time to start hunkering down on that, too. I really want to try real gold leafing on this one, so I need to leave enough time to do that first. 'Cause when I start dreaming about buying scribal supplies, my brain is telling me something....

Still not completely decided about War of the Roses yet, but I'm leaning towards going. The first half of the summer is going to be insane for SCA and Scouting events:

June 5-7: Sommer Draw (will probably just daytrip Saturday at this point, since Pack Meeting is the 5th)
June 12-14: Cub Scout camping trip/white water rafting on the Deerfield
June 19-21: King's and Queen's Archery Champs at Vineland Raids
July 2-5: Northern Region War Camp (this is a maybe)
July 10-12: GNEW (with kids!)
July 13-24: E at cub scout day camp
August 2-8: B at boy scout resident camp
Pennsic this year is a no go, both because of the boys' summer camp schedules, and the need to save vacation/money for a possible wedding in October. I'd like to go to EK War Camp in PA, and combine it with a trip to visit the family, but it may be out for the same reasons.
danagryphon: (Sagittarius)
Having gotten a late start to the archery practice season this year (first *real* practice was less than a week ago), I've resolved to step up my training program, at least until 1) after K&Q archery champs or 2) I achieve GMB, whichever is later. So I was down at Uncle Li's house again last night to practice.

Yeah, my muscles know that I had quite a good workout just a couple of days ago on Saturday. My arm got tired much quicker last night than it did on Saturday. And although I managed to do a 36 point timed end (with 9! arrows) pretty early on, I couldn't quite get the rest of the pieces last night to post a decent RR score. The best I could do was an 88. Which I think at this point, does nothing for my average. Oh well.

I know it's not a good shooting night when I can't get an untimed end at 20 yards that scores over 22. Which sounds good, and is good if you are looking to break 80. But when you are on that Occam's Razor between 95 and 100, where you've been for the past 2 years, not so much.

The good news (as Li was very strident to point out to me) is that my speed and accuracy at speed definitely seem to be improving. In two practices, I've already shot 4 timed ends above 30, with 2 of them at 35 or better. I did that once, just once, all last season. And that has traditionally been my weak point. So everything is there, I just need to put in enough practices that all the pieces will fall into place consecutively at least 3 times.

Hence my increased training. I'm going to be shooting at Li's twice a week, plus we will be starting a more regular, weekly practice at the new Shire range in Stow (thanks, Rozi and Brokk!), where we can do 40+ (can you say, "CLOUT"!!) yards. I'm going down there tonight, hopefully, to check the space out, and maybe even start getting something set up for this Sunday. They are having fencing practices on Sundays already, so I need to discuss with them what they think of running archery at the same time, or if they think we should try to squeeze it in at a different time and/or day. The only drawback with running it at the same time is that I won't be able to fence, unless another marshal shows up who can run the range for part of the time. Actually, I think the idea of folks cross-training (there was a big push for that by the Royalty a couple of years ago) and doing one while taking a break from the other is a cool idea.

In other SCA news, I do have a scroll assignment for K&Q's, so it's time to start hunkering down on that, too. I really want to try real gold leafing on this one, so I need to leave enough time to do that first. 'Cause when I start dreaming about buying scribal supplies, my brain is telling me something....

Still not completely decided about War of the Roses yet, but I'm leaning towards going. The first half of the summer is going to be insane for SCA and Scouting events:

June 5-7: Sommer Draw (will probably just daytrip Saturday at this point, since Pack Meeting is the 5th)
June 12-14: Cub Scout camping trip/white water rafting on the Deerfield
June 19-21: King's and Queen's Archery Champs at Vineland Raids
July 2-5: Northern Region War Camp (this is a maybe)
July 10-12: GNEW (with kids!)
July 13-24: E at cub scout day camp
August 2-8: B at boy scout resident camp
Pennsic this year is a no go, both because of the boys' summer camp schedules, and the need to save vacation/money for a possible wedding in October. I'd like to go to EK War Camp in PA, and combine it with a trip to visit the family, but it may be out for the same reasons.
danagryphon: (Picard WTF)
This is why I have a hard time getting worked up against gun control. This story needs to get some traction.

Well, that, and the fact that many people think that the 2nd amendment means they should be able to own their arsenal.

And someone of my acquaintance, who takes anti-psych medications, has a history of hydrocephaly, bi-polar disorder, and schizophrenia, somehow got himself a license to carry concealed, and is now doing so on a regular basis... to church, among other places. I just know the day is coming when we are going to get a phone call from the police.
danagryphon: (Picard WTF)
This is why I have a hard time getting worked up against gun control. This story needs to get some traction.

Well, that, and the fact that many people think that the 2nd amendment means they should be able to own their arsenal.

And someone of my acquaintance, who takes anti-psych medications, has a history of hydrocephaly, bi-polar disorder, and schizophrenia, somehow got himself a license to carry concealed, and is now doing so on a regular basis... to church, among other places. I just know the day is coming when we are going to get a phone call from the police.
danagryphon: (Cluebat)
Overheard in the elevator on my way to get lunch today (about the possibility of being caught in the rain this afternoon):

"My mother always said that the rain makes the flowers beautiful, it ought to do something for us, too"

I had to bite my tongue to keep from blurting out:

"Manure makes for beautiful flowers, too, but I don't really want it spread all over me."
danagryphon: (Cluebat)
Overheard in the elevator on my way to get lunch today (about the possibility of being caught in the rain this afternoon):

"My mother always said that the rain makes the flowers beautiful, it ought to do something for us, too"

I had to bite my tongue to keep from blurting out:

"Manure makes for beautiful flowers, too, but I don't really want it spread all over me."

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