| A year
and a half ago, I took my lady wife to her first-ever event (I had been going to events
for about a year). It was Unchained Doom, run by the Shire of An Dun Theine in Meridies.
Arriving early Saturday morning (read 5 am) after my wife had been up all night sewing her
first SCA dress, I pulled in behind our cabin to unload. Unfortunately, the path I turned
onto led straight down a steep hill to the lake shore. I was unable to turn around on the
narrow path and the slippery leaves kept me from backing up. I had to go all the way to
the bottom of the hill and turn around. And (of course) once I turned around, we got stuck
in the leaves and loam. As I was making slight headway up the hill, suddenly I noticed
tranny fluid quickly puddling under the van. It later turned out that I had blown a
We went ahead and had a good time that day (I authorized that morning and fought in my
first tourney) and waited for the site caretaker to get a tractor to pull us up the hill.
He showed up about an hour before feast, took a good look and said there was no way he
could get the tractor and the van both up the hill. He loaned us a hand-powered come-along
and said when we got the van up the hill he could pull us to where a tow truck could get
to it. So my children and I began working the lever on the come-along like mad, and moving
the anchor chain from tree to tree about every 6 feet.
Soon, however, Lord Iain MacPherson, the seneschal, appeared in his court clothes and
began cranking. And then others quickly came to relieve him. This went on all through
feast, with one gentle after another coming to our aid. It took several hours to winch the
van back up the hill, but these hardy gentlemen heaved to with a right willing
attitude...including one wearing a kilt (that ground was cold, too)! They did this in
their feast clothes, sitting in the leaves and dirt!
We couldn't find a transmission shop open on Sunday, so members of the group volunteered
to drive us home (which took the seneschal about 140 miles out of his way after running
I can't say enough good things about these wonderful people. What could have been
something to discourage my lady wife from attending events caused her to see how wonderful
these folks can be. Many, many thanks to Lord Iain MacPherson, Baron Pog O'Mahon and all
the others (although I can't remember all the names, they know who they were).
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