...specifically the one to our south, which gave me a delightfully warm welcome. I had a blast, reacquainted myself with some folks I've met before and met lots of new ones. I confess not a lot of the names are quite sticking yet, but I expect to see some of these folks at GWW in a couple weeks.
Evidently Google's head onmyoji decided the omens were not auspicious for me to take surface roads to site, so I was diverted north back up 405, then south down, guess what, surface roads! It got me there and I duly noted the location of a World Dominating Coffee Joint for the purposes of reconnoitering some of their more-or-less-palatable chai latte, a supermarket, and gas stations where I could fuel up after the day's festivities.
Collected a most un-Japanese but affectionate hug on arrival and another on departure from Katayama-dono, who, along with his lady and his son, I have not seen since Estrella 2008 during Rising Sun's first incarnation. It was great to see them.
I had more people show up for taiko class on Saturday than I actually had drums for(!!!!! holy freakin' wow!!!!), so I had two guys on one drum and Katayama-dono and Tanagawa-hime (a lovely young lady from the San Diego area, newly returned from the East Kingdom) ended up having to take turns. About an hour into class (classes were slotted at 1:50), a neighbor hung over the fence and begged us to cease and desist: the event organizers had us on a patio with a shaded overhang which (a) was
rather echo-ey and (b) about 50" from said homeowner's back fence. I told everyone to grab their drums and we marched the entire class out onto the big athletic field and found a tree to continue beneath. Everyone seemed to have a good time, including a very sweet young lady from Isles who was having a very hard time sorting hands and rhythms, but tried very hard and did manage at least some of it. Given more time and practice, I think she's eminently teachable. Enough of them expressed interest in trying to catch the taiko class at GWW that I should probably pick up a few more 5 gallon buckets and cut some dowels into bachi.
I never managed to make it to any classes on Saturday. I ended up spending much of it hanging out with Tanagawa-hime, who could not attend Sunday, so I dragged out the assorted textile books I'd brought for my Sunday class and there was Much Geekage. Also got some face time with takadai_no_tora
and a few on-the-fly sightings of the extremely busy Chief Collegium Cat Herder, gottasing
. After a brief mixup about how many people in how many cars were going, Tanagawa-hime and her lord, Avenel, Tora-hime and another young lady whose name I cannot remember had dinner at a Mongolian barbecue joint not far from the event site: reasonably priced, tasty, filled the empty very nicely.
Checked out of the hotel this morning and decided to attempt surface roads based on the map printouts I had. Found the site just fine and worked on the sleeves for the linen kosode during first period while visiting with a lady who was merchanting some fiber arts and brewing supplies because it was a shady spot to do so. aeddie
and I checked out the costumer's roundtable class, which turned out to be two or three relative newbies and a good half dozen hardcore SCA costuming types. I sat stitching sleeves and tried to keep any comments I had to a minimum and not hijack things. Got to visit with aeddie
at lunch a bit, which was nice.
Had a half dozen folks show up for the Japanese clothing overview class, including Tora-hime and the Katayamas. I can't imagine that any of them could actually SEE the powerpoint slides on my laptop screen from where they were sitting and I hope I made some sense, but they did seem to enjoy it and there was some scribbling of book titles and ISBNs on my handout when I passed the textile books around.
The girls from Isles mentioned a local collegium-type event they do in their area, which sounded sufficiently fun and interesting I gave them my card and told them to keep me posted. If logistically feasible, I could be induced to teach 'em taiko.
Drive home was uneventful and I made good time, but a two hour taiko session and six hours in the truck make for aching quadriceps. I'm beat and about ready to become horizontal, but I had a great time and I'm really glad I went.