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Sunday at the Faire

October 2nd, 2005

I spent the afternoon at the Medieval Festival at Fort Tryon Park. It’s an annual event that takes place about seven blocks from my house in one of the most picturesque parks in Manhattan. There was the usual assortment of vendors, minstrels, sword fights, and jousting. And of course, the LARP‘ers were out in full force (and full costume).

God, I love seeing so many people unashamed of their own unbridled geekiness. To put on a full body costume and walk the streets of New York as a wizard, knight, or tavern wench takes a certain brand of courage I probably will never have. And at the same time I can’t help but cringe a little. Most folks are just there to get their freak on and have a good time. But there are always a few who you just know are going overboard with the whole thing.

Well, I still love it. Though my wife, I think, has a more typical attitude: “I guess I can put up with it once per year.”


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