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August 30, 2007



I like living in a box and playing my Xbox, which is more of a sport than fencing and such (and that doesn't say much). The Renaissance Period doesn't appeal to me. Sorry.


Nice recap, but I have two things: 1) what do you have against goats? 2) why'd you chose to write about the Ren Fair over some things happening closer to Milwaukee?


2 comments of negativity. Why don't you do everything that I think you should do with this blog?

And...I need to point out that I play video games every chance I get.

How about...
Nice post. I've grown up in Milwaukee all my life, and have never gone to a Renaissance festival because all the ads ever show is crazy ladies in corsets yelling about something, and not photos of a recreated Elizabethan town. I thought it was just tents. I totally wouldn't have guessed that they had a pond with a three-masted ship. Maybe you should be their ad person.

Nice work.


1) I have nothing against goats. We just have our differences. 2) I chose to write about the Ren Faire because, well, I wanted to. Plus I know many Milwaukeeans who haven’t taken the time to go – I was one of them. Not every city has such a unique event going on in its backyard; so why not take advantage of it? Additionally, there’s so much going on in Milwaukee, especially in the summer that I’m forced to be highly selective.

Steve- you’re entitled to your own opinion. I didn’t think the Ren Faire would be interesting to everyone. Still I appreciate your frankness.

Regarding your comment about fencing… while it might seem outdated to some, fencing IS a sport. If it wasn’t a sport, fencing wouldn’t be a major event in the summer Olympics. Plus, in the United States alone there’s the American Fencing League, the United States Fencing Association, and the Intercollegiate Fencing Association. Also, there’s a lengthy list of NCAA fencing schools that compete in foil, epee, and sabre. I’m sorry you’re under the impression that by playing Madden, you will make for a great starting quarterback. If we are comparing fencing to gaming (which is odd) it’s evident that gaming is the lesser sport. That's just my two cents.

MJ, thank you.


Fencing isn't a pride...
...fencing gets kind of a bad wrap, but I think people shouldn't judge it till they try's a little like boxing but with out the brain damage and much faster paced. I like it because it's so one-on-one. It is just you out thinking your can rip on sabre all you want though...most fencers describe sabre as "giving two bulls swords, putting them in a small space and watching them battle it out"...epee is kind of cany-ass too but it's probably closer to deuling than foil...


Is NASCAR a sport? Now that's worth debating!

I'm glad you decided to write about your experience at the Bristol Ren Faire. I’ve lived in Milwaukee for years and never went although I've been curious about it. Like “MJ” pointed out, I was also kind of frightened by the commercials. I love your photos; they really gave life to your day there. I think I’ll schedule a visit next summer.


hmm good question...
I've always wondered what makes something a sport vs a game...
Sport accoring to webster
1 a : a source of diversion : RECREATION b : sexual play c (1) : physical activity engaged in for pleasure (2) : a particular activity (as an athletic game) so engaged in
2 a : PLEASANTRY, JEST b : often mean-spirited jesting : MOCKERY, DERISION
3 a : something tossed or driven about in or as if in play b : LAUGHINGSTOCK
4 a : SPORTSMAN b : a person considered with respect to living up to the ideals of sportsmanship c : a companionable person
5 : an individual exhibiting a sudden deviation from type beyond the normal limits of individual variation usually as a result of mutation especially of somatic tissue
synonym see FUN

Game according to webster
a (1): activity engaged in for diversion or amusement : play (2): the equipment for a game b: often derisive or mocking jesting : fun, sport
2 a: a procedure or strategy for gaining an end : tactic b: an illegal or shady scheme or maneuver : racket
3 a (1): a physical or mental competition conducted according to rules with the participants in direct opposition to each other (2): a division of a larger contest (3): the number of points necessary to win (4): points scored in certain card games (as in all fours) by a player whose cards count up the highest (5): the manner of playing in a contest (6): the set of rules governing a game (7): a particular aspect or phase of play in a game or sport bplural : organized athletics c (1): a field of gainful activity : line (2): any activity undertaken or regarded as a contest involving rivalry, strategy, or struggle ; also : the course or period of such an activity (3): area of expertise : specialty 3
4 a (1): animals under pursuit or taken in hunting; especially : wild animals hunted for sport or food (2): the flesh of game animals barchaic : pluck c: a target or object especially of ridicule or attack —often used in the phrase fair game

seems games and sports are the same


I've never gone, but I really loved the photos. Your summary of the event was detailed and appreciated. I'm glad you enjoyed your day.


Kudos to Karen for checking out the Ren Faire. So what it’s not happening right in the heart of downtown? It’s still worth going. I’ve met far too many people in this city who seem to never really venture outside their neighborhood. (Maybe they are too busy playing armchair “sports”??)

C’mon people! Milwaukee is a nice sized city, but it’s not THAT big! There’s no excuse for not exploring the multitude of cultural and/or entertainment options available not only within the city itself, but also within the surrounding areas.


I still don't think fencing is a sport - too bad Eric. And MJ, you need to chill out.

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