It was long ago, in the days of yore (now, what by the way, is yore – was that the name of a month, or was it a practical joke like saying, ‘If you believe what I’m about to tell you, yore stupid!?), when men were men, women were women, horses were horses, and men duked it out on the fields of glory for the hand of a fair maiden (or at least her handkerchief). Those were the days (I remember them well!!! – no, wait, I don’t, I wasn’t born yet!!!) In those days you knew where you stood. You’d strap on your best “Sunday go to battle armor” and head out to the jousting arena, or the swordplay arena, where you’d try to bash some other guy into submission. Ah, yes, those were the days, right?
Uh, probably not. I find it hard to believe, first of all, that the fair damsels were all that impressed with who could cave in the other guy’s skull (or at least send him home from the arena with a loud ringing in his ears and a headache that wouldn’t quit!) any more than most women are swept off their feet by a guy on the beach trying to impress all the hot women with his physique. I think (I hope I’m right here) that women aren’t nearly as impressed by such things as they are by tenderness, compassion, integrity, honest and big, fat diamonds (Oops…forget that last part!).
Anyway, I took this picture last Saturday at the Georgia Renaissance Festival of two knights in the arena engaged in a joust. If you double-click on the picture, you’ll see that the knight on the right (he’s not really a knight, but humor me, okay?) has just struck the other knight (he’s not a knight, either!) on the shield and his lance has shattered (you can see pieces of it flying through the air.) Just a couple of minutes later, said knight was laying flat on his back in the dirt, having been unhorsed by a vicious blow from the knight on the left in this picture.
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 1786, commercial ice cream was manufacturer for the first time in New York City (though it wasn’t much of a “city” at the time.) Wonder if it was black walnut – my favorite!!!!!????
TRIVIA FOR TODAY: in China, it is not wise to give a gift of straw sandals as they are associated with funerals and it is believed to bring bad luck.