Some folks out there have run into this problem at one time or another. The greatest sin you can commit at an SCA event. That of not being "period enough".
For those of you out there who don't know what I'm talking about, go here. Now, imagine this: you're an average joe with not a lot of money. Or maybe you just don't have the time. Or the space to keep up with a lot of things. You do the best you can with what resources are available to you. Now imagine snide remarks about your modern tent. Or that camp chair that isn't covered up. Or the fact you're wearing sweat pants, even though those could pass easily for trousers....... Obviously you're going to have to make SOME effort, but come on! Not everyone can afford a period pavilion, not to mention the time and effort it goes into setting it up, taking it down, storing it, and taking care of it. You get the picture. I'm sorry folks, but you aren't perfect, either. Think about that, next time you're in the privvy and reaching for the TP. You want to be truely period? Go get some leaves or else remove that corn cob from your ass.
It has been increasingly apparent that the local branch here has turned into an "old boys club". That is, going for the pointy hats and making snide remarks about the folks who don't jibe with your point of view is more apparently more important than having fun with it, and making sure others do as well. It's the reason Dent and I don't attend too many events any more in this area. It's also the reason most of the older folks, the ones who actually gave a damn, stopped going.
So now it's time to turn the tide. Any of the "old guard" still in this area, we're calling you out! Dent and I have a sort of informal household of sorts we're putting together. We could use suggestions for names. Something like "House Rat's Ass" (Motto: "We don't give one.") . Keeping in mind we aren't planning on doing any official registering of the name; other people have been just as funny, and it hasn't hurt them any. Our current goal is to do our own thing, and have fun, and everyone else can just kiss our asses.
Catch ya soon!