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Today's the 25th anniversary of my Laureling. That's kind of scary, a tad melancholy, and occasions a few random thoughts and a lot of feelings.

(Some very random, like the fact that so much of my life is dominated by the SCA and Scala. Fate has doomed me to ambiguous tag prompts.)

The most obvious thought is, of course, "Holy crap". I haven't quite been a Laurel for half my life, but it's getting close.

On the melacholy side, I have to say that I think the SCA has continued to steer somewhat off-course, albeit mostly in predictable directions. We've become much more regularized and consistent, at the cost of a lot of the distinctiveness that individual branches used to have. That's cut a bit of the wonder of the club for me: I used to enjoy travelling more, not least because the Society was so very different from place to place. It made things more interesting.

The award system continues its gradual slide into being an unmanageable and counter-productive mess, with ever-more awards proliferating and the Peerage getting pushed ever-further out of reach. I don't recall the exact statistics, but IIRC it now takes something like twice as long to get a Peerage as it used to. I find that both terribly sad, and deeply stupid.

It's sobering to realize that I probably wouldn't get a Laurel today. And I don't mean "me then wouldn't get a Laurel by today's standards" -- I mean that, the way the Laurelate talks, I'm a little skeptical that I would get voted in as I am now, even with 2.5 decades more experience.

More optimistically, the SCA has improved in some respects -- not least, we've largely found our feet as a "family" organization, which was emphatically not the case around here when I was starting out. I mourn the loss of nearly all of our college students (locally, at least), but at least it's no longer a Herculean challenge to have kids and stay active in the SCA. That gives me hope that the club still has a future.

Mostly, though, I am left with a bad case of, "what next?". I've stayed active in the Society for my entire adult life largely through finding new worlds to conquer every 5-10 years; for the first time, I'm having serious difficulty finding something that really grabs my attention and passion, and fires me up anew. Not sure why -- it's entirely possible that all those brain cells are so focused on Querki that they aren't available for other things -- but we'll see where I go from here...

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Date: 2017-05-02 08:42 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] alexxkay
I had a rough moment some years back, when I realized that I couldn't possibly pass the interview process at Irrational...

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Date: 2017-05-02 09:54 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] herooftheage
One of the amazing things about his majesty is that he managed to get knighted in six years. Anything under 10 these days is absolutely amazing.

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Date: 2017-05-09 05:04 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] anastasiav
I just checked (because it is common wisdom that HRM was on a fast track) the last ten, AoA to Chiv time:

Kenimathor of Lochleven 7 years
Sigurthr VigurHafn (no AoA listed) OTC to Chiv 14 years
Gellyes Joffrey 5 years
Simon Montgumery (no AoA listed) OTC to Chiv 4 *months*
Brien McShane (no AoA listed) OTC to Chiv 5 years
Tiernan MacAlpine 20 years
Matthias Grunwold 11 years
Erich Hundeman 12 years
Hrafn Bonesetter (no AoA listed) OTC to Chiv 2 years
Simon Gwyn 9 years

So that's, conservatively, 50% of the most recent inductees getting in with five years participation or less.

I can't speak for how amazing it is, but I don't feel like its rare.

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Date: 2017-05-03 03:27 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cellio
The 25th anniversary of my Pelican (which came at about 11 years) was a few weeks ago. At the time I'd just finished the first of two terms as kingdom chronicler. I travelled a lot, though mostly within the East kingdom, and there was a lot of variety. The average age was lower than today -- a combination of long-timers like us getting older and fewer college students coming in. I was very active then, and am barely active now -- Pennsic, a couple local events a year, and the baronial choir.

Part of me is a little sad about that, but part of me realizes that things change, we change, and it would have been unrealistic to expect to maintain that level of engagement for 3+ decades.

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Date: 2017-05-03 05:15 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sporky_rat
My belt sister got Laurel-ed last October after having been very active for about six years, in the Society for about eight years. The first two years, she said, was more of a 'figure out what the hell I want to do' and then she discovered dying.

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Date: 2017-05-04 08:07 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] tpau
it took me 16 years to get my Pel. I remember that it was considered super fast when Lakshmi got her laurel in liek 5 years


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