Fantastic Lives.

I have this friend who is quite like me, and I seem to be quite similar to her. She’s from my hometown, knows many of the same people as me, and has, in the past, frequented a bunch of the usual venues I had been known to haunt. But we’ve never met formally. The beauty of LJ is that, as with any Internet application, it allows people who are very far apart to come together and share similarities, differences, likes, and aversions. I’ve met some sterling people that way, many of whom have become actually very close friends after we’d actually met in person. I wonder if this virtual friend will be one of them in the future. I don’t even know how I can find the time to have ‘virtual friends’. But perhaps they’re the least demanding and the most rewarding. Just perhaps.

So this friend is also doing a Master’s degree, but in Norway, focused on Medieval Scandinavian Thanatology and Eschatology. I’ve told her that she has the most attractive -ologies of anyone I know. Pretty cool stuff, and it reminds me that geeking out to history and swords and the like can really be a good thing. And that I’m not alone in doing it.

So we’re chatting away by IM – one of my late-night vices along with large cups of tea and errant dreadlock maintenance – and we’re briefly discussing our current tracks of study and mutual overload from writing and noting and inserting words and excising clauses. We were discussing each other’s subject a bit, as we’ve both looked into those unfamiliar territories to better understand what the other is going through. But with all the all of the possible paths of conversation, it turned into a pissing contest from the get go. An encapsulation:

Her: My Vikings will kick your Jacobites’ asses.
Me: Awwww, sheet. It’s ON NOW!
Her: Heh heh.
Me: *puts up fists*…*raises claymore*
Her: *raises axe!* *gets beserk*
Me: *strips off kilt and moons you*
Her: *starts chopping*
Me: *tucks it between my legs, away from the chopping*
Her: *steals the kilt and runs*
Me: Crap.
Her: Hahah!
Me: *tries to cover myself, but it’s just too big*… *the claymore, I mean*
Her: *have now disguised myself as one of your guys and have ripped off every monastery in the area*
Me: Hey, that’s efficient!

Do I think it’s true love? Possibly.

More likely, however, it’s a romantic cattle-raid or watch patrol by the light of a full moon, soon after ending in glorious rapine and pillage.

It’s just how we like it. And we’re the future of our disciplines.

Better run.

15 Responses to “Fantastic Lives.”

  1. rachel_eurydice Says:
    August 28th, 2004 at 4:12 pm

    Awww….that's so sweet, in a twisted and hilarious sort of way.

  2. FunkyPlaid Says:
    August 28th, 2004 at 10:20 pm

    Yes, and it doesn't bode well for either myself or the rest of normal society.

  3. evils Says:
    August 28th, 2004 at 6:28 pm

    Wow, that's wonderful! 🙂
    "geeking out to history and swords and the like can really be a good thing"
    And a big Amen to that! 😀

  4. blu_matt Says:
    August 28th, 2004 at 9:46 pm

    😀

  5. Anonymous Says:
    August 28th, 2004 at 10:12 pm

    get out more.
    😉

  6. FunkyPlaid Says:
    August 28th, 2004 at 10:20 pm

    Tell me about it.
    Geez.

  7. angledge Says:
    August 28th, 2004 at 10:37 pm

    Her: *have now disguised myself as one of your guys and have ripped off every monastery in the area*
    Me: Hey, that’s efficient!

    She schooled you!

  8. FunkyPlaid Says:
    August 28th, 2004 at 10:38 pm

    Dood, I am *so* ashamed.
    Next time, the kilt stays on.
    🙂

  9. dougygyro Says:
    August 31st, 2004 at 4:48 am

    Nah, you should flaunt your place in Ghealtachd society and wear the truibhas!
    But the Jacobites were known to wear both a belted plaid and truibhas…

  10. dichroicynosure Says:
    August 29th, 2004 at 10:50 am

    feeling so denuded
    I stumbled across Scathach today while looking up things on Tacita (Goddess of Silence and the Dead) and I think she is the amalgamation of our interests, at least in that little dialogue we had…
    Scatha (Scathach), a great warrior Goddess whose name means "she who strikes fear", was also called "the shadowy one". She lived on the Isle of Skye, Scotland, and taught many of the legendary Celtic heroes all their skills, including battlefield magic. They traveled great distances to study with her and she instructed them in strategic moves as well as the martial arts. During their stay of a year and a day, she also taught them fierce battle cries and terrifying leaps and bounds, making them undefeatable in combat. She is described as Cuchulainn's teacher in the Táin Bó Cualgne. After the students finished learning, she sent them back to their people to do great deeds. Scatha's helmet is from a Celtic grave in Ciumesti, Romania, 3rd century BCE ; her torque is from Snettisham (Norfolk), England, mid 1st century BCE. She is standing on a hill overlooking the Callanish Stone Circle. The veiled Goddess behind her is Celtic, 1st century CE. The statue of the Goddess figure on the left is from Kerguilly en Dinéault, Finistère, France, 1st century BCE – 1st century CE. During the Iron Age, the Celts wore helmets with images of certain birds or animals on them to make their appearance more threatening; the goose on the helmet symbolizes the warrior because the goose is aggressive, alert, and an excellent guardian.
    <img src="http://www.goddessmyths.com/Scatha.JPG"&gt;

  11. FunkyPlaid Says:
    August 29th, 2004 at 7:39 pm

    Re: feeling so denuded
    Very cool.
    You gonna make me take the kilt off again, then?
    🙂

  12. FunkyPlaid Says:
    August 29th, 2004 at 8:33 pm

    Re: feeling so denuded
    Okay, this is totally strange. Even before I knew you had posted this, I was just digging through some AMAZING pictures from Gustave Dore here. Check out the URL for the site. Weird, huh?
    *cue strange music here*

  13. dichroicynosure Says:
    August 29th, 2004 at 10:56 am

    this was such a gift btw. ; ) I feel honoured.

  14. Anonymous Says:
    August 30th, 2004 at 6:41 am

    aww…
    Geek Love, how sweet *chokes* *coughs* *gags a bit* *smiles a fake smile* Just kidding.
    I am very happy that the two of you have found each other…*winks* *has to go now* ~(*

  15. FunkyPlaid Says:
    August 30th, 2004 at 6:46 am

    Re: aww…
    Aw, you're just jealous that YOU can't find SUPERGEEKS like US to flirt with!
    *nyah nyah!*
    Wait, what I am I talking about? You're just as bad!
    🙂

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