khyle: (Rogue)
( Nov. 11th, 2008 09:37 am)
I know I haven’t posted in the past week I’ve been a little busy… I just wanted to post about the fun weekend just had going to the Texas Renaissance Festival! It was a fun weekend and camping trip. I’ll need to make sure to be a bit more prepared next time around camping wise though…

I bought a sleepingbag that was pretty interesting with an inflatable pillow that has a felt cover so that you’re not exactly sleeping on slippery plastic. I left after work @ 4:30 and got over to Celyddon’s apartment. We got things packed and left with Savrin in tow, we spent the night Friday and Saturday and came back Sunday. The traffic was horrible getting out of Dallas , and unfortunately even though we left first another group consisting of Guardian and Jen got there before us. *shrugs* We met up with Neil, a friend of both mine and Celyddon’s, who was already camping there for the weekend. We got our tent setup by car headlights and where some people went to sleep I went out with Neil to the bonfire that evening and spun fire. He is a fairly accomplished staff spinner and we had some fun spinning and even doing one move together that set the crowd wild. We couldn’t get near the bonfire at all because of the crowd around it. Had some fun, gave the crowd a show, and then went to bed. It was cold and a bit uncomfortable, but did finally get to sleep.

Saturday morning got up, made some breakfast and got ready for the fair. The rest of the group that was going to join us that didn’t arrive the previous night were joining us today. It was also the birthday of a person in Neil’s group and we wished her a happy birthday. We then split up for the day. I was primarily with Guardian, Savrin, Jen, Celyddon, and some here and there got split up from them when looking at a shop here or there. Met up with my other roomie and roamed the fair together. We did meet up with the other half of the large fur group that was coming and met up at a booth that is also run by furs as well, a tail shop of all things. *chuckles* We even had a group photo done. I did bring my camera and tried taking interesting photos of things for a couple friends who wanted me to photo the experience. I didn’t take a lot of photos, but did of some things like an interesting dragon costume, a centaur, and things like that. The Texas Renaissance Fair is very fantasy oriented, and a lot of costumes people come up with are amazing.

We did some shopping. I picked up a tankard holder that has a pewter wolf on it, as well as a wolf necklace to add to my collection. I also tried out a new pair of boots that will be shipped to me shortly. I was allowed to wear the boots the day to see how I liked them, and all. They are part of a costume that I wanted to wear, but one major piece didn’t make it. :/ *shrugs* Cest la vie, the outfit I was wearing was one I have constructed out of years of buying bits and pieces of costume pieces. I’d kinda say it is a mix of lower class noble, bard, and pirate/swashbuckler. I even have a replica flintlock pistol that I forgot that I plan on adding to that costume. We did make sure that Savrin and Jen were subjected to the Dead Bob Show. *snickers evily* We had some food and drink at the fair. I did try a new concoction that I think was part of the theme of the fair this year, called a “Romantic Drink”… It was tasty and all, but nothing all that “special”. Not like anything of that nature is “real”… I don’t believe in a lot of silly things like that, like love potions, or much on the whole “love” thing in general. *shrugs* :P It came in a souvenir cup and I left it with Amara… and forgot to bring it home. I’ll have to see about how to get it sent to me. We attended a cool pirate auction, and I won an item with a raffle ticket and got a real neat oriental fan! I did attend a bit of a joust and took some pictures, and accidentally missed seeing one side of the fair because we got informed that our campsite had been messed with. So we left and found that it was most likely wind that did it, nothing was stolen, and went back in. We missed the raffle for another giveaway, but no biggie. I went back to the boot store and gave them back to put on a new sole, and got my old boots back. I re-laced my current boots up and got out in time to watch the fireworks and then went out of the fair, got back to the campsite and the large group of us got food going.

It was nice hanging out with the large group, even though I hardly knew anyone. Once we were well fed, Neil, Celyddon, another poi spinner, and myself went to go spin fire at the big bonfire. We first stopped off at the next door campsite who helped Neil take such a large area for all of our group. We gave them a private fire spinning show and then all four of us went out to the bonfire and had a lot of fun. I posted two videos, one of me, and one of Celyddon spinning. I haven’t posted the group spin though. When we first got there, to kinda dazzle the crowd we all four went out at once, and that got everyone away from the bonfire and watching us. That was quite fun, and then we each individually spun here and there. There were a couple of other fire spinners out there, one with a staff, and another with a fire sphere for contact juggling. One of the guys did not know his own limits and definitely should not have been doing fire at all… *shrugs* We had one last group spin before calling it a night for the fire spinning. I stayed around the bonfire played some percussion adding to the drum circle there, and then eventually went back to the campsite, talked with people before going to bed.

Sunday got up early, which was weird. I slept fairly well, better than Saturday night, as I learned a vital secret to keep warm, and had breakfast that was prepared by people there and packed up, tent and everything. Said goodbyes and left for home. We made one stop off and then got back into town around 2-3pm. Then eventually went home, met up with my brother for a bit… Definitely found his weekend wasn’t the best for him. *grumbles and growls* We spent some time talking about things though over pizza. I just wish things would go right for him, and for myself in some regards… In the end, such is life and life goes on.
khyle: (Pondering - Fursuit)
( Apr. 10th, 2008 11:13 am)
Not sure on some things, but here is at least one more public post before I put things "friends only" and possibly take a hiatus for a while...

I'm gonna be part of the Fursuit Tournament this year... Starting today or this afternoon they will be putting up the vote. A friend of mine [livejournal.com profile] darkentiger entered me into this thing and I was actually quite flattered by it. I hope to do well, but then again I wasn't sure if I should remove myself from this tournament like another friend of mine did... I decided "what the heck" and see what happens. I am not gonna let this tournament though soil my feelings as if I don't do well... It doesn't really matter... I know who I am, and who my friends are. Those kinds of things won't change at all.

In any case I have an interview later today and will see what this 6m corporation has in the way of marketing positions. I also mailed back some pants I got in from ebay that didn't fit, took my roomie to to a toyota dealership, and deposited some money into an IRA of mine for the 2007 tax year. I didn't deposit a LOT because I will be getting LASIK right soon here... I was gonna see if I could get it on Monday 4/21, but not able to... Ah well... I also recently as of Tuesday had a good long talk with someone very dear to me. I rearranged the errands I was going to run that day, so as not to be busy, because that person is important to me. All in all had a good talk over many things... Still wishing things were "better", aired a number of things, got a number of things off my chest... I think we came to few new understandings on things, but will have to see what happens.

Last night had [livejournal.com profile] celyddon over and did have at least one good trial spinning with fire, though the weather was against us. I'm still trying to learn new moves and will focus on that and some with some music. I recently picked up a duffel bag and lots of stuff necessary for spinning fire, including: water bottle - to spray hair, a blanket/towel, fuel, a can to soak the poi with fuel, and a funnel for getting fuel back into the can that is unused. I may invest in other things, but currently waiting for my new poi to arrive. I think I also need to get with flowtoys to get some new lights from them and see about selling some of my glow stuff.

I know I haven't been online much and want to say to everyone I've been busy... Just dealing with a lot of things. Some may already know what with, but a lot of things have been actually trying to find a job and I have one interview with a corporation 6M that I put in a resume with so wish me luck there. :)
khyle: (Hot Badge)
( Apr. 3rd, 2008 11:59 am)
So... last night I went out with my brother to a club a few of my friends invited me to come to after last Saturday's party. It seems Wednesday nights are when in back they break out a drum circle and want people of all kinds to spin fire. We got there around 9:40 after picking up some food. It was an absolutely wonderful experience I must say and I plan on definitely going there more often. It has definitely given me a lot of inspiration to get even better spinning wise... Met someone who was quite a sight who spun fire and did fire breathing. He was also QUITE full of himself, and some the guy had right to be... He was thin, tall, and had a decent build... He was wearing a set of leather, full arm sleeves held by a ring in the middle... Quite flashy I must say... He even laid his fire staff on the leather for a bit for a bit of show... So as I said, he was very confident... There was also a lady who was getting over being sick, but wanted to be there to spin fire and she was quite a sight indeed. I still have to say Amberlee was the best poi spinner there that we saw... Some of our group left early and the lady and fire staff spinner let us use their can and oil lamp to fuel and light up. We didn't stay that late and other people who do fire or glowsticks came right as we were leaving around 11pm. I still semi wish I had stayed later, or gone back, but after getting home I didn't feel like driving back out there again.

So... Here is a video to go along with the pictures taken last Saturday!

I know it's sideways but I uploaded this raw from my camera. Anyone know of a good program on a mac to edit and fix this I would love to know what I need to do. I just wanted to upload it to get it out there for you all to see!
I was just sent these pics from Tommy via a link. He said he'd be taking down the pics so I made sure to dload all of them, including the ones with my friend who was spinning the fire staff.

Check out all the fun I had with fire!!!

I hope you all enjoy! ^_^ I do plan on spinning more fire soon!
And not get singed... That is something that I did last night actually. I will get to that part in a bit though... Work was just a normal day, and after it I went to a party held by a cool friend of mine that I used to game with and have hung out with on occassion, but normally only at the parties he's held. I'd love to try to hang out with him more often, as well as other friends. I hope we do keep in better touch. The party was a blast... I brought some nice vodka and others brought other alcoholic beverages of all sorts. There was much food and merriment. The party was kinda in celebration to an engagement that in everyone's opinion took far too long for him to propose to this lovely woman who he's been seeing for about 3yrs. now. So it was definitely "about time"! :P *chuckles* We even celebrated "Earth Hour" by dimming the lights for a bit too... Even google yesterday was black instead of it's normal white! :P

I found out that he still does that "Blues Dancing" and I truthfully need to find out where some of that is around here locally to just hang out and whatnot... They talked about some meet in Austin, but I don't think I'd go down there for dancing... I'd have to plan for other things, and there's a good fox friend among a few others I know in the Austin area and I have been meaning to visit at some point, but haven't yet... I'd rather visit for friends and not dancing, and I will at some point.

I met a lot of new people at the party, and one guy I met had his girlfriend who was just learning to spin poi and they brought some toys and because they brought toys another friend of mine rushed home and came back bringing his fire toys. Before the fire began I was helping teach her some... Perhaps our paths will cross again, but I can refer her to a much better teacher than I as I want to learn more moves from her... *chuckles*

Now onto the burning part! :P The part that you all have been waiting for... My friend brought a fire staff and fire poi, and after a bit of talking over things and making sure about safety I decided "why the hell not", along with the girl, who I was teaching, and her boy friend thought that I was "good enough" to spin fire... So I did... and it was my "First Burn"! @_@ I was definitely a little antsy and unsure of myself... I followed my friend's instructions on getting them soaked with fuel and then spinning off the excess. My friend started his fire up first and used his staff to light the fire poi. I stayed with some real basic moves and didn't even touch doing any behind the head moves or really anything over my head. I do have to say this... It was VERY fun! I can definitely see the draw to spinning fire. I was a little 'afraid' of the accidentally lighting myself on fire, but after actually spinning it I see the draw to those who do it. The sound of the fire spinning, the smell, and everything else... I think I will get myself some custom fire poi and begin spinning fire myself after this experience. That way I can do more tricks and be more confident while spinning fire... So now I can say... Yes... I have graduated to fire! ^_^

Pictures will be coming soon as there were pictures taken! :)

Speaking of fire... I hope that the birthday candles did not destroy the cake [livejournal.com profile] pacerfox! :P *snickers* Bad joke, I know... I am wishing you a happy birthday and do hope we can hang out at some point outside of a con. :)
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