Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The First Rule of ______ ______, Don't Talk About ______ ______!

My apologies, however tonight's post has been removed due to complaints.
Unless someone else gives us the go ahead, there will be no more posts regarding the community in question. I apologize if I misunderstood any of the rules within the community.

Folken Family, and a Smoker's Cough

Folken Family is one of the greatest communities I have ever been a part of.
This weekend was absolutely amazing. We have been dealing with an issue with our ears, affecting our balance severely, and at times, our hearing as well. Like any real family, people were there to help when we struggled. If we stumbled, somebody caught us. If we hit the ground, people were instantly there to pick us up. When we couldn't walk across the camp in the dark because our balance was so poor, people took us by the arm and lead us where we needed to go. This really feels like a family, even the members of the community we don't know as well. I wish this would carry through out society. People caring about one another, people helping where help is needed.
The hayride was a little interesting this year. Most of the trip was on a flat tire, which fell right off at the turn around.
Most of the weekend was warm and dry, except for a rainy Sunday. I truly hate the final morning, as it's always the end of something special.

However, during the event, the concern of some people's asthma and allergies was brought up. Around the campfire, with everyone crowded around, cigarette smoke can aggravate people's illnesses. This lead to a bit of a war.

As the announcement was made, some people acted disrespectfully. This spilled over in to online conversations. It's so depressing to watch this community fight. Some people simply don't care if somebody suffers, others are willing to compromise, and some would just rather ban smoking all together. A few even swore and decided they were leaving. I have to say, it hurts to see people leave over a little tobacco. This has been one of the most heart breaking things to see come from this community. There is no reason to be fighting and arguing. Instead, we should all be discussing how to balance people indulging in their vices with considering people's health concerns, so that everyone can have a good time. I don't want to see the smokers leave, but at the same time I didn't enjoy seeing an asthmatic gasping for air. Smoking is a choice, and health issues are generally not.
This family of friends needs to come together and discuss this situation without fighting, threats to leave, and without shutting down and refusing to listen to the other side.
I am all about personal freedoms, but one person's freedom of choice ends where it starts causing someone else harm.

We have mixed feelings about this past weekend. We had a wonderful time, and were shown a lot of live, but the fight afterwards is very very saddening.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

A quiet night in the woods.

(Julie)
I'm here in Massachusetts again. I'm here to visit some friends of mine, and we had a free night of camping with the purchase of one night, so I decided to take a weekend in the campground. It's just me this time, my headmates are tucked quietly inside. I really just needed a little me time out in the outer world. Having learned enough sign language to begin expressing myself a bit, I've made some friends. However, I still need to learn who I really am. That might sound silly, but think about it... I've been a shy, quiet, nerd who avoids people... not because that is how I really am, but because I couldn't just communicate freely. Now, I can communicate with people. I can be included in a group, and not left to sit there and listen to speaking people talk. Now I get spend time with friends, and actually chime in, with my hands. It's a night and day experience, and even a little overwhelming at times. Most people have lot's of practice just chatting with people. I really haven't, aside from across the internet. To make things a little more overwhelming, I don't yet know enough sign language to really convey some of the deeper aspects of myself. I could chit chat, play games, but I couldn't sit here and have a conversation about my political opinions, for example.
Anyway, as I learn more ASL, I'm learning more about myself. I didn't know I was funny! I didn't know I was silly at times! It's been an interesting journey so far. I'm determined to at least finish my ASL course by summer's end. I want to be at least as good at ASL as I am with a keyboard. That's my personal goal.

The campfire doesn't seem to like me tonight. I had it going, and then it just died and I can't seem to get it relit.



No big deal, I'll survive. The main attraction for me this weekend is seeing my friends. There's a pot luck game night tomorrow. I'm so excited. I modified a pasta salad recipe, and it came out amazing. I can't wait till they try it!
I haven't really cooked for people before. I'm both excited and really nervous. Although, these guys know a lot about me already and still choose to spend time with me, so I'm not sure what I'm still nervous about.

Also tonight, I'm testing a few things on our camper car. We want to be able to use it when there is no electrical power. I'll be testing a propane heater, as well as the auxiliary battery. So far, the aux battery is more limited that expected. Although it runs the lights, and even the stereo nicely, it struggles to roll down a window and outright failed when I plugged in the laptop. It'll run lights for weeks though! There just might not be enough quickly available power to run the shock of rolling up a window or kicking on a laptop charger. If it runs the lights, the music, and charges a smartphone, that's all we need it to do on battery power.
For those of you not yet familiar with the camper car project, check out a couple photos.

It's a lot more comfy than it looks. It now has a nice bed and stuff in it. However, there's no need to bring a lantern, or a tent. Comfy cozy, with light and music!

I'm looking forward to having a talk with my deity this weekend too. Sometimes, I loose touch with them for a while. I hate when it happens, but that is just part of being human. Humans are busy.

Talking of being human, I'm getting a bit tired. I'm going to have to end this post here. I'll probably post again tomorrow. Maybe I can get some better photos of the camper car.