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You know you're a reenactor when...
« on: January 22, 2013, 03:55:50 am »
The following list comes from my own experiences, along with bits and bobs I've found elsewhere. I thought the rest of you reenactors might also get a laugh out of it, and/or have things to add.
So feel free to post additions, I'll add them to the list.  :D
(Any period, though try and keep additions "period-neutral" if you can)

You know you're a reenactor when...
-Nobody will watch a war movie with you.
-You've worn wool when the temperature tops 100 degrees, repeatedly.
-You won't hesitate to spend $150 on a good pair of reenacting shoes, but $29.95 "dress" shoes are outrageously over-priced.
-Your Christmas/birthday wish-list reads like a quartermaster's supply list.
-You've driven by some open land and thought, "What a great place for a battle!"
-You make career decisions based on if it effects your weekends.
-You are wary of others seeing you change at home, but no problems in the parking lot.
-When you come home after an event you are hit with depression.
-Buying a new vehicle, it must fit all of your gear and tentage inside of it or it's a no-go.
-Come home sore, bruised, dehydrated, sunburnt, and covered with ticks and it was a good weekend.
-For a week long reenactment you can fit everything on your back. For a weekend reenactment you need a truck and trailer.
-You replay a certain scene in a documentary or youtube video over and over again to look at the .2 second frame you were in.
-You've made a nest with your wool to lie in when there's a reenacting "dry season". (Or as my dad says, "Feldgrau Fever")
-Your reenacting room/closet has more expensive items in it than any other room of the house.
-You have more shoes and boots for reenacting than modern footwear.
-You earn a good salary, but are always broke.
-You corrected your history teacher back in grade school.
-While out to eat, you've been asked if you were Amish. (Hey, dey be the triple k! Naw, dey ain't the triple k. Dey somethin!)
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Re: You know you're a reenactor when...
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2013, 04:40:39 am »
-You make career decisions based on if it effects your weekends.
-You are wary of others seeing you change at home, but no problems in the parking lot.
-When you come home after an event you are hit with depression.
-Buying a new vehicle, it must fit all of your gear and tentage inside of it or it's a no-go.
-Come home sore, bruised, dehydrated, sunburnt, and covered with ticks and it was a good weekend.
-For a week long reenactment you can fit everything on your back. For a weekend reenactment you need a truck and trailer.
-You replay a certain scene in a documentary or youtube video over and over again to look at the .2 second frame you were in.
-You've made a nest with your wool to lie in when there's a reenacting "dry season". (Or as my dad says, "Feldgrau Fever")
-Your reenacting room/closet has more expensive items in it than any other room of the house.
-You have more shoes and boots for reenacting than modern footwear.
-You earn a good salary, but are always broke.
-You corrected your history teacher back in grade school.
-While out to eat, you've been asked if you were Amish. (Hey, dey be the triple k! Naw, dey ain't the triple k. Dey somethin!)


You've heard these:
Is that gun real?
Does it shoot real bullets?
How do you know if you're dead?
Are you sleeping out here?
Are you going to eat that food?
Aren't you hot/cold?
What if it rains?
(After the battle) Did you die?
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Re: You know you're a reenactor when...
« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2013, 08:14:59 am »
Our eldest member and veteran sergeant has heard enough questions.
They ask: "are you going to eat this?" He says: "of course not. After you are gone, we trow it away and head for Mcdonalds."
They ask: "Do you really sleep in these tents?" And he says: "hell no, we're staying in a nearby hotel"

And strangely enough... The public always believe him...
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Re: You know you're a reenactor when...
« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2013, 03:50:31 pm »
You've heard these:
Is that gun real?
Does it shoot real bullets?
How do you know if you're dead?
Are you sleeping out here?
Are you going to eat that food?
Aren't you hot/cold?
What if it rains?
(After the battle) Did you die?

Lol The one I get every time is "How do you know when to die?"

I've heard tales of stupid questions from the more veteran guys. Stuff like...

"Why were so many battle fought on National Parks?"
"Did they hide behind the monuments?"
"Why are there no bullet marks on the monuments?"

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Re: You know you're a reenactor when...
« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2013, 05:17:31 pm »
"Why were so many battle fought on National Parks?"
"Did they hide behind the monuments?"
"Why are there no bullet marks on the monuments?"

That's so brilliant.

You know when you are a Napoleonic re-enactor when...You can't wear a bicorn without being called 'NAPOLEON' by a dozen visitors.
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Re: You know you're a reenactor when...
« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2013, 12:53:38 am »
You've heard these:
Is that gun real?
Does it shoot real bullets?
How do you know if you're dead?
Are you sleeping out here?
Are you going to eat that food?
Aren't you hot/cold?
What if it rains?
(After the battle) Did you die?

Lol The one I get every time is "How do you know when to die?"

I've heard tales of stupid questions from the more veteran guys. Stuff like...

"Why were so many battle fought on National Parks?"
"Did they hide behind the monuments?"
"Why are there no bullet marks on the monuments?"
LOLOLOL

Stupid questions I've been asked as a historical interpretor at Fort George (The Citadel).

"Do people still live here"
"Did all 1000 garrisoned soldiers live in that one house"
"Can I take your photo with my garden Gnome"

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Re: You know you're a reenactor when...
« Reply #6 on: January 24, 2013, 12:55:22 am »
"Can I take your photo with my garden Gnome"
ROFL  XD
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Re: You know you're a reenactor when...
« Reply #7 on: January 24, 2013, 12:56:22 am »
"Can I take your photo with my garden Gnome"
ROFL  XD
She actually took a garden gnome out of her purse and sat it next to me...

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Re: You know you're a reenactor when...
« Reply #8 on: January 24, 2013, 12:59:14 am »
"Can I take your photo with my garden Gnome"
ROFL  XD
She actually took a garden gnome out of her purse and sat it next to me...
What. The. Fudge.
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Re: You know you're a reenactor when...
« Reply #9 on: January 24, 2013, 01:20:46 am »
"Can I take your photo with my garden Gnome"
ROFL  XD
She actually took a garden gnome out of her purse and sat it next to me...
What. The. Fudge.


'Murica.

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Re: You know you're a reenactor when...
« Reply #10 on: January 24, 2013, 01:32:49 am »
"Can I take your photo with my garden Gnome"
ROFL  XD
She actually took a garden gnome out of her purse and sat it next to me...
What. The. Fudge.


'Murica.
Actually, Canada,  but  American tourists.

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Re: You know you're a reenactor when...
« Reply #11 on: January 24, 2013, 01:48:20 am »
"Can I take your photo with my garden Gnome"
ROFL  XD
She actually took a garden gnome out of her purse and sat it next to me...
What. The. Fudge.


'Murica.
Actually, Canada,  but  American tourists.


Yeah that's what I meant. :P


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Re: You know you're a reenactor when...
« Reply #12 on: January 24, 2013, 01:56:41 am »
Lol, I can't imagine what it would be like in an ACW reenactment with a 100% American crowd...  :P

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Re: You know you're a reenactor when...
« Reply #13 on: January 24, 2013, 04:26:46 am »
Ronald McDonald will be leading the Confederates into a full scale charge against a fortified trench by Colonel Sanders while the Cowboys saved the day by luring the aliens to wipe out the Confederate forces. While the American crowd jeers and whoop along for their favorite team.

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Re: You know you're a reenactor when...
« Reply #14 on: January 24, 2013, 04:28:11 am »
Ronald McDonald will be leading the Confederates into a full scale charge against a fortified trench by Colonel Sanders while the Cowboys saved the day by luring the aliens to wipe out the Confederate forces. While the American crowd jeers and whoop along for their favorite team.
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