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On Sunday, I'll be heading deeper into the south. Why, you might ask? It's for the best of reasons, and the only one outside of New Orleans that would actually convince me to stay there.

I have an interview at Colonial Williamsburg for an interpreter position.

See, this is the job I've been day dreaming about since I was 12, when I first found out that people dressed up in 18th century clothes (albeit hugely inaccurate ones, for the womenfolk) at Saratoga Battlefield, and I could too! My first experience was with dipping candles for an annual demonstration of household tasks. It was terrifically boring, but I loved it anyway. I liked feeling like I was living elsewhen, in those stolen moments between curious observers, when i was alone in the still summer air, wood smoke heavy in the humidity. We were far enough from the roads that I could not hear any cars, and it was something I have sought to find since, but always it's come up imperfect. 

We went to Williamsburg in February, and I was madly in love from the first few moments. Here was a world that devoted itself to history, walking around and talking to you. Showing you how to spin and weave, how to sew the channels in the stays. And across the street, the College of William and Mary. Which, incidentally, is a public school, incredibly inexpensive, and has a graduate program. That's very important. I need that, you see, in order to learn more stuff, and in a place where my crazy collection of useless facts isn't, after all, completely useless.

So wish me luck, and hopefully on Monday we'll be looking for an apartment, too.

Date: 2010-05-05 12:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I wish you luck, but if they have any sense, you won't need it. With your obsessive authenticity and passion for history and culture, they'll BEG you to stay with them.

I am already making my packing list for coming down to visit you. :)

Date: 2010-05-05 03:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yay, our first visitor! I've found a Trader Joe's and a natural market and a bus system that connects almost everything in place, so I'll be able to make you a lovely dinner when you get here. ^_^

And yes, I keep telling myself that they'd be crazy not to hire me for the position. Enthusiasm has to count for something, as well as a bit of knowledge.

Do you think they'd let me knit period socks on period needles there, as part of my job? Because that would rock.

Date: 2010-05-05 11:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I think Plimoth Plantation lets Norah do that (you may remember her from VTFaire) ...

Date: 2010-05-07 03:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I think I remember her, was she the one playing Queen Elizabeth? The one that did all the sewing?

I've been looking around for period correct knitting needles, because I don't think that anodised fuchsia are *quite* what they had then. I could be wrong, though. I often am.

But not, I think, on this.

Also, I have found the used book stores, yarn stores, and fabric stores in the area -- several of each.

Date: 2010-05-07 04:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
No, the queen was Veda. Norah was a washerwoman that year, I think.

Sounds like you have the shopping priorities straight, though.

Date: 2010-05-05 06:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Good luck with the interview! I think that there may well be another visit to Williamsburg in the future. :)

I thought that Williamsburg was a lot of fun when Paul and I went there on vacation. If I had the desire to relocate to Virginia, I'd be all over working there. But alas, I've found myself to be utterly complacent in the wilds of the suburbs of Albany.

Date: 2010-05-05 06:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah, I never thought I'd be even remotely interested in living in VA. But since I'm already here, I might as well try, right? I'm a little disappointed not to be going back to Albany after all, but ... seriously. WILLIAMSBURG.

And hey, if you come down I'll see if I can get you into cool stuff. ^_^

Date: 2010-05-05 06:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Whoo hoo!!!
I'm so happy for you! This is exactly what you wanted!

Date: 2010-05-05 06:57 pm (UTC)

Date: 2010-05-05 07:29 pm (UTC)
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Date: 2010-05-07 01:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Good luck! That is the perfect job for you :)

Date: 2010-05-07 03:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hi! Thank you so much. **bounces off walls**

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