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Alas, Pennsic Kitchen No. 3. We hardly knew ya . . .

Yes, boys and girls. Last night we got a phone call from our resident Pyrate, informing us that during yesterday's flash storm our kitchen tent died. Apparently it gathered water, and the frame collapsed. That would not have been a major issue, except that the frame actually bent beyond repair.

Luckily:

a) pirategirleee did not end up crushed under the tent like the Wicked Witch of the West, on account of being at Ravenstreet at the time of the flash-storm;

b) Nothing was damaged inside the kitchen; and

c) alricthemad was able to cobble a couple of 2x4 together and improvise a makeshift center pole for the structure, which is still hanging on until akgnome and Chris arrive (hopefully) tomorrow with the new tent. Alric is officially our hero.

Anywhoo, this will be Kitchen Tent Number 4, and for your amusement, I present you with:

"A Brief History of the Fallen From Grace Kitchen Tents"

Kitchen Tent No. 1: An old, small, screened throwaway tent that someone donated to the camp. It survived Pennsic 29 and 30. It died of old age and was given a proper funeral at the Pennsic garbage dump.

Kitchen Tent No. 2: An upgrade that we got for Pennsic 31. We were very proud of her, and her twin brother, the common area tent. We got them on sale at Wal-Mart, and served us well for Pennsics 31, 32, 33 and 34. For the price we paid for them, they did pretty damned well. When the tent started springing leaks, we patched it. Repeatedly. In the end, we realized that the only thing holding it together was grace of God (and lots of duct tape). We gave it a proper burial at Pennsic, and decided that if we didn't throw it away, it would come back to haunt us as a zombie for years to come.

Kitchen Tent No. 3: Imagine our surprise the following year when, at Land Grab, we discovered that we had no kitchen tent. This on account of having forgotten that the old one was dead and gone and not buying a new one like we had planned. On top of that, our neighbors in the block had just acquired this kickass gynormous screened tent for a kitchen that made us die of envy. Luckily for us, we found one just like that at Sears. On sale. We picked it up and thought that it would last at least as long at Kitchen Tent No. 2. Evidently, we were mistaken as it croaked after only two years of use (Pennsic 35 and 36).

Kitchen Tent No. 4: This time we are getting a portable garage (Plastic Fantastic). That is, if there are any left at Sam's Club, when akgnome and Chris go to pick it up. Otherwise, we will have to settle for a smaller one and make new plans for next year.

So let's keep those fingers crossed and hope that we get our portable garage.

I really, really, don't want to start looking for Kitchen Tent No. 5.

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carthew
Jul. 31st, 2008 09:53 pm (UTC)
Happy to hear that pirategirleee is ok, and you have my sympathy on the lost of your beloved shelter.

So...um...since pirategirleee was at Ravenstreet at the time, is there any word on how Ravenstreet fared?
belfebe
Aug. 1st, 2008 01:16 am (UTC)
As far as I know, Ravenstreet lived to fight another day. :-)

As an update, we did not find the plastic fantastic anywhere, so we had to settle for a screened tent from Target, which has the same space footprintwise. Except that it is hexagonal. I don't know how that's going to work, but we didn't have much of a choice. Alric says that the tent may survive till the weekend, but if there are more storms, it will collapse like a house of cards.

Sigh.
1_big_grizz
Aug. 1st, 2008 03:00 am (UTC)
We lost our kitchen tent during the storms last year. We almost lost the camper who was trying to hold it up, too. Thankfully, Kailo is well nigh indestructable, and the cooler broke his fall.
belfebe
Aug. 1st, 2008 01:54 pm (UTC)
I know. These storms are really hard on equipment. I am hoping that the new kitchen will fare beter.
rwday
Aug. 1st, 2008 03:10 am (UTC)
Fingers crossed for your new kitchen. I hadn't heard about the storm - hope we survived! (And selfishly, I hope all the bad weather is done, because I had enough rain last Pennsic to last for a while)
belfebe
Aug. 1st, 2008 01:55 pm (UTC)
Oh, tell me about it. I don't mind a storm or two, but last year it was ridiculous.

Here's to good weather for War Week.
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