Come to think of it, it probably is.
Florida Poly Retreat is a learning experience, and offered no end of things I can take with me into my life. In fact, I think it's probably a good idea to record some of the lessons for posterity.
Things I Learned from Florida Poly Retreat
- When teaming up with your archnemesis to declare war upon a peaceful people, make sure they notice that you've declared war on them. The answer to "what if they had a war and nobody came?" is "things wouldn't be very interesting."
- Spinning fire is fun! Spinning fire when you're sleep-deprived, you have bronchitis, and you've been drinking, on the other hand, is a good way to get whacked upside the head with flame.
- punzel rocks. If you get a chance to see her present, do it. Try not to give her bronchitis, though. (I hope that wasn't my fault...)
- 70 feet of rope is more than enough to create a karada and also then tie your partner to an antique high-backed wooden chair in a very interesting and aesthetically attractive way.
- Ancient medieval siege weapons, like cars, have a breaking-in period before they start firing consistently and reliably. Once they're suitably broken in, however, they just keep getting better and better.
- I'm too optimistic to make a good evil overlord. This epiphany has forced me to re-evaluate my plans, and made me seriously reconsider my goals in life.
- Driving an average of 90 miles per hour rather than 65 miles per hour turns a 7-hour trip into a 5-hour trip.
(Okay, so technically these last two don't count as "things I learned at FPR," but rather "things I learned in my car while driving to FPR and listening to A Perfect Circle on the iPod, but close enough.)
- A trebuchet actually makes a good metaphor for transitioning from monogamy to polyamory. The weapon, while sitting there quietly doing nothing, is like a monogamous relationship; it can be perfectly stable and hold up just fine. But when you start involving other people, whether as romantic partners or as targets, the machine becomes dynamic, and any design flaws are likely to cause it to rip itself apart in a shower of wood splinters and stones and grief.
- Sleep is optional. Food is optional. Tech is mandatory.
- 3 out of 4 polyamorous people prefer Macs.
- Size matters. No matter how big your Compact Flash card is, it isn't big enough.
- The best relationship you can have is with yourself. Or, if you're merovingian, the best relationship you can have is with your evil robot double.