The day after my father’s birthday we took him up to Medieval Times at Arundel Mills mall in Hanover, MD. It’s a unique place that feels like an 11th century dinner theatre with some carny overtones. It’s cool to see a dozen horses or so galloping around inside of a mall. Oh, and it’s a money-making machine! From the time you arrive until you leave there are opportunities to buy things!
Once seated in the dimly lit arena, we were greeted by Ashanti who explained that he would be taking care of us that evening. I decided that he would be a good recipient of my $10.
I asked him what his official title was and he said he was a serf. “What’s above a serf?” I asked him. “Just about everything,” Ashanti told me disappearing to go and bring more food out.
He came back out with our entrees which were pretty hearty portions of chicken and ribs. I asked him how he planned on using the $10. The 19-year-old said he would probably put it toward the purchase of some video games. “My favorite game used to be World of Warcraft…now I don’t know. I guess I don’t really have one,” Ashanti told me.
At one point in the show I noticed that Ashanti was down in the middle of the arena with the knights! Actually if you could blow up that photo of the arena you would see him at the very back of the parade. But his job isn’t all fun. He told me, “Someone threw up on me once.” There was a silence and we both just kind of looked at each other.
All in all it was a fun “knight!”