I doubt anyone would argue that kilts and beer go together. That said, I also like trying various beers. Well if one goes to buy beer in a kilt, one must seriously consider a beer which keeps to the theme of men in kilts. Getting frustrated that I couldn't find an applicable beer I turned the last corner. And there it was. A beer with a man running in a kilt with a claymore (though a wee picture it is).
As I played around with a photo for my blog banner I asked myself what I wanted to project about myself. In doing genealogical work I discovered my maternal grandmother's clan motto, REVIRESCO, meant "I grow strong again." I found that fitting as a Wounded Warrior Alumni. Thankfully I still have all of my appendages, though I was pretty well knocked around on more than one occasion and had a few surgeries along the way.
I could have used a MacEwan's beer label to represent my fondness for the nector of the gods, a panorama of the Georgia property, or even a US Army banner. I went with the clan motto as it seems to sum up a lot about me. The struggle to physically be able to do things I used to be able to do, the strengthening of family ties through the family property, or even my ability to have more than 2 beers in one sitting...though I'll never funnel like I use to.
Someone asked why I always say "Be Strong. Put a Kilt on." This person wondered why you have to have physical strength to wear a kilt.
I have thought about this for a long time.
Being physically strong and wearing a kilt have exactly nothing to do with each other.
When I mention Strength, I am talking about the internal strength necessary to be yourself. To be the person you want to be. To stand out in a crowd and be perfectly comfortable.
It took me a long time to be comfortable wearing a kilt anywhere. For some it takes no time at all, for others they desire to never be in the limelight. It is for those who are not yet comfortable wearing a kilt all the time that I say this. To help empower those who wish to be kilted to wear it.
So, To that end. I leave you with this.
Put a Kilt on.
Back in my dungeon barn tomorrow. Heat, weights, and sweat. Ti e to get rid of the excuses. Then next week I will start training for September 10,Highland Games competition. Will need encouraging from my wife and wouldn't mind some good words from kilted brethren. I need to drop some fat and put on muscle, so a tweak to the diet may be coming shortly. Unfortunately it is more expensive to eat healthy than to not. Need to be strong for the games, and look good for Texas Renaissance Festival in October.
Got back to it this afternoon. Couple sets of light squats, weighted sit-ups, and a few other exercises.
Slow start, but I have to start somewhere. The strength will come.
It seems that the more you wear the kilt, the more the world of Scottish things find you. And I'm not just talking about the Scottish restaurant known around the world.
This morning it was off to the bookstore and low and behold the first book on a shelf as I begin looking is a 1978 copy of "The Scottish Clans and Their Tartans." Not quite as old as me but like me, still in good condition.
Then, thanks to my wife's work, it was off to a free day at the zoo to include a free catered lunch. Low and behold, the Nashville Zoo has three Belted Galloways. The exact breed and number I want to have on the Georgia property on day.
Just got done enjoying a fine cigar, some whisky, and conversation with an old childhood friend. Kilted, no, but enjoyable anyway.Catching up and talking about old times, was a great way to end a frustrating and busy week of work. When having this kind of entertainment, you lose track of time. Spent 3 hours talking and smoking felt like an hour tops. Whenever you get these chances, take full advantage my friends. We hadn't seen each other in a couple years, but we never skipped a beat. Now for a shower and some Zzz's. Kilt on brothers and cherish those friendships that can last a lifetime.
1. German Heritage by USA Kilts
2. MacLeod of Harris
3. Team kilt MacLeod of Lewis by Sport Kilt
4. MacLeod of Lewis
5. Pride of Scotland by UTKilts
6. Texas Bluebonnet by Kommando Kilts
7. Khaki by TactiKilt
8. Black TDK by 5.11
9. Texas Bluebonnet by Scotland Forever (my 1st and only 100% wool, made in Scotland)
10. Black Watch
11. The much anticipated 11th kilt! Brotherhood of the Kilt tartan by Got-Kil
Once again the kilt was a hit, but with my bonnie knees how could it not be. I'm pretty confident that it impacted the way the meeting went. Obviously they realized that if I'm wearing a kilt I wasn't going to take any crap. But as a good leader I listened to the members and we came to some very good decisions. Kilts Rock!
Looking forward to Saturday. Me and my Texas Renaissance Festival camping clan are going to hit up some thrift stores in search of garb, or things we can make into garb. Going to be in my Sport Kilt "Team Kilt" With Loud MacLeod pleats. So anybody in the Richmond/Rosenberg, Sugarland area see us out and about say howdy. If I find anything will be posting pictures Saturday evening or Sunday.
Had a great day with best friends shopping, eating, and smoking. Only piece of clothing that I found was this leather vest. Needs some additions put on it, but for less than $10.00 you can't beat it.
I have laid out my US Army tartan kilt which I will don in a little while. I expect parts of our vintage base ball club's meeting tonight could become heated. So why not go forward into battle in the colors of the service I retired from.
in case you may wonder, that is a Clan MacEwen kilt pin. I will also have my bonnet with its antique silver clan badge. Other than that...all casual - clan t shirt and leather boots.
As I sit here, unfortunately not in my kilt, I once again have issues with computer based activities. Maybe the problem is I am not in one of my kilts. The computer sees me as just another p@nt$ wearing bozo that doesn't have the balls to face it in a kilt. It's times like these I just want to move to a small farm, put a stone and toss a sheaf during my day, and enjoy a pint in the cool evening air...all while wearing a kilt.
A whole long time ago, I figured it would be great to wear a kilt.
Not long after that, I built a place where kilted folks can go to talk about almost anything, and wear the kilt as they want.
That was more than 10 years ago now.
As I work to bring this great Brotherhood into the modern era of technology, I find myself wishing I had something to bang my head against. The number of things that can and have cause me a headache are innumerable. It is like trying to push a rope uphill.
On the upside, I am sitting here in my Brotherhood of the Kilt tartan kilt from Got Kilt, knowing that I will get this crazy finished.
I am also looking to add a great many features to the site, including blogging and areas for clans / societies / festivals who do not currently have their own site.
All these things will come soon.
Put a Kilt On.