Monday, September 21, 2009

Grocery Shopping

I go to Cub Foods a for groceries most of the time. I don't like to shop during the day as it is too crowded. I like to go in the evening when there are a lot less people around. It is just faster then having to wait in line at check out. Cubs is open 24 hours so it is not unusual for me to be there after 10pm on the weekends. At that time they only have one cashier. Most of the time I have on the kilt. The cashier on duty at that hour is Irish. She likes my kilts. So much so that it is the one place where I feel I MUST wear the kilt. I think she is disappointed if I don't have it on.

I was in one night before she went on duty. The cashier on the earlier shift commented that the week before she noticed someone in a kilt. It was not me. I wonder who that was? One of the other merchants in this same general area had commented about seeing kilts. Maybe my kilts are catching on.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Ohio Renaissance Festival (Harveysburg, Ohio)

I was not able to attend yesterday so I ran over today.  Attendance was light at least around noon.  It was Sunday so that could have been a factor.  I normally attend on Saturday so I think everyone gets an earlier start as compared to Sunday.  Of course I am in a kilt.  There were a lot of kilts which I was glad to see.  It was a good turn out of kilts even though the official "Highland" weekend won't be until one weekend in October.  Father, Sons, and Friends were playing so that was a factor in being there this weekend.  Unfortunately the Limeybirds were not back this year.  One of their members came back doing a solo act.  Not bad, but not a funny as the three.  Their web site indicates one of the members has a health issue and they cancelled the 2009 tour schedule.  I wish her the best with her recovery.
I took my camera but ended up not taking any pictures. 
After one of the shows I spoke to a young man in a kilt.  He said he obtained his kilt here last year.  He was taking more of in interest in kilts.  I pointed him to two web sites that are kilt discussion boards.  He can go to these sites and get all of his kilt questions answered.  One is (  and the other is Brotherhood of the kilt (  A good group of people on both of these sites.  Please read the rules of both groups if you are going to join as there are some differences in the two sites.
When I left I stopped at a place called the Corwin Peddler as it was on my way home.  This is little restaurant along a bike way in Corwin, Ohio.  They also rent bikes.  I have been there a couple of times when I ride that particular bike way.  Most of the crowd on weekends are bikers stopping for a bite to eat or something to drink while on the trail.  That being the case my kilt sure stood out.  The owner is English so he took an interest in the kilt.  I had a nice conversation with him. One lady on a bike commented on the kilt.  Apparently her son just moved to Scotland. If I understood her correctly he is doing a sabbatical in language while in Scotland. 
If I had not been in a kilt none of these conversations would have taken place. 
Kilt up lads!!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

You Play the Bag Pipes?

Maybe I should take lessons so I can answer that question in the affirmative.  Went to dinner at a local cafeteria.  The average age of the customers is about 95.  One of you young ladies that work there asked if I played the pipes.  I get that question a lot.  When I told her no she asked if I don't play then why was I wearing a kilt.  Maybe because I like them??  I need a t-shirt that reads something like "No I don't play the bagpipes but I do wear a kilt". 
After dinner I picked up a few things at one of the big box stores.  Got a few smiles from the ladies in the store.   Guys that don't wear the kilt are missing something. 
Kilt up lads!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Piqua Heritage Festival

Had a great time at the Piqua Heritage Festival.  More Great Kilts here than you will find at Celtic festivals.  Father, Sons and friends and Albannach bands played.  My kilt was not "of period" as the theme of the event was in the 1800's.   Just my USAkilt American Heritage worn in a casual way, i.e. boots with kilt hose pushed down.  Worn with a t-shirt.

I think this festival is mostly for American heritage, i.e. early settlers and Indians, but some Highland gets into the mix. 

Piqua Heritage Festival 2009
Father, Sons and Friends (not all band members shown)