Bagpipes and men in kilts throwing heavy things

Yesterday our family went to the Virginia Scottish Games to hear my neice Gwen play bagpipe (she is a senior at Carnegie-Mellon university where the school colors are plaid).

I think it was Mark Twain who said “a gentelman is someone who knows how to play the bagpipes, and refrains from doing so”.  Apparently most bagpipe players wear earplugs, but do not offer them to their audience 🙂

The other feature of the day was men wearing kilts throwing heavy things.  Rocks.  Larger rocks.  Even larger rocks.  Bails made to simulate hay being thrown with pitchforks over an increasingly high bar (18 feet, 21 feet, etc).  The only thing I can figure is that people (men) in Scotland sit around on long winter nights thinking up new sports and in an  alcohol induced stupor they think of new things to throw in manly ways.

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