I blew and blew, and blew some more. Nothing! No sound at all, save the spits and squeals from my mouth.
"So, what d’ya wear under that thing anyway?”
This most often asked question to a bagpiper has elicited many time-honored responses, from “socks and shoes” to the risqué, “A small set of pipes-care to blow?” These answers work better if you’re a male, obviously. In fact, many bagpipers, following the time-honored Scottish tradition of “going regimental,” wear nothing whatsoever under their kilts.
I finally gathered up my courage and decided to give the tradition a try. Of course, that was the evening when I was sipping a beer at a fellow piper’s house, and he and his friend decided to check out if I was, indeed, a true piper. After they brazenly lifted my kilt, I rethought my decision. Needless to say, I never went “regimental” again.
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