WMD’s Feb 26
Walcome and hello! Hoo’s it gaun, ya bints and ya bampots? It’s time for the next Mind blowing installment of THE WEEKLY MIND DUMP!!!! The week of Feb 26, 2018!
Since many of us are games aficionados (yeah, really trying to put that dictionary to good use that I got for Christmas), I am going to try and list upcoming Highland Games. So if you know of a game, share the date with us and we will post it here.
03/02-03/18, Southeast Florida Scottish Festival – Plantation, FL
03/03/18, Panama City Highland Games – Panama City Beach, FL
03/03-04/18, Phoenix Scottish Games – Phoenix, AZ
03/17/18, Southeast Alabama Highland Games – Dothan, AL
03/23-25/18, Saltwater Highland Games – Myrtle Beach, SC
04/20-22/18, Loch Norman Highland Games – Huntersville, NC
05/18-20/18, Smokey Mountain Scottish Festival – Maryville, TN
05/19-20/18, Rio Grande Valley Celtic Festival – Albuquerque, NM
05/19/18, Fairhill Scottish Games – Newark, DE
For a list, check out the Association of Scottish Games & Festivals at their website.
Want to throw?
Many of us #kilties start out wondering just how does one enter in the realm of Highland games? Well there are many ways, but the best is to find a group of guys and start training with them. And as such, may I suggest checking out Facebook. This group, the Celtic Strong Throwing Team, happens to be a group of friends that train in south Florida. Go check out their Facebook group and search for other groups near you.
What are the events?
Ah, the actual athletics. Well, there are 6 basic events. A detailed listing can be found at the Southeast Alabama Highland Games webpage. Go there and check out the athletics section. But the short answer is: caber toss, sheaf toss, Weight for distance, Weight for height, hammer throw, and stone throw. You have to compete in all 6 to have a chance of taking Games Champion.
Kilts in the News
We may not always find out about the event right as it happens, but we will find out.
According to the Clarion Ledger, in Jackson MS, Luke Thompson will don his kilt and traverse 425 steps in the Regions Bank Building. The purpose? Cuz he’s NUTS! No really, this is for a good cause. He is doing this for the American Lung Association. I bet he is! You’d have to have a good set of lungs on you to pull this off.
And this event isn’t a one time deal either. According to the article, this happens every year. The fastest has been 2 min 27 sec. REALLY?!?! 425 steps in under 2 and a half minutes? Average time is 8 and a half minutes.
But back to the kiltie. Now here, we have to give Thompson props. He chose a Damn Near Kilt ‘Em kilt. The only better name has got to be “Angry Bastards Kilts”, but being in law enforcement, I can see why he chose DNKE.
So, as usual, head over to the article, read up on this kiltie, and share his 15 minutes of fame with everyone.
Dae ye talk Scots?
Time for this week’s installment of Scottish Slang! This week, “Fu’ the noo!” Translated to “Full for now”. Used after a meal. You’ve eaten all you can, and you can’t eat no more! So next time you’re at a restaurant, slide back from the table and exclaim “Fu’ the noo!” See how many looks you can get.
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