I just bought 7 acres right next to Yosemite and will fabricate wood and metal stuff from my workshop there along with my 3rd wife Kathy in a semi-retired co-existence. Come by and visit.
A little explanation about the kilt thing. After discovering in 2000 that my paternal ancestry was Scottish and not German (as my Dad thought) I started getting into the heritage of it all. Being a drummer from the high school band, I have always kept active playing the drums in informal groups throughout the years. One year whilst attending the DooDah Parade in Pasadena, I saw a group of pipers and a drummer wearing some bizarre outfits and having one hell of a lot of fun. Thatís all she wrote.
The next year I showed up with an old field snare, my Clan Young tartan kilt and what was up
until then, my Scottish Ren-Faire get up. I located the group (The Lonesome Pipers) and asked
if I could join in. They welcomed me with open arms and that was my first DooDah. One of the
pipers was also in a legitimate Pipe and Drum Band and told me they were looking for a bassist.
I tried out, got the job and started a four year stint with the Misty Isle Band. That paid off
in a free trip to Scotland to play in the World Competitions in 2002 (we placed 10th out of
40 bands in our division). Not bad for our first time there.