Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Chris and kilts

This post started out as an answer to a question from Jenny in the comments field of a post from Monday, but got a bit long. So...

Kilts are cool. That's probably the best answer as to why I have two of them.

Allegedly my family is from Scotland, but the only Cope in Scotland I have ever heard of was the British general named Cope who was overrun by Bonnie Prince Charlie's men 259 years ago next week. I have no idea if (or how) I am related to him. I am pretty sure he did not wear a kilt.

There was a guy named Sir William Cope about 500 years ago. He was from Grimsby, which is sort of close to Scotland. But I doubt he wore a kilt. I don't know if I'm related to him either.

The most successful Cope I've ever met was Dr. Stephen Cope, who is a lecturer at University of Portsmouth. He's written a shed load of smart-person-type books. To the best of my knowledge, we are not related. And he's not Scottish. And he doesn't wear a kilt.

So, I suppose I just wear kilts because I want to. They're comfy. I think they look cool. And my wife says I look good in them -- that helps.

One of the kilts is a Utilikilt. I wrote a short article about it a week or so after my wife bought it for me. Primarily I use it for hiking.

The other kilt, purchased this past weekend, is more traditional. I hesitate to say that it is traditional because, for one thing, it makes use of Velcro. In England, if you order a cheeseburger, they will give you something that looks like a cheeseburger, but is definitely not a cheeseburger. My traditional kilt sure looks like a traditional kilt to me, but I wouldn't be surprised to learn that I am totally wrong.

As far as the tartan of the kilt is concerned -- I have no idea. I spent a great deal of time searching this site but only got halfway through the letter "C" before I gave up.

This is what it looks like:


Cheekysquirrel said...

When welshmen start to wear kilts it means the sheep have learnt to recognise the sound of a zipper.

Jenny said...

Kilts clearly rock. Nice work!