Uh yes…. The eventual question. The question everyone wants to know the answer to but some are too shy to ask.
There are many different ways to answer this question. My step-father, who was a Highland from Dunoon, Scotland when asked “What’s worn under the kilt?” would respond “Nothing, it’s all in perfect working order”. That’s a pretty clever answer to a question that is quite delicate.
For every bagpiper or Scotsman it really comes down to a preference. Some things entering the debate on whether to or not to are:
- Am I a strict traditionalist? Should I go as the lads did in the movie Braveheart due to some allegiance to practices of a bygone era? This is probably more likely than most people think as we are playing tunes that were written centuries ago…
- Weather. It is hot, humid or chilly out. You can figure out the implications of this debate. Or is it windy? Wind can be very revealing. Haha.
- Are there any ladders or stairs to be climbed during the outing? I know in one instance I had to climb up into the pilot’s area at the top of a boat and the ladder were pretty much vertical. Lucky I was prepared. 😉
- Wool. Is it itchy? It can be. The comfort factor might weigh in on this one.
- Health implications. Years ago I read somewhere that briefs were bad for men. So it might be for health that a man goes without.
I know I’ve faced this question many times. Most men are too embarrassed to ask so the majority of the time I am asked by women. And I’m more often asked on St. Patrick’s Day than at any other time of the year. I guess green beer emboldens even the most timid souls. I usually refrain from answering or if I do I tell them you’re going to have to ask my wife…. 🙂