agley? is that a word?

19 Aug

Today I went to the Triad Highland Games in Greensboro. It was fun but really hot….I got a sunburn. I saw a border collie herding demonstration, lots of bagpipers, dancers, and people throwing heavy objects. And of course, lots of tacky souveneirs. But you should be impressed because I didn’t buy anything. One of the celtic bands, Emerald Rose, was very enjoyable…and they played the “Firefly” theme song. It was like a nerd paradise. I’ll post pictures as soon as I get back to my own computer (right now I’m house-sitting).

I did some quick research and found that North Carolina has more people of Scottish ancestry than any other state or country in the world, including Scotland. This is due to the large influx of immigrants to NC in the 1700’s after the failed uprising of ’45. In NC there are numerous Scottish societies, a Scottish Tartan Museum (NC has it’s own tartan), several Scottish merchandise stores, a county named Scotland, no less than thirteen Scottish Festivals/Highland Games throughout the year, North Carolina State University even has it’s own bagpipe band. Looks like I’ve come to the right place. Do you think it’s a sign?

In other news:
At the zoo we just moved a new bird, a female saddlebill stork, to our section. We have a male we got from Nashville in quarantine. We hope to start introducing them in the next couple of weeks…and then hopefully they’ll form a pair. We lost a parrot randomly last week. We’ll have to wait for the pathology report to shed some light on why he died.

And, tommorow is job hunting day. Can you feel the excitement.

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