Bugging In – Preparing For Riots and Social Mayhem – Do it NOW

By Raymond Mhor

Listen folks, I am not some prophet, fortune teller or anything like that. It is my hope that nothing will happen once the election chaos calms down.

I am also one who does believe in God, so this article will come from a more “biblical” standpoint. If that bothers you, stop reading and move on. If not, then please take in what I am going to say and if you can use it, great, if not, then chew the meat and spit out the bones.

Many of you may or may not know that I am quiet the history buff, and what I am looking at currently how past history and also current actions by the evil socialist / communist left coincide. And if you are a history buff as well, you see the similarities as much as I do.

Like it or not, odds are good that we could see major trouble coming to our towns and cities and soon.

With all that said, what I want to discuss are the following…

1 – Gear Up To Protect The Home & Family

2 – Gear Up Your Home fortifications

Gearing Up To Protect The Home and Family

I do not advocate offensive violence, but I do believe in protecting one’s family, the innocent and in maintaining a defensive posture.

Scripture says…

1 Timothy 5:8 But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.

Luke 22:36 Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.

Like it or not, now more than in the last 100 years we are living in a time where we may see war on our own shores. We may see some form of civil war, due to the racial hate, religious hate or between liberal or conservative ideals.

Our nation is ripe for revolution. The ANTIFA riots that are popping up all over the US is proof positive of this.

And I hate to say it, it is only going to get worse if Trump is able to finalize the vote or Biden gets in by stealing the vote; it is going to get very ugly pretty quickly after Jan 2021.

So let’s get to it.

Police Grade Pepper Gel

As bad as this sounds, people need to be prepared to defend.

First thing that I have to help defend my home is a few 16oz cans of pepper spray / gel. SABRE Red Pepper Gel is probably the best when it comes to this sort of application.

See, you do not want the liquid spray because you need this to shoot pretty far. The foam that I normally recommend also has a few issues. This is why I am recommending SABRE Red Pepper Gel.

In using gel it virtually eliminates wind blow-back with no airborne particles – only affects the target/person it directly contacts! SABRE gel provides distance from your threat with a thirty (30) foot range.

Having several of these positioned in strategic spots so that you can get to it quickly is a solid home defense without using deadly force.

SABRE Red Pepper Gel – http://amzn.to/2d1cCaK

Gear Ready To Go – Cross Draw Tactical Vest

I know that this sounds really “John Wayne” / Mall Ninja, but it is better to be prepared with gear ready to go than not.

Condor is a company that puts out some pretty good gear. It isn’t totally military grade, but it is pretty good gear for the price.

First thing that I recommend is getting a Cross Draw Tactical Vest.

This is the vest that I have on hand and it has served me really well.

The many pockets allow for multiple weapons, communications or supplies that I will need.

For example, carrying pepper gel, a stun gun, some protein bars for an energy boost along with other items that you might need. There are several large pockets that can hold your cell phone or walkie talkie.

I also REALLY like the fact that I can put my camel back water bladder in the back and will help me stay hydrated.

Again this is not military grade, but for civilian use and being prepared it is an excellent vest.

The added belt with two mag pouches are good to keep pepper spray, stun gun or even another tactical folding knife like the Cold Steel Voyager Clip Point XL.

MOLLE strips on the back also allow you to clip on dump bag to hold spent magazines as well as a small pack of sorts that might carry a day’s rations and a first aid pack.

Allen Company makes a great pouch that will secure to the back of the vest and it can hold a good amount of necessary items.

This or even two of these pouches on the back of the vest will help you keep needed gear without weighing you down.

Another item that one has to strongly think about is a good pair of gloves. I have written about gloves in the past and so many people do not understand how a good pair of tough gloves can really help save your hands.

Mechanic’s makes some great gloves, but a good pair of motorcycle gloves that are made to take the road rash is something that will stand up.

Freetoo Full Finger Cycling Motorcycle Gloves are some of the best out there. They are comfortable, but also take a beating. This is something that you will need to consider if you are being placed in a tactical situation where you need to get down on the ground and really rough up your hands.

Condor Tactical Cross Draw Vest – http://tinyurl.com/PZ-Condor-Tactical-Vest

MOLLE Rig Pouch – http://tinyurl.com/PZ-MOLLE-Rig-Pouch

Freetoo Tactical Milspec Gloves – http://tinyurl.com/PZ-Tactical-Milspec-Gloves

Gearing Yourself Up With Covert Body Armor

If you have served in the military and seen action in the desert, you know that the enemie’s weapon of choice seems to be the IED, AKA the improvised explosive device.

Bombs damage in several ways, first there is the explosion that causes a shock wave. The waves travel outward at about 1,600 feet per second (488 meters per second) over hundreds of yards or more depending upon the amount of explosive.

It is this shock wave that hits the body with massive force. The body, particularly the brain is jolted so hard that the body can not withstand the sudden shock and the person dies due to a massive concussion.

Sometimes the shock wave can push a person back and they are thrown into walls and other structures around where the device explodes.

The explosion fragments the container and sends pieces of shrapnel at high speeds outward. If the IED also contained other fragments such as ball bearings, nuts, bolts and pellets, then they also would be thrown outward.

The heat from the explosion can causes fire. These fires in turn can cause secondary fires in the general area.

Finally, the blast wave leaves a partial vacuum, which causes air to rush back in under high pressure. The in-rushing air also pulls in debris and shrapnel.

So how do we protect ourselves?

We need to start taking precautions. As much as I hate to say this and it is painting with a broad brush but if you have Muslims in your area that seem to sympathize with ISIS, CARE, PLO then there might be a risk.

Something that you may consider is start wearing a covert form of body armor. With today’s technology there is level 2 and level 3 Kevlar motorcycle clothing that will help protect against a lot of the dangers that motorcycle riders have to avoid.

Here is what one rider had to say about the Kevlar pants he was wearing…

“After a 35mph crash into rocks, I can attest to the strength of the Kevlar. The foot peg caught on inner thigh, tore thru the denim and just left a deep bruise on my inner thigh. With after market pegs using replaceable studs I can assure you without Kevlar it may have been a life threatening result.”

In other words, the Kevlar stopped the foot peg from going though the pants and into his leg all while doing 35 MPH. Note that he did not have any rock or debris penetrating the skin either.

Many Police wear the same clothing to help protect them as well against knife attacks, being cut and other dangers that they face on the street.

I am showing this sort of example because if you are in the area of an IED, this sort of clothing might protect you from any shrapnel or flying debris from the explosion.

Is this perfect and is this what this clothing was made for?

NO… not at all, BUT I would be willing to wear cloths like this and if I am in some sort of situation, odds are that the Kevlar panels that are part of this type of clothing “might” stop shrapnel and debris.

I want to state again that this sort of clothing is also cut resistant and many police wear this sort of clothing to stop knife attacks.

I have a pair of Kevlar sleeves that I wear when I am conducting special security tasks. I have personally tested them out to see if they are in fact they cut and puncture resistant and I was impressed, they do what they say they do.

The great thing about Kevlar is that it is also heat / fire resistant. Maybe you have seen waitresses wearing these sort of Kevlar sleeves in dinners. Particularly where they stack 4-5 plates of food on one arm. Those sleeves they are wearing are the same type that many police ear to help guard against knife attacks.

These also will help protect against fragments and debris if you are in the vicinity of an IED.

Here is a list of clothing and such that I have conducted research on…

Men’s Clothes

Shirts

Scorpion Covert Flannel Reinforced/Kevlar Lined Protective Shirt – http://amzn.to/2ckJUjm

Jackets – Vest- Hoodies – Neck Protector – Sleeves

Bikers Gear Motorcycle Gray Jacket Berlin Hoodie Armor & Full Kevlar Liner – http://amzn.to/2cD0oSr

Motorcycle Hoodie Hoody Full Kevlar Armored Lined Fleece Ultimate Protection – http://amzn.to/2cLNW1Z

Hatch Centurion Kevlar Neck Protection, One Size, Black – http://amzn.to/2ckIBkR

Mechanix Wear Heat Sleeves – http://amzn.to/2ckK2Q3 <<< I own these, they work, I tested them with my knife

Pants

Newfacelook Mens Motorcycle Urban Jeans Pants Reinforced with Aramid Protection – http://amzn.to/2cyM7Uz

ScorpionExo Covert Pro Jeans Men’s Reinforced Motorcycle Pants – http://amzn.to/2ckHP78

Women’s Clothes

Drayko Women’s Drift Riding Jeans – 16/Indigo – http://amzn.to/2cCYBMS

Sequoia Speed Euphoria Ladies Jacket Motorcycle Armor Level 3 Kevlar Black W Pink – http://amzn.to/2cLdqhn

Trilobite Ace Jacket (women´s) – https://amzn.to/3oYmAcZ

Gearing Up With Firearms

Luke 11:21 When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace:

Psalms 144:1 Blessed be the LORD my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight.

When dealing with a home defense / close quarter combat, my “go to” handguns are the Glock 19, and second I recommend the Glock 17… well heck, let’s just go for them all and name the Glock 26 as well.

Yep, all 9mm Glocks.

I am a huge fan of the Glock for many reasons.

First of all, they are pretty much indestructible. There are a number of video on You Tube showing the Glock being dropped from a plane, a barn roof, frozen in ice for a year, buried in the dirt for a year, rolled over by a car, a truck and a semi.

Here is a great video where they fired 40 – 30 round magazines until there was a malfunction. In other words, they worked to literally melt the gun. 1272 rounds later there was a malfunction but after they pulled the gun apart, it was found that there was some polymer still in the gun from the melted polymer guide rod; which they knew would give out and had a metal guide rod ready to replace.

The heat also became so great that the trigger started to melt. But the shooter stated that had he known, he would have used a work around to continue to fire the Glock.

What the shooter performing the test concluded that you would not have been able to carry enough rounds on your person and shoot the Glock so much to cause it to malfunction in this manner.

In other words, the Glock is a great weapon to use even in adverse conditions that this shooter put the Glock through.

You can watch the entire video here – https://youtu.be/ub4OswUhLwo

Another point that I like about the Glock family of 9mm is that you can cannibalize parts from one Glock to another. That is if you are staying within the same generation. Now Gen 1 thru Gen 3 pretty much used the same parts and a lot of them are interchangeable. It is the Gen 4 where Glock started to make changes. But even then there are still parts that are interchangeable.

Probably the main reason I like Glocks is that I have a lot of lead going down range. A Glock 19 magazine holds 15 rounds, a Glock 17 which is the largest in the Glock 9mm family holds 17 in the magazine. You can also interchange the larger magazines in the smaller guns.

Example, you can use the Glock 17 mag in the Glock 26 and Glock 19.

A great modification that a lot of Glock shooters have been adding to their Glocks for the past several years is adding a “Modular Optics System” on the Glock. What this does is allow for quicker acquirement of the target and you don’t have to have one eye closed to aim and shoot.

This set up is great for the Glock 17 and the Glock 19. This has become so popular that now Glock manufacturing is offering a modified upper receiver so that you can put your favorite optic on your Glock.

BUT.. if this is the direction that you are wanting to go, be prepared to get a good red dot optic like the those that Trijicon offers.

Trijicon is military grade optics and it is something that I would spend the money for. I have shot a friend of mine’s Glock 19 that has a Trijicon MOS on his and I have to say that my acquiring of the target was a lot faster and once you get used to it, you shoot with both eyes open.

This is a critical asset to have on your Glock and it could mean shaving milliseconds off your target acquisition. Those milliseconds might also be what you need to save you and your families life.

The Glock 19 & 17 have a lower rail so that you can put a laser site to flashlight or both.

Streamlight’s TLR-1 Rail-Mounted Tactical Light is already equipped to be fitted to any Glock that has a lower rail.

Here is my Glock 19 with a TLR-1 flashlight.

This flashlight has both left and right buttons so that you can easily turn the light on and off. The TLR-1 is police / military grade and will stand up to the abuse. It will also light up any area that you need and the light is bright enough that it can temporarily blind an intruder and give you valuable seconds to take action.

Links For Home Defense / Close Quarter Combat

Trijicon Optic – http://tinyurl.com/PZ-Trijicon-Optic-Sight

Streamlight TLR-1 – http://tinyurl.com/PZ-TLR-1-Flashlight

Safariland G19-TLR-1 Holster – http://tinyurl.com/PZ-Safari-TLR-1-G19-Holster

Condor Tactical Cross Draw Vest – http://tinyurl.com/PZ-Condor-Tactical-Vest

 

No Gun? Go Sword – Picking The Right Sword For Your Home Defense

There are a lot of factors that you need to consider when picking a proper sword for home defense.

YOU DON’T BELIEVE ME???

Here is an article for you to read. NOTE – it is VERY GRAPHIC on what a katana can do against four home invaders.

READ AT YOUR OWN RISK – http://knowledgeglue.com/man-uses-katana-stop-home-invasion-gory-aftermath-nsfw/

First think of your physical abilities.

Are you active?

Do you play any sports like tennis, golf, baseball, etc?

Do you have any physical limitations that prevent you from fully or partially swinging a sword?

One handed sword or two handed sword?

For example, over the years of being in the military, working security, practicing martial arts my right shoulder is not what it used to be. I can swing a sword easily one handed, but I personally would feel more comfortable using a two handed sword so that I can get even more power and strength behind the weapon.

This is one the main reasons that I gravitate to more of a samurai sword / two handed type of weapon.

I also like a two handed Katana (samurai sword) because it really does not take much training to use this in a home defense manner. Again, if you can swing bat., racket or golf club, you have the basic moves to use a Katana (samurai sword).

There are many good swords out there that run around $125 that would be very dependable in a home defense situation.

What you DO NOT want to do is get some cheap katana. The reason is that most $50 and below katana that advertised as “Sharp” also do not have a “full tang” or thicker piece of metal in the handle that will help strengthen the sword.

Instead they have what is called a “rat tail” tang.

The problem with these is that they are often welded at the hilt or hand guard. If you need to swing this type of sword, the act of swinging it with full force will often snap that weld and your blade will go flying off. It will also snap on the very first blow at full force if you hit something or someone.

No matter what, when it snaps off, you no longer have a weapon to defend your home.

SO one of the first things you need to look for, is the sword “full tang.”

As you can see in this picture the tang, or the metal that slides up into the handle is pretty thick and wide. This will give your sword strength when you swing it and also come in contact with a target.

The type of steel is also something that you want to watch out for. A lot of cheap swords are made of 1040 steel. This is great for hacking bushes and such, but 1040 will not hold an edge and in fact it is pretty hard to get a really good razor edge on cheap steel like this.

My recommendation is that you look for steel that is at least 1060, which many swords out there are made from

If you can get a 1060 DH or deferentially hardened that is even better. What DH or deferentially hardened means that the blade’s edge is hardened more than the spine of the sword. The DH edge will hold a sharpened edge much better and you can actually get a literal razor’s edge with a 1060 DH sword.

How they achieve this is the sword maker will put liquid clay on the edge of the sword, this will help keep the edge hotter for a millisecond when the sword is quenched in water or oil to cool the sword down. Because the spine of the sword is exposed, that metal will be softer, where the edge that has the clay will remain hotter, thus making the edge’s steel harder. This hardened steel edge will hold the razor sharpness while the softer spine gives the sword some flexibility.

You can often tell a deferentially hardened sword when you see what is often referred to as a “hamon.”

1060 high carbon steel blade with clay the temper process, hamon and hardness created by applying liquid clay during the final forging process.

Note the line in the steel, this is where the clay was painted on the blades edge and when put in the water; “stained” the steel to give the wavy line appearance.

One thing you want to look out for is what is called a “brushed hamon.” This is a sign of a cheaper sword. This is made by using a steel brush on the sword’s edge to give it a “hamon” look as you can see in the image below.

When buying a sword you look to see if the hamon is made with the clay tempering process or is it brushed on like you see above.

If the sword description DOES NOT talk about the clay tempering process, then be leery. Sometimes it is mentioned and sometimes it is not. Looking at pictures of the blade, you can often tell the brushed look verses the clay tempered blade.

A company that I really like and recommend is a company called Musashi. They have a 1060 DH series of swords that for the price, are really great. In fact, I own two of them, both are the “eternity wheel” style.

Musashi’s 1060DH Shirakawa series are basically the same sword but with different hardware, meaning that the hand guard and the pommel cap have different styles.

Mine is called the “eternity wheel.” Other styles are The Bamboo Warrior, Crane or Musashi. There are about 20 sword styles in this series. All are basically the hand forged, hand sharpened 1060 deferentially hardened sword.

A couple of years ago I produced a video Here is a video review of my Musashi 1060 Clay DH hardened katana. I wanted to share my first cuts with this Katana. This is a great starter / first live katana that one can own. This sword is the “Eternity Wheel” sword and is from Musashi Swords “Shirakawa” series. This is the same series that the very popular “Bamboo Warrior” katana also comes from.

WATCH NOW – Musashi 1060 DH Katana First Cuts – https://youtu.be/TOUq2sMH_0M

For $120.00 with Amazon Prime free shipping you can get the same sword that I have and that I love. I have a number of swords and this is my “go to” sword. This is why I now have two of them because I use my first sword and I want to have a backup just in case finally end up destroying it due to all the cutting and practice that I do.

Order My Musashi DH 1060 Sword – http://tinyurl.com/Musashi-1060-DH-Katana

Here is another 1060 DH from the same series and it is only $105.98 and that is with Amazon Prime shipping as well.

Musashi – 1060 Carbon Steel – Clay Tempered Samurai Sword *SHARP* – http://tinyurl.com/PZ-Musashi-Clay-Temprd-Katana

Now another sword that I am very impressed with is Dark Sentinel Sword by Paul Chen / CAS Hanwei.

I really like this sword because it is a “hi-Bred” sort of sword that was designed by Paul Chen, a very well-known sword smith and sword designer.

This sword combines the slashing power of the Samurai Katana and characteristics of European dueling swords make it lite and agile enough that you can use this sword with one handed, but can easily go to two handed.

This sword is made with 1566 high carbon steel. This is the same sort of steel that saw blades are made of. So this sword maintains and holds an edge and because of the steel’s strength it is not as thick as a standard Katana.

One of the reasons I got this sword is because this is a sword that Cynthia could also use and use effectively.

It is very easy to swing and hold on to due to the leather wrapped and studded handled. The handle is not large and my wife can easily hold it without it falling out of her hands.

When I purchased this sword a few years ago, Amazon did not carry it , but I am glad to see that Amazon is now carrying this great sword.

CAS Dark Sentinel Sword – http://amzn.to/2dbJEkP

Other Blades To Consider

Musashi – 1060 Carbon Steel – Samurai Sword – http://tinyurl.com/PZ-Musashi-Clay-Temprd-Katana

Cold Steel Voyager XL Clip Point – https://amzn.to/2I8r7sS

Tactical Tomahawk and Military Compass – http://tinyurl.com/PZ-Tomahawk-and-Compass

Gearing Up Your Home

I am one who believes that one should try to make their home as invasion proof as possible. This is why I am big on early warning and trying to prevent entry.

I have talked about this product before in other article, it is one of the best door jammers you can get on the market.

The Buddy Door Jammer, I own one of these myself and I can attest to the strength that this has. Using this properly will make your door almost impenetrable. The person/s will have to destroy your door to get in.

The next thing that I have talked about in the past is 8 Mil Window Film.

This is a GREAT product and could possibly save your life. I have done studies on this and if you apply it to both sides of the window, it will prevent bricks, large rocks and in some cases even a single shotgun blast using bird shot or small game shot and even a 22 bullet.

Now I would not stand in front of the window to test it, but in some of the case studies I have seen, this stuff is worth the money. People will not come in by breaking your window, that is a guarantee.

Buddy Bar Door Jammer – http://tinyurl.com/PZ-BUDDY-BAR

8 Mil Security Window Film – http://tinyurl.com/PZ-Security-Window-Film

Other Items To Help “Gear UP” Your Home

Flip Action Door Lock – http://tinyurl.com/PZ-Flip-Door-Lock

Doberman Ultraslim Window Alarm – http://tinyurl.com/PZ-Ultraslim-Window-Alarm

Door Stop Alarm – http://tinyurl.com/PZ-Doorstop-Alarm

Window and Door Alarm – http://tinyurl.com/PZ-Window-Door-Alarm

Conclusion

I know that what I am saying here is rather disturbing. But I feel that it needs to be said. Our nation is possibly headed to a very bad place in this time in history.

I pray to God that what I am saying does not come to fruition, but the way the current administration is pushing our nation to a civil war / civil disturbance, it is not helping the matter and in fact adding gasoline to the fire that is already burning.

Charles G. Finney stated something very profound that may explain what and why things are happening today.

Here is what he said…

“Worldly desires, appetites, and feelings prevent true Christianity — the human will is, in a sense, enslaved by fleshly and worldly desires. It is therefore necessary for God to awaken people to a sense of guilt and danger and thus produce an opposite excitement or feeling and desire. This counter-feeling breaks the power of worldly desire and leaves the will free to obey God.”

Our nation desperately needs God, but we have been living a slew of lies thinking that we are serving God, when in reality we are serving ourselves.

Bible or not, this is where we are today in US History.

The thing that we who are a wake and have been watching need to do is to prepare so that we can make it through that storm and make it to the other side so that we can be ready to serve and help our fellow man. It will be at that time that man will be ready to hear the good news of the gospel, and we need to make sure that we will be there so that we can share it.

How Do Women Wear Tartan?

How do Women Wear Tartan?How do Women Wear Tartan?

You probably hear people asking all the time, “Do women wear tartan?” Okay, maybe not literally all the time. Some of the time, though, we bet, someone asks, “Do women wear tartan?”

We’re sorry if you’ve been losing sleep over this critical question. You don’t deserve that kind of treatment. You have a real, legitimate question, and someone should answer it for you.

This family-owned and operated company with a wide variety of authentic tartans is uniquely suited to answer your question. Shall we begin?

Why Might a Woman Have Tartan Questions?

Those recently initiated to the world of kilts and tartans might wonder why anyone would ask this question. Why should a 21st-century woman care how or what she should wear? The simple answers come down to tradition and pop culture.

When many people think of tartans, they think of William Wallace or Jamie Fraser. A woman who has recently discovered their Irish or Scottish heritage may be unsure of the tartan rules. She may wonder, “Are there even tartan rules?”

Since the image of men in kilts has saturated the public imagination, these are natural questions. People may wonder since pictures of women in tartan are comparatively rare if women are even allowed to wear tartan. If women are “allowed” to wear it, then when do women wear tartan?

Let’s take a look at how women have historically worn tartan and some of the customary expectations

Kiltsplaining 101: Tradition

products-raywyn_earasaid_4_etde-q5-324x520We will start with traditional women’s tartan-wearing practices.

The customary piece of Scottish women’s wear is the earasaid (or arisaid in its Anglicized form). The earasaid did not necessarily have a tartan pattern, but it could have a tartan motif.

If you picture a long, floor-length kilt that belts around the waist, you’ll have some idea of the earasaid. But wait, there’s more!

The wearer could then take the material and wrap it around their shoulders and pin it in front. Women would usually take any additional material around the shoulders to form a hood. In effect, it was a prototype for those blanket/hoodie combination garments that commercials insist you wear to football games.

Earasaid had the additional benefit of hiding the wearer while they snuck in a quick church nap.

There were additional traditions surrounding head-coverings for both married and unmarried women. Often, these head-coverings also had corresponding hairstyles. You probably won’t see many of these in Scotland today, so we won’t go too in-depth on this aspect.

Getting Fancy

Earasaid and the traditional head-covering customs were for day-to-day wear. Evening wear and special occasions bring with them additional options and practices for tartan.

The uniformity of European and American men’s fashion is a double-edged sword. Formal and professional menswear brings with it a complicated code, a peculiar language, and many rules. Parameters make it harder to make a mistake, but also more apparent when you do; they can also limit creativity.

Women’s fashion doesn’t suffer from the same constrictions in most respects. When it comes to formal wear, women have much more latitude for innovation.

The same holds true for when a woman chooses to wear tartan.

Tartan skirts can be any length or style. Women may choose to forgo a skirt or dress altogether and wear tartan pants.

categories-Mini_Rosette_Sash_Category-324x324What You Gonna Do With All That Sash?

To the extent that Americans are familiar with seeing women wear tartan, they have likely seen them wearing a sash. People may wonder, “How do women wear tartan sashes?”

As recently as 1979, the popular reference text So You’re Going to Wear the Kilt had specific tartan sash guidelines. According to this book, wearing the sash pinned on the right shoulder was the rule of thumb.

It seems simple, right?

This formula was followed by exceptions and weirdly specific rules for how to drape your sash depending on marital status.

Guidelines like these are largely outdated in this day and age, which means women have lots of freedom.

Our take? Let your freak sash fly!

Creative Ways for Women to Wear Tartan

Sashes, skirts, and earisaids don’t have to be your only options for tartan women’s wear. There are plenty of innovative, stylish, and non-traditional opportunities.

categories-TROSEMW-MW_Tartan_Rosettes_Front-324x324If sashes aren’t really your style, never fear. The Celtic Croft offers a fun alternative to the sash in the form of the rosette and mini-rosette sash. A rosette can be a small, feminine way to display your heritage at a function without dominating your outfit!

Affix a brooch to your rosette for added flair and clan pride.

Women should feel free to wear the tartan of their choice in any form. Tartan can appear on scarves, shawls, and even handbags.

You have options if don’t feel like wearing tartan (hey, maybe your clan tartan isn’t the most flattering for you)! Men and women alike can outfit their homes in the tartan of their choices with blankets and pillows. When it comes to tartan, the options are almost endless.

The Celtic Croft for Your Tartan Ladiewear Needs

If you are a longtime tartan aficionado or are looking to wear tartan for the first time, we can help. Celtic Croft ladieswear line has all of the items we covered here (except the traditional head coverings, that’s on you). We also have footwear, sarongs, and jewelry.

If you don’t have a specific clan tartan, but want to rock the look, we’ve got you covered.

As an officially licensed Outlander merchant, we can provide you with items in tartans from the popular TV series! You can get your Claire replica skirts, arisaids, and tartan accessories from the Celtic Croft.

You know you’ve fantasized about walking through the moors with the wind billowing through your arisaid.

Tartan can make a lovely gift to a family member that will become a beloved heirloom for generations. We want you to think of your tartan purchase from the Celtic Croft as an investment in your family heritage. Visit the Celtic Croft to give the gift of tradition from our family to yours.

This article was originally posted on Celtic Croft, a great resource for kilts and other Celtic items.

 


If you liked this article, you might enjoy reading this one …

Why Women Love ALL Men in Kilts…

By Cynthia A. Nichols

Okay, I have to admit, I am a total sucker for a kilted man.  I think the words, “total sucker,” don’t even come close to describe my complete admiration deeply enough.

I believe it was Sean Connery who made me a believer in kilted men but seriously, what woman isn’t taken by Sean’s Scottish brogue and his gorgeous, kilted self?

When I met my “real & authentic” kilted Scottish-Texan, Raymond Mhor, I began immersing myself into his Celtic/Scottish lifestyle.  First came the Outlander Netflix binge so I could catch up with the rest of the world.  I ate, drank and slept Outlander – all those men in kilts!  (Even some of the soil-dirty ones still look amazing!).

After, we began attending Outlander parties, enjoying local Scottish Highland games and the best was volunteering at our Highland Game Group’s Bagpipe contests (with all the contestants kilted!  Woo hoo!)

READ MORE >>>>

 


Love Kilts, Scotland & Outlander?

Please share this article with all your Celtic / kilted friends and if you have an interesting story that is Celtic, kilt, Scotland, Ireland, Outlander related, please contact me and let’s talk. I am always looking for great stories to share with the kilted Celtic community.

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Set Your Goals Sunday & Kill-It the Rest of the Week

By Raymond Mhor

“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!”  Benjamin Franklin 

Are we failing to plan, or planning to fail

Listen, friends, I am going to be super honest and tell you this: I am totally disorganized. I have been and am still learning how to organize my life.  I am doing this so I can be all I can be, and do all I can do, both to hopefully attain my heart’s desire.

There are times I say to myself, “This week flew by,” or, “I really need more hours in the day.”

There are other people who spend the weekend partying, watching sports or playing video games.  This, in today’s world, is a MASSIVE waste of time and resources and something that one can change if they want.

There are a few folks who see Sundays as their day to plan out and get ready for the new week. They look at their goals and objectives, plan them out and hit them hard come Monday.

This is key to an organized life.  I can’t say, honestly, I do this religiously every Sunday.  I have been pushing myself to set goals, to-do’s and the Honey-do lists I want to accomplish during the new week.

Time Compressing

If you get into the habit of doing this weekly, you will see time begin to compress on your list items.

What do I mean by time compressing?

By planning these things out, you will achieve them faster, thus compressing the time it would normally take if you did not plan out your week.

Type “A” Personalities

One of the things I have noticed with kilties is most of us are somewhat Type “A” Personalities since it takes self-confidence and gonads to wear a kilt in public in the first place.

Type A people are normally leadership material.  We tend to be competitive, have a lot of ambition, lean to be organized and dislike wasting time.

The problem many of us face is we have hopes, dreams and desires, but we are still sitting where we were a month, two months, even a year ago.

Have we moved forward?

No, not really.

Why? Because we do not take the time to plan things out and set our goals. Again, fail to plan and you are planning to fail.

What happens next is this:  We fail, we get mad, we look down on ourselves and fall into a funk where we are real jerks to be around.

Is that you, too?  How do you think we can prevent this?

Take Command of your Goals

First, we start taking command.  We start planning our week on Sunday so when Monday hits, we hit the ground running.  Then we can reach our goals faster than we have seen ourselves do in the past.

So, let’s say it’s Sunday, and you are planning out your week. You are thinking about your goals and scratch down… “I want to work out.”

You put it down, schedule a time and then during the week the work out time comes and goes, and you missed the goal.

Why?

Because you are not being specific enough. Ask yourself:

  • What time are you going to get there?
  • Do you have your workout clothes packed?
  • What do you want to work out on? Chest, arms, legs?
  • What exercises are you going to do to achieve these goals? Leg press, arm curls, push-ups?

Be Specific

Do you see what we are doing here? We’re pointing out specifics. If you write down your goals in this manner, you will hit them every time because you have put specifics down for your goals and now your mind has a solid direction to go.

Think of this:  When you wrote down, “I want to work out,” what sort of road map is this for your brain?  Your brain needs goals that are specific, and more-so, attainable.

Normally, I post my articles on Mondays, but I decided if I want to get a handle on my goals for the week, then I should write it on Sunday, ready to post on Monday.

It’s important to take today to put down your goals with specifics, like the day, time, and ways to accomplish what you want to do.

Many of us have some sort of calendar program on our smart phones.  Try using it and start hitting your goals and start seeing a new life, new doors open, and see new ideas suddenly come into your life.

They key thing to remember is this:  It isn’t that we don’t have enough hours in the day or week, it’s that we are not maximizing the hours we do have.

Kilted friends, do make this week count.  First, today, set your attainable goals and what things you are hoping to accomplish.

Message me if this article helped you, and what you plan to accomplish this week.

Kilt On!

 


If you liked this article, you might enjoy reading this one …

Why Women Love ALL Men in Kilts…

By Cynthia A. Nichols

Okay, I have to admit, I am a total sucker for a kilted man.  I think the words, “total sucker,” don’t even come close to describe my complete admiration deeply enough.

I believe it was Sean Connery who made me a believer in kilted men but seriously, what woman isn’t taken by Sean’s Scottish brogue and his gorgeous, kilted self?

When I met my “real & authentic” kilted Scottish-Texan, Raymond Mhor, I began immersing myself into his Celtic/Scottish lifestyle.  First came the Outlander Netflix binge so I could catch up with the rest of the world.  I ate, drank and slept Outlander – all those men in kilts!  (Even some of the soil-dirty ones still look amazing!).

After, we began attending Outlander parties, enjoying local Scottish Highland games and the best was volunteering at our Highland Game Group’s Bagpipe contests (with all the contestants kilted!  Woo hoo!)

READ MORE >>>>

 


Love Kilts, Scotland & Outlander?

Please share this article with all your Celtic / kilted friends and if you have an interesting story that is Celtic, kilt, Scotland, Ireland, Outlander related, please contact me and let’s talk. I am always looking for great stories to share with the kilted Celtic community.

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The Ultimate Change Agent:  The Power Hour

By Raymond Mhor

In the past few articles, you have read about all the crap I went through.

You have read about all the crap most men go through.

Now I am going to share what changed my life and what I am doing every day, and it only takes an hour.

“BUT RAY…. I don’t have an hour.”

Sorry, that is a lie.  If you can’t give yourself an hour, you don’t have a life and in reality, you are just giving an excuse.

Every day I work at what I call my “Power Hour.”

I wanted to see change in my life, and I wanted more out of life. I was sick and tired of being beaten down and having the life sucked out of me.

I took charge of my life and now when looking back on where I was and where I am today, it’s amazing how far I have come and the things I am doing now.

For some, I am living the dream life, and this is great.  One of my mentors often say, “Do more, be more, suck less.”    This is what I want out of life.

And I want to wear my kilts and look damn good wearing them daily, too.

The Power Hour

If you look at every successful man, you will notice one thing about him.  He has a morning routine that sets his day, his actions and his accomplishments.

One of the several men I consider a mentor is Tony Robbins.

Tony has a daily routine consisting of meditation, working out, the electric taco, sauna and then cold plunge. To get an idea, check out this short video…

Tony Robbin’s Morning Routine – https://tinyurl.com/POWER-HOUR-ROUTINE

The first thing he does is prepare his mind to take on the day.

One thing EVERY successful man does is meditate. They do something like what Tony is doing or what I do is practice mindfulness using a great program and phone app called Headspace.

Others may take a portion of scripture and think about it, others may work at nothingness and blank out the mind (which I find almost impossible to do).

I use Headspace because of what is called, “guided meditations.” It is where the founder of Headspace, Andy Puddicombe, talks you through different mindfulness exercises.

Check out Headspace – https://tinyurl.com/Headspace-Mindfulness

At Headspace, there are a number of different “packs” you can choose from. For example, I am doing the “Production” pack right now. It helps me put my mind in a production sort of mindset.   I find when I do these exercises as part of my “Power Hour,” I am mentally ready to take on the day and achieve what I have mapped out.

How the Power Hour Works

Your best investment is in you, yourself.  As I said earlier, if you don’t have an hour you can give yourself, you obviously have no life and the ‘mundane’ and ‘compromise’ are calling out your name.

The greatest thing you can do for yourself is take the first hour in the morning and make it yours.   Have you heard of the saying, “Pay yourself first?”  This means, make the first hour of your day only for you.

By setting yourself as the first priority in the morning, you are preparing to take on the day with your entire mind, body, soul and spirit.

And believe me, when you are this tuned into your day, you will be amazed at how much you can accomplish.

How does the Power Hour Work?

Take an hour and split it into four, 15-minute chunks. These are your 4 Foundations.

Foundation No. 1: Fortitude

Fortitude is your physical body, your health, your physique and your strength.

Every morning I get up and I take care of my body. First, it’s to the bathroom where I wash my face and brush my teeth.  Then on to the treadmill to walk for about 10 minutes.  If I don’t do the treadmill, I work out with some weights next to my desk and watch self-education videos. (This is like killing two birds with one stone, but more on that later.)

I then go down and make myself a “Bullet Proof Coffee (BPC).” I practice the Ketogenic lifestyle and having a 16-ounce BPC in the morning feeds the body what it needs to get moving.

Every once in a while, I will make myself a fruit / greens smoothie when I am feeling the need for something tangy and fruity. I don’t have these often because they are not totally keto friendly. So, I mainly stick with my BPC.

Foundation No. 2:  Feelings

Feelings is your loving relationships, family and friends.

It is during this time I will send an e-mail, text and/or an IM to my lovely lady letting her know how much I love her. Sometimes I will send her a song which expresses how much I love her or how I love our relationship.

I also take time in talking to my parents. My dad and I talk every morning about how the stock market is doing, what stocks we are watching, what we buying or what we are selling. We enjoy working to build our portfolios and it is something which brings both of us joy.

I also take time to check in on our Moderators at Real Men Wear Kilts as well as my other kiltie friends and see how they are doing.

The key is taking these few minutes to invest yourself into those you love on a consistent basis.

Foundation No. 3:  Function

Function is meditation and journaling.

This is my time when I do my meditation / Headspace mindfulness. I spend 10 minutes doing this. The great thing about Headspace is it tracks your progress.

In fact, here are my stats as of today, September 13, 2020.

Out of everything I do for my Power Hour, I work hard to make sure I meditate (at the least). There are many benefits, and for me, and what I gain is headspace.  All the chaos, garbage and cobwebs are cleared out of my mind. Because I have more space, I think clearly, I am more patient, business ideas and goals come quicker, and most importantly, I have learned to live in the now / the moment.

Check out Headspace – https://tinyurl.com/Headspace-Mindfulness

Living in the moment is a big deal when you have daily projects, goals and aspirations you need to achieve.

Another thing I do is take five minutes to journal.  I write down what I want to accomplish, what thoughts are popping up in my mind, and what business ideas I may want to pursue.

Maybe I read a quote from someone and will jot it down. There are times I find a really great motivational meme that just speaks to me. I will copy it and then paste it to photoshop. Then I print it out, cut it out and paste in into my journal.

I have found journaling to be greatly beneficial. I often go back and read past journals and see where my brain was at. If I need fresh or new ideas, I go and read what I was thinking a year or two years ago. What were my dreams then?

Finally, I put down my goals I want to accomplish. By putting these on paper, I am creating my daily life map, but more on this a little later.

Foundation No. 4:  Finance

Finance is the stock market, business and self-education.

As I mentioned, I talk to my father daily and we discuss what is going on with the stock market. I check how my portfolio is doing, if I need to make changes to buy, sell, and/or conduct research.

But the primary thing I do for these 15 minutes is self-educate.  I am a HUGE fan of self-education. In these 15 minutes I take time to read a book, listen to a talk, or watch a video on self-improvement for me or something to better help my businesses.

People I tune into are:

  • Tony Robbins
  • Garret White
  • Russell Brunson
  • Dhar Mann

A great thing to invest in this is to get Audible.com where you can purchase audio books. I will take time and listen to a book being read.

Some of my favorites are:

  • Awaken the Giant Within
  • The Science of Growing Rich
  • The Art of War
  • Think and Grow Rich
  • How to Make Sh*t Happen

If you like to read books, some of the ones I am reading are:

  • The Law of Success
  • Think Big
  • Men of The Code
  • Who The F*ck am I To Be a Coach?
  • Modern Bushido

I love reading real books when I know I am going to highlight them with my highlighter.

But if I am reading to quickly read, I like reading on my Kindle. This way I can read a number of books all at the same time, which is something I tend to do. I have four to five books in the bathroom I am reading, a number of books on my desk and a whole plethora of books on my Kindle. All of them I am reading at one stage or another.

So, I spend at least 15 minutes a day self-educating in one form or another.

As you can see, by performing the “Power Hour” and investing in yourself first thing every day, you will set the stage for the remainder of your day.  You will hit it hard to win for you, your family and for your business.

Another thing is there are no days off when it comes to your Power Hour. For you to stay up with all that is going on and living a “have-it-all” lifestyle, you must maintain the Power Hour every day, 365 days a year.

If you fail to do so, you will notice you will not be as productive, patient, loving and strong in mind, body, soul and spirit.

This is the primary goal of this 30-day challenge, to help you get in the habit of performing the Power Hour every day.

I know for a fact if you hang with this challenge and you put 100% effort into it, you will come out a different man and most likely a better man.

The key is getting up and just doing it – no matter what.

The Daily Life Map and Leveraging the Four Foundations

During my journaling time I will often jot down quick goals I want to accomplish during the day.

This is what I call my ‘Daily Life Map.’  This is a very powerful byproduct of the Power Hour. I have even created a chart of sorts to help me keep track of things. I keep this on a clip board next to my desk.

If I am going to be out and about during the day, I pull my map off my clipboard and take it with me. I have also taken a picture of my map with my cell phone, so I have it with me this way as well.

Clarity through the Power Hour

When you are doing your Power Hour, you will find clarity comes to your mind in different areas. You want to note these things and see how they apply to your day and your life.

Some of the most abstract ideas have come to me when I am doing push-ups or while I am doing my meditation. I may get a business idea I can add to what I am currently doing.  Or sometimes a certain stock comes to my mind. I may think of things to do with my lovely lady as I am texting her a quick note or something.

So many great ideas come to me when I am doing my power hour and many of these ideas will help push me further.  They help me become a more superior man than where I have come from in the past.

This is why the Power Hour is so critical.  This is how it can help you achieve just about anything you can put your mind to.

It is these sort of clarity moments when you really start tracking, you will see they will become your life changing points.

This is why I encourage you to write these down, add them to your Daily Life Map and ponder on them.

These are the points of greatness to set you apart from others.  This is where you will achieve great growth in Fortitude, Feeling, Function and Finance.

You Must Use Your Daily Life Map to Leverage the Four Foundations

Listen, we as men have very busy days and a lot of things take place during our day to throw us off course. By having your Daily Life Map written down focusing on the Four Foundations, you have something to come back to if your day is becoming chaotic.

They key is to lean on your Daily Life Map and use it to keep you on track so you can achieve your 30- to 90-day goals as well as your six-month and one-year targets.

As men, we have these grandiose ideas about what we want to do, where we want to go, and who we want to become.

The problem is often we don’t know when we are going to make time to eat lunch or kick out 25 push-ups.  Why?

Our Brains and Lives are All Over the Place

As men, this is the way we are built.  If you peek into a man’s brain, you would see rows and rows of shelves with boxes stacked upon boxes. Our gift of being men is having the ability to compartmentalize.

It is a gift and also one of our biggest detriments.

Why?

Because we compartmentalize it all away for safe keeping. In most cases, unfortunately, we forget we boxed it away.   This is why the Power Hour is such a great tool. It helps us bring back the things we have packed away. We can then itemize them, prioritize them and start acting on these great thoughts and ideas.

We can then put them in our journals, so we remember them and add them to our Daily Life Map to act upon them.

This is what sets us apart as superior men.  It is because we do what most men will not or are not willing to do.  This is us men organizing our lives and taking charge of them again.

When we take charge, we will rise up and become the modern Celtic Warrior we know lives deep down inside us.

(To be continued.)

Catch up on the rest of this series…

I Lost My Balls & When I Regained Them Again – Pt 1

A Kilt Saved My Life – Regaining My Balls Pt 2

The State of Men Today, Pt 3

 


If you liked this article, you might enjoy reading this one …

Why Women Love ALL Men in Kilts…

By Cynthia A. Nichols

Okay, I have to admit, I am a total sucker for a kilted man.  I think the words, “total sucker,” don’t even come close to describe my complete admiration deeply enough.

I believe it was Sean Connery who made me a believer in kilted men but seriously, what woman isn’t taken by Sean’s Scottish brogue and his gorgeous, kilted self?

When I met my “real & authentic” kilted Scottish-Texan, Raymond Mhor, I began immersing myself into his Celtic/Scottish lifestyle.  First came the Outlander Netflix binge so I could catch up with the rest of the world.  I ate, drank and slept Outlander – all those men in kilts!  (Even some of the soil-dirty ones still look amazing!).

After, we began attending Outlander parties, enjoying local Scottish Highland games and the best was volunteering at our Highland Game Group’s Bagpipe contests (with all the contestants kilted!  Woo hoo!)

READ MORE >>>>

 


Love Kilts, Scotland & Outlander?

Please share this article with all your Celtic / kilted friends and if you have an interesting story that is Celtic, kilt, Scotland, Ireland, Outlander related, please contact me and let’s talk. I am always looking for great stories to share with the kilted Celtic community.

JOIN OUR FB Group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/realmenwearkilts/

Check out our You Tube Channel – https://www.youtube.com/c/realmenwearkilts

If you like what we are doing, please consider becoming one of my patrons at Patreon – https://www.patreon.com/thescottishtexan

Travel

By Andrew Lyon

I have had a bit of writer’s block.  I haven’t been doing this long but I have to learn how to deal with it.  It came to me after a while that I was thinking too big.  Luckily my wife came through.  This week while staring at my Perdomo Habano and trying to figure out what to talk about on Holy Smokes, our live show Thursdays at 6:30 PM CST on the Facebook Group Real Men Wear Kilts, my wife said let’s talk about travel we want to do.

In the past articles I have attempted to talk about huge general categories, life changing events, and some of my beliefs.  All of which seem so big to me.  In my mind I asked, how could a simple discussion of the places we want to visit equate to a whole show?

I think sometimes I am short sighted, because as usual my wife was right.  Yes, I can say that and still feel like a man.  I have no issue admitting when I’m wrong, even though I wasn’t really wrong and to admit it our loud may revoke my man card…. but I digress.

My wife is a pretty intelligent lady; she is very good at showing me a different side of things.  One of my favorite things about her is that really, we talk a lot.  In our long wonderful conversations, without fail she always seems to find a way to show me the other side of the coin.  I don’t think I can properly convey what a blessing she has been.

Writing has to come from that place in your mind that allows for some creativity, and like a muscle it needs to be flexed, but a different point of view always seems to helps grease the gears.

To this point, travel may be a singularly unique way to get different views.  I find that people on average do not have the desire to travel abroad, but more specifically, they don’t want to travel for cultural purposes.  Sure, they want to go to Cabo for beaches, or Cancun for the ummm beaches… I’m seeing a trend. Who says, I want to see the beaches of Normandy?  That’s one place I am glad I visited, and cried at, and said a quiet thank you and prayer.  Life changing, really.

How about going to some of the most famous churches in Europe to better understand how art was supported by the church? It was fascinating to follow the progression of artists and architecture as they were commissioned time and again to create scenes of beauty and majesty.

How about learning to ask for the toilet or food or the train station in another language?  I’ve done all these things in my life and can’t imagine not doing it again.

We gave you our top 10 places we want to visit, what are yours?  More importantly, why?

 

Perdomo Habano Torpedo 6.5 x 54

This cigar came from my random cigar box club.  They send me 5 premium cigars a month and it’s always a surprise.  The Habano has an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper and the binder and filler are Cuban Seed Nicaraguan.  This means the tobacco was grown in Nicaragua but the seeds were from Cuba.  The tobacco was aged in a bourbon barrel for 6 years and looks absolutely beautiful.

I take a sniff of the cigar; I get a wonderful cedar hint.  Cut the cap and take a cold draw.  I can taste the caramel tones from the bourbon barrel.

I am toasting the foot and take my fist couple of puffs to get everything going.  Butter, nuts, something a bit spicy, cedar…I am overwhelmed with all the flavors.

I am in the 1/3 and the buttery creaminess of that Connecticut and the cedar are the most powerful flavors I can taste.  The burn is wonderful and I am trying to slow myself down for an even experience.  The draw is perfect and the smoke is full and lingers like that dream that you had last night, though you really can’t recall what it was about.

I look up info on the cigar to get some information as I smoke, and Aficionado magazine has it rated 92.  Anything 90 and up is going to be a wonderful experience. I cannot believe how inexpensive it is for such excellent quality.

I am moving into the 2/3 and the creaminess and richness are accentuated by something like roasted nuts.  The burn and draw are still perfect and full.  My wife and I are still discussing where we want to go and why.  I love nights like this.

Finishing the 3/3.  This has been an amazing cigar.  I should have had a snack before I smoked this.  Even though it is mild to medium it is hitting hard because I have not had a cigar in a while.  Note to self, have a snack before cigars.

 

Taste

A lovely 5 out of 5 Drams

Construction

5 out of 5 Standing Stones

Draw

5 out of 5 Bonnie Lasses

Cost

6 out of 5 Scrooge McDucks at only $5.50 USD

Enjoyment

6 out of 5 Kilts a-swinging!!

I know my scores are often high – that is how it’s going to be with me.  I love the world and don’t typically spend much time with things that actually suck.  The Perdomo Habano Torpedo feels like a “once and a while” cigar and it is premium rated, but the less than 6$ price tag puts in the “I can get a box of these without breaking the bank” category.  So, I fully endorse this as an everyday smoke and it will definitely impress if you want to share with a friend.  This cigar can be found here:

https://www.holts.com/cigars/all-cigar-brands/perdomo-habano-connecticut-1.html

Pictures are mine or from Holts.com

 

If you liked this article, you might enjoy reading this one …

Why Women Love ALL Men in Kilts…

By Cynthia A. Nichols

Okay, I have to admit, I am a total sucker for a kilted man.  I think the words, “total sucker,” don’t even come close to describe my complete admiration deeply enough.

I believe it was Sean Connery who made me a believer in kilted men but seriously, what woman isn’t taken by Sean’s Scottish brogue and his gorgeous, kilted self?

When I met my “real & authentic” kilted Scottish-Texan, Raymond Mhor, I began immersing myself into his Celtic/Scottish lifestyle.  First came the Outlander Netflix binge so I could catch up with the rest of the world.  I ate, drank and slept Outlander – all those men in kilts!  (Even some of the soil-dirty ones still look amazing!).

After, we began attending Outlander parties, enjoying local Scottish Highland games and the best was volunteering at our Highland Game Group’s Bagpipe contests (with all the contestants kilted!  Woo hoo!)

READ MORE >>>>

 


Love Kilts, Scotland & Outlander?

Please share this article with all your Celtic / kilted friends and if you have an interesting story that is Celtic, kilt, Scotland, Ireland, Outlander related, please contact me and let’s talk. I am always looking for great stories to share with the kilted Celtic community.

JOIN OUR FB Group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/realmenwearkilts/

Check out our You Tube Channel – https://www.youtube.com/c/realmenwearkilts

If you like what we are doing, please consider becoming one of my patrons at Patreon – https://www.patreon.com/thescottishtexan

 

The State of Men Today, Pt III

By Raymond Mhor

In the past two articles, I have been talking about the haunted past I have lived.

BUT… was my past any different from many men in this world today?

Think about it for a moment…

In today’s world, the very idea of masculinity is dying.

We cannot blame this on the media, women or the women’s lib movement.

We cannot blame it on the government or whoever is sitting in the Oval Office.

Who is to blame?

Well… sadly enough, we are.

Yeah, that is right. We are, all us men.

What is sad is so many of us men have become victims in our own minds. We are where we are because of whatever excuse society wants to give… and the sad thing is that we men buy into it and believe it.

So where did it start?

Somewhere back in the late 1800’s women began to take over the churches, shut down the bars, and exert their feminine ideas.

This was at the same time men stopped being completely self-sufficient on the farm and moved his family into the city to take a “job.”

A side note: do you know what JOB stands for? Just Over Broke.

We allowed the State and Federal Governments and the local schools to create, educate, take care of and even pay us and our families. We were losing more and more responsibility for our own selves and our families.

Today we have schools teaching our children rather than back on the farm it was the parent’s responsibility.

Today, we have food stamps.  Back on the farm we raised our own meat and veggies. And if we did not have it, we bartered our excess with others who had what we needed.

Today, we have welfare and the government paying men to sit on their butts at home and do nothing but become fat slobs with “dad bods” playing computer games.

Masculinity has been dying a terribly slow and pitiful death.

And the sad thing is that most men do not see it or really don’t care.

“HEY…check it out! I get to sit on my fat ass, play games all day, eat crap the government sends me, and I have no responsibility for my family.”

We as men have lost control of our lives and our masculinity.

Now, here is another mind bender for you to think about for a moment.

Do you know that your boss dictates what sort of house you are going to live in, what type of car you are going to drive and where you are going to take your vacations?

It is the truth and he is going to keep you “Just Over Broke” so that you can only afford a certain type of home, a certain type of car and maybe lucky enough to take two weeks at some theme park.

AND… most men think that they are living the dream.

Do you know what this sort of lifestyle is called?

Being Sedated.

You are just getting by enough to be “comfortable.”

PT Barnum, one of the greatest salesmen ever, stated the following…

“Comfort is the enemy of progress.”

Sedation / comfort kills your dreams and ambitions.

How are you doing?

“OH… I am doing good.”

Do you realize that good is the killer of great?

I mean why should you strive for more when you are doing good enough right now?

Why push yourself to be a man again when being a man is “just too hard to do” ?

Today’s world is built to steal our masculinity away.

Just look at how many TV shows and commercials make the dads of the world to be bumbling idiots. Really, watch and see for yourself how the world now looks at men.

Really…why is that?

Over the past 100 years we have gone from proud warrior to pitiful ‘sheeple’.

The powers that be do not want strong, self-confident men. They want docile stupid fat dad-bod sheep.

Because sheep can be controlled and herded; strong self–confident men cannot.

What is worse is the media has now labeled those of us who are strong, self-confident, self-educated men as, get this… TOXIC!

Toxic Masculinity

YEAH… Toxic Masculinity is now the new normal and if you are one of these men, you are a bad person.

Someone to fear.

Personally, I like it when I am feared.  It keeps the sheeple away and lets the wolves out there know that I got a bead on them as well.

I am fortunate to live in Texas where we have the “castle doctrine.”

If some scumbag breaks into my home and intends on doing harm to me, my family or my possessions, I can pull out my Glock and stop the threat right then and there.

Believe it or not, there are other states in our Country where men do not have that ability to protect their family.

What is worse… there are men out there that would allow evil to pounce upon their family.

Yeah… total truth. I have met a few and I called them out on it too. I could not believe that a man would stand by and let evil come upon his wife and kids. Let alone ransack his home.

But yes… there are biological men (hard to call them actual men) out there that would allow that to take place.

We need to take back our right to act and be men.

One Reason Why I Wear the Kilt

This is one reason why I wear the kilt. It is a manly piece of clothing and exudes self-confidence, pride and the Celtic warrior spirit.

Those of you who are part of the ‘Kilted Elite’ know what I am talking about.

Those who wear the kilt are men – being men and lairds of our own kingdoms.

We work hard building our kingdoms, loving our women, adoring our children. We strive to be one with the universe and getting back to being self-sufficient again so that we no longer bow to anyone but stand on our own… as Celtic men and warriors.

It is strange but being a man in today’s world is making a choice.

We have forgotten what masculinity is and all about.

We need to get back to living the Celtic warrior life, be strong, self-confident men and have a legacy and example of loving masculinity to pass down to little warrior boys and shield maiden girls.

Is anything I am writing here ringing true in your mind?

Are you tired of what is happening in the world of men?

Does it make sense to you or are you happy being mediocre?

Personally, I know that there is more out there for me.

But the biggest question I have, am I the only one who thinks this?

Are there other men out there who what more, be more, do more and let that Celtic warrior spirit come out?

In fact, here is a question to the women reading this… do you wish your husband would stand up and be masculine again?

Do you wish he would take on that Celtic warrior spirit that he might have had but lost?

Or, is it possible he has never had it before?

You know he has that spirit deep down inside him; he just doesn’t know how to bring it out or resurrect it.

I am really interested in hearing from men and women out there about this issue.

Am I the only one who thinks this way?

But more than that, what can we do individually to start living that manly masculine life again?

For me, it started with the kilt.

You?

 

Did You Miss The Past Articles?

I Lost My Balls & When I Regained Them Again – Pt 1

A Kilt Saved My Life – Regaining My Balls Pt 2

 


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Operation Lake Arthur Hurricane Relief Effort

On August, 27, 2020, Hurricane Laura devastated the Louisiana and Texas Gulf coast with historical wind speeds. Destruction and loss laid in her wake.

One of our fellow kiltied brothers, Damian Broussard lives in the region ravaged by the storm.

He and his parents share the farm and work the land growing hay and livestock including horses and goats.

Unfortunately, the small barn that they use to house newborn goats was destroyed by the winds and a tree landing on the roof. This barn area is the nursery and used to house newborns and goats that are sick or injured.

Couple that Damian’s father, who farms and cares for these animals was recently hospitalized for a month with congestive heart failure and kidney failure and remains very ill at home with home health. He is unable to repair the damage to the farm and Damian is a bit over his head with all the repairs that need to take place.

I am putting a call out to our “Real Men Wear Kilts” brotherhood and asking for help.

We need physical help by able bodied men & women willing to come down and help rebuild the barn and perform what ever other repairs that we can take care of.

We are also seeking financial help to fund this effort with so that we can focus on getting in there and getting this job done and bless this family letting them know that Real Men Wear Kilts is here to help them rebuild.

The plan is to head down to Lake Arthur on September 18th and stay through the 20th.

In addition to helping rebuild the barn, I would like to see us also bless the Lake Arthur area and possibly bring some extra food, bottled water and anything else that you can think of that these displaced families can use.

Let’s band together and show the world that the kilted community cares and we want to help.

NOTE – All proceeds will go to materials, travel expense, and supplies for the trip. Any left over funds will be used to purchase supplies to donate to local supply distribution centers in the hardest hit areas.

 

How You Can Help

Physical Help

We need folks who can swing a hammer and have some knowledge about erecting a structure. The barn itself is somewhat of a raised lean-to. We figure that it will take two days at the most to rebuild this structure if we have the man/woman power helping.

There is a large tree that needs to be cut down / cut back so we can access the area as well as tear down all the destroyed building and see what we can salvage or not.

IF YOU CAN VOLUNTEER TO COME DOWN AND HELP — Email me at raymond673@yahoo.com

You can also contact me via Facebook and sending me an instant message.

 

Financial Help

We have set up a Go Fund Me page which you can donate too. Building supplies are a bit higher due to the demand as well as places to stay, feeding the crew. We are praying for a little extra to spread around to the good folks who can also use the help.

Other ways To financially help… Order one of our t-shirts and support the cause. We have a number of styles and colors you can choose from, all profits from the sales will go to the relief effort.

Food & Other Needs – Donations

If you live in the greater Houston area, we can arrange to meet in the North Houston area if you have some supplies and such you could donate. Once we have a solid list of able bodied kilties, we will be posting where they live and they can also accept donations if they are able.

If you can help with any sort of donations, Email me at raymond673@yahoo.com

You can also contact me via Facebook and sending me an instant message.

NOTE – All proceeds will go to materials, travel expense, and supplies for the trip. Any left over funds will be used to purchase supplies to donate to local supply distribution centers in the hardest hit areas.

A Kilt Saved My Life – Regaining My Balls Pt 2

By Raymond Mhor

NOTE:  If you have not read the first installment of my story, please take the time and read, I Lost My Balls & When I Regained Them Again – Pt 1

I was back in the USA and I have to say it felt good. Donald Trump was just elected President and I felt encouraged about the prospects living in the US again had to offer.

One good thing that happened was a house came on the market. Thank God I had my military benefits and was able to get a VA Loan.

My parents helped us get a vehicle and that was a true blessing.  So, finally, things were looking up, but Panama had taken its toll on me and my marriage.

Instead of being the man of the house, I had allowed myself to basically become the chef, chauffeur and supporter of everything.

She and I had separate bank accounts and what she earned was hers, but what I earned was hers also.

Remember, I was an author and blogger.   I had to do everything I could to bring the readership back to life.  From all that happened and the horrible internet in South America, I had lost close to 2/3rds of my subscribers.

I was able to make all the bills but had little left in the bank. On the other hand, my then wife was pulling in some nice change with her home business.  Unfortunately, it did not help meet the bills.  She had no problems (with her money) buying really expensive cameras, violins, and lots of other toys when it struck her fancy.

The negative was if there was anything I wanted, I had to save for it myself.   After a while, I became very resentful of what was happening.

It was about a year after coming back to the US I reached out to an old high school friend and broke down in tears.  I told him all that was taking place and what had taken place down in Central America.

After several questions and us really going back in time, I came to the realization I’d lost myself a long time ago, even before moving down to Central America.

He started pointing out things to me as to how I had changed over the years, how she had become the dominate force and how, from his point of view, I had become a glorified slave of sorts.

It was hard listening, but he had known me since the age of 15.  We had always been close and able to tell each other basically anything.

That night I broke down. I was in a really dark place. I started looking back at all I had allowed to take place in my life and how I’d surrendered my mind, body and soul.  I had surrendered myself to a wife who had no problem not reciprocating.

I never realized until that moment how much of an abusive relationship I was in.

When you are in a place like this, you can’t tell the forest from the trees and you think life is normal. It is almost a form of Stockholm Syndrome.

You hear about other married couples and some of the problems that they have, so you think that it is the same with everyone.   All marriages had the problems we had.  But it isn’t the same.  Not at all.   I was an empty shell of a man and was totally lost to myself.

I sought out marriage classes, books and seminars. I thought the problems all me, and I was going to try my hardest to do what was right.

The biggest problem is that my ex did not think anything was wrong.

And why should she?

Hell, I was waiting on her hand and foot, giving her everything she wanted and making her the center of the universe.

I even became part of a men’s group that cost me $500 a month for personal coaching.  I received materials to help put the marriage back on track, or at least from my perspective to help save it.  (NOTE: this training was totally worth the finances, at least to me personally, as I did grow from it.).

The interesting thing is that when you start growing, if your significant other does not grow with you, they fall behind.  And that was what was happening.  She loved what I was doing and how she was reaping all the benefits and attention. But when it came to be her turn to pony up and do her part, suddenly she hated the program I was involved in.

She said she did not like what I was becoming (a found man again) and all the other things that I was discovering about being the man and leader.

I was trying to become the leader and be even more loving and cherishing.  I wanted to be everything a woman would think a spouse should be.

Nails in The Coffin

My attempts were in vain.

One evening I came into the bedroom over to her side of the bed and was stroking her head trying to be the nice husband.   She looked at me and told me, “You touch me too much.”

I gently pulled my hand back from her head and apologized.  So, I turned and walked out of the room in shock.

My own wife told me that I touched her too much.  I honestly did not know what to do.

I went downstairs and poured myself a rather hefty drink and went to my office and just sat there in shock.

I am not sure if you can understand when your wife tells you something like that, it pulls the rug out from under you and a part of me felt ripped out.

I stayed in my office till I knew that she was asleep and then crawled into bed numbingly drunk.

The next day I tried to talk to her about it, but she blew me off saying that there was nothing wrong with “us,” and that our marriage was great.

I thought to myself, “How can it be great when you say I touch you too much?”

Now know I did not grope her or demean her. I tried to treat her with respect and such. So how can she come off and say that I touch her too much?

It must be me.  I must be the problem.  I did not know what to think.  So, I tried to not touch her so much.

All the while I was doing everything I could to be the great husband and treat her right.  I lost more of myself thinking I was doing the right thing.

The Final Nail

A month later, I went into our bedroom and found her playing her guitar.

She paused and I gave her a nice smile and bent down to give her a quick little peck on the lips.  She looked at me with a dirty look and then said, “You kiss me too much.

Can’t you see that I am try to play my guitar?”

That was it.  That was the last nail.

“FINE!  F-U, I won’t kiss you anymore.”  And with that, I stormed out of the room. I was more than angry.

I had had enough.

I could not believe what I’d heard. Whatever semblance of being a man was left in me took its exit stage right.  I was in total shock.

For the next few days, I gave her a very cold shoulder and she knew that I was angry.  “Are you going to stay angry just because of what I said?”

I was done.

There was no more trying to fix whatever it was that was broken.  I blamed myself for all that took place and I totally lost the person I was … me.  I walked around as an empty shell of a man. I did not like what I had become, being just a flicker of who I used to be.

To hell with it all.   I did not care anymore, nor did I want to care anymore.  I had given my all until there was no more to give.

I literally felt empty.

I’d look in the mirror and not know who I was looking at. The life seemed to be draining from me and I was only existing.

I would wake up every day and play the “married game.” She thought all was honkey-dory where inside I was screaming to escape the life I was trapped.

I was married to a woman who did not want me to touch or kiss her anymore.

I was completely lost.   This was a place that was not healthy for me to be or dwell in.

I needed to do something.

I was going down to stay on this dark path not leading to a good place.

Then, one day, I saw a kilt that had been hanging in the back of my closet.

I put it on…

And I felt something…

 

 

If you liked this article, you might enjoy reading this one …

Why Women Love ALL Men in Kilts…

By Cynthia A. Nichols

Okay, I have to admit, I am a total sucker for a kilted man.  I think the words, “total sucker,” don’t even come close to describe my complete admiration deeply enough.

I believe it was Sean Connery who made me a believer in kilted men but seriously, what woman isn’t taken by Sean’s Scottish brogue and his gorgeous, kilted self?

When I met my “real & authentic” kilted Scottish-Texan, Raymond Mhor, I began immersing myself into his Celtic/Scottish lifestyle.  First came the Outlander Netflix binge so I could catch up with the rest of the world.  I ate, drank and slept Outlander – all those men in kilts!  (Even some of the soil-dirty ones still look amazing!).

After, we began attending Outlander parties, enjoying local Scottish Highland games and the best was volunteering at our Highland Game Group’s Bagpipe contests (with all the contestants kilted!  Woo hoo!)

READ MORE >>>>

 


Love Kilts, Scotland & Outlander?

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A Little Help From Our Friends

By Andrew Lyon

This one is for Andrew Graham.  Last week after our FB live show “Holy Smokes” on Real Men Wear Kilts, Andrew gave me a holler in the comments.  Said he had some extra “sticks” (the term used for individual cigars) and would love to send them my way.

I was so excited; our first contribution to the show! We got the pertinent info together and off they went or here they came.    And it was such a pleasant experience receiving and enjoying these sticks.

Though, I don’t think I should have been surprised.  I have never met more accepting and giving people than cigar smokers.

I’ve had many situations where a wonderful conversation has led to new discoveries for accessories and types of cigars.  You will instantly know the difference from a bar and a cigar lounge.  The music volume is lower, and the people are all chatting.  Usually I find couches, leather chairs and great company.  People are eager to talk about whatever you want, and I have never found anyone overtly rude or mean.

One of our Real Men Wear Kilts members, Matthew Walbeck of Highland Tobacco Company, has a cigar lounge I cannot wait to visit.  Pics of his place show a luxurious and wonderful experience.

This one time at a cigar lounge near me, my wife and I ended up at a table discussing the best ways to help those in need with an Episcopal priest and a random gentleman in a Green Bay jersey.  You really never know what can happen if you leave yourself open to the possibilities.

I’m trying to say that we need to care for each other.  Getting a little help from our friends is a wonderful thing.  I love meeting the kind of people that will offer kindness just because and there are no strings attached.  I know cigar enjoyers do not have the monopoly on kindness and hospitality but go to your closest lounge and grab a stick, or better yet ask someone what they like.  I’ll bet you end up staying longer than you expect, and you may make some friends along the way.

Esteban Carreras Vigilante 6×60

I take a cold draw of this Nicaraguan cigar and experience hints of dark cocoa and wood.  I love the smell of wood in a cigar.  I toast the foot and start this experience.  Immediately I’m hit with this gentle pepper profile that you get from the tobacco grown in Nicaraguan soil.  The cocoa is the main thing I taste.

In the first third I have a few issues keeping the burn even but the smoke from the draw is thick and strong.  The pepper is almost gone which is odd, since it typically gets stronger as I go.  There is something smooth in here, like a chalk but it’s not chalky.  To be honest, the flavor seems to be clean tobacco and hints of something here and there.

Moving into the second third the flavors stay mellow, and gentle.  The draw and ash are great.  Nothing new is coming through on the flavor profile.  I am still having issues keeping the burn even and think it may have a ménage of different types of tobacco making up the cigar.  This is not stopping me from enjoying it though.

The last third is here, and I am still happy, the burn has been weird throughout and it lasted less time than I expected for a 6-inch cigar.  The tobacco flavor is really the only thing I taste now, there is a hint of the cocoa and that smoothness is still there, but it never stood out with its flavors.  I have one more of these.  Again, thank you Andrew, and look forward to it in a few days.

Taste

A lovely 3 out of 5 Drams

Construction

4 out of 5 Standing Stones – there was a bit of peeling toward the end

Draw

5 out of 5 Bonnie Lasses

Cost

5 out of 5 Scrooge McDucks at around $2.00 USD

Enjoyment

4 out of 5 Kilts a-swinging

If you can find it, the Vigilante is a good buy for the price.  It is an everyday cigar for after you mow the lawn or are walking the dog.  Match it with some rum or some whiskey of your choice and you won’t go wrong. Please tune in on Thursdays at 6:30PM CST on the Facebook group Real Men Wear Kilts and say hello live on our show Holy Smokes.  Thank you so much for taking the time to read this  Please comment and share with everyone.   I found a box of these at https://paylesscigarsandpipes.com/esteban-carreras-vigilante-connecticut-toro pics are from there as well.

If you liked this article, you might enjoy reading this one …

Why Women Love ALL Men in Kilts…

By Cynthia A. Nichols

Okay, I have to admit, I am a total sucker for a kilted man.  I think the words, “total sucker,” don’t even come close to describe my complete admiration deeply enough.

I believe it was Sean Connery who made me a believer in kilted men but seriously, what woman isn’t taken by Sean’s Scottish brogue and his gorgeous, kilted self?

When I met my “real & authentic” kilted Scottish-Texan, Raymond Mhor, I began immersing myself into his Celtic/Scottish lifestyle.  First came the Outlander Netflix binge so I could catch up with the rest of the world.  I ate, drank and slept Outlander – all those men in kilts!  (Even some of the soil-dirty ones still look amazing!).

After, we began attending Outlander parties, enjoying local Scottish Highland games and the best was volunteering at our Highland Game Group’s Bagpipe contests (with all the contestants kilted!  Woo hoo!)

READ MORE >>>>

 


Love Kilts, Scotland & Outlander?

Please share this article with all your Celtic / kilted friends and if you have an interesting story that is Celtic, kilt, Scotland, Ireland, Outlander related, please contact me and let’s talk. I am always looking for great stories to share with the kilted Celtic community.

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I Lost My Balls & When I Regained Them Again – Pt 1

By Raymond Mhor

Why do you commit to things that really do not matter to you?  Is it guilt, fear, not wanting to rock the boat? For me it was all of the above.

Why do you allow yourself to compromise and give up the high ground so many times?

I came out of a marriage where I compromised A LOT. I lost myself in that relationship, not in a good way, but a bad way.

When I Lost My Balls

It was 2013 and I picked up a book titled “Outlander” by Diana Gabaldon. I grabbed me and spoke to my Celtic soul. Come to find out there were eight other books in the series.

At the time I was living down in Costa Rica, I had time and I enjoyed reading. So, I took on the series and fell in love with it.

Reading these books really woke up my internal Scotsman. Those feelings of pride, kilts, bagpipes and such that I had when I was growing up was returning again.

It awakened that Celtic Warrior spirit that was living deep inside me.

I felt that other men had to feel this way so in 2014 I got on Facebook and created a group titled “Real Men Wear Kilts.”

It is still going strong today and we are getting close to hitting the 10,000 member mark.

Here I am living a pretty dream life down in Costa Rica. I have started a consulting service and it was doing really well and for me life was good.

But  the marriage, it was still very blah and I did not like that it was so one sided.

It was around Sept 2014 that my then wife and I decided to take a trip back to the states for the holidays. This sounded like a lot of fun plus it gave me an opportunity to order some kilts and have them waiting for me when we land back in Texas.

Yeah… this was where the bug hit me and I started buying kilts.

I found UT Kilts and ordered a few utility kilts, a really nice Gunn tartan kilt from Tartanisia and a black watch from Stillwater Kilts. I had all of them shipped to my then step-son’s home so that I could then bring them back with me to Central America.

FYI… Kilts are like Lays Potato Chips; you just can’t have one.

That day when I tried on my kilt, there was something that resonated deep inside me. It was like a lost power or something or better yet, regaining of pride and self.

I was super excited when we arrived and found my kilts waiting. The first one I tried on was a black utility kilt that I ordered from UT Kilts. I also brought with me a tam that a friend of mine knitted and felted the wool. I still have this tam to this day, and it holds a special place in my heart.

I put on my kilt belt and my sporran and came out and showed my then wife.

Her first response was that she laughed at me. Her oldest son who we were staying with kind of chuckled and said, “I am not sure where you are going to wear that, but I wouldn’t wear it around here in Texas.”

My then wife basically chimed in and said the same thing and that she would not want to be with me while I was wearing that thing.

There statements kind of took the air out of my sails.

Screw them is what I thought.

We were going over to Louisiana for Christmas with the whole family, so I took my kilts with me and I was going to wear them no matter what.

When we were arrived, I dawned one of my kilts and the whole family was like “what is that?”

My then wife was embarrassed that I was wearing with both her kids and family but also my middle stepson’s family, who was playing host.

What was interesting is that my daughter in law’s family were way more accepting and loved it over that of my then wife and her kids (my step kids)

But I stood my ground and later my daughter in law was going to run a lot of errands and do some shopping. She requested that I make a special dish, so I needed to pick up some supplies as well.

So, we jumped in the car and took off. I asked her if she minded that I was going to be wearing my kilt and she said no and that she liked seeing me in it.

That felt good.

So, the first time I wore my kilt, my then family, made it known that they did not approve.  But my daughter in law’s side liked it a lot.

We went to Walmart and some other stores and I got a few odd looks, but over all I could see that people were very approving.

In fact, I had several women come up and tell me how much they appreciate seeing a man in a kilt.

Wind was put back in my sails and I was feeling good again.

It was a good afternoon and I have to say that I was feeling good about myself more than I have in a long time where I felt just like a empty shell of a man.

There is something about wearing a kilt that just boosts your self-esteem, especially when you have women come out of their way to complement you on how good looking you are.

We got back home from the errands and I was feeling good to all of a sudden come into my wife’s side of the family and basically getting the cold shoulder “who the hell are you” sort of looks.

I even got a scolding from her ex-husband who was also invited because all the kids wished to see him as well. (Yeah talk about feeling like a total 5th wheel.) He is “Scottish” and was insulted that I was making a mockery of his family roots by wearing a kilt.

So, the next day I put on my jeans and lost my balls all to placate my then wife and her kids.

I did not wear a kilt again for a very long time even though I started a very popular Facebook group for kilt wearers.

I totally lost myself and lived up to everyone else’s expectation. I was totally unhappy with my marriage and I thought a change in me would help.

Listen, I am someone who does not need or want a lot of things. But ever since I was a little boy, I have had this draw, this passion, something down deep inside me pulling me to the kilt, the sound of the bag pipes, that Celtic bad-assness that I know was deep inside my DNA.

A special part of me died that visit back to the US, and things did not get better.

Has anything like this happened to you?

How did it make you feel?

How would you have handled it?

Please share your comments below and let me hear what you are thinking.

We will continue this conversation in the next installment.

Kilt On!