My husband plays the bagpipes.
When we first got Internet access at home and my husband discovered newsgroups, the first ones he subscribed to were on bagpipes and beekeeping. I consider myself lucky he took up only the former as a hobby.
There's something about this that appeals to the non-conformist streak in both of us. First you don't see too many people take up an instrument as an adult, and second, if they do, it's often the piano. While bagpipes are believed to have orginated in the Roman times or the Middle East, in modern times they are thought of as a primarily Scottish instrument. Bagpipes are considered an instrument of war, their tones and drones stirring on regiments and frightening enemy armies.
The thing about bagpipes though, they're LOUD.
He practiced mostly outside because the set of pipes that he has was the kind you use in pipe and drum corps. We worried about what the neighbors would think. Well one day the neighbor across the street drove by in his minivan, his windows were open and bagpipes were blasting from his CD player. No complaints from him, I guess. Our next door neighbors were in the 90s and didn't appear to hear the pipes. And in back of us is a perfoming arts center, we routinely hear their rehearsals, programs, and the occasional wedding band. One day the owner's daughter came by to ask about his playing and with an offer to introduce him to a local group of pipe players. He never took that offer up, because he doesn't have "indoor" pipes.
His playing led us to the Highland Games in NH for years. There was something about hearing the pipes in the setting of the mountains that made you believe that you were in Scotland in a different era. We were very into the whole Highland Games thing for a while and during that time he tried to convince me to take up the harp. Never got around to that one unfortunately, and now I don't think I would have the time.
Since the kids have come, he doesn't play as much. T was very afraid of loud noises, and that made practicing indoors impossible. And then there was the time factor.
I do hope that he takes up the pipes again. I loved hearing them. I would love for our kids to take up a musical instrument. It was something I had always wanted to do as a kid, and I admire him for doing it as an adult.
So for this blog, I will refer to my husband as Piper. It's so much better than typing "my husband" over and over, and it reminds me of something we were interested in in the early days.
And no, he does not yet wear a kilt.