Pianos...

... the World is full of great truths... and a crystalline example of that hit me today... and it is mainly that one should never, ever underestimate the power of Scotch whisky...

... the sound of the morning papers being dropped through the slot in the front door woke me.... so I pulled on my jeans and wandered through to check the state of the planet according to the local rag.... and what I found emblazoned across the cover of today's Dundee Courier immediately made me want to go back to bed...

... see, it seems that two hikers - members of the local John Muir group - were doing their part for the beautification of the highlands recently... traipsing up trails and wandering across bogs disassembling giant piles of stones known as "cairns"... noble work, I say... good on them...

... but while removing the stones from a particularly large cairn near the summit of Ben Nevis, they discovered an ancient upright piano long-buried.... truly, the mind just boggles...

... ok... firstly, I have climbed Ben Nevis three or four times... and it is quite a slog depending on how much equipment you are carrying... as the highest mountain in Great Britain, it is a fairly challenging walk...

.. but that still begs the question... a piano buried under a pile of rocks just meters from the summit?.... no one has any clue how long ago it was placed there... and no one has even the vaguest idea of why it was placed there...and even more mysterious, no one has the tiniest of inklings WHO might have had cause to drag a piano up there and hide it under tons of boulders.....

.... but you know what?... one thing is certain... I can guaran-DAMN-tee that Scotch whisky was involved...

Update: ... according to The Scotsman, the piano is most likely the remnants of an 226lb organ which Kenny Campbell carried up Ben Nevis in 1971... evidently he played "Scotland the Brave" once he made the hike.... no word on the state of his sobriety during his 1971 sojourn though... but personally, I still think strong drink was heavily involved...

by Eric on May 18, 2006 | Bullshit (8) | TrackBack (0) | Scotland 2006
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Hunh. Well, my first thought was, "So that's what the Scots do for fun? Caber toss and haul pianos to the top of summits?", which is evidently much safer than what we Floridian do... swim in canals and dodge alligators. ;-)

Bullshitted by Bou on May 18, 2006 06:25 AM

Scots are a whack bunch. I can pretty much imagine the setup in the pub the night before.

Bullshitted by bitterman on May 18, 2006 10:49 AM

I'm gonna ask James Hooker if he is missing a Piano

Bullshitted by GUYK on May 18, 2006 11:03 AM

Well, that was back before they had ipods... Sometimes a man just needs some tunes I guess...

(And surely he was drunk....)

Bullshitted by Richmond on May 18, 2006 12:04 PM

VERY interesting.
Hey, my husband brought home the most beautiful bottle of Scotch whiskey the other day. I had to search and search to find the "brand." I think I remember the last name, after some initials, was Dimple? Are you familiar?

Bullshitted by Lolly on May 18, 2006 12:51 PM

Now I've heard everything......

Bullshitted by Junebugg on May 18, 2006 01:55 PM

Kenny Campbell ,eh Sounds to me that he's related to to the Campbell clan in my bailiwick.

Lolly the Scotch is Haig Dimple. It is very smooth ,smoother than a politicians alibi.

Bullshitted by DanToom on May 18, 2006 03:53 PM

Why in hell were they disassembling cairns? There's way too much fog in Scotland to be losing the landmarks put there by men to serve as guideposts along the way. Bloody fools...

Bullshitted by wil on May 22, 2006 07:21 AM