Robbie Burns Day in Vancouver…
I answered a phone call from Toronto, where somebody wants to engage my
Gung Haggis Fat Choy presenting/consulting skills and help develop a project that will remain secret
for now. I spend lots of time on the computer and on the
I go to work at the library… and I wear my kilt, at the request of my
co-workers. People like it, they recognize it is Robbie Burns
Day. After work, I rehearse with LaLa on a special surprise piece that will
twist people's minds about a specific Robbie Burns Day tradition.
People who witnessed our 10pm show for First Night Vancouver all got
the sneak preview and enjoyed it immensely.
Bob Brinson reports that the Dragon Boat go-carts he is making for the
SFU Gung Haggis Fat Choy “Canadian Games” are now finished… except
the seats. Bob is also coaches with me for the Gung Haggis Fat Choy dragon boat team. We will inspect in the morning and figure out how to
make “paddling” work as a propelling device.
I go to Doolin's Irish Pub, where all the waitresses wear plaid.
The manager has ordered 15 kilts for the waiters now from Bear Kilts
-the maker of my Maple Leaf Tartan. Doolin's is now the site of Kilt Night – the 1st Saturday of each month. Bear, Raphael and I
brainstorm ideas for a Scottish Highland Games type event for July
7th. City TV arrives at Doolin's and films people having a toast
for Robbie Burns and the Address to the Haggis – They even have a
Bear says that he will donate a Bear kilt
for the raffle at the Gung Haggis Fat Choy dinner on January
30th. Great! Come to the dinner, buy raffle tickets and win
a great looking kilt, in the tartan of your choice, upon availability.
A pretty woman wearing a kilt taps me on the shoulder and says,
“Hey, we are the only Asians here who are
wearing kilts!” Karen says she is half Chinese and half Swedish,
lovely tartan, she loves the idea of Gung Haggis Fat Choy and is
excited by the 12 course dinner with haggis and all the
performers. I will post our picture when Bear sends it to
me. I meet the promotions manager for Doolin's, Ms. Christine
who tells us she is Malaysian-Vietnamese-Chinese, and gives us all a
round of Scotch to toast a Happy Robbie Burns Day. You can't beat
it – it's a wonderful informal Rabbie Burns Nicht! Next kilt night is at Doolin's, February 5th. The 1st
Saturday of each month.