International Annual Play
Your Pipes At Work Day
Talk Like A Pirate Day is cool and all, but I think that pipers of all
sorts the world-over really should have their own day.
On September 24th 2008, I proposed that pipers everywhere
the first ever Annual International Play Your Pipes At Work Day,
occurring September 28th or on the last Friday of September if the 28th is on a weekend.
And if you don't play pipes of
any sort, you can still participate by playing a piping CD! Even better, play
a BagpiperDon CD
-- available now via my Merchandise Page!
I imagine the different
- Play in your cube briefly and
then hide your
gear away when someone comes to investigate -- sneaking into a
works just as well and probably covers more building area.
something with your employer to put on a show at lunch -- your
coworkers will appreciate something different and think you're cool or
finally leave you alone about the fact that you play some form of bagpipes.
- Go out into the
parking lot -- Simple!
- Go to a near-by park -- this keeps you from getting into trouble at work and acosted with any complaints.
somewhere that won't cause
you to get
fired ... this point is rather important. Oh, and if you work night
shift, also take into mind going somewhere that won't disrupt the rest
of us sleeping -- although I know you put up with the rest of us when
- Go somewhere that will cause
you to get fired if you want to get
out of your job -- I mean, how cool and weird a reason to have gotten fired for playing bagpipes!
- See if you can blend in with coworkers taking a smoke-break -- "Hey, what kind of pipe is that?"
somewhere weird that will get you notice but also play somewhere safe
(ex. if you're a flagger on a road construction crew, its probably not
so safe to play right on the road).
- Play for the sake of
advertising your skills &
services as a piper.
- Play to help further piping
and the publics
awareness of piping.
- Play for the sake of showing
how cool what you do
is and to show up that loud-mouthed jerk you work with who snubs you
for playing pipes instead of a "normal" instrument.
- Play to see if someone
will buy you lunch because -- hey -- free lunch! Try and
disprove the old saying about there being 'no free lunch'.
- Play any kind of
pipes (but it has to be of the genre of instrument -- banging
on the plumbing in the bathroom doesn't count).
- Play to do something cooler,
more distinct and unique than Talk Like A Pirate Day.
for the glory and furthering of piping. Wait, didn't I say something like that already?
- Play because it's probably
fun than what you're getting paid to do on the clock.
- ...And be sure to play a round of
Happy Birthday for
BagpiperDon (9/28 -- WOOT!)
Play Your Pipes At Work
and then go HOME and practice some more!