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    The Flight of the Saltire

    I often think when participating here on X Marks the Scot how I wish I could visit so many of the members here. I should like to stand next Ron in the Canyon Lands to stare at windswept vistas or walk with Derek in the green Welsh countryside. I would like to go bowling with the Sonoran Scotsmen, laugh with (and groan at) Retro Red, go drinking with the SOKS, and attend a Pub crawl with Roberston and the Ferintosh crew. I wish I could stop by Rocky and Kelly’s shop and see the theater down the street where “The Blob” was filmed, knock on Steve’s door and share a cup of coffee with him, and get a tour of the Scottish Tartans Museum from Matt Newsome himself.

    All these great people who I know from XMTS and there are still so many many more I‘d like to visit.

    I’m not much of a traveler, and I think one of the reasons I have written stories featuring X Markers is that it is a way to fulfill these fantasies (as well as hopefully make you all smile a little). My favorite element in my little tales is the wondrous and mighty zeppelin the Saltire.

    The other day I was thinking that I wished I did have such an airship to go round the world to meet you all.

    Then I had an idea!

    In a week and a half Big Mikey and his wife Shelley are coming to visit, when they return to Canada they will be taking something back with them.
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    THE SALTIRE!

    And this small log book




    I’m sending the X Marks the Scot Air Ship Saltire on a voyage. I hope she will travel far and meet up with many X Markers during her journey.

    For those interested in participating in this journey here is how it will work.

    The Saltire is to be handed off or mailed from X Marker to X Marker. Each member who gets her signs the logbook with their name/moniker the date and their location. Her position and hopefully pictures with her current host should be posted on this thread.

    The flight plan is for her to travel across Canada, head over to England to a certain kilted gentleman in West Sussex and then on towards far away Ferintosh. After Dumfries perhaps she will cross over to the continent and then back across the Atlantic to the East Coast and then make her way back to me in the Bay Area by Friday January 16th 2009 to be displayed proudly at the Nor Cal Rabble’s Burns’ Night Supper the following night. But who knows where or how she will travel.

    The Saltire will be leaving with Big Mikey either at our Kilt Night or gathering at the Pleasanton Highland Games, and will take it to our very own Wizard of BC, Steve Ashton at Freedom Kilts. Those living nearby Steve in British Columbia, Canada interested in receiving it from Steve should PM him with details so he can get it to them, and then they will be responsible to passing it on to the next X Marker, so on and so forth.

    On the back of the zeppelin is this little plaque



    This is a silly quest , a flight of fancy if you will, but I hope some of you will join in this game. Volunteers are needed to welcome this little zeppelin, keep her safe, and help speed the Saltire on her way!



    If there is interest in this thread I ask for a sticky from my fellow Mods for the duration of the Flight of the Saltire

    Cheers

    Jamie
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    I think it's a great idea. Count me in (I'll send the PM now).

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    Quote Originally Posted by An t-Ileach View Post
    I think it's a great idea. Count me in (I'll send the PM now).
    I appreciate your enthusiasm! You probably want to wait until the Saltire is nearing your part of the World. Each person who gets her is responsible only to get the little zeppelin to the next X Marker. I imagine that one of the SOKS, cloves, or Sheep in Wolf's Clothing will be the one to send her overseas in the course of time (that is why people need to report her current position).

    Cheers

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    Just be careful whilst landing at Lakehurst, NJ!

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    Quote Originally Posted by acstoon View Post
    Just be careful whilst landing at Lakehurst, NJ!
    You know, I'm very near there. If the Saltire comes my way, and I can do it without being arrested by the MPs, I'll gladly take a picture of the Saltire at Lakehurst Naval Air Station.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JerseyLawyer View Post
    You know, I'm very near there. If the Saltire comes my way, and I can do it without being arrested by the MPs, I'll gladly take a picture of the Saltire at Lakehurst Naval Air Station.
    I used to be stationed there back in the 80's for Parachute Rigger school. The place had the biggest hangar I've ever seen.
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    It has been stuck, I await the proud wee ships docking in Toronto with bated breath.
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    Quote Originally Posted by McMurdo View Post
    It has been stuck, I await the proud wee ships docking in Toronto with bated breath.
    Me too, although I can imagine the pictures from that SOKS kilt night ("Why is there a giant rubber chicken chasing the zepplin?").

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wompet View Post
    "Why is there a giant rubber chicken chasing the zepplin?"
    To get to the other side?

    I'm in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by McMurdo View Post
    It has been stuck, I await the proud wee ships docking in Toronto with bated breath.
    Like the cat that ate the cheese and then sat in front of the mouse-hole?

    Anyway if it gets down this way, I'll certainly sign it. (Good Lord willin' & the creek don't rise, I'll be at the Waxhaw NC games in October.)

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