If you see someone wearing a kilt to work on Thursday, you can thank The Glenlivet Society
. In honor of Tartan Day
, the company has decreed that Thursday, April 6, is "Wear a Kilt to Work Day
." (Gee, thanks for that. Personally, I'd rather celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day
again.) Companies that have registered in advance are supposed to make a pre-determined donation for every employee that wears a kilt to work. And the Glenlivet will also donate a fixed sum for every on-air journalist and public personality who wears a kilt. (Why do I think the men of the Fox 25
morning show — especially V.B. — will be sporting them?) Monies raised will go to Direct Relief International
, a non-profit organization that provides aid to victims of natural disasters, and was instrumental in aiding victims of the tsunami in Southeast Asia and Hurricane Katrina.
It's not too late to get in on the fun. The Glenlivet web site has a listing of local retailers that sell kilts
. Rather than bore you with a long summary of what else is on the site, including an explanation about what the heck "Tartan Day" is (essentially, it's the Scottish equivalent of St. Patrick's Day), I'll just direct you to this handy FAQ page
A couple months ago, a kind PR rep for the Glenlivet called and offered to rent me (or someone in my office) a kilt to wear on this special occasion, but after about a half-second of inner debate, I decided to pass (and pass on my coworkers' behalf). So, no, my knobby knees will not be exposed, thank you very much. Besides, it's still much too cold for that.