Happy to say, we made it home a day late but in one piece... only to rush off again the next weekend to the Stone Mountain Games in the Atlanta area. The weather was beautiful, I saw many of my piping friends, spent time with my band peeps and had a lot of fun. On Saturday the grade 5 band (I play the pipes in that one) played and placed 8th out of 11. The grade 4 band (I play the tenor drum) also competed and did equally as poorly- oh well... we had fun. On Sunday I competed in my solo march - AND GOT THIRD PLACE!!!! First time I've ever placed and it was the last game of the season!! I think I'll keep on with this midlife crisis-this beast called the bagpipes! All this is thanks to Shawn who dared me to compete a year ago - I lost the bet and had to compete and have been competing ever since.