Nepalese fixation, and our aspirations toward careers supporting national defense, we decided several months ago to inaugurate a sort of honorary, ad hoc military organization: the Regiment of Gurkha Highlanders. With me as the commander ("The Brigadier"), and her as my deputy ("The Colonel"), we adopted the latin motto "MOTIVA PLVS OCCASIO" - "Motive and Opportunity" - traditionally the gauge of whether a suspect may have committed a crime, but a more motivational slogan for our shared and individual endeavours. In fact, I even photoshopped an image from one of the most unintentionally awesome films in history, Starship Troopers...
... that features our "unit crest". I took the badge of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, changed the motto to "MOTIVA PLVS OCCASIO", and added our "battle honors": Muscat (in Arabic), to represent my own focus on Oman; Pokhara (in Nepali) to represent GBU-16's work in Nepal, as well as my work with the Nepalese in the Middle East; Napoli (Naples) to represent GBU-16's homeland; and Aberdeen (in Scots Gaelic) to represent our time here in the Granite City. Behind the crest are a Nepalese khukuri and an Omani khanjar.
Union Terrace Gardens. GBU-16 picked up some Tennent's, as the only beers available at the shop where she had stopped into were Tennent's and Budweiser, and she knows from prior conversations that I "wouldn't wash my car with that stuff!" It was perfectly appropriate for a Gurkha Highlanders' picnic, as Tennent's is brewed in Glasgow. We had a taste of Pokhara alongside a taste of the Clyde! Brilliant!
As the evening wore on, we left UTG for the Tippling House for one last drink before walking King Street back to our respective digs. The Gurkha Highlanders' picnic was an overwhelming success, and perhaps GBU-16 and I will have a chance to repeat it before we part company later this summer.