"Dancing competitions are for old codgers," says a grinning Piedmont man named Roy Anderson. "You've got to stick around for the 'Strong Man Walk.' " Not only does Anderson wear a Braveheart T-shirt with pride ("It was a good fuckin' movie"), but he frequently uses "to Braveheart" as a verb (as in "I Bravehearted his ass"). He is not quite drunk, but unlike most people forming the Scottish Games' 400,000-strong crowd, he is diligently working on the problem.
"During the 'Strong Man Walk,' these guys have to carry a 300-pound weight until they drop," gushes Anderson. "It's cool." Piedmont, by the way, is a small residential community in the Oakland Hills that was originally founded by several Scottish families. Curiously, the Andersons were not among them.