I like bagpipes too, but this restaurant incident was the combination of an already overly noisy restaurant and the musicians volume just seemed to send my husband into some sort of neural overload. He absolutely could not sit there with the volume of noise of the restaurant patrons and the bagpipes and drums in such close proximity. He has a more severe reaction to loud noise than I do, even though I find it bothersome and unpleasant. The bagpipes would have been fine outside in the parade but not in that noisy and confined environment, at least for us. I think the correct word is unbeknownst. The MS spell checker gives its approval at any rate. Smile! Joni ----- Original Message ----- From: "Paula Waby" <paulawaby@xxxxxxxxxx> To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Sunday, February 12, 2006 3:46 AM Subject: [bct] Re: Noisy restaurants and noise in general While I hate loud music I make an exception for bagpipes. Coming from Dunedin which is full of Scottish settlers and described as the Edinburgh of the south, I'd have to like them. We were having a Christmas function a couple of years ago when suddenly the door burst open and these bagpipes started playing. Apparently un-be-known to us the pipe band was having their Christmas function at the next table. Most of us loved it but we did have one bagpipe hater among us who shuddered throughout. Un-be-known is a true word, isn't it? When I write it with no hyphens Jaws butchers it. Cheers Paula.