The Poopdeck

The Talk Like A Pirate Day Newsletter
Published when we've got something to say
Ol' Chumbucket, ed.
ISSUE NO. 100(Yes, we said 100!), Jan. 31, 2012
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232 days until International Talk Like a Pirate Day!

In this issue:

Big Anniversary

Ten years ago this September, our close personal friend, Pulitzer Prize winner Dave Barry, wrote a column announcing to the world that every September 19 is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. We had come up with the idea seven years before that, but until Dave wrote his column it was basically just me and Mark and one other friend, Brian, calling each other at work, saying "Aarr!" into the phone and hanging up. In fact, Brian is sort of the "fifth Beatle" of TLAPDay, because he put the date in his computer calendar and Mark and I probably would have forgotten. We're that kind of guys.

Dave let the world in on our idea, and he made it international. We'd always called it National Talk Like a Pirate Day, but within two weeks of Dave's column appearing we'd been on the radio in Australia and Ireland and we were on our way. Our lives changed. He's not Mark anymore. He's Cap'n Slappy, and I'm Ol' Chumbucket, and things will never be the same. For which we are eternally grateful!

We'll highlight the anniversary this year, so keep your eyes on the Poopdeck as we unfold our plans for ye! And if you have any special ideas to help us celebrate, by all means let us know!

I Got Mine, Do You Have Yours?

I recently received my copy of "Pirate Santa!" Do you have yours yet?

It's the classic story of how a group of pirates take over Christmas from Santa Claus – or do they? The story is by our mate Talderoy, the incredible artwork by our pal Jun Duras, and the writing by none other than our own Cap'n Slappy! The three of them have brought together a delightful holiday romp!

You definitely want one (or four or five,) because I have it on good authority Christmas will be celebrated again this year (probably down towards the end of the calendar) and you'll want to be prepared! This one is destined to be a holiday classic.

Go to our books page ...

... and follow the link to the Pirate Santa site. You'll be glad you did.

Gasparilla 2012

Last weekend our freebooter friends in Tampa celebrated their annual festival of piratey excess – Gasparilla! It's a unique combination of Mardi Gras and buccaneers, and it looks just fantastic! There are photos on Flickr and everywhere else all over the Web this week and you'll see they had a grand time.

There's one set of photos I thought you'd like to see, taken by – of all people – the U.S. Coast Guard. They keep an eye on the armada that sails across Tampa Bay to invade the town, making sure no one gets into trouble from an excess of exuberance and a shortage of good sense. Good works lads!

Here are their photos. Maybe you and yer crew are in one or two of 'em.

Coming Up!

And Gasparilla is just the start of the fun for 2012! Mark these on your calendar and get there if you can!

NOLA Pyrate Week – March 23 to April 1 in New Orleans

Corpus Christi (Texas) Buccaneer Days (celebrating 75 years!) – April 19 - 22

And the Fells Point Privateer Days – April 21 in Baltimore.

And there's lots more. We have more than two dozen festivals in our links section ...

... and we have no reason to think that’s all there is. If you have or know of a pirate festival that's not on our list, please let us know! (And if you have one and the link from our site to yours isn't good, let us know that!)

It's good bein' a pirate!

Alright, as ye were! Until the next time, fair winds and followin' seas!

– Ol' Chumbucket, ed.