The Poopdeck

The Talk Like A Pirate Day Newsletter
Published when the fancy strikes
Ol' Chumbucket, ed.
ISSUE NO. 18 Oct. 5, 2004
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Delivered now and again to 864 scurvy seadogs and the women who love them!

In this issue:

We Have a Winner!

Congratulations to John Gargett of Lansing, Mich., the winner of the weekend in Florida giveaway that was available on our site.

Thousands of people entered. Only one could win. John and his wife will receive air transportation via Southwest Airlines to Tampa, a three-night stay at the TradeWinds Resort in St. Pete's Beach, and VIP passes to the Gasparilla Festival in Tampa that weekend. John has promised us a full report and photos, so we can all be extremely jealous of him this winter.

Meanwhile, we'd note that you can still make travel arrangements to stay at the TradeWinds (which offers a pirate vacation package) for the festival by visiting this Web site.

Gasparilla is the last weekend in January, and you don't want to miss it if at all possible. This is one of the top pirate-themed festivals in the world.

Congratulations again to John, and thanks to all who played.

Interactive "Pirates of the Caribbean" in Portland

It’s an afternoon of pirate fun for the whole family in Portland, Ore. this Oct. 23, when "Pirates of the Caribbean, The Curse of the Black Pearl" is presented a whole new way - as interactive theater!

Dress as a buccaneer or come as you ARRRR for the afternoon event. Cap'n Slappy and meself - Ol' Chumbucket - will be on hand to help liven the proceedings. We were delighted to accept when the organizers asked us to emcee the event. Also on hand will be Spinnaker, a Celtic fusion band, Spinnaker.

But the big fun will be the interactive movie. It's sort of like the "Rocky Horror Picture Show," only without squirt guns. Pirates will be on hand to lead the audience to opportune moments to interact with the actors on the screen. Goody bags filled with treasure, props and interactive scripts will be included.

Here are the details:
What: "Pirates of the Caribbean, The Curse of the Black Pearl Interactive Theatre (PG 13) When: 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct 23. Movie begins at 2 p.m.

Where: The Hollywood Theatre, 4122 N.E. Sandy Blvd., Portland, Oregon

Advance Tickets: $10.00 Hollywood box office, by phone (503) 493-1128 or

The event is a benefit for: Families for Effective Autism Treatment, Oregon (FEAT of Oregon)

Bring the whole family. It'll be a lot of fun!!! See you there!

TALP Do-Over Day

We received the following e-mail from Michael Ivey of Southern Alabama: "It is with great sadness that I report that Talk Like a Pirate Day Weekend went mostly uncelebrated in my part of the country: we South Alabamians were so busy digging out from under all the trees Hurricane Ivan tossed around that few, if any of us were in the mood for piratical exclamations. I respectfully request a make-up day. If you will declare an "Official Hurricane Ivan Talk Like a Pirate Day Do Over", I will do all that I can to promote it here in Baldwin County, Alabama."

As you can imagine, our hearts went out to Michael and all the residents of Baldwin County, and all those in the southeast who suffered so much from this year's unbelievable spate of hurricanes. The least we can do (and we ALWAYS do the least we can do) was to name October 23rd official Talk Like a Pirate Do-Over Day, and, for what it's worth, offer our official endorsement to talking like a pirate throughout the day. We've even put up a T-shirt on our Web site proclaiming the fact.

So let 'er rip! To our friends in Hurricane Alley, best wishes, and have fun with talking like a pirate all day on October 23rd.

They seem to like it

We've started getting reviews of our book, "Well Blow Me Down: A Guy's Guide to Talking Like a Pirate," and so far they've been positive. Green Man Review, an online literary journal, said, "Cap'n Slappy and Ol' Chumbucket are funny, funny men." We'll take that as a compliment. You can read the review here.

Jamaica Rose, editor of No Quarter Given, the quarterly magazine for pirate enthusiasts, said in the most recent issue, "I laughed so hard almost fell overboard." This fits well with what a friend of ours told us. She was reading the book late at night and said she laughed so hard started coughing and couldn't stop. So we're thinking the book perhaps should have come with a warning.

We're proud of those reviews, and hope they help bring a few extra readers. If you know of other reviews that have appeared in your local media, please pass them on to us. And, if you're interested, you can find the book at our booty store.

Get Your Blue Pencils Out

While we're talking about the book, we need to ask those of you have have a copy (and thank you, by the way) to get out your blue pencils and correct something that's no longer accurate.

As you know, we have a running joke about calling Dave Barry our close personal friend, and then admitting we've never met him. Well, that's no longer true. On Sept. 24, 2004, I met Dave Barry. So did my wife, Mad Sally, the Official Lusty Pirate Wench. Sadly, Cap'n Slappy was not in attendance, as he was suffering his annual, "It must be fall, so I'll get really sick and avoid the rush" September cold. And Jezebel, the Web Wench, was also occupied. So it was just Mad Sally and Meself heading up Interstate 5 from our home port in Albany to the book reading/signing event in Portland.

The event was a lot of fun; both Dave and his co-author Ridley Pearson were entertaining and their book, "Peter and the Starcatchers," is delightful. But for me the exciting part was, at the end, Dave introduced me from the audience. Afterwards, he couldn't have been more gracious or more pleasant. A little taller than I expected. But I mean, no one knows better than Cap'n Slappy and Meself that we'd be nowhere without his aid, or at least it would have taken us a LOT longer to get close to where we are now, where ever here is. You can see a photo of the historic meeting at

So those of you with a fixation for total accuracy, make the following changes. On page 7, fourth line, and page 9, eighth and ninth line, pencil out the reference to never having met him and change it to "only one of us has ever met him."

We'll feed Cap'n Slappy several gallons of OJ and get him in shape to meet Dave another day.

-- Ol' Chumbucket