The Poopdeck

The Talk Like A Pirate Day Newsletter
Published when the fancy strikes
Ol' Chumbucket, ed.
ISSUE NO. 22 April28, 2005
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Delivered to 915 of the saltiest dogs ever to sail the seas

In this issue:

"Well Blow Me Down" Won't Be Available Much Longer

Time is running out to pick up our first book, "Well Blow Me Down: A Guy's Guide to Talking Like a Pirate," from our Website. The book will be available until May 31.

Under the terms of our deal with New American Library, which will be publishing our new book, "Pirattitude," in late summer, we have to stop selling "Well Blow Me Down" as of June 1. It's complicated, but basically they just don't want us competing with ourselves, which makes sense when you think about it. When the folks at Disney withdraw a film from circulation they say it's been taken to "the vault." We, being pirates, are burying ours in a chest on some deserted island with bones and a big X on top. At least, that's our story, and we're stickin' to it.

So if you haven't got a copy of "Well Blow Me Down" yet, or know someone you think would enjoy a copy, you have about five weeks left to get it. Then it will disappear, to be replaced a short time later with our new book. We like the new book a lot and are sure you will too, but we've got a soft place in our heart for our firstborn.

You can find it at

We have been gratified by the great response you have given to "Well Blow Me Down." That success was a big part of our coming to the attention of NAL and landing us a deal with the publisher. Thanks to all who have made it such a success!


The Story Goes On ... and On, and On and On

To those who have been reading "A Pirate Tale" (and we know there are some of you out there) on our blog at, rest assured that just because our heroes aboard the Festering Boil have finally killed Slappista, dealt with the murderous Lady Fanny, buried valiant Juan Garbonzo at sea, and captured (then lost!) the fabulous treasure of Sabado Gigante, does not mean the story is over. Quite the contrary.

Slappy, Ol' Chumbucket, Mad Sally, Dogwatch Watts, Sawbones Burgess, Lieutenant (pronounced LEF-tenant) Keeling, Cementhands McCormack, George the Greek, Red Molly, Strumpet the Monkey and the rest of the crew are heading home from the Indian Ocean to the Caribbean where they will have further piratical adventures while, at the same time, keeping a lookout for Admiral Tharp's son Mandrake who has been reported lost at sea.

And don't think we've seen the last of Jezebel the Sea Witch, Sir Nigel or Don Taco.

You can find the blog at the link above or by going to and clicking the link just above Dave Barry's head.

That said, we hasten to add that our blogging will be a little sporadic for the next couple of months. Something has cropped up - a little thing we like to call life. So we still love writing the story and are still dedicated to it, but things like play rehearsals, Little League softball (I'm managing a team - the Pirates, naturally) a daughter's play, my wife's midterms, oh, and Cap'n Slappy's job - all of these things are taking their toll on our writing time.

So the story will continue and I've already got a couple of twists I want to throw at Slappy, and I'm sure he has a couple of ideas he's waiting to spring on me. But it will take a little more time. In the meantime, keep reading, and let us know what you think!


Interesting Pirate Blog Note of the Month

We've been having fun with "A Pirates Tale" on our blog, but we're not the only pirate-oriented blog (by a long shot) on the Web. One of our favorites is the Blarg by Keith Thomson, author of "Pirates of Pensacola," at

Scroll down to his April 18 entry to learn the delightfully surprising news that none other than Benjamin Franklin has a pirate connection. Certainly Ben had more pirattitude than all the other founding fathers put together. But did you know (we didn't) that Ben once wrote a pirate song? The ditty by the author of "Poor Richard's Almanac" and many an industrious do-gooder essay, tells the tale of the demise of Edward "Blackbeard" Teach or, as Franklin called him, "Black-Beard."

I won't repeat the whole thing here, it appears in its entirety on the Blarg. But here's a representative verse.

"Valiant Maynard as he sailed soon the pirate did espy;
With his trumpet he then hailed, and to him they did reply:
"Captain Teach is our commander", Maynard said "He is the man
Whom I am resolved to hang sir, let him do the best he can."

Springsteen it ain't, but it's catchy.


Catchy Tunes From a Fun Band

Speaking of pirate songs, our favorite pirate band, Cap'n Bogg & Salty, is planning a busy summer promoting its new CD, "Pegleg Tango," which they released late last fall. It's a lot of fun. Where else are you going to hear a pirate-surf rock song? Or the powerful baritone of guitarist Buckle boasting that he's a "Scallywag?" The album is a great listen, although their song "Scurvy," from their first album, will always be my personal favorite pirate ditty.

The Portland based band will tour widely this summer, with the highlight being the fifth annual Festival de Piratas on June 25 in their home town of Portland, Oregon. Sadly, our schedule prevents Cap'n Slappy and I from attending, but if you're in the Pacific Northwest in June you should definitely check it out.

Finally, the boys have wangled an invite to an audition this fall with the good folks at Disney. (Hmmm. We've mentioned Disney twice in this Poopdeck, and Dave Barry only once. Let's fix that – Dave Barry Dave Barry Dave Barry.) Anyway, we wish 'em luck and hope soon to catch them singing near the Pirates of the Caribbean.

You can find out more about Cap'n Bogg & Salty at their Web site,

Speaking of Portland bands, I've been urged to mention that the band The Decemberists, are currently on a nationwide tour, and a couple of their songs, if not quite piratey, are very nautical. In fact, there's something sort of maritime sounding in all therock band's repertoire, and unmistakably nautical in the design of their Web site -

Our correspondent particularly notes the song, "The Mariners' Revenge," which he mistakenly calls a sea chanty. It's not, but it's definitely a maritime ballad, and hands down the best song ever sung from the belly of the whale. Also good is "Shanty for the Arethusa," which tells of sailors getting ready for a night of shore leave, warning the you not to let your daughters walk the streets alone.

Coming this summer – A Fabulous Prize!

Just a heads up to let you know we'll be running a contest soon, and you're already entered to win!

Yes! Without even trying! It's that simple.

OK, we don't have the details yet, but we've been offered a FABULOUS PRIZE to give away, and we're going to give it to a Poopdeck subscriber! What do you have to do? Nothing! You're already a subscriber or you wouldn't be reading this! What should you do? Well, if you're any kind of friend at all, you should contact all your friends and co-workers and get them to subscribe, thereby making them eligible to win. Yes, I know, it means it widens the pool of possible winners, but it's the least you can do for your friends, assuming you have any.

We'll be announcing details of the contest in the next month or so, depending on how quickly we figure out said details. Keep watching the Web site and reading the Poopdeck.

Speaking of Games

The X Box version of Sid Meier's Pirates game will be coming out next month. We are very excited by this news, and will be reviewing it for you in an upcoming Poopdeck. Our local game store says the release date is May 18, and we'll be first in line to pick up a copy on that day!


Need a T-shirt For The Summer?

Finally, we've been having fun developing new T-shirt designs, just because we can. We're particularly proud of the Pi-Rate logo, and the "Semper Pi" shirt, which is already attracting attention. And we've got one that we admit went beyond "edgy" into rude. But there's probably someone out there who'll love it. At the same time, we've brought back by popular demand some of the "classic" designs, the original shirts that we put up on the site when we launched it - ye gods! Was it only two years ago? Amazing.

Anyway, check out the designs from time to time. They'll keep changing as we come up with new ideas.

If you have any ideas for a design or product you'd like to see us offer, let us know! We're open to suggestions, and some of our best have come from your requests. In fact, we even named one short after the woman who suggested it.

In the meantime, keep spreading the word, and the word is "Arrr!"

-- Ol' Chumbucket, ed.