The Poopdeck

The Talk Like A Pirate Day Newsletter
Published when the fancy strikes
Ol' Chumbucket, ed.
ISSUE NO. 24-ish August 6, 2005
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"Sent to 1,085 of the saltiest dogs and sauciest wenches surfing the net!"

In this issue:

One Month to Release of "Pirattitude!" - Pirate Party Planned!*

"Pirattitude!" our new book, will be out in one month, on September 6, and we're as excited as a bosun with a new cat o'nine tails, I can tell ye. Why, we're so excited we're having a party to celebrate!

Details aren't complete, but here's what we know so far. The event will be at the Fisherman's Restaurant, 1301 Alaskan Way, on Seattle's pier 57. It'll be a party – and you're invited! Cap'n Slappy and I will be reading from and signing the book, and the gift shop Pirate Plunder will be on hand to sell them. There's talk of a band, and beer, but as I said, details are still sketchy. Keep watching the Web site for details.

We've even gotten our first blurb! It goes a little something like this:

"The Pirate Guys have pens as mighty as their cutlasses. "Pirattitude," their hysterical piratic how-to, reads like a brig bounding over the Spanish Main under full sail. And after finishing it, you'll know enough to capture a brig and bound it over the Spanish Main. Huzzahs to Ol' Chumbucket and Cap'n Slappy, and may they live to write again!

--Keith Thomson, author of the novel "Pirates of Pensacola"

You can advance order yer own copy of "Pirattitude!" (and two or three for friends, if you have any) by going following the link to our affiliate store.

And thanks to those of you who clicked over from our site to Amazon and ordered anything else. Someone (we see order reports, but no names, so this person's identity is safe) clicked over, decided not to buy a book, but bought instead some spreadable Italian cheese. And Amazon is going to give us a buck thirty for being the conduit for that sale! Which is perhaps the strangest thing to come out of this whole strange "Talk Like a Pirate" journey in 10 years!

But seriously, advance orders will help us make the case to our publisher, New American Library, to help support book events around the country. So be the first at your pub or in your frat or whatever to get "Pirattitude!"

44 Days Until Talk Like a Pirate Day!!

That's right. If yer one of those who only talks like a pirate on Talk Like a Pirate Day (and more shame on ye if that's true!), then it's time to start brushing up on yer pirate patois, so that yer not stuck with yer normal landlubber lexicon. Because September 19 is fast approaching, and ye don't want to miss the fun. Make sure ye say "Arr!" and "Shiver me timbers!" and "Well blow me down for an old sea calf!" instead of "Golly, Chester, that sure is exciting," or someone will be walking the plank, and no mistake!

Subscribe Now and Win a "Fabulous" Prize – Prize List Announced is holding a contest for subscribers to the Poopdeck. That's right, a contest! And if you're a Poopdeck subscriber (as you might well be, since you're reading this) you're already entered! If you're reading it because a considerate friend forwarded it to you, then hustle over here right away to subscribe and become eligible to win!

Subscribe by September 19th, 2005, to enter our Talk Like A Pirate Day Booty contest, with a chance to win valuable pirate booty! Three lucky subscribers will have their names picked at random to win special prizes that'll make yer pirate friends go "Arrrrrrrr!" with envy:

First prize: Add pirattitude to yer home decor with a complete suite of pirate bathroom accessories from Arrrrrrchie McPhee. We'll throw in a copy of our new book, "Pirattitude!" hot off the presses and signed by Ol' Chumbucket an' Cap'n Slappy themselves!

Second prize: Your choice of any T-shirt from our Pirate Booty store, plus a signed copy o' Pirattitude

Third prize: A Talk Like A Pirate Day bumper sticker - and, of course, a signed copy of you know what.

All you have to do to win is subscribe to the Poopdeck. Subscribers as of Sept. 19, International Talk Like a Pirate Day, are eligible to win.

And how are we going to choose the winner? Very cool. We're going to throw darts. Literally. We haven't worked out the complete details, but we really like the idea of printing out all the names, going to our favorite local brew pub, the Oregon Trader, and posting the list on the wall where the dart boards hang. Then, after between one and eight glasses of Gene's Octob-Aarrrr Fest Ale, we'll throw darts to pick a winner. Wait, I guess we HAVE worked out the details, although we haven't talked to Gene about it yet. But he's a good guy, so that's probably gonna be okay. And we'll definitely have photos of the event for later posting on the Web site.

So make sure to tell all your pirate friends to sign up now. And remember, EVERYONE is a winner! Even if you don't win the "fabulous" prize you'll still receive this incredible (no quotation marks there, it really is incredible) newsletter keeping you up to date on Talk Like a Pirate Day and all the related piratey news.

The Story Goes On

In case you're a regular reader (it could happen!) of our "Pirate Tale" in our blog – – rest assured that we haven't given up. Blogging has been spotty because we've been on the road a great deal lately, and that's likely to continue to be the case as "Pirattitude!" comes out and we do everything we can to flog it.

We've actually made progress on the story in the last week, and we think we'll soon (or at least eventually) be wrapping up the whole "pirate Olympics" theme and resolving the Portuguese Navy coming to arrest all the buccaneers and Lilly trying to make off with Cap'n Slappy. And we haven't forgotten the whole bit about Admiral Tharp's missing son, or his missing illegitimate son, for that matter. So keep reading, and be patient!

Bringing a Touch of Home - And That Includes a Few Laughs

Last week we were in Seattle visiting with the Seattle Seafair Pirates (thanks guy! had a great time, as always!) and during our stay, it was our pleasure to donate 400 copies of our first book, “Well Blow Me Down: A Guys Guide to Talking Like a Pirate,” to the USO's Seattle office to distribute to American service men and women. The USO provides comfort, morale, and recreation-type services to American men and women in uniform. Its center at SeaTac International Airport is typical of the services it provides. The center, tucked away on the airport’s mezzanine, provides meals, beds, showers, television, online service, books and even a family area for military personnel passing through the airport on their way to and from foreign posts. The Seattle USO also provides deployment services at McChord Air Force Base. As soldiers bound for Iraq pass through the base they can choose from a variety of books, snacks and other diversions for the long flight. “Well Blow Me Down” will be among the items available in the deployment line, according to Sylvia Key of the Seattle USO.

The USO is always in need of more donations to help bring a touch of home to the military personnel representing the U.S. around the world. Sylvia Key, at the USO's Seattle office said she has a “wish list” she would be happy to provide anyone who asked. Cup O’Noodles is high on the list, she goes through five cartons a week at SeaTac, she said. For more information on donating to the USO, call Key at 1-206-246-1908, or go online to

Next issue

  • Your Talk Like a Pirate Day plans
  • A review of Sid Meiers' "Pirates!"
  • Other random nonsense as it occurs to us

-- Ol' Chumbucket, ed.