What did ye do on
... and the days before and after (we're discoverin' that tryin' to confine
the pirattitude to a single day is like tryin' to keep rum in a barrel
with the bung pulled out!)! Let us know,
an' we'll tell the world!
And as they come in, read the party reports
here. And don't
miss the photos!
NEW: Excellent advice on how to observe
TLAPD in the workplace, from Katie's mom ... and other tales of inspiration,
adventure and derring-do
On line/On the air:
Dave Barry auction for Katrina relief:
Our Close Personal Friend and Pulitzer Prizewinner Dave Barry auctioned
off a guitar signed by all the Rockbottom Remainders for Hurricane relief.
He launched the auction on TLAPDay at big105.9
- and raised $2,026 for Katrina aid.
Permanent Vacation Radio
- The popular "TropRock" station featured Talk Like
A Pirate programming on John Cody's Endless Summer Radio Show (formerly
heard on Radio Margaritaville) the weekend of Sept. 17-18.
Pirate programming Radio station KFUO-FM, a 100,000
watt classical music station at 99.1. FM in St. Louis, Mo., celebrated
beginning on Friday the 15th with an hour of music from Pirate movies:
"Captain Blood," "The Buccaneer," and that upstart
from the Caribbean, Jack Sparrow; "Daphnis & Chloe" (kidnapped
by pirates!) "The Flying Dutchman" (sailing under a curse!)
and "The Corsair."
The Harry Potter Lexicon Forum's went goes
Talk Like A Pirate for the day. ( Enter the site, follow the "forum"
link and log in as a guest or member, whichever is appropriate, then go
to the chat thread for September 19. Note: This is an all-ages forum,
so keep it clean, mates!
Pirates of the Burning Sea, a new on-line role-playing
game, celebrated TLAPD on the 19th by offering swashbucklers the chance
to apply to beta test
the game later in the fall. Sign up and they'll notify ye if ye're
accepted to play. The game is set in 1720 in the Caribbean and will allow
players to create their own pirate characters and engage in on-line battles.
Screen shots can
be seen here.
On-line school uses pirates in its lesson planning:
In celebration of TLAPD, White River Online Learning students conducted
research project. They investigated the "school appropriate"
areas of the TLAPD website and boned up on how to talk like a pirate.
Then they went to wikipedia.com and did a search for pirates. They had
to post to a discussion board a paragraph about a pirate or related pirate
topic and they write it in "pirate language." (Aarrrrr, matey!)
Postings began on Sept 19 and continue for the whole week. White River
Online Learning is based out of the White River School District in Buckley,
Minnesota Radio Pirates: "My name is Shelley Pierce
and I co-host a radio show called Shuffle Function on KMSU in Mankato,
Minnesota. We fully intend to talk like a pirate during our show tomorrow
morning, for two hours!!! Listeners have stopped in to give us proper
pirate gear for the task (hats, eye patches, hooks) so we are good to
go on that front. Everyone knows that props are important on the radio.
We also ask that our listeners talk like a pirate when they call in to
request music, and we plan on giving out pirate names via the name generator.
Should be a good time all we are missing is a parrot or two, and a plank."
- Shelley Pierce, Shelley Pierce KMSU 89.7 fm
Radio London Pirate Shanty: "I knows as 'ow ye
renegades'll be busy preparin' for tomorrow's International Talk Like
A Pirate Day so I just wanted to draw yer attention to the new
shanty I 'as quilled for this arrrspicious occasion."- Mary (The
Download a free pirate song: Download a free MP3 from
the soon-to-be-released "The Pirate Album" by Andrew Cunningham
and various artists. The album is co produced by Neil Jeffries who did
the music for the pirate series on the Discovery Channel. Download
the track, Heave Ho, here.
TLAPD chat: kneer0w says "Let people know that
if they don't feel like going out and just want to yarrrrrrrrrrrrrrr,
the landlubbers can simply go to #yarr on EFNET as it can accomodate a
plethora of pirates in a friendly atmosphere." He has a couple of
opers and admins standing by to handle the channel for all who come their
way during TLAPD weekend.
Eclectech Pants Pirate: Check out the Piratical
greeting from Eclectech; compose yer own greeting and mail it to yer
iTunes Pirate Playlist: "I made a playlist of pirate
songs on the iTunes Music Store, including Tom Smith's "Talk Like
a Pirate Day" (which iTMS sells), several from "Pirates of Penzance,"
the Pirate Song from Peter Pan, and others. If you have iTunes (free for
Windows and Mac), you can find the playlist by going to the iTunes
Music Store, clicking on "iMix" in the left column, then
searching on "Pirate songs" in the iMix name. Mine has 11 songs.
" -- George Slusher, Eugene, OR.
Ask Jeeves - The search tool features a special Talk
Like A Pirate Day look.
Textamerica Pirates: Send
yer TLAPD talk here.
The Piker Press
("Literature without the nutritive value") has its
second annual Talk Like A Pirate edition on line now and for the week
to come, featurin' Jerry and Philip Seeger's prize-winning fil;m script,
"Pirates of the White Sand,"
Worth.com's TLAPD Photoshop contest: "If
Pirates Ruled ..."
the popular New Zealand-based mountain biking Web site, will be "piratized"
on Sept. 19 for your reading pleasure.
Nilsson: The Harry
Nilsson Website, dedicated to the talents of the late singer-songwriter,
was piratized for the holiday as well.
Pharyngula, a biology
blog ran by PZ Meyers
The Internet Movie Database
(How did they do that? Some used this
nifty hack for WordPress 1.2 or higher, which will automatically
"piratize" all the text and comments on your blog. Thanks
and a tip o' the pirate hat to Dougal Campbell's Geek Ramblings)
haiku - on radsy.com, just in time for TLAPD 2005
pirates - "The home of hand-held entertainment"
celebrated TLAPD with discounts on two popular games, Tradewinds and Seven
On-line RPGs: The
Last of Azeroth team (in the World of Warcraft game) celebrated TLAPD
by "raiding some fine booty."
Apperceptions posted pirate-themed videos and challenged
the rest of the Yahoo Videoblogging community to do the same.
Easter Egg: Fans report that the Popular
Sid Meiers' Pirates game contains an easter egg that makes
all characters - including the governor's daughters - talk like pirates
on Sept. 19.
Talk Like A Pirate Day Webcomix:
On the ground:
Long John Silver's: The restaurant chain
promoted Talk Like A Pirate Day for the third year in a row with
sale prices on the 19th and an on-line pirate name generator.
Gotham pirates : Our literary publicist, Cap'n Liz
and her gang held forth at the 19th MacMennanin's Pub, 89 South St.
at Pier 17, 3rd floor in the South Street Seaport. (photos)
Clay, NY - Christmas in September: In upstate New
York, the town of Clay holds its annual Christmas (Christmas? In September?)
Parade of Boats, and since it was scheduled for Sept, 17 this year
the event had a decidedly piratical flavor .
Rochester, New York - Shipboard TLAPD: While cruising
aboard the American Candadian Caribbean Line's Grand Caribe from Chicago
to Warrenton Rhode Island, via the Great Lakes, Roger and Putzler discovered
that the ship already had other events planned for Sept. 19, so they
persuaded the crew and their fellow cruisers to celebrate TLAPD on the
17th. They were abetted by Patty, Bonnie and Kari, who "took the
cutlass and ran with it and convinced the Cruise Director that this
would be the thing to do. They even had me make an announcement over
the ship's P.A. system inviting the scrurvy crew and land lubbers to
free grog (rum & punch---4 bowls were needed) in the ship's lounge.
The ship's Captain even got on the P.A. system and said he could tell
that the pirate who made the announcement could not have been from New
England because he could pronounce the R in Arrrrr! I also shared the
five A words with the passengers and, of course, your website. What
a hoot!" - Roger Putzler (photo)
Glastonbury, Connecticut - Scupper and kids : Popular
children's entertainer Kevin Burke, aka Scupper, had so much fun last
Sept. 19 that he's made a repeat visit this Sept. 19 to Barnes &
Noble in Glastonbury, CT, including a lesson in pirate talk, a reading
from some children's pirate books, and a lesson in pirate lore. (photo)
New London Connecticut - the Coast Guard pipes aboard:
"Here at the US Coast Guard Academy we’re celebrating Talk
like a Pirate Day by ... talking like pirates. Hotel Company made an
announcement of today’s importance, the only shame is our service
is dedicated to suppressing and battling pirates, ah well. Ye better
fear us, for we patrol the water ye bilge rats defile!" 4/c Radin
Improvised pirattitude: "I'm in North Kingstown
Rhode Island, and for International Talk Like A Pirate day, I made dozens
of eye patches out of kite string, duct tape and construction paper
and handed them out in my high school. Sure, it wasn't as elaborate
as other stuff people do, but it really got a lot of attention. People
all day were confused about all of the eyepatch-clad people walking
around." - Sarah
Salem, Mass. - Good timing: This year's Salem,
Mass. Pirate Faire fell on September 17 & 18. Winter Island
Park was overrun with pirate re-enactors, swashbuckling adventure on
the high seas, romance, treachery, and treasure.
Boston, Mass: Peabody Pirates: The Peabody Institute
Library kicked off a town-wide fall reading program on Talk Like a Pirate
Day. The library gave prizes to who came in talking like pirates. The
selected book for the program is Robert Louis Stephenson's ''Treasure
Island." Through the program, ''Read It, Share It, Treasure It:
Peabody Reads Treasure Island," the library has purchased a number
of paperback copies of the book for residents to borrow and planned
a series of events related to the book.
Baltimore - Katrina assistance fundraiser: Pirates
of the Drunken Ferret took over the Clipper City at the Inner Harbor
in Baltimore, Md. cto party and raise money to help the victims of Hurricane
Lawschool pirattitude: "Professor
Margaret Krasik insisted that any student answering a question today
in her "Estates & Trusts" class at Duquesne University
School of Law preface their answer by talking like a pirate. In response,
one student told her to 'walk the plank.' " -- Mary Jensen
Arnold, Maryland - Pirates on the Magothy: –
The Ferry Point Marina and Yachtyard in Arnold, Md.will hold its annual
Slipholder's Party. Because of the nearness to ITLAPDay, this year's
theme was "Pirates on the Magothy" and featured a treasure
hunt, with Pirate ships raiding the booty and stealing the wenches;
a pirate band and "pin the eyepatch on the pirate" for the
North Carolina - Home-town boy: Hot on the heels of
Talk Like a Pirate Day, the town of Bath, N.C. continues its tricentennial
celebration Sept. 24-26 with a Buccaneer's Bash and a visit by the tall
ship Queen Elizabeth II, in memory of their own Cap't. William "Blackbeard"
Teach. Check their Web site
for more information.
North Carolina gamin' pirates: Hit Point Hobbies held
"booty grabbin', pirate talkin' tournament" on Talk Like
A Pirate Day "Bring ye most savvy ships ta sail into the fray
and pillage the swag!"
Charleston, South Carolina - Queen Anne's Revenge: In
Ole Blackbeard's stompin' ground just up from Charleston, SC on Daniels
Island be a fine cafe called Queen Anne's Revenge, named after his ship
and trimmed out an -foot model of the Queen Anne, cutlasses and a brace
the finest pistols plus blunderbusses and cannon - as well as a lifesized
replica of Steed and Bonnet plannin' their next raid in a cut-away of
his cabin. On Talk Like A Pirate Day they offered free appetizers for
all who came dressed as pirates.
Virginia Beach - Sea Gypsy cruise: Cap'n Amanda "Peg-Leg"
Williams and First Mate Olivia Rot Gut" Williams planned to spend
TLAPD cruising aboard the Sea Gypsy, which sails out of the Long Bay
Pointe Marine in Virginia Beach, Va. on excursions to Blackbeard's hideout.
Peg Leg writes: "As a faithful pirate m'self (who, by the way
has been in the Navy for 18 years!), I thought this pirate cruise was
a lot of fun-they even follow treasure maps, dress in pirate garb and
have a water cannon battle at sea. THIS is how we plan to spend OUR
international talk like a pirate day! (In case ye wish to investigate
this treasure, it's at www.pirateexpeditions.com)"
Richmond, Virginia Smokin: At UM Cigar Distributors
in Richmond, Va., the Rev Zack "The Kilted Pirate" Alderfer
held an event at his smoke shope.
Southern US/ Gulf
St. Augustine, Fla. - Scarlett O'Hara's: Scarlett
O'hara's in historic Saint Augustine, Florida hosted a pyrate party
According to a correspondent, "The pyrate ship "Black
Heart" is now recruiting "hands" to join the crew. Equal
shares will be given for all qualified "hands" that will pass
muster and are properly attired and armed to support the ship and its
other crew members."
Florida - Libraries with Pirattitude: The North Regional/Broward
Community College library in Coconut Creek, Florida celebrated Talk
Like a Pirate Day with a showing of "a popular pirate movie"
whose name they can't publicize because of contractual requirements.
But we can guess!
Altamonte Springs, Florida: Kiwi's Pub & Grill,
a small New Zealander-owned pub just outside Orlando, has been counting
down toward TLAPD for three months and capped the celebration with T-shirts,
specials and other hijinks. "So many people are excited about
it we want to do it up!!! I even had a guy come in and say, “You
guys know about that? We celebrated that back home.” - Mona
Atlanta - PiratePalooza: Our ol' pal Cap'n Drew iput
together a little pubcrawl dubbed "PiratePalooza" just outside
of Atlanta, Ga. Further info at: www.piratepalooza.com/
Atlanta Radio Theater: ARTC in Atlanta, GA reprised
its special Talk Like A Pirate Day performance at Barnes & Noble
Bookstore. As they did in 2004, staff, performers and visitors alike
dressed (and talked) like pirates while the ARTC performed a staged
reading of the book Pirate Hunter, pirate trivia contests and
more. Read about
this year's plans. (photo)
Mobile pirates: The Mobile, Ala. public library threw
a children's celebration of Talk Like A Pirate Day, featuring some of
the fun for junior pirates from our
Louisiana Sea Grant Pirates: Staff of the Louisiana
Sea Grant office in Baton Rouge held their First Annual Talk Like A
Pirate Day celebration on Monday. "Everybody at LSG gets eye
patches and we'll have a swashbuckling good lunch," writes
communications manager Roy Kron. (photos)
[The Webwench is especially pleased to hear this news, as she works
for one o' LSG's sister Sea Grant programs when she's not slavin' away
for the Pirate Guys].
San Leon, Texas - Katrina relief and pirate fun: "It’s
time to pool the loot for those that were given the Black Spot by that
shrew Katrina. Captains Marcel and Dale shanghaied some buxom wenches
and out of their boucan will come vittaulles well seasoned." ...
San Leon Marina held a Katrina relief fundraiser for TLAPD.
Rockwall, Texas - Party with the Bilge Pumps: Chandlers
Landing Marina in Rockwall held its "first but not last" Talk
Like A Pirate Day Party. The party included
The Bilge Pumps, one of Slappy and Chumbucket's favorite pirate
Great Western Industries (Dallas?): "Some lass
be finished with her distribut'n of our new pirate booty. Our new eypatches
for the the entire crew 'on deck' mean we be's ready fer the day's swashbucklin'.
Yes, we be telling who the Sprogs and land lubbers are for they refuse
to wear the uniform. Aye, some o' the lily-livered ne'er even attempt
to envoke the rights o' parley before we make 'em walk the plank fer
their lack o'entusiasm. " -- Robert, the network admin
Houston - Space pirates: Cap'n Long Don Silverstrings,
who works for the space program and lives, as he says, ""just
a doubloon's throw from Galveston where Cap'n Lafitte buried his pirate
booty, now located under a tall building or a perpetually flooding housing
development," plays in a traditional jazz band, and this year threw
an ITLAP celebration at a Houston fish house. Oh, and we asked Long
Don whether it would be possible to get someone on the space station
to let out a "Arr!" or two on the 19th, thereby making it
Interplanetary Talk Like a Pirate Day, but he said he doubted it. NASA
has lost its wild and wooly edge, and the right stuff is no longer as
prized as it was. Bummer.
Talequah, Oklahoma - Pirate assignment: "Ahoy!
As a lecturer in English Composition I've assigned my students to come
up with an argument or example of why TLAPD should be a "true"
and recognized holiday, unlike, say, step parents day, and present it
to the class in pirate jargon." - Tony O'seland, Adjunct English
Professor, English Dept., College of Liberal Arts. Northeastern State
Midwestern US & Plains
Baylor Law School: "Just found your web-site
and thought I’d send my TLAPD 2005 story. I didn’t even
know there was such a thing as TLAPD until my contracts professor at
Baylor Law School walked into class on September 19th and informed us
that we would be observing TLAPD in class. Everyone that he called on
that day in class was required to begin their answer to his question
with a hearty “Arrgh!” If the “Arrgh” wasn’t
hearty enough then he made you do it over. Some of us loved it. A couple
of the women in class made the professor a paper hat with the Jolly
Roger painted on it and left it on the podium the next day. He thought
it was great and wore it during class…so the 20th became TLAPD
part 2!" -- Joanna
Des Moines, (that's French for "the Moines") Iowa
- Parrotheads: The Des Moines Parrot Head Club celebrated at
their favorite local watering hole, the aptly Yankee Clipper.
Ankeny, Iowa - Aboard the Yankee Clipper: Those pirate
wenches extrordinaire Dawnie & Debe, hosted a pirate party at the
Iowa City pirattitude: Once again, Barnacle Bob and
the University of Iowa Loose Association of Very Silly People (UILAVSP)
in association with the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) spent
the day handing out out eyepatches and newspaper pirate hats!
Nebraska - We're not making this up: Cap'n Q-Tip ("I
used to be swabby, now I'm Q-Tip) and the Chess Pirates of Nebraska
held what we all believe to be the first-ever International Talk Like
A Pirate Day chess tournament, the
Swag Open, on Sept. 17 and even got some newspaper
coverage. They urged all comers to dress appropriately, and plan
to honor such "alternative" chess terms as "Heave-to
and prepare to be boarded!" (checkmate), "You've run me through!"
(I resign.), "I invoke the right of Parlay" (offer draw) and
"Cap'n'll see about this!" (need to speak to TD). Afterwards,
Q-Tip wrote: "Well the 1st Swag Open is now in the history books
- 44 buckaneers from Nebraska, South Dakota, and Iowa fought over the
ocean of 64 squares. One scallywag from Iowa won your fine book and
seemed quite pleased to have done so!" (photo)
Cincinnati, Ohio - Pirate shoot'em-up: Scallywag
Tag, a pirate-themed laser tag arena got a jump on TLAPD this Friday
and Saturday with prizes for the best-dressed pirates and highest-scoring
Cincinnati , Ohio - More Harriers: The Sin City Hash
House Harriers and Harriettes (another "drinking club with a running
problem) hosted their second annual Talk Like a Pirate Hash Run through
and around the downtown Cincinnati streets on Saturday, Sept 17th .
Says Tom Moehringer, "The pace is slow and the energy is high,
and there is plenty of grog consumed before, during and mostly after
the run. Like most of what we do, there is no point to this endeavor—except
to cause a spectacle. (It doesn’t hurt that this is the same weekend
as Cincinnati’s Oktoberfest celebration, the 2nd largest in the
world, next to Munich, Germany. So there is plenty of opportunity to
cause a disturbance, running through the streets in full Pirate dress
with thousands of people looking at us, wondering what the !*&@
we are doing.)"
Columbus City, Indiana - Peabody Pirattitude: The
Peabody Public Library in Columbus City, Indiana, transformed
its Web site into pirate talk in honor of TLAPD '05, and planned
Talk Like A Pirate events from the 19th through the 22nd for grownups
and sprouts alike..
Indianapolis Pirate karioke: Members of the Indianapolis
Women's Chorus will piratied like pirates and pillated the village of
Dittsworth (Pirate Jimmy and Tracy’s abode) on Saturday the 17th.
Winnetka, Ill. - Buccaneer bunnies: When Carolyn Crimi's
finished her new book, Henry and
the Buccaneer Bunnies, she knew a Talk Like a Pirate Day event would
be the perfect way to celebrate. At 3:30 PM on September 19th, signed
the book at the Bookstall in Winnetka, IL. Kids who came to the signing
learned pirate words, pirate songs and hunted for buried gold coins.
They also learned that not all pirates pillage. Henry, for example,
prefers a good book.
Rockford, Ill. - Pirate Discounts: At the Rockford
College Bookstore, in Rockford, Ill, anyone who came in on the 19th
talking like a pirate got 10 percent off their purchase.
Marshall, Mich. - Pirates in the schools: Captain
Ishtar once again be celebrated ITLAPD at Marshall Middle School. Special
Pirate Ship related activities were done in science classes all day,
with students encouraged to dress as pirates for the day. Captain ISHTAR
will be visiting elementary schools this week, reading “How I
Became A Pirate” to the younger students, leaving behind gifts
of chocolate gold coins and beads. Arghh!
It's the personal touch that counts: "Eyme gonna
go to as many dry Cleaners as possible with a pirate lookin Jakket with
one shoulder covered with an ungly mess from Me chicken coop, wearin
a patch on one eye and Ask 'em How they rate at getting Parrot Shit
stains outta clothing." -- Jerry Poronsky, Dearborn,MI
Minnesota contest: "Sponsored 'Talk like a pirate'
day here at McQuay International...(we make air conditioners) held a
'pirate talk' contest (see rules below) with piles of gold wrapped candy
in gold boxes & gold dollar coins as prizes! We used the printable
pirate eye patches too:) Sadly, our pirates didn't like photographic
evidence of their whereabouts or we'd send pictures ;) To those who
didn't participate we gave 'bilge rats' (rubber rats)." -- Caroline
Hardin Lueneburg, McQuay International Rep Help Desk
Olive Garden Pirate: "I'm a server at the Olive
Garden in Maple Grove, MN. I wore a red bandana and some pirate "treasure"
while speaking with pirattitude to my guests. My manager wasn't totally
keen on the idea but my guests loved it. Made really good tips that
day. ;-)" -- Dena from Elk River, MN
Pirates of Missouri: Flat
Branch Pub and Brewing, 115 South Fifth Street, Columbia Missouri
will be partied like pirates all day long on Sunday, Sept. 18 From the
looks o' the photos on their site, last year's party was a real pirate
Liberty, Missouri - Piratical pedagogy: "This
morning I hoisted the mast on Talk Like a Pirate Day by teaching the
lads and lasses in my Evolution and Ecology class in Pirate speak. They
were requested to reply in hearty pirate speech as well. And, shiver
me timbers, they did!!! We covered genetics and dealt with a gene for
tongue rolling in humans. Luckily for us, we can represent that gene
as R (Arrrr!) One student came in late and was more confused than a
pirate waking up to find his peg-leg gone after a night down at the
dockside pubs. A few found it ridiculous and were forced to walk the
intellectual plank. We also threatened the plank for incorrect answers
to questions from the Captain. A swashbuckling good time was had by
Albany, Oregon: Cap'n Slappy, Ol' Chumbucket and the
rest of Team Pirate held forth at Riley's Billiard Room & Grill,
consuming copious draughts of Dead Guy Ale and talking like pirates.
Although hoped-for guest Bobby Henderson of Flying
Spaghetti Monster fame was unable to make it, some of his
Pastafarian followers did!
Aftermath: Join Team Pirate at the Oregon Trader Brewing
Co., 140 Hill St., Albany at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, for an informal
post-TLAPD recovery party (also known in these parts as "Please,
God, stop talking like pirates!" Day). We'll be throwing darts
at the Poopdeck subscriber list to determine
the winners of our contest,
and the guys will bring along some books to sell and sign, too.
Portland, Ore. - Pirate Island: The Island Cafe (250
NE Tomahawk Drive, in the heart of North Portland Harbor, Portland,
Ore.) once again celebrated TLADP with costumes, pirattitude and pirate
specials, including the infamous Rum Runner, grog o' choice at this
poipular floating cafe.
Portland, Or. - Salvador Molly's: Salvador Molly's
offered TLAPD prizes to patrons who could come up with catchy pirate
phrases; those who dressed the part won more.
Oregon - Harley pirates: "More'n three score
of South Coast Oregon Harley ridin' pirates descended on Pirate Island
to share ale, high-seas tales and grub. In a cannon-ball (water balloon)
battle twixt pirates and English, pirates won handily. Last pirates
standing won devil ducks. If'n you not familiar with such a beast, ye
can't be callin' yerself a pirate. The day was filled with games ranging
from horse shoes to hitting cannon balls in a full-size, regulation
batting cage. A live band from Portland had written pirate songs just
for the party. Pirate and their wenches consumed nearly 50 pounds of
pork; 11 cases of beer; 20 pounds of snack foods; 2 cases of soda pop
(not big on bubbly soda); untold quantities of rum-laced grog. We're
already planning next year's event." -- Best, Three Fingers (photo)
Eugene, Oregon: Pirate Aid for Katrina: Diablo's/Downtown
Lounge held a The Pirate Day Mardi Gras Party for hurricane relief to
raise money for the Red Cross.
News pirates: "I honestly didn't know about this
fine celebration prior to today. However, as news director at KING FM
it is my duty to research and report on such festive occasions. As a
result, this morning we be reportin'.....uhhh, we reported that today
was Talk Like a Pirate Day on one of our newcasts. This of course had
the effect of makin' the rest o' the crew walk around all squinty eyed
an' sayin' things like "aaaarrrrhhhh" and "matey"
and such. An' now we be seriously thinkin' about going over and attackin'
the nancy boys at 98.9! wILL WE GIVE 'EM ANY QUARTER?? NAY SAYS I....LET'S
SINK THE SCURVY SWABS!!!! Aaaarrrhh....where be the wenches?????"
-- Lee Jackson, KING FM, Seattle WA
San Francisco - Protecting our shores with Pirattitude: Terry
Jelcick tells us his comrades in US Coast Guard Port Security Unit 312,
just commissioned in San Francisco Bay as a "small, specialized,
globally deployable, rapid response unit," were glad to learn about
TLAPD and plan to celebrate ... appropriately.
Los Angeles Count - Pirates! It's the law!:
"Temple sheriff"s station in Los Angeles County celebrates
the day by wearing buttons and hats ( I have an eyepatch). All the traffic
on the computers in the cars are in pirate talk. I be the Dutchess of
Death, Watch Deputy. Black Jack Flint the Chief Inspector keeps us on
course as to the days of Pirate talk. AAARRRRR. "911 what be your
emergency ?" -- The Dutchess of Death
Bakersfield, Calif.- Bookstore Pirates: Russo's Books
is holding pirate themed events the whole week of Sept. 18 – 24.
Anyone who comes into the store during that week dressed like a pirate
or speaking piratey gets a special discount. Visit www.russosbooks.com
for more details.
Fresno, Ca. - Theyr'e openin' the house to pirates!
"Pirate A Go Go" is an adults-only party on the 17th in a
private residence with a pirate ship water slide/bounce house, big pool
for the swimming, pirate games, treasure hunt, fire eaters and jugglers,
pirate chanties, roasted meats and plenty of rum and mead for the drinking
Impromptu TLAPD at DisneyLand?"If anybody's
interested, I'm gonna take me family to Disneyland right when it opens,
head straight fer tha Pirates of the Caribbean, and remind 'em what
an important day it is fer 'em, and then sail the seven seas a few times
in a row..... THEN, we'll wander around the park talkin' like pirates,
or as well as we can muster, anyway." --Signed, Bombastic
Blowhard (No pun intended) [Note: We'd
love to hear how this turned out...]
Trainin' 'em young: "I teach 6th grade in
California, and we will start reading about Pirates next week. We plan
on celebrating Talk Like A Pirate Day - .great fun" -- Lisa
Los Angeles - Flying the colors: "Avast there
Capn', we at Booth, Mitchel & Strange LLP in Los Angeles have big
plans! We'll be flyin the Jolly Roger from our 44th story window, daring
our high rise neighbors to try to board our building! Grog and a wild
pirate party will ensue, followed by sacking and plundering of offices
on other floors! As fer dressin' up in costumes, we don't need no scurvy
costumes! WE'RE LAWYERS!" -
Tucson, Ariz. - Pirates on the run: The Hash House
Harriers of Tucson, Ariz., a self proclaimed " drinking club with
a running problem ", will get a head start on TLAPD with a Sept.
17 pirate-themed run through the streets of Tucson - with grog stops.
Pirate incentives: "I made 150 Parrot cookies
and handed them out at work. I made the landlubbers talk like a pirate
if they wanted a cookie." -- Jon Easley, Tucson, AZ
Minden, Colo. - Polite pirates - Pirate Wilson and
Pirate Bertolone-Smith, two chummies who teach first grade together
in Minden, Nevada, celebrated the day with glorious costumes; pirate
vocabulary lesson,s making pirate hates, an orienteering course - and
a Treasure map! "We call our class "Polite Pirates" and
they jolly well are," write the pirate teachers.
Prince George, British Columbia: "We run a small
independent school, and for (Inter)National Talk-Like-a-Pirate Day,
we teachers are planning to dress up like pirates, and act and talk
like them, WITHOUT LETTING THE KIDS KNOW THAT WE'RE GOING TO. It'll
be fun, they'll be stunned, and we hope to make a few walk the plank!
I'll try to get some pics to send along afterwards. Great idea, this
thing! Thanks for the opportunity." -- JF in PG
Nova Scotia: Septaugenarian Pirate! "T'day,
Sept. 19, 2005, bein the seventieth anniversary of me birth I have ordered
everyone in my establishment (The
Lobster Shack Restaurant) to observe the day in proper fashion by
talkin like a pirate. Our land base is right on the Atlantic Ocean on
the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia....an area rich in pirate history.
As a matter of fact I looks out my porthole every day and spies the
verry spot where pirates buried their booties back in them days. I dare
not disturb it for I swear it is guarded by swashbuckling ghosts. I
have erected a plank on the poop deck and anyone who refuses to talk
like a pirate will be sent to pay a visit to Davey Jones at the bottom
of the Atlantic....AAAAAARRRRRGH!!!! Well I must git to it and haul
the scuppers fer some mates and wenches to help me crack open a keg
of grog and jine in me celebrations! Avast!" - Adrien Blanchette
Uruguay - Lost in the Ether: Perdidos En El Eter (Lost
In Ether) is a radio show from Montevideo, Uruguay, about comics, roleplaying,
scifi and other related subjects, and of course, pirates! The South
American radio show will hold its second yearly celebration, dedicating
an entire show to pirates, this time on September 22, the Thursday after
ITLAPD. The show will feature a review of the Monkey Island computer
games series, a segment about the roleplaying game Seventh Sea, and
a brief catalogue of real-life famous pirates. Producer MaGnUs says,
"During the show we'll be drinking some beer, and after the show,
we'll most likely play Seventh Sea, whilst completely drunk." You
can catch the Spanish language broadcast online as well at: http://perdidoseneleter.tripod.com.
(And the hosts have managed to spread the pirattitude to the public
schools, too: Public High School Nº 54, to where Endriago's son
Eric the Red attends, is going to host their own TLAPD celebration!)
UK - Pirates care: The Marie
Curie Cancer Care program in the UK is ran
a Talk Like A Pirate Day Fund-raiser to help support Marie Curie
Nurses home-care for terminally ill cancer patients.
London - Pirate Goths: Synthetic
Culture - an Alternative/Goth club in London, UK staged a Pirate
Theme Night on Friday the 16th September) in celebration of TLAPD.
Leicester pub crawl: On the 20th September the cabin
boys and wenches of Leicester University (UK) held a pirate-themed bar
crawl round the glorious city of Leicester! Much grog was consumed,
and there was carousing well into the night!
South Tyneside College Pirate Plunder: Led by Commodore-Captain
KittyCat (Mercedes Z. Kruspe Bernstein) students held South Tyneside
College Charity Pirate Plunder to raise funds for the Grace
House Children's Hospice Appeal.
Berkshire, England - Theatrical pirates: Colnbrook
Amateur Stage Theatre (CAST) Berkshire ceelbrated TLAPD in rehearsal
for their 2005 pantomime, Treasure Island
Scotland - Pillagin', plunderin' - and charity: A
group o' mad students - some English, some Scots - planned to spend
Sept. 10-18 sailin' a hired canal boat from Edinburgh to Glasgow an'
back again along the Union and Forth & Clyde canals. They decked
' their craft with pirate banners, wore pirate costumes - and raised
money for charity. See their Web site at http://www.yarrpirates.com
Scotland Research Pirates: "We be a research
lab in the land o' Scots who have a soft spot in our hearts for pirates.
We're tryin' to help ye spread the word, so every year we alter the
front page of our web site accordingly. I be Laaaaaurrra, the Web Wench,
and my associate Aaaaaarcha helps me instruct the lab in pirate talk.
We'll be isolatin' DNA and peepin' at cells with our microscopes all
day today, in yer honor.."
-- Laura Trinkle-Mulcahy,
Wales: More fun for charity: "Avast cap'n, we've
held ours a little early over here in Wales UK, and raised 85 quid for
the Macmillan Nurses, this'll be added to the pot at a tea party next
week. All good fun and it brings a touch of Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr back
to the land of Cap'n Morgan and Colyn Dolphyn. Have fun everyone, Dastardly
Dave and Not so Jolly Roger." (photo)
At sea off Portsmouth: "rrrrrrrrr mates. this
be redbeard here. as a fine upstandin' man'o'means such as yeself, i
take my booty on the high seas as a sailor aboard the finest bucket
o' scalliwags in the main, the USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG-81). she
be a fine vessel, fit fer ol' hornigold hisself. a guided missile destroyer
for our blessed nation be she, and recently bound from the king's Portsmouth,
UK by thunder. true as the north star, i've been plunderin' these murky
waters off the coast and bars of the original colonies for ages. today,
i've mustered the entire crew all the ways down to the galley swabs
in observence o' this fine day. tonight, rations of grog and biscuits
be extended, fer the crew be restless fer another prize. no quarter
fer those who deny this day! landlubbers, i warrant. not worthe their
salt in a dingy. ahoy! fair winds and followin' seas mate! cheers be
from the crew o' the ol' winnie churchill! and ye may lay to that!"
Luxembourg Pirate Park: "This wench is a happily
married mother of three, and the five of us have recently moved to Luxembourg,
a sadly land-locked country. But they do have a lovely, new pirate-themed
playground near the center of Luxembourg city (costing much booty for
the citizen of Luxembourg, Arr-arr-arr), and we are having a TLAPD party
at the playground for the kids on Monday. Not much grog (unless you
bring your own), but plenty of pirate talk and water to play in and
around. In the meanwhile, we are working on improving our pirate vocabulary
in French, something new for us this year." -- First mate Matilda
Hood Kehlen, Luxembourg
First report in: Brisbane: "Here in Brisbane
Australia we held Talk Like a Pirate Day today (Friday 16th) and used
it to raise money for the Childhood Cancer Support charity. Had a great
day and raised plenty of gold and was inundated by the media (18 radio
interviews.) Thanks for the great idea and we are looking forward to
2006." -- Peter Wotherspoon (Peg Leg Pete)
Melbourne EDS: "Reporting in that the project
team for EDS in Melbourne is in full swing for International Talk Like
a Pirate Day. Most people have dug into their wardrobes and have produced
outfits befitting any prince of the high seas.A big cheerio and thank
you for giving us an excuse to let the pirate within out for a day."
-- First Mate Burly Breath
Parramatta: Greetings - As TLPD is around my birthday
- and because it was a quiet day at the office - I decided to have fun
and raise some money for one of my favourite causes at the same time.
My workmates each pledged adonation towards the Hamlin
Fistula Aid and Relief Fund (an Australian project help Ethiopian
women who suffer severe injuries during childbirth) ... The challenge:
To venture up and down the main street of Parramatta during lunchtime
in pirate garb (I perform in a theatrical swordplay troupe called "The
Highland Cavaliers" hence the extra flourish with rapier and dagger).
Most of the lunchtime crowd including the constabulary barely raised
an eyebrow - mind you, people are pretty used to vagabonds, buccaneers
and layabouts around here - Parramatta was a convict farm settlement
which which was established at the same time as Sydney Cove itself back
in in 1788 (for out of towners - geographically Parramatta lies about
an hour west of the Harbour Bridge via the Parramatta River ferry) ...
You will be pleased to know that at least $A300 has been raised to date
for the Fistula Aid fund. Who knows what we'll get up to next year!?"
- Fearsom' Bess (photo)
Hollywell, Australia - Marina pirates: The SYC Hollywell
Sailing Squadron hosted a swashbuckling ITLAPDay party at 1 Marina Crescent
in Hollywell, promising pillagin’ and plunderin’, spittin’
and brawling, with prizes for Best Dressed Pirate, Best Dressed Wench,
Best Pirate yarn (told in traditional pirate talk!), and The Best “Arrrrrrrr!”
Canberra, Australia - Pirate ball down under: The
band Earthly Delights held a pirate's costumed ball on Saturday September
17, at St Johns Hall, Constitution Avenue, Reid, Canberra, Australia.
Earthly Delights's Web site describes it as "one of Australia's
most inventive and interactive folk-world-medieval music bands- and
one with enormous cross generational appeal."
Canberra, Australia - Employee event: TransACT, a
business employing about 3,000 workers, celebrated the day by raising
money for Starlight Children's Foundation. Anyone donating $5 or more
to the cause got permission to talk and dress like a pirate on the job
all day. The Starlight Children's Foundation helps children with cancer.
(Scroll down the page for more events in Canberra - talk about a town
Canberra Pirate politician: (No, we won't make the
cheap joke) Mike Hettinger, who's runnin' for something-or-other in
Canberra, Australia, threw a Talk
Like A Pirate Day picnic and fund-raiser Sept. 18 on Springbank
Island, Lake Burley-Griffin.
Queensland, Australia - Money for guide dogs: The
Teaching and Learning Services Social Events and Corporate Citizenry
Group at Queensland University of Technology sponsored Talk Like A Pirate
Day tea on Sept. 19 to raise money for the Guide Dogs for the Blind
Association of Queensland.
New Zealand Catholic School: "Well ye see me
hearties, thar seems t' be a lack o' NZ pirates! Today on the 19th I,
Captain Echo, decided to introduce this little shindig to our (Catholic
girls) school. So I printed off yer pirate lingo and drafted it in several
classrooms along with pictures of Captain Jack Sparrow. The teachers
found it Jolly good Roger! More enthusiasm from the scurvy dogs than
I's expecting!!" - Captain Echo
Lonely in Taiwan: "Being closer to the dateline,
we get Talk Like a Pirate Day ahead of you, although ~~ I hang my head
in shame ~~ I have to confess that I have had little success popularizing
TLPD in Taiwan (remember? I wrote a couple years ago). HOWEVER, I am
still trying. I have posted you on
my blog which is read daily by at least two people. (I’m one,
and the other is my imaginary pirate friend.) So have
a happy mooncake" -- Yugan Dali AKA Greg Talovich AKA etc
Pirates in Kuwait: "In our never ending quest
to find anything to pass time away, we decided to celebrate and talk
like pirates as much as possible. Our Commodore even got in on the action,
which is surprising cause most the time he doesn't have a sense of humor.
The Army over here probably thinks us Navy/Coast Guard people are crazy,
but even some of them though it was funny. I am sending a
picture of me and some of my unit ( The Desert Polywogs ) who boarded
a Navy gunboat and raised our flag. The flag is actually the first Navy
Jack and was flown on the first Navy/Marine mission the Revolutionary
War, and now used as the jack for the duration of the war on terrorism.
I noticed that there are no stores to buy pirate costumes in Kuwait
so we had to make due with what we had." -- Sincerely, The Desert
Polywogs (aka NCWRON 33)
The Poles, the International Space Station ... ???
Now that's pirattitude! "I couldn't do me much
for Talk like a Pirate Day, so I took all the leeway I could and went
out to lunch with my buddies for two hours and drank 5 pints of beer.
For the record, I only have a half-hour lunch from the public relations
office, and I'm not s'posed ta drink any of them there alcoholic bev'rages.
I played two games 'a darts an' a round 'a pool and lost 'em all. But
damn, ya shoulda read the press releases I sent out this afta'noon.
=)" Michael, whose last name and employer shall go unrevealed.
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