The Poopdeck

The Talk Like A Pirate Day Newsletter
Published when we've got something to say
Ol' Chumbucket, ed.
ISSUE NO. 106, Sept. 18, 2012
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Tomorrow Is International Talk Like a Pirate Day!

In this issue:

The Mouse Is On Board

On the Disney Jr. channel, Wednesday is "Talk Like a Disney Pirate Day!"

Disney Jr. is the home of the extremely popular kids show, "Jake and the Never Land Pirates," and on Wednesday Jake and his crew will be featured. (It's a little like "Dora The Explorer," but with Captain Hook instead of Swiper.) In the evening, they will premiere the new episode, "Jake Saves Bucky," to celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day. (As they say, "Check yer local listin's, you scurvy dogs!")

The other thing the show has that Dora doesn't is the show's musical duo, Sharky and Bones. These two are, in reality, our old filibuster friends Loren Hoskins and Kevin Hendrickson of the six-piece pirate rock band Cap'n Bogg & Salty, livin' the dream. Here's a link to a video of them as Sharky and Bones touring with some of their music from "Jake and the Never Land Pirates," the appropriately named tune, "Talk Like a Pirate."

And here's a link to a video of one of their Bogg & Salty tunes, the much edgier, rocking "Pieces of 8ight."

It's hard to believe it's been eight years since Cap'n Slappy, Mad Sally and I first met the band. (You can read about it here - - although the band is only part of a longer story.) It's been a long way since that drafty community center in Yachats, Oregon. Lot of water under the keel. Delighted to see them doing so well.

The Funkiest Pirates Ever

While we're talking about music, someone recently sent us a link to another video, the funkiest pirate video you've ever seen. You can't really explain the '70s, all you can do is check this out and smile and shake your head.

The Web Wench Says ...

Jezebel the Web Wench keeps her finger on the pulse of the holiday and sends us daily reports, some of which I crib for these Poopdecks. But we've reached the time of year when it no longer makes sense to rewrite her notes, I'll just pass 'em on to you as she sends 'em.

"This seems to be a big year for speech and language pathologists using TLAPD in their classroom. The Fat Cat Pirate Chat guys are back with an upgraded-to-Android version of their pirate-chat app for kids with language disabilities, and a guy named Bill Binko (which would be a great pirate name) alerts me to this:

... click on the links for a series of blog posts about how teachers and speech and language pathologists can use TLAPD in their work with disabled kids. Some really charming stuff there.

Savage Chickens is back, with his annual countdown to TLAP using cartoons of chickens drawn on PostIt notes.:

On the Calend-Aaarrr! we're still missing six states – We haven't been told of any parties or events in Arkansas, Idaho, Mississippi, New Mexico, Rhode Island, West Virginia or the District of Columbia, where nobody ever wants to admit to being a pirate.

Internationally, in the past 48 hours we've added events in Venice, Italy; Copenhagen, Denmark; Belgrade, Serbia; Umea, Sweden; Shanghai, China; Seoul, South Korea; and Modiin, Israel to the Calend-Aaarrr! and map. (The map can be found at

There are tons of events at elementary schools, tons of library children's programs. And a larger than usual number of pub crawls for the adults.

Two U.S. military groups have been heard from, one on a Navy ship somewhere at sea, the other the U.S. Coast Guard in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where they'll be partying like pirates. As will the Fishbowl Beach Bar on the tiny island of Koh Tao, off Southeast Thailand."

Thanks, Jezebel!

What We're Up To

As usual, we're up to our ... elbows in radio interviews the next 36 hours, with interviews coming up on air in Tupelo, Altoona, Melbourne, Liverpool, Toledo and lots more locales. So keep yer ears on the radio, you never know when Ol' Chumbucket and/or Cap'n Slappy might come babblin' out o' the box!

Meanwhile, Jezebel is on the computer most of the day tomorrow, sippin' on some of the Caribbean's best while updating the website, and Mad Sally will be catching the interview requests as they come in over the transom. After all the excitement, Cap[n Slappy will be swaggerin' around the corner to the Calapooia Brew Pub at about 5:30 p.m. for anyone who wants to join him in a few beers (they have really big glasses at the 'Pooia, evidently) and Ol' Chumbucket and Mad Sally will be cooking some ribs ( to celebrate another Talk Like a Pirate Day.

Draw Your Own

While we're on the subject of people sending links, cartoonist Mark Anderson sent me this link to his website, where he shows how even a klutz like me can draw a cartoon pirate! You have to understand, I am completely incapable of drawing anything, but following his steps I actually managed to dash off an acceptable cartoon pirate.

Check it out and try your own hand.

Keep 'Em Coming

Keep sending in the information about your events for the holiday, and the links like those above that add the whimsy.

And remember that Wednesday is International Talk Like a Pirate Day! You know what to do!

– Ol' Chumbucket, ed.