The Poopdeck

The Talk Like A Pirate Day Newsletter
Published when the fancy strikes
Ol' Chumbucket, ed.
ISSUE NO. 13 August 19, 2004
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Delivered to 708 clever, discerning and generally piratical souls

In this edition:

ONE MONTH until International Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Avast there! We must be having fun, because time sure is flying! It's only one month - 31 days - until Talk Like a Pirate Day again.

Remember, the holiday falls on a Sunday this year! That's good news, because it allows us to celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day Weekend! Three days of growling, swaggering, grog and just generally behaving boorishly. How can this be a bad thing?

Remember, Talk Like a Pirate Day was set on Cap'n Slappy's ex-wife's birthday, and she was born on the 19th. Always. That's the rule. So we can't change it. But, as fate or the stars or something would have it, Sept, 17, the Friday of Talk Like a Pirate Day Weekend, is the birthday of Ol' Chumbucket's ex-wife. Really. It's as if this moment were ordained.

So talk like a pirate at work or school on Friday the 17th. Then party all night on Saturday, and at midnight raise a mighty "Aarrr!" because it'll be Talk Like a Pirate Day proper.

Let Us Know Your Plans

What are you doing to celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day? Let us know, and we'll let the world in on it! Send an e-mail to and I'll pass it off to the Web Wench, who will in turn post it on the site. Who's going to have the wildest time? Who's planning the biggest party?

It Really is an INTERNATIONAL event

Is Talk Like a Pirate Day really international? Ye scurvy dog, what do ye take us for? As if a couple of pirate guys would lie about a thing like that. For the record, last year the event was celebrated on all seven continents - a research ship in Antarctica rounded it out. This year we already know of plans to celebrate at the South Pole, in Iraq - several units will be taking part, including the entire First Cavalry Division - and many places in the U.S., Canada, Australia and the UK. So we especially want to know about those international outposts of pirate talk. Let us know what yer up to!

Keep track on the Ship's Log

The Pirate Guys now have a blog. Yes, an actual blog that you can reach via our Web site. However, we're not crazy about the word blog, so we call it the Ship's Log of the Festering Boil (our imaginary pirate ship.) We'll keep running track of what we're up to, plus Mad Sally, the Official Lusty Pirate Wench, will be posing occasional questions that may be if interest. And there's chances for you to comment as well. It's more than a report - it's a chance to take part.

So give it a look. And we'll do our best to stay on top of it and keep it current.

We need a good crew!

As we might have mentioned before, we have a book out. Many of you have purchased the book, and we hope you enjoy it. Without trying to be obnoxious or to belabor the point, we're working pretty hard to sell the thing, and for only two guys and a couple of wenches, we've had some success. But we need your help to break through to those scurvy dogs in the publishing world and show them that the world really does love talking like a pirate!

The Pirate Guys need a crew in your town, helping spread the word about Talk Like a Pirate Day and the book, "Well Blow Me Down: A Guy's Guide to Talking Like a Pirate." There's booty for those who help get the book out! For those who help us sell 20 books either to friends or to bookstores or shops, we'll send you a Team Pirate T-shirt! We'll call you "Blow Me Down Ambassadaarrrrs!" It's actually quite easy to do, but we need Pirates in your town to infiltrate the area.

So write to and sign up. We'll send you press kits and information on the Pirate Guys and tell you how you can easily earn your pirate rank and earn some booty as well! Spread the word about Talk Like a Pirate Day and if you help move a few copies of the book, you'll be amply rewarded.

Report from Seattle

We spent the last week of July in Seattle as guest of the Seafair Pirates, and lads and laddies, the Seafair Pirates totally rock! Seafair is this big citywide celebration they have, and the Pirates are a big part of it, raising money for charity, taking part in parades, raiding bars and shops and generally raising hell with the whole town. And the cool part is, the town not only lets them do it, they LOVE them for it. Everywhere we went we were greeted by smiles, waves and the squeals of nervously delighted kids who were scared of us but couldn't get enough of us.

In particular, it was the best week of Cap'n Slappy's life. He's an old Seattle boy, born and raised, so he was once one of those terrified and happy kids. This was like the fulfillment of a life's dream for him. I had a great time too.

The highlight of the week was the Torchlight Parade. Imagine - we're waiting in the staging area for hours. The Pirates and their vehicle, the Dreaded Moby Duck, are near the end of the parade, so we sat and watched virtually the entire thing go by before it was finally time to go. We swung out of the staging area, past Seattle's Space Needle, and onto the route, then made the big turn down Fourth Street heading through the heart of the city.

And there spread out in front of us was the 2 1/2 mile route with almost half a million people lining the streets waiting for us! What a rush! They enjoyed the whole parade, but the Pirates are a sentimental favorite and when we came into view, their cheers turned into an actual roar! It was incredible. The crowd's energy and enthusiasm carried me up the hill as if I were flying. It was over too soon.

At the party later a couple of the veteran pirates asked if that was my first parade. It was. They expressed surprise, telling me I'd worked the crowd like a pro. It may be the best compliment I've ever received.

Thank you Seattle. Oh, and we sold about 200 books there, so that's a good thing. A very good thing.

Rocking the cowboys!

One of our favorite pirate rock bands, Cap'n Bogg & Salty, will be performing in a very unlikely place this TLAPDay Weekend. The six-man group will be playing on Talk Like a Pirate Day Weekend - at one of the country's biggest rodeos! The crew band will be performing all weekend at the Pendleton Roundup in Pendleton, Oregon.

Well, SOMEBODY has to give those cowboys some Pirattitude, right?

Your assignment - should you choose to accept it

So you have your homework. Mark your calendar for one month from today. Let us know what your plans are and where in the world you'll be playing pirate this year. Sign up if you'd like to be part of the crew, and check out the blog for upcoming events, activities and nonsense!

And be ready to talk like a pirate!!!!!!

-- Ol' Chumbucket