The Poopdeck

The Talk Like A Pirate Day Newsletter
Published when the fancy strikes
Ol' Chumbucket, ed.
ISSUE NO. 56 or thereabouts- Sept. 9, 2008
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Nine Days Until International Talk Like a Pirate Day!!

Slappy in Seattle

Cap'n Slappy his own self will be in the Emerald City (Seattle, not Oz) this weekend to read from and sign copies of our new book, "The Pirate Life: Unleashing Your Inner Buccaneer."

The reading will take place at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, from noon until 3 p.m. at Pirates Plunder on Pier 57, 1301 Alaskan Way, Seattle.

Our best Northwest buddies – the Seattle Seafair Pirates – will be on hand, so between Slappy and the gang the potential for marauding mischief is extremely high!

Pirate's Plunder is Seattle's premiere place to procure piratical provisions – everything from flags and T-shirts to books (like ours!) decorations, knickknacks and lots more. Run by our pal, Villainous Val, it's always a must-see stop for anyone visiting Seattle. With Slappy and the gang on hand, you simply have no excuse not to make it down there if you're anywhere in the Pacific Northwest!

Pirate Party in Philadelphia!

Talk like a pirate! Dress like a pirate! Laugh and have fun like a pirate! Even answer questions like a pirate!

Yes, details are coming together for our sojourn to Philadelphia to visit the "Real Pirates!" exhibition at the Franklin Institute, and it looks like there's gonna be a fair amount of fun – and no mistake.

The official event begins in the museum's atrium at at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19. Slappy and I will perform, then at 6:30 p.m. we'll emcee a pirate trivia contest with questions assembled by the museum staff. Let me say that part again – it's assembled by the museum staff. So if yer thinking of taking part, it might not be a bad idea to visit the museum beforehand and study up on the material that the staff has on hand, if you catch my drift. I'm just sayin'. Yes, there will be prizes.

At 7:30 Slappy and meself will judge a pirate costume contest and – our specialty – a Talk Like a Pirate contest. Now usually I'd be saying that Cap'n Slappy and I can be bought, but the museum has asked us to keep it all above board, and we've given our affadavy on that, so if you wants to win the fabulous prize (we assume it's fabulous, no one's told us yet) you'll have to work for it.

After that Slappy and I will be signing our new book, "The Pirate Life: Unleashing Your Inner Buccaneer," for those what want a signed copy. (And who wouldn't, I ask ye?) Then at 8 p.m. the museum will show "The Pirates of the Caribbean." Admission to the movie is free to those who've bought a museum entrance ticket.

On Saturday, Set. 20, we'll perform in the museum's atrium beginning at noon. At 12:30 there'll be another costume contest, (fabulous prizes, see note above.)

At 1:30 p.m. Slappy and I will read from "The Pirate Life," and sign copies for any and all interested. And if you're not interested, we may force signed copies on you. No one's leavin' the museum without buying one! (Wait – what's that? I've just been told that we're not supposed to threaten the patrons. Obviously they've never met pirates before.)

And now that we've got the museum's schedule (they're footin' the bill, so it's only fair they get first call on our time) we will schedule another event or two in the city. We've had some interesting invites and we'll try to line up a few appearances as they fit into the schedule.

Looks like we'll be having a grand time. Join us and have a grand time yerself.!!!

Talk Like a Pirate Day Around the World

While Philadelphia is this year's world headquarters for the holiday, there are events going on all over the planet. Take a look at our Web site at There may be party near you! And if there's not (we've only heard from 30 of the 50 states so far. What's the matter, North Dakota, Arkansas?) you can always plan your own pirate gathering! After you've got your plans set up, let the world know by writing to me at and I'll pass it on to the Web Wench for posting on our Calendaaarr! (Or you can write directly to

Take a look at just a few of the events and activities we've heard about.

– Glasgow University's Queen Margaret Union is hosting a Treasure Island "cheesy pop" (cheesy pop is a club night at the union) on Sept. 19.

Chandler (Ariz.) High School science teacher David Beck will observe Talk Like A Pirate Day by wearing an eyepatch, reciting the pirate alphabet hourly - and showing a DVD of the "Mythbusters - Pirate Myths" program, as well as other pirate-themed activities. "I may even give extra credit to all who dress up or wear the eye patch, too," he writes.

In Ojai, Calif., the annual Gold Coast Pirate Faire, which bills itself as "the world's largest gathering of pirates," is Sept. 20 and 21 this year, coinciding nicely with the holiday. Among the hearties takin' part will be Evil Elvis Rose and Gunwall Matthews. "

In Las Vegas, King Tut's Pub is the setting for a special International Talk Like A Pirate Day blues jam and benefit for Operation Wounded Warrior on Sept. 20. Organized by the Las Vegas Blues Society.

And on the island of Manhattan, pirate crews will gather at the Boat Basin Cafe durin' the last dog's watch -- 6:30 or 7:00 for you landlubbers. (Some of the less successful pyrates can't make it till after their day jobs.) The crew at the Boat Basin has been warned to prepare to be boarded and haven't cried nay. Pyrate togs be definitely optional, but come prepared to swill some grog and talk like a pyrate!

And there are events planned in Copenhagen, Iraq, London, Ipswich and – as always – the South Pole. Check out the Calendaarrr! and find one near you!

Another Excerpt from "The Pirate Life"

Our new book, "The Pirate Life: Unleashing Your Inner Buccaneer," is the ultimate pirate self-help book, showing you how to channel the sea rover in your soul and use it to shake up your life (Results may vary. Consult your physician, lawyer and probably your insurance agent.)

Here's a bit of advice from our section on diet:

"As a pirate, you want to break free of society's expectations – and that includes someone else's making rules about what you should eat. you want to look like e models in the Abercrombie & Fitch catalog? Fine, that's your choice. The price you pay is you get to eat nothing but lettuce and twigs. Want to eat what you want, when you want, as much as you want? That's your choice and welcome aboard. Just remember the price you'll pay – you'll look like us."

And here's a lesson from Henry Morgan in our chapter on succeeding in the business world:

(Before setting out on his famous raids) "Morgan usually took the prudent first step of applying for a letter of marque from the governor of Jamaica. Which, we'd point out, is the first important lesson he has to offer aspiring business tycoons who want to follow the prate path to wealth – make sure you take are of the paperwork!"

A Note On Ol' Chumbucket's Book Club

Just a quick note here. I've been reading pirate books like crazy, but I haven't been reporting on them to you. Been a little busy what with the move to the Caribbean and all. But I'm back on the job! The next issue of The Poopdeck will be given primarily to the book club, with reports on three books you might want to add to yer ship's library – "Empire Of Blue Water" (outstanding!) "Silver" (really really good) and "How to Speak Pirate" (good.)

Look for the next issue of The Poopdeck soon. In the meantime, as I say, thanks for spreadin' the word, and the word is "Aarrr!"


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