The Poopdeck

The Talk Like A Pirate Day Newsletter
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Ol' Chumbucket, ed.
ISSUE NO.89, September 19, 2010
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Avast! Today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day!

In this issue: A greeting, a quick reminder, a GREAT opportunity and our thanks.

Happy International Talk Like a Pirate Day!

To all ye buccaneers, swashbucklers, filibusters, freebooters and assorted other scurvy lads and lasses, greetings from all of us at Team Pirate – The official lusty pirate wench Mad Sally, the Web Wench Jezebel, Cap'n Slappy and of course, meself, Ol' Chumbucket!

There are piratey events going on all over the seven seas. On our Web site, you'll clap deadlights on a treasure map of pirate activity where you can find some pillaging and plundering near you.

And just a couple of reminders:

1 - The official food of International Talk Like a Pirate Day: Barbecued Pork Ribs (all you buccaneers out there know what I'm talkin' about.)

2 - Don't greet people with "hello." It's "Ahoy!" loud and snarlin' and full of pirttitude today, or ye'll be tastin' the gunner's daughter.

Send us a picture of yer piratey adventures today. Send ONE (please only one or our inboxes will explode like a powder magazine what had a match set to it) to the Web Wench - - to post on our site's Flickr page. If you have LOTS more pix, post them on yer facespacemypagebook where everyone can admire them and send us a link..

And finally, here's a plunderful opportunity for all of ye, although only one of you scurvy dogs can win:

'Travel Like a Pirate' Contest Launched Online Today

Starting today, the travel Web site Nile Guide has launched a “Travel Like a Pirate” contest---an opportunity to visit Aruba in the Caribbean as a true buccaneer, with partners JetBlue and the Hyatt Regency Resort and Casino.

The swag includes round-trip airfare for two from major U.S. cities served by JetBlue, four nights at the Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort and Casino, a sailing and snorkeling trip aboard the Jolly Pirate vessel, dinner at The Pirate's Nest (a restaurant based inside a replica 16th century galleon), and a tour of the Balashi Brewery. All in all, the trip is chock-full o' the spirit of adventure and exploration that will surely warm the cockles of any pirate’s heart.

To enter, visit their Web site at:

They'll ask for yer name and e-mail address. They'll also ask for permision to fire salvos of promotional travel e-mails to yer inbox, but you can always say no, or unsubscribe after you've won the contest.

Pass on word to yer fellow swashbucklers. It'd be a shame for a contest like this to be won by some accountant from New Jersey without a piratey bone in his body. (Note: I am sure there are plenty of accountants in the Garden State with heaps of pirattitude. It was just a what-if, so please, no complaining e-mails.)

The contest ends Oct. 19 And since it begins today, you can be among the very first to sign up to win.

Thank you

Finally, a huge pirate thankee to all who have taken the day as their own and made it the worldwide phenomenon it has become. Thanks to the lads at 96.5 FM in Cork, Ireland, and the BBC World News in London and the Hammond Ind. newspaper and 2SER in Australia and all the media outlets between, on the air and online. Thanks to all our bloggers and MMPORPGs (did I get that right?) and software developers and librarians and fourth grade teachers and accountants in New Jersey who made today so much fun.

Cap'n Slappy and I never cease to be amazed by how far this has gone.

And Slappy and I would be remiss (and we just HATE bein' remiss) if we failed to thank our close personal friend, Pulitzer Prize Winner Dave Barry, without whom this would still be a private joke among a handful of friends. Thanks Dave! What Slappy said all those year ago about us being dinghy sized talk like a pirate guys compared to you being a frigate of pirattitude still goes.

So have a glorious day, me hearties, and be sure when you talk, you Talk Like a Pirate!

- Ol' Chumbucket, Ed.

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