Ahoy Mateys!

Get ready for Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Ahoy Mateys!

For those
of you looking for a way to emerge from the doldrums of realizing that summer
is almost over, let me suggest that you circle Wednesday, September 19 on your
calendar. No, it isn’t the first day of Fall which by the way is September 22.  And of course the colorful changing of leaves,
cider, and caramel covered apples in the Fall are certainly high points but I
think there is something more important occurring, at least in my warped mind –
it is International Talk Like A Pirate Day! 
Now what could be more exciting than that!

For you
landlubbers who have been unaware of this Holiday, this year will be the 10th
anniversary of Pirate Day.  It is now
considered an international event and if  you search the “Talk Like A Pirate Day”
website, you will quickly discover that pirate wannabes are celebrating this
day in as faraway places as Rome, Auckland New Zealand, Tokyo and of course
numerous locations in the United States. 
Many of these towns are featuring costume contests and pirate

Now before
we get sidetracked concluding that pirates are evil, “Talk Like a Pirate Day”
is dedicated to the friendly pirates found in most children’s movies.  Film flicks such as “Muppet Treasure Island”,
or “Scooby-Doo In Pirates Ahoy”, or any of the “Pirates of the Caribbean”
adventures present the friendly side of these sea goers.   So having said that let’s return to what
makes this day so special.

First of
all it gives us pirate wannabes an opportunity to inject some swagger in our
conversations.  Who can resist greeting
friends either on the phone or in person with words such as “ahoy” – “avast” –
or “arrr”.  So for all you swashbucklers
out there, this is a time to maybe don an eye patch and assume a new identity
for just a day.  What could be more fun! As
an added bonus, the “Talk Like A Pirate Day” website also features Pirate
Pick-Up Lines, pirate advice from Cap’n Slappy and of course an opportunity to
subscribe to the Poopdeck newsletter.  And what with all the confusion we are
undergoing in a troubled world, isn’t a little silliness most welcome.  I sure think so!

So now I’m
off for a swig of grog along with a pirate’s favorite cookie – Chips Ahoy -  while I prepare to scrape the barnacles off
the rudder of my skiff.  And just for the
record, I am almost 98% chum free.  So
shiver me timbers!  ARRR!

Bill Kalmar


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Mark September 06, 2012 at 09:46 PM
Bill what if my company won't let me dress like a pirate? I feel like I'm getting cheated out of celebrating for a full day. By the time I get home and eat dinner I really only get an hour or two of true pirate time.
Bill Kalmar September 06, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Mark - I think you have to try the subtle approach. Walk around the office with a limp pretending you have a peg leg - each time you encounter a fellow employee yell - "Ahoy" - and when you are at meeting voice your approval to various initiatives by saying - ARRR! - and finally place a post it note on your coffee cup that reads - "pirate grog". If all fails - find another employer!
Mark September 06, 2012 at 09:55 PM
GP For Life September 07, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Last year my employers flipped when I used my cutlass to "fix" a malfunctioning computer. This year I told them they could shiver my timbers and talk to my blunderbuss.
Bill Kalmar September 07, 2012 at 03:54 PM
GP for Life - sure sounds like you are in the spirit of Talk Like a Pirate Day! You are an inspiration to all the landlubbers in the area! Just be careful at work - we don't want to see you walking the plank! ARRR!


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