| SARA ERNEST
THE WORLD CAN BE a cruel place. It seems like every day we hear more stories about atrocities perpetrated against innocent civilians by governments or extremist groups. Quite often, Mother Nature is the antagonist, wreaking death and destruction with some sort of viral outbreak. Even in our own country, we are faced with racial bias and a rape culture that has insinuated itself into every level of society. Sometimes, it’s just too much.
We know we need to be tuned in to what is going on. It’s obvious that we need to help our human family in their times of need.
Every once in a while though, we need to be silly. We need to have a 30-second dance party, or watch The Lego Movie. From time to time though, it helps to go one step further and talk like a pirate.
Let me acknowledge that I understand that pirates are not really good people. They never have been good people, and the pirate life wasn’t and isn’t an easy one. There is a reason we have romanticized pirates and made Captain Jack Sparrow into a caricature and a bit of a buffoon. I think we have always been drawn to being bad, and we are far enough removed from the days of Blackbeard and Madame Chang that we’ve made the notion of being pirates something to aspire to. That’s probably a discussion for another day and another bottle of rum though.
According to their website, “Things would probably have continued indefinitely on that low-key note until John, Mark and Brian were little old pirates in the Home for Retired Sea Dogs. We had a national holiday that almost nobody knew
about, and we were content with that.”
However, with a mention from Dave Barry in his syndicated column in 2002, Baur and Summers went on to do radio interviews in Ireland, Australia and Cleveland and print interviews throughout the US. Now they have a website, social media profiles on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and YouTube, and The Pirate Guys sell books and t-shirts and TLAPD kits that include printable posters and invitations and even Pirate Drink Recipes.
The overriding question that I’m sure many of the readers are asking is, “Why? What is the point?”
There really is no point. It seems like the older we get, the more serious things are. What would happen if for one day, we decided to give ourselves a break and not take things so seriously? Throw a pirate party, drink some grog, wear an eye patch, or maybe just talk like a pirate.
Avast, me hearties! Grab some grog and go have ye some fun! What are ye afraid of?