Today the only thing that I am reporting is that September 19th is … as so many of you probably know, the 7th annual, national (aaaarrrrrrggggghhhhhh, sorry, INTERnational) Talk Like a Pirate Day.
I sure wish I’d come up with that idea.
All it takes is a cool idea and someone like Dave Barry writing a column, and there you go. Seven years later, people like JordanCornblog are using you to avoid reality and try to garner some attention for themselves at the same time. Nice.
Computer games, t-shirts, bicycle parts, snack foods, you name it, International Talk Like a Pirate Day (ITLPD) has been used to shill it. The impromptu holiday got its official start in 2002 after two friends, John “Ol’ Chumbucket” Baur and Mark “Cap’n Slappy” Summers, were catapulted into the limelight by nationally-syndicated humor columnist Dave Barry, who wrote a column on their previously personal celebration.
Their website http://talklikeapirate.com will be a busy place today, as visitors land from around the globe to read interesting facts and frequently asked questions, like:
Q. The big one: WHY?
A. Why not?
Talking like a pirate is fun. It’s really that simple. It adds a zest, a swagger, to your every day conversation. Do you need another reason?
Try it out. Let go, have a beer, burp in public. Say “Aarrr!!” Feels good, doesn’t it?
So talk like a pirate today. I know I will be, as we get into the lake to shiver our timbers right to the bone, dragging the dock out of that icy September water!
Oh, and if Jack and Mark want to be the spokesperson(s) for Rogue … doesn’t that seem fitting? I think being the face of Rogue … ANY Rogue brew … is the perfect next step for one (or both) of the founders of this holiday. Come on Rogue – take them up on it!