Saturday, September 19, 2009

Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day 2009

International Talk Like a Pirate Day (ITLAPD) is a parodic holiday created in 1995 by John Baur (Ol' Chumbucket) and Mark Summers (Cap'n Slappy), of Albany, Oregon, U.S., who proclaimed September 19 each year as the day when everyone in the world should talk like a pirate.

For example, an observer of this holiday would greet friends not with "Hello," but with "Ahoy, me hearty!" The holiday, and its observance, springs from a romanticized view of the Golden Age of Piracy. The holiday is a major observance in the religion of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

Seamen in the days of sail (as well as today) spoke a language so full of technical jargon as to be nearly incomprehensible to a landlubber. For example, few could follow these instructions:
Lift the skin up, and put into the bunt the slack of the clews (not too taut), the leech and foot-rope, and body of the sail; being careful not to let it get forward under or hang down abaft. Then haul your bunt well up on the yard, smoothing the skin and bringing it down well abaft, and make fast the bunt gasket round the mast, and the jigger, if there be one, to the tie.
—Richard Henry Dana, Jr., The Seaman's Manual (1844)

These phrases date back to the 17th century:
If the ship go before the wind, or as they term it, betwixt two sheets, then he who conds uses these terms to him at the helm: Starboard, larboard, the helm amidships... If the ship go by a wind, or a quarter winds, they say aloof, or keep your loof, or fall not off, wear no more, keep her to, touch the wind, have a care of the lee-latch. all these do imply the same in a manner, are to bid him at the helm to keep her near the wind.
—former pirate Sir Henry Mainwaring (see Harland (1984) p.177)

From Lt. Robert Maynard's report of Blackbeard at the Battle of Ocracoke:
He styl'd us 'young puppies' and shouted 'May the Devil take my soul if I ever gives quarter or asks it of ye!'
"Damn ye, yellow-bellied sapsuckers, I'm a better man than all of ye milksops put together" - Blackbeard.

The only written records recovered from the Adventure after Blackbeard's death ran as follows.
Such a day, rum all out- Our company somewhat sober- A damned confusion amongst us !- Rogues a-plotting - Great talk of separation- so I looked sharp for a prize- Such a day found one with a great deal of liquor on board, so kept the company hot, damned hot, then things went well again.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Jimmy Buffett Alpine Valley Tailgate Pictures

Alpine Valley

Jimmy Buffett 2009 Alpine Valley Setlist

Alpine Valley
East Troy, WI

1. Lage Nom Ai
2. Coconut Telegraph
3. Summzercool
4. It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere
5. MaƱana
6. Conky Tonkin’
7. Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes
8. Volcano
9. Cheeseburger in Paradise
10. Come Monday
11. Son of a Son of a Sailor
12. Brown Eyed Girl
13. One Particular Harbour
14. A Lot to Drink About


15. My Head Hurts, My Feet Stink and I Don’t Love Jesus
16. Frank and Lola
17. Grapefruit-Juicy Fruit
18. Surfin’ in a Hurricane
19. Let me Love Again
20. Gypsies in the Palace
21. Last Mango in Paris
22. Southern Cross
23. A Pirate Looks at Forty
24. Margaritaville
25. Fins

First Encore:

26. We are the People our Parents Warned us About
27. Yellow Submarine

Second Encore:

28. Growing Older But Not Up

Jimmy Buffett Alpine Valley 2009 Tailgate Pictures

Alpine Valley, WI

Jimmy Buffett Alpine Valley Shot Paddle

Shot paddles were originally made to help servers deliver multiple shots simultaneously across the traditional long wooden tables in many drinking establishments. Today, these simple devices are used in many "creative" situations.

Alpine Valley
East Troy, WI

See the setlist here: