Ahoy, mateys! It’s that time of year, again! I had a hard time sleeping last night because of all the excitement the next morning would bring. I laid my outfit for the next day on the floor and hid my eye patch from my cat in the pocket of my skull and cross-bones vest pocket (she LOVES to chew on the elastic band that holds the patch to my head).
I sprung out of bed 6 minutes before my alarm went off, frightened the sleep out of my husband with a loud “YARRRRRG!” and jumped into my pirate garb! I popped my eye patch on and got into work early enough to be the first to greet my boss. “Ahoy! Ye scurvy-infested wench!”
On most days and with most bosses, a greeting of this nature is probably not acceptable, but if the urge is strong and runs deep within your soul, you’d better do it today. International Talk Like A Pirate Day is the coolest holiday there is. Move over Flag Day; get the heck out the way Thanksgiving. Aye, International Talk
Like A Pirate Day makes all the other holidays walk the plank of disappointment. This holiday has an attitude and ye best be prepared for pirate-speak, lest ye find ye’self in ol’ Davy Jones’ Locker.
And who do we owe our booty to fer creating this rum-filled holiday? Why, who else but one our very own Lulu authors and his pirate cohort! A few days ago I had the extreme pleasure of talking with one of the co-founders of International Talk Like A Pirate Day, John ‘Ol’ Chumbucket’ Baur, via email. Sit down, grab some rum and take a listen, wont ye? Arrrrr!!!
Ahoy, scallywag! Thank ye for doing thiser here interview with me. I be understanding these be very busy times for a buccaneer of ye stature, and I owe ye all the doubloons in the sea fer taking the time to jabber. I be asking ye a few questions about thiser here holiday to let the folks out there on the open seas know a little bit more about ye. Yaaarg!
So tell me, me friend, how did ye create “International Talk Like A Pirate Day?”
The whole story is on our Web site, www.talklikeapirate.com.
Here’s the reader’s digest version.
My friend, Mark Summers, and I were playing racquetball when one of us – there’s no remembering who now – reached a little too far for a shot and let out an “Aarrr!” Well, as you might expect with “guys,” we started insulting each other in pirate talk. When we finished we realized we’d had more fun than we ever had before, so much so that we never play racquetball anymore, we just talk like pirates. We realized the entire world – every man, woman and child on the planet – needed one day a year when they were allowed, even encouraged, to talk like pirates, just for the sheer, anarchic fun of it.
Did ye scallywags expect the world would embrace Talk Like A Pirate Day as much as it has?
We had no expectations whatsoever; basically this is a very silly private joke among a couple of friends that has grown into a private joke shared by a few million friends all over the world. We’re just riding the wave.
What brought ye to Lulu? Have ye made much gold here?
We had been writing a blog story and our Web Wench mentioned that we could get it printed at Lulu. We put it up there. And the children’s book (A Li’l Pirates ABSeas), which no responsible person would buy for a child. It depends on what you mean by success. Have we sold thousands and thousands of books? No. But we’ve made beer money, and the fans that’ve wanted copies of the Tales of the Festering Boil have been able to get them.
Our new book is out from Kensington – “The Pirate Life: Unleashing Your Inner Buccaneer.” It’s the ultimate self-help book (results may vary; consult your physician.) We’re working on another Festering Boil tale that will be on Lulu, and there’s some other writing stuff going on that we can’t quite announce yet. Soon, but not yet.
Right-o me friend! I will be looking forward to trading me riches for a copy of them there books. It will be a good trade, as I know fer sure me life will be greatly enriched be ye wise words. Do ye have any closing remarks for the people out there on the open seas?
We just want people to have fun with our idea. Let yer hair down, swagger, and say “Aarrr!” Talk Like a Pirate!
Ye can find the Pirates’ Lulu storefront page here: www.stores.lulu.com/chumbucket
The official Talk Like A Pirate site can be found here: www.talklikeapirate.com
If Ye Need help talking like a Pirate, visit www.talklikeapirate.com/howto.html