Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Drink Up, Me Hearties, Yo Ho! Yo Ho, Yo Ho! A Pirate's Life for Me!

September 19,

Talk Like a Pirate Day

Ahoy Mateys! In 1995, two addled gents, came up with the genius idea of Talk Like a Pirate Day.It was John Baur and Mark Summers or as their pirate mateys now cal them, Ol' Chumbucket and Cap'n Slappy, who came up with this fun though incredibly foolish holiday. Like all the great holidays before it, it too has a great story. It was during a heroic battle of racket ball, when one of the two patron Saints of TLPD suffered a great injury (sprained thumb, bumped knee, who knows). As the agonizing pain from the slight injury hit the brave pirate he called out in despair, "ARRRRR!" (Really, who does that and why?) He would survive his injuries through the help of ben-gay and an ice pack, and the two knew they would have to honor this day with a holiday. Though it was June 6, the two decided on September 19, as it was Cap't Slappy's ex-wife's birthday (another painful memory, I take?).
Not pleased with the fake that they shared some cheesy laughs over the holiday, our duo new they had to get all hands on deck and set this holiday in motion. They sent a letter to syndicated humor columnist, David Barry, whom must share the humor of a ten year old boy, because he loved it. After pushing it in his columns the holiday went viral and is now celebrated internationally. 
So this is where it actually gets obnoxious, the two continued to gain fame after appearing in a 2006 episode of Wife Swap, (Meet ye new wench?) In 2008 Baur appeared in an episode of Jeopardy as well. Begads! What is this world coming to? It almost makes me want to walk the plank!? The two now run a website dedicated to the holiday where the sell shirts and other paraphernalia, raking in quite a Booty {sadly probably getting some as well thanks to this).
Me hearties, today we toast this great land of ours, where any ole' scurvey dog with a pen in his hand can create a holiday. So Yo-ho-ho, tis time to splice the membrane! (Pirate for have some drinks!)
Patchy the Pirate!

Rum Runner
From the moment the first tax was put on alcohol, someone began to smuggle it. The British Government had revenue cutters, a type of maritime police searching for smugglers, put in place to stop  this as early as the 16th century. Pirates were known to run rum to heavily taxed colonies for extra loot.
The Run Rummer drink was invented at the Holiday Isle Tiki Bar in Islamorada, Florida during the late 1950's.Much like the Hurricane, the Rum Runner was created to get rid of the vast supply of rum the bar owners had to purchase in order to get whiskey. The name was fitting as the drink was filled with rums, and the Florida Keys were once home to many a rum runner.  With all that booze this one isn't for just any lily-livered scally wag! Did I mention it's delicious?

1 1/2 oz Light rum
1 1/2 oz Dark rum
1 oz 151 proof rum
3/4 oz Blackberry brandy
3/4 oz Banana liqueur
1/4 oz Grenadine
1 oz Orange juice
1 oz Pineapple juice

Blend all ingredients into a tall glass,hurricane style preferably
Once its blended together, float the 151 on top
Garnish with your favorite tropical fruits, pineapple is my favorite!
Shiver Me Timbers! That thar is good rum!

Here’s to ourselves, the hold your luff, plenty of prizes and plenty of duff
Traditional Pirate Toast

Here's a couple great links  to perfect your pirate speak for the day!

Oh, better far to live and die
Under the brave black flag I fly,
Than play a sanctimonious part,
With a pirate head and a pirate heart.
Away to the cheating world go you,
Where pirates all are well-to-do;
But I'll be true to the song I sing,
And live and die a Pirate King.
"The Pirate King" - from The Pirates of Penzance 

We pillage, we plunder, we rifle and loot.
Drink up me 'earties, Yo Ho!
We kidnap and ravage and don't give a hoot.
Drink up me 'earties, Yo Ho!

Yo Ho, Yo Ho! A pirate's life for me.

We extort, we pilfer, we filch and sack.
Drink up me 'earties, Yo Ho!
Maraud and embezzle and even hijack. 
Drink up me 'earties, Yo Ho!...

"Yo Ho A Pirate's Life For Me" 

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