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Gotta Have Pirattitude!

Posted in Pirate Holiday on May 20, 2011 by djscottshirley

Never miss an opportunity to dress like a pirate!

That’s one of my prime beliefs. So when the Perfect Wedding Guide (PWG) sent invitations to their New Issue party, I was thrilled to learn we were supposed to dress with a P, W, or G.

Some wore pajamas, lots of pink and purple, but for me, it was an opportunity to break out the Pirattitude, with the added bonus of my lovely wife (MLW) dressed as a saucy Pirate Wench Girl (PWG).

Scott and Brenda celebrating with PWG. AAARRRR!

Avast, Me Hearties!

Posted in Pirate Holiday, Weird Things at Parties on December 23, 2009 by djscottshirley

If you want to have a proper party for International Talk Like a Pirate Day, you should invite some pirates.

Like Captain Morgan, for instance.

Okay, so perhaps he is the fictitious product of an Ad-man’s imagination. But he is a real enough character in modern culture, that grown men can actually earn a living making public appearances dressed as the Buccaneer of Booze.

DJ Scott with Captain Morgan, a wanna-be pirate, who is actually a paid model. His contract requires him to pose with his left leg raised for all pictures, to look like the logo picture. However, without a barrel to rest his foot on, he looks more like a dog at a fire hydrant.

Yes, if you contact the right people at the liquor distributor’s office, they will send Captain Morgan, or a reasonable facsimile, to your party. They will even go you one better: they will send his crew of Morganettes, models dressed as pirate wenches, to distribute free samples of Captain Morgan’s Rum products.

The Captain with some Morganettes. Note the raised leg.

Let’s get this party started!


Posted in Pirate Holiday with tags , , on March 22, 2009 by djscottshirley

I love holidays. Holidays are time to celebrate, and I am in the celebration business.

Many of the holidays we celebrate are of fairly recent origin. Most people are aware that Mother’s Day and Father’s Day were created by greeting card companies. Valentine’s Day rose to its current prominence because of similar market forces.

Most folks are less conscious of the fact that the celebration of Christmas has fairly modern origins, and at one time it was illegal to observe Christmas in Merry Olde England. Really, look it up!

Birthday celebrations are a modern tradition; before we observed them, it was customary to celebrate a person’s Saint’s Day instead.

We celebrate official government holidays because most of us are off work, such as Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day and Veteran’s Day, all great days for family gatherings and cooking outdoors.

Some of our holidays have evolved into excuses to have a party, such as St. Patrick’s Day and Halloween. Some of the best parties are costume events for Halloween.

But my favorite holiday is only 20 years old, and exists purely as an excuse for a party.

September 19: International Talk Like A Pirate Day.

Really! Serious Party Animals have celebrated the day for years, yet I am often surprised to talk to someone who still has not yet heard of it.



Check it out, me hearties!