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Posted at 3:58 PM ET, 09/15/2005

Avast, Me Hearties!

By Fritz Hahn

Monday is Talk Like A Pirate Day (no, really, you can look it up). Since we spend most of our time as landlubbers, we thought we'd suggest a few activities that would encourage the use of phrases like "Skuttle me skippers!" or "Son of a biscuit eater!"

Have a bottle of rum at the Argonaut. Rum is the drink of choice at the new H Street NE bar; the wide selection includes Pusser's (once the official ration of the British Navy), Sailor Jerry's, Seafarer and the house-infused special, which can be sipped by the glass or mixed into one of the tropical cocktails. As you imbibe, check out the numerous globes and nautical paraphernalia. Before you know it, you'll be loaded to the gunwales.

Finally learn the words to "Blow the Man Down." The Ship's Company Chantymen specialize in traditional nautical worksongs and ballads, and host a number of "open chantey sings" at Washington-area pubs. This weekend, the group appears at the 18th Century Fair at Mount Vernon; If you'd prefer to catch them in a more natural tavern setting, sing your heart out at the Royal Mile Pub on the first Tuesday of the month.

Go see a movie -- like "2046" or "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" -- that's rated "Rrrrr."

For family reasons, David's favorite baseball team is the Pittsburgh Pirates. On Monday night, they're facing Roger Clemens and the Houston Astros. You can be sure the game will be on at least one TV at the ESPNZone.

Get up to snuff on seafaring lingo. The American Maritme Enterprise exhibit at the National Museum of American History doesn't focus on the Jolly Roger, but it can give you a run-down on all things seaworthy in American history.

Lastly, no pirate costume is truly complete without a parrot on your shoulder. Luckily, Featherheads in Sterling sells baby parrots from $299 to $1799, depending on your desired breed. If you don't feel like spending serious cash to hear Polly whine over her cracker, you can get a nice stuffed version online.

-- The Gurus

By Fritz Hahn  | September 15, 2005; 3:58 PM ET
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i really wish you wouldn't promote buying parrots.
many parrots on sale in the US are illegally smuggled from delicate habitats in South America, against international law and at a threat to the native species. many of them have their wings cruelly clipped to prevent escape.

please don't buy parrots.
parakeets, ok!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2005 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Go see a movie that's rated Rrrrrrr?!!
You guys are funny...

Posted by: anon | September 16, 2005 11:56 AM | Report abuse

I agree with a previous poster. Please don't promote buying parrots. Whether or not the birds are illegally shipped into the U.S.--or legally bred in this country, a life in captivity is cruel and inhumane.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2005 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Yarr harr!!!! You lily-livered scallywags have too much time on your hands if you are keelhaulin' these guys over a reference to a shop fer buyin' parrots!

Go walk the plank!

Posted by: Cap'n Kidd | September 19, 2005 3:28 PM | Report abuse

So are there actually any talk like a pirate day parties?

Posted by: washington | September 19, 2005 3:57 PM | Report abuse

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