Sunday, December 4, 2011

Pirates In Key West

Pirates do like to show up from time to time in the Southernmost City and for this the twelfth running of Pirates In Paradise they will be in town through the 4th of December.

I suppose it is hopeless to point out there never were pirates in Key West, a place with no harbor, no wood to repair ships, no water to refill casks and no steep tides to enable ships to be beached and have their hulls scraped. Besides all that Key West is not ideally placed for a sailing ship of the era to cut off silver galleons sailing out of Havana...but authenticity be damned.

They cut a fine figure, them pirates, even of some of them arrive by car rather than by square rigger.

He looks rather fearsome, she a good deal less so.

This dude has got either a toothache or a cellphone.

This wench has cleavage bless her heart.

You have to admire the dress sense of these wicked people.

Even their golf carts get the satin and skulls treatment.

This happy family of part time pirates was keeping busy between pillaging gigs.

This bodices and full skirts do something for me.

Cheyenne would murder me if I did this to her.

He was making a rope bell clapper. It looked like then kind of work a police dispatcher might take up to pass the time on long night watches at work.

I contemplated buying a sword from this itinerant salesman who offered me a fine palm trimming model for a mere $350. I think my wife might have done me unmentionables had I arrived home with the world's most expensive, and stylish machete.

And in case you run out of ammo they can train you in back up defense techniques.

Or the pirates will sell you jewelry.

Like a friend pointed out to me Key West is just one excuse after another for adults to get dressed up. Bring on the bodices!

Or the kilts.

As an aside Admiral Finbar of the Conch Republic Navy gathered by his schooner Wolf...

...not just to collect his laundry...

...but to burn the hurricane flag: mark the end of another hurricane season as tradition dictates. But the ceremony was delayed and I had to leave trusting them not to make a hash of the job without me. Thanks to Wayne,

And Chuck,

For keeping me company.

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Danette said...

There's a YouTube video that has some pirates singing 'Hold Me Now' with piratey words 'Blow me down' They're in Key West, probably at this festival, and they do a very nice job with the song. It's funny too! I think you can find it by putting "Blow Me Down" in the Youtube search bar.

Conchscooter said...

I wish I could have been there after dark....