Arrrrrrrrrrrrr you ready for TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY?
After all what else does a proper treasure hunter order to go with his Pirate Paddy?
Growing up I went to a special school for nerds. Virginia had an amazing gifted and talented program, well above what California has, and I was lucky enough to benefit from it for many years. One of the things I always look at fondly were some of the amazing teachers who helped foster my geekier impulses. I was celebrating Pi day before there was an internet—before geek was chic—yes nerd hipster alert I said it. I’m not complaining though. I absolutely LOVE that gimmicks like this, which previously celebrating would have made me an oddity to anyone I talked to, now only gets me odd stares from….50% of people I mention it to. You know why so many geeky things like star wars, star trek and absurd days celebrating geeky things have permeated the main stream?
People are realizing just how much fun these geeky trappings are. I think of a lot of the geeky stuff I like as basically getting to enjoy all the things we did as children, but with the ability to full appreciate them in a way only an adult can. As a kid we take these flights of fancy for granted. As an adult I know just how special getting to be silly and imaginative is. As adults we have to deal with so much real world crap that it makes any time to play so incredibly precious. I think as more and more people realize how escapism can make life more enjoyable, we see things like Talk like a Pirate Day or the formation of Quidditch teams. There’s a lot of talk about when the “geek fad” will play out. I’m sure it will, even has started already, level off but I don’t think it’s going to ever drop out of mainstream again into obscurity.
Pirates became popular of course with the Disney franchise starring one Captain Jack Sparrow. After that powerhouse trilogy came out I don’t think anyone could deny the lusty allure of an open ocean just waiting to be plundered. Of course real life pirates are far from this fantasy and are in fact terrifying if you come up against them but we don’t mention that. Shhhhhh.
Were pirates cool before those movies though? I remember loving them because one of my absolute favorite books as a kid was Treasure Island. I read the book, I had the movie, I had the muppet version of the movie and what child doesn’t find the fantasy of a big chest of gold glittering pieces appealing. I even did that thing where you’d soak paper in tea to “age” it, burn the edges and whip out my calligraphy pen to draw treasure maps. I was a really cool kid clearly. One of my first computer games was basically a pirate boardgame. It was educational!
Does anyone remember The Pagemaster? My favorite character was the adventure book—a salty sea tale if ever I met one! Speaking of tales, pirate mania ties in with my mermaid obsession so yeah I guess I did always like them. Though I will forever be grateful to Johnny Depp teaching straight boys everywhere that guyliner wasn’t just a “weirdo goth thing” and makeup shouldn’t be emasculating. It helps that the girls kind of went nuts for him too. “Jack Sparrow can pillage my village any day.” I said that once at the dinner table. My mom choked on her food; basically the reaction I was looking for.
What are some other famous pirates in popculture that I may be forgetting? What about space pirates? More importantly…who would win in a gun fight: Malcom Reynolds or Han Solo? Frankly my money is on a less commonly acknowledged female space pirate…..
Which brings us to today’s recipe: FRIES. You can bake em, fry em, bake em and then fry them. You can use bits of chopped garlic sprinkled on top or try to surreptitiously get garlic infused without letting anyone know. This version is one that will make landlubbers quake with fear: I baked them first, then fried them to get a good crisp and then tossed these doubloons in a garlic infused butter. OH yes. Actually crap, I wish I’d thought of this sooner, but if you cut these into rounds you could totally call them Garlic Doubloons! Next time matey! Just be warned these are unforgivingly garlick-y…so much so that the next city you set out to plunder might surrender on scent.
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