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Now we're going to have to re-name the Holiday... [Sep. 20th, 2007|09:53 am]
After last night's concert at Piratz Tavern we will need to rename International Talk Like a Pirate Day to International Talk Like a Dirty Pirate Day. Fortunately, my Mom lives far enough away so that she couldn't attend -- with my luck, last night would've been the night she decided to check out "this whole pirate thing".

last year on ITLP Day, I get a phone call from her. "Well, today several kids (she was a high school vice-principal at the time) told me that I needed to announce that it was National Pirate Speak Day when I made the day's announcements.

(This is so like my Mom -- when she doesn't really approve of something, or thinks it's sort of dumb or socially unacceptable, she will deliberately mis-remember or mis-pronounce the name of it. Which is why, at age 45 I still have to hear her say, on every visit "Your father got you some of that Mello Yello you drink." Diet Mountain Dew, Mom. It says so on the cans that live in the fridge for the entire time I visit, right there at eye level.) But I digress.

"And I thought they were just pulling a prank on me and it sounded silly, so I didn't."

(Yes, the cynical, paranoid, rain on the parade, squash the fun thing -- I am born and bred that way...it's in the genes and the upbringing. Appreciate what I had to overcome in order to even consider playing at a Renaissance Faire.)

"But then later, a teacher mentioned it to me and I thought surely it's a joke, but maybe I should check it out."

(And that's why, despite her sometimes knee-jerk, first impression judgements, I love her, because she will reverse in light of evidence...)

"So, I thought I would call YOU, because if anyone knows about this, it would be you."

(Which is either a compliment, or a revelation that despite being pretty hip, Google still eludes her.)

Well, yes, Mom, I'm actually dressed as a pirate in a car full of pirates, on my way to Piratz Tavern to celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day, as it's actually known.

"Well, then, I guess I owe those kids an apology. Have a great time, tonight sweetheart and maybe later you can explain why there's an International Talk Like a Pirate Day."

Go, Mom.

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[User Picture]From: dawntreader90
2007-09-20 02:37 pm (UTC)
"It says so on the cans that live in the fridge..."

i refer to things that 'live' on shelves and live in the fridge, etc. i got the phrase from my dad. i've never known of other people refer to inanimate objects as "living in the fridge." cool. :)

"So, I thought I would call YOU, because if anyone knows about this, it would be you."

i'd take it as a compliment. she can read ANYTHING on the Internets. but if it comes from her daughter, then she knows it's true. *grin*
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[User Picture]From: sestree
2007-09-20 02:56 pm (UTC)
I think it's a mother thing. My mom is reasonably hip and she even does that.

I figured it was all because she's bound and determined to outlive me one way or the other - even if it means driving me nuts first.

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[User Picture]From: piratekalia
2007-09-20 03:18 pm (UTC)
We could always start "International Talk like a Dirty Pirate To YOUR MOM day" if you like.

Let's see how she'll introduce THAT to the kids at school!
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[User Picture]From: macdobhran
2007-09-20 03:25 pm (UTC)
Damn, you beat me to the YOUR MOM reference.
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[User Picture]From: pyratelady
2007-09-20 09:26 pm (UTC)
Hmmm... too bad we can't do that on Saturday.

The funny thing was, with all the cursing, there weren't a lot of YOUR MOMs in the mix. There were a few in the very beginning, but not once the naughty language started. It was as though we couldn't have YOUR MOM right next to the blue language. Maybe we're nice people after all.

Nah. We're not.

Your mom talks like a dirty pirate.
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