Because all pirates just love rules.
Nevertheless, there are a few guidelines that should be followed, in pirate life as well as in regular life. Even pirates followed certain social strictures, such as the common idea that clothing should be worn at most times (AND HOW did they follow that one!).
The rules are that I will attempt to do one piratey thing, or think in a piratey way, each day from now on for the entire year of 2011.
My source material for the project will be the books Pirattitude! and The Pirate Life: Unleashing Your Inner Buccaneer. Both books are by John "Ol' Chumbucket" Baur and Mark "Cap'n Slappy" Summers. As the year progresses I may add more books to the list, depending both on the state of my wallet and the state of my reading ability due to consumption of copious amounts of grog.
Most importantly, henceforth I will be known as "Sinister-Boots Em," and for fancy occasions, "Sinister-Boots Em, the Well-Endowed." This name has been specially chosen for me due to my penchant for fabulous footwear.
And now if I may wax poetic: I would like to share a quote from page 2 of Pirattitude! that I feel sums up the spirit of the project. The quote is as follows:
"To be a man or woman of adventure and courage; to be truly ALIVE, to know what fear tastes like and to swallow it-sharp pointy bits and all-this is what it is to have pirattitude."
It brings tears to my eyes.
Oh wait, that's me. Yar, the brine o' the sea be my shower, mateys!
I invite you all to choose your own pirate names for our adventure.
If ye be needin' help, just let ol' Sinister-Boots consult with her pirate gang to choose ye a moniker!
Let's LIVE, mateys, LET'S LIVE!