I’m right crabby today – there are several things in the pirate world right now that boggle my mind and annoy my delicate sensitivities. My grumbles spawn from the goings-on of several different pirate events and crews, and seem to be too numerous to list without going mad. But I’d offer these three highlights for consideration:
- If your 2008 pirate festival failed to manifest, and your 2009 festival is still claiming to be pending even though it’s scheduled for this very month, please don’t announce your 2010 festival and expect any excitement. (Shipwrecked Music Festival)
- It’s awkward enough that every side-character in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies seems to now be a pirate VIP for all time, but giving this same “pirate star” treatment to someone from Transformers and Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland??? Seriously??? (PyrateDaze)
- And again, while Airship Pirates can proudly and safely cross between pirate and steampunk, this honor does not carry over to all steampunks, nor to all pirates. I doubt a steampunk event would care for a crew of Golden Age pirates showing up at their events to swill rum, nor should pirates be asked welcome a Victorian professor wearing a steam-powered jetpack. (seemingly everybody – and please note that I have no complaint at all about those who choose to enjoy piracy one weekend and steampunk the next – just please refrain from robbing each genre of its unique beauty by blending them into an unrecognizeable blob)
There’s more. Much more. But instead of griping on each and every thing that’s bothering me, and thereby risk pissing off everyone, I’ll instead shut up and watch Narwhals. Narwhals make everything better.