Posted by Jonathan J. Miller -Tuesday, September 19, 2006, 7:18 AM
Ahoy me hearties
In navigating the waters of the real estate market, every so often, you run into an obstacle. In order to get around it, it may help to talk like a pirate. I know it works for me. September 19th is International Talk Like A Pirate Day [Wikipedia].
International Talk Like A Pirate Day was invented in 1995 by two Americans, John Baur (“Ol’ Chum Bucket”) and Mark Summers (“Cap’n Slappy”), who proclaimed September 19 each year as the day when everyone in the world should talk like pirate. It was Summer’s ex-wive’s birthdays.
In 2002, humorist Dave Barry wrote a column about Talk Like A Pirate Day [Miami Herald] and the rest, they say, is history.
Think I’m crazy? Actually, please don’t answer that. Just take a look at today’s news coverage of Talk Like A Pirate Day and you’ll see I am not alone, ya’ landlubbers! I’d be tying all thee scurvey dogs to the yardarm, and sendin’ the likes of you to Davey Jones locker (no offense intended).
Here are the 3 leading Talk Like A Pirate web sites queried on Google:
[Talk Like A Pirate Day] – This is my developer’s site – It was the second most Googled URL search on Talk Like A Pirate Day in 2002, the year the Dave Barry article came out. Last year the traffic was unbelieveable.
[Talk Like A Pirate] – This site is run by Dave Barry’s friends who came up with the idea and launched their site the year after Talk Like A Pirate Day was launched. They are getting into marketing fairly heavily this year.
[Yarr] – This site hails from Great Britain.
Does this help us understand the real estate economy? Aye, it a be makin’ me shiver me timbers, ya scallywag, just thinkin’ ’bout it. So make sail ya bilge rat or we be keel haulin’ the likes of any peg leg who dares stop us.