A three-hour (pirate) tour in Honolulu

Hawaii News Now – KGMB and KHNL

Maybe you’ve got the pirate princess bug but you’re not ready to run away to sea just yet. But if you’re a lucky bastard and happen to be in Honolulu, Hawaii, you can join the crew of the Treasure Seeker for a whirlwind hour-and-a-half jaunt from Kewalo Basin to Waikiki and back. Aye, ma’am!

New Pirate Themed Cruise Set for Launch.

This gorgeous pirate girl is just one of the boys.

What it takes to be a Daughter of Neptune

The bell onboard the SS Sorlandet. It’s part of the Class Afloat program, which I’m sadly too old for. Nuts!

Toronto Star staffer Andrew Livingstone gets a pirate’s eye view aboard the SS Sorlandet. Testimony from real-life pirate princess and Class Afloat alum Celina Diaz: “Before you cross you’re a pollywog and when you cross you become a shellback,” she said. “It’s like once you become a shellback you’re part of this society, you’re under King Neptune’s protection.”

If you, (unlike me, at least in the pirate ship world) are still a youngster, find out more about the Class Afloat program!

Yeah, the first and last verse pretty much say it all here

I won’t forget when Peter Pan came to my house, took my hand
I said I was a boy; I’m glad he didn’t check.
I learned to fly, I learned to fight.
I lived a whole life in one night.
We saved each other’s lives out on the pirate’s deck.

And I remember that night
When I’m leaving a late night with some friends
And I hear somebody tell me it’s not safe,
someone should help me
I need to find a nice man to walk me home.

When I was a boy, I scared the pants off of my mom,
Climbed what I could climb upon
And I don’t know how I survived,
I guess I knew the tricks that all boys knew.

And you can walk me home, but I was a boy, too.

I was a kid that you would like, just a small boy on her bike
Riding topless, yeah, I never cared who saw.
My neighbor come outside to say, “Get your shirt,”
I said “No way, it’s the last time I’m not breaking any law.”

And now I’m in this clothing store, and the signs say less is more.
More that’s tight means more to see, more for them, not more for me.
That can’t help me climb a tree in ten seconds flat.

When I was a boy, See that picture? That was me,
Grass-stained shirt and dusty knees.
And I know things have gotta change,
They got pills to sell, they’ve got implants to put in,
they’ve got implants to remove.

But I am not forgetting…that I was a boy too.

And like the woods where I would creep, it’s a secret I can keep
Except when I’m tired, ‘cept when I’m being caught off guard
And I’ve had a lonesome awful day, the conversation finds its way
To catching fire-flies out in the backyard.

And so I tell the man I’m with about the other life I lived
And I say, “Now you’re top gun, I have lost and you have won”
And he says, “Oh no, no, can’t you see

When I was a girl, my mom and I we always talked
And I picked flowers everywhere that I walked.
And I could always cry, now even when I’m alone I seldom do
And I have lost some kindness
But I was a girl too.
And you were just like me, and I was just like you.”

Avast, Key West!

This past week, while I was in Key West studying the literature of the future, I couldn’t help but search out the Caribbean pirates of the past.

I think they sell other costumes here, but why bother?

I wanted to try this on so badly!

I think they really got my look down, don't you?

More to come, including my trip on the schooner Appledore and your Hot Pirate of the Month!