A Pirates Life For You?

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A Pirates Life For You?

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Editat: abr. 24, 2008, 10:39am

If you had lived in the 16th or 17th Centuries and had a chance to become an actual Pirate would you? Why or why not? I think it would've been a very exciting but also very dangerous profession since the British Royal Navy would always have been after you. Of course a Pirates life would've been tempting. Now the only Pirates that are still around are the ones in Pittsburgh. They are one of my two favorite Baseball teams the other being the Boston Red Sox. The Pittsburgh Pirates haven't had a winning season since 1992. If only they could've kept Barry Bonds instead of losing him to the Giants. Is he even playing anywhere this season?


abr. 24, 2008, 3:46pm

It'd depend on what my other options were... being a pirate sounds like, in reality, it really would have sucked on a lot of different levels. I have to admit that if I had the option of a lifestyle in which getting properly fed most of the time and not getting killed were an option, I'd probably have gone with that. I don't do well when I'm not fed right.

Also, there are pirates still around, just mostly concentrated in South America and the South China Sea areas, if I recall correctly. They're not nice people.

abr. 24, 2008, 5:10pm

Nope, no way, no how. Any activity that ends with the death penalty is not my idea of a good career choice. If we're assuming we would have the same stations way back when as we have now, I would have been an officer's daughter, and I think they had generally good lives.

maig 10, 2008, 9:07pm

No, but it would be cool if you never died. And if you got fed properly. I would be too scared and would rather be an officer's daughter, like ArmyAngel.

maig 10, 2008, 9:35pm

I just don't think I'm actually adventurous enough to want to be a pirate - nor aggressive enough really. I prefer to get my kicks vicariously where none of the gore can splatter on me... :-)

No doctors (ship's surgeons don't really count in my mind), no antibiotics, not a heckuva lot of food, and certainly not enough bathing or privacy for my taste in the pirate's life. Now, if I could be a fictionalized pirate where none of that would be an issue - I might just go for that...

jul. 19, 2008, 4:41am

Yep, I have to agree--so much better reading about Pirates than actually BEING a pirate!!!

jul. 19, 2008, 5:03am

Not for me, thank you very much.

When I walk across the front lawn to get the morning newspaper, if the grass is dewy, I get seasick.

I don't have well-defined ear lobes, so I've got no place to hang a gold earring.

My throat gets sore if I say "ARRRRGGGGHHHH" too much.

I don't have a good grip in my sword hand.

I don't cheat, not even at solitaire.

I have an issue regarding the poop deck.

I can't drink rum.

On the other hand, I limp, and I know the origin of the word "Bar-be-que", and am adept at tying several sailor's knots - the Sheet Bend, the Thieve's Knot, and (my favorite) the Monkey Fist, to name a few.

Editat: jul. 19, 2008, 10:31am

there is a great book about the Pirate Life-Under the Black Flag that dispels some of the romance..but not all...me, i am a sissy, and get motion sickness really bad...but i am a steady shot and have a steely eye (as long as i'm wearing my glasses....i also love rum but it blindsides me in some pretty uncomfortable ways, ahem...i too am good at tying knots...in rope, that is. that is my story and i'm stickin' wif it,,,,yarrrrggh!

jul. 19, 2008, 12:49pm

The reality of the life is/was far different than the fantasy of films and many books.

The idea of "choice" is interesting, however. Many did choose the life for many reasons, others were labeled pirates simply because of circumstance.

For myself, the idea of being among other misfits or outsiders who have similar thoughts/opinions/beliefs might be enticing. The practice of thievery, with or without bodily injury done to me or by me, does not appeal, however.

Survival requires the examination of personal morals as opposed to what society deems acceptable.

Just what would you do or how far would you go to survive?

Sorry for being so wordy, but I think I've just figured out the basic plot thread for the book I'm writing...

jul. 19, 2008, 3:23pm

oooh, Mulebarn, are there going to be pirates? You know how much we love pirates around here...

jul. 19, 2008, 10:40pm

Pirates? Quite a few, actually. As to particulars, however, to quote one of my favorite authors, "wait and see".

jul. 27, 2008, 7:36pm

If a person was born to a lowly station in life, piracy did offer a chance at improvement, autonomy, brief periods of living the high life. That would be balanced by disease, having to pick weevils from your food and a likely violent death.
It would be the weevils that would get to me, that and seasickness. I would probably starve to death on a ship.