15 April 2009

Tea and Pirates

Has anybody else noticed there seems to be a lot of tea parties and pirates lately?

You would think piracy ended about. . .oh, say 150 years ago. . .along with horse-drawn carriages and unicorns. Alas, tis not to be. In a way, I'm not surprised. With all the scruffiness in style now and all the new water sports in the Olympics, I figured it was only a matter of time before the Capt. Bluebeard wanna-be's started patrolling the high seas looking for gold, jewels, and discounted tuna.

According to an entry in Wikipedia about Somalian piracy:

The attackers generally treat their hostages well in anticipation of a big payday to the point of hiring caterers on the shores of Somalia to cook spaghetti, grilled fish and roasted meat that will appeal to a Western palate.

OK. So being a hostage has its perks. Being held captive on a pirate ship must be like going to the federal prisons aristocrats and congressmen go to. Free food, free room and board, good fly-fishing, and all the shuffleboard you can handle.

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