â€œAhoy, matey. Avast me hearties.â€� Pirates have a language and
culture all their own, but itâ€™s become a part of our popular culture.
We find it in everything from books and movies to childrenâ€™s
birthday parties and theme restaurants.
When our children were young, we loved to go to the Jolly Roger
Restaurant in Inglewood. It was a warm and welcoming place with a big
roaring fire and exotic cheeseburgers with pineapple slices and teriyaki
sauce. But the big attraction for the kids were the paper menus shaped
like pirate hats that they could actually wear.
In addition to being entertainment, pirates are a part of history,
from Caribbean pirates preying on Spanish treasure ships and the
pirates from the Barbary Coast of Africa who threatened
European shipping in the Mediterranean during the Golden Age of
Piracy to todayâ€™s Somali pirates threatening shipping lanes in
the Straits of Malacca. Desperate people pushed to extremes
resort to desperate measures, as seen in works ranging from
scholarly papers to classic fiction like Rafael Sabatini's Captain
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Now that our children are grown, weâ
€™ve enjoyed the movies based on
the attraction and starring Johnny Depp
as Captain Jack Sparrow (top).
Even granddaughter Katyana loves a
pirate, (right) her friend Fernando in his
Jack Sparrow costume at his birthday
She especially enjoyed dressing as a
British soldier (far right) to fight the
brigands and save the town at the
Pirates Dinner Theater in Orange
Pirates of the Caribbean was a favorite
attraction at Disneyland for adults and
children alike, and we used to love
eating at the Blue Bayou Restaurant
overlooking the bayou at the beginning
of the ride--with its twinkling fireflies,
moss-draped trees and soft banjo
music broken only occasionally by the
screams of delighted tourists taking that
On the ride, I enjoyed the narration
with its menacing â€œDead men tell no
talesâ€� and the atmospheric set up
for the main attraction before you
glided past the pirate ship with its
cannons roaring and then entered the
town under attack.
Personally, I could have done without
some of its more cartoony aspects,
which tended to break the romantic
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