Today’s Fortune: You are admired for your adventurous ways.
Well, Confucious sure is right about that. I got admired for my adventurous ways by a whole bunch of pirates a couple of weekends ago, and I actually get to blog about it! In case you have been missing me, I have not been able to blog since last June. That is when Mom decided to go back to high-college and started hogging the computer all the time. When she is not using the computer, she is too tired to be Adult Supervision, so I have gone back to being a latchkey monkey, which is not much fun at all. She has promised to let me help with one of her school projects coming up, though, so look for my blog post about it!
I have not gotten to blog since I talked about Mutt’s when they opened, but I have gotten to do some fun stuff. A couple of weekends ago, Mom and Dad took me on a field trip to something called a “Renaissance Fair.” That is where a bunch of kings and queens and princes and princesses and knights and gnomes and stuff all come to Norman, OK and spend the weekend in a big park. I am not sure why they do this, but I am glad that they do, because otherwise, I would not have met the pirates.
When we got to the fair, it looked pretty much like an ordinary fair, except there were lots of people in funny costumes. We walked for a very long time, and it was pretty hot outside. I was starting to get bored, but then I noticed a great big black pirate ship!!
The ship was called, “The Seawolf.” Mom said I could spend some of my quarters to check it out. It only cost $2.00, which seemed like a bargain to me.
We had to wait in line for a while. That is because everyone else wanted to see a real-live pirate ship, too. After all, it’s not something you get to do every day. I was really glad I wore my pirate hat so I could blend in. Everybody else looked like a tourist.
The first thing that happened when I got up to the top of the pirate ship was that the captain thought I was the enemy! It took a few minutes to convince him that I was only there to hang out with other pirates, and that I did not plan to steal his treasure, because I had my own.
He must have believed me, because he told me I could take a look around the ship. I wandered off into a room called the “Captain’s cabin.” This is where I found the treasure. I could see why he was worried. There was a fortune there!
I did not take any of the treasure. I didn’t even touch it. I had seen what happens to guys who take treasure on my way in to that room…
Next, I went down some stairs into a space called the “galley.” This is where the pirates cook their dinner. It is not very big. I bet they probably eat a lot of stuff like macaroni and cheese or ramen noodles, because they are too busy doing fun pirate stuff to worry too much about cooking.
I was checking out the kitchen stuff when I got ambushed by another pirate! He nearly cut my head off before I could convince him that I did not want to steal his Chef Boyardee.
When he figured out that I was not trying to steal anything, he said, “Sorry, dude. My bad.” I told him it was okay, but I decided to put some distance between me and him. I went down some more stairs, and found some other pirate guys drinking something called “ale” and playing a game called “Liar’s Dice.” They asked me to join them, and so I did.
It turns out that pirates don’t like it when you ask them to explain the rules of a game, and since I had never played Liar’s Dice before, I was not very good at it. I wound up losing four of my quarters before I decided I had better move on while I still had some money. I went into the next room, which had the scariest looking pirate of all! He was in charge of the jail. I was worried he might lock me up for being so bad at Liar’s Dice, but he turned out to be pretty nice. He even had a teddy bear, and let me get a picture with his official pirate’s axe!
I am very glad I got to meet all these awesome pirates, and will definitely go back next year to see what they’ve been up to. Even though I nearly got shot, nearly got my head cut off, and lost four of my quarters, the trip aboard The Seawolf was the best $2.00 I ever spent!
Today’s Vocabulary Words: Renaissance Fair, galley, ale, Liar’s Dice.