- Jan 19, 2010
Well it certainly is gloomy weather but lets see what sailing jokes you have. Here is one from my archive folder...
"Bring me my brown pants!"
I met a real, honest to goodness, pirate once. He had the whole thing, eye patch, hook for a hand and peg leg. I mean salty, 'ARG!' Kind of pirate. This was at Foxy's in Jost Van Dyke. So, after telling me about how Jost Van Dyke got its name, I asked him, "Not to be rude, but do you mind telling me how'd you loose your leg?"
"Argg!" He said (he actually said "Argg")
"We was takin' a prize galleon off a Madagascar, when I got me leg crushed between our two ships, now. But I kept a fight'n and have 'em what for."
"Sounds dangerous. You must have been scared." I said.
"Nay," says he, "not nearly as when I lost me hand."
"Oh?" I prompted.
"Argg! I was facin' off against the notorious Black Bart, in a duel, like. I tried to faint with me left and Ol' Bart chopped me hand right off. Thought I was a goner fir sure."
"But you got away!"
"Bart let me go. Said I was the best match he'd ever been in. Had his smith wrought me up this here hook to replace me hand."
He was silent as he lifted his grog for a few more gulps.
"Well, ah... sir... what about the eye?"
"Sea gull got me the very next day. He flew overhead and I looked up."
Surprised at that, I asked, "You lost your eye from sea gull poop?"
"Well," he says, "it were me first day with the hook."
Listed as among the 10 best places to be for New Years. I was on Tortola for two New Years celebrations and my wife and I were going to take a water taxi over for the count down and celebration that is so famous. The first time I got the flu and we couldn't go, the second time, my daughter got the flu and we couldn't go. We did sail over and anchored off the beach when there weren't any boats in the way. If you go for New Years and you want to save money on a water taxi, just walk across the boats between South Beach or Cane Garden Bay and Foxy's.