Guess I Can Cross “Name A Pirate” Off My Bucket List

Five Flags Jack
Five Flags Jack

The Oar House, Pensacola, Florida

This month I did three things I have never done before: (1) Enter a contest (well, there is a writing contest that I won't find out about until January with about 6,000 other entrants so I am not exactly holding my breath); (2) win a contest; and (3) name a pirate! This was in the service of my over-arching goal (serious stuff) of doing a few things in my life that are pointless, silly and fun. This is kind of cool and I am ridiculously pleased about it. Who knew I have been harboring a secret desire to name a pirate?

I keep up with the goings-on of several of our local waterfront restaurants, including The Crab Trap and The Oar House. The original Oar House burned to the ground a couple of years ago, but has since been rebuilt. Photos of the original Oar House and the adjacent Bahia Mar Marina are here in a blog post I wrote in May of 2008. The awful fire that put more than 100 people out of work took place only a few weeks later on June 15. 

The Oar House had a "name our pirate" contest on their Facebook page recently. I looked at the poor nameless pirate, thought "that's Five Flags Jack," typed it in and hit "Send." When the votes were all counted, absentees, write-ins and all, the majority agreed.

Pensacola is known as the City of Five Flags. Read local blogger Bryan Dumka's clever explication here.

It's great that The Oar House pirate has a name. Now, if we can only help that poor red parrot get a face.

5 thoughts on “Guess I Can Cross “Name A Pirate” Off My Bucket List

  1. Perfect name — congratulations. The same pirate sits in a restaurant called The Salty Dog in Hilton Head. And a similar one sits in a restaurant on Wilshire Blvd. in Koreatown. He sure gets around, matey!


  2. Congrats!! I love your willingness to put yourself and your creativity on the line. By naming the pirate you crossed that line with flying flags, I mean, flying colors.
    Rock on, my friend.


  3. Congrats! Your win is a distinction not easily duplicated. I agree that the poor parrot needs some help. Is the repair of his face to be the basis for the next contest? Or did he ever have one to begin with?


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