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