Wednesday, April 15, 2009


This weekend we went home to Moses Lake. We played dominoes. We shot black powder guns (had a shoot-off, which my dad won). We talked politics. As with all political talk… we had ALL the answers.

Our comments on those pirates:

Cali (to anyone who mentioned Somali Pirates): I'm just glad they're back to calling them pirates instead of just plain old terrorists. I think it makes this whole business sound more adventurous than being a terrorist’s hostage.

Cali (pondering to self before she knew much about these pirates): Where are Somali pirates from? My instinct says Somalia. Why are all pirates from Somalia. Are there any Tanzani pirates? Are they less prevalent, therefore we don't hear much about them? I'm still glad they're calling them pirates. It conjures up a good mental picture.

Calvin (hollering to Cali, Ray, and Jane in the other room playing dominos): The captain was freed from the pirates.

Cali (shouts back in response): Yarrrr!

Jane (sing-songs in response): Yo Ho Ho!

Ray withstood the urge to bust out the pirate lingo.

Calvin (mumbled under his breath after finding that 4 more ships have been hijacked by Somali pirates in the last week): In the old days all sailors knew how to use a gun, or a sword, or at the very least a knife.

Calvin (follow up to the prior mumbling): How do those pirates even get over those tall ships’ sides? The sailors could have at least poured a cauldron of scalding hot of water on them, or shot fiery arrows at them, or poured boiling hot oil... that they lit on fire... on their heads, or...

Cali (mumbling back to Calvin's mumblings): Maybe they should keep a store of rum on board. Don't pirates get distracted by rum? I've read that if you give your captors wine, I mean rum, they will get drunk and fall asleep, then sleep through your escape.

Jane (mumbling back to Calvin & Cali): Or, or, or, or (trying to squeeze her idea in between all the good ones Calvin and Cali were coming up with) they should throw pepper in the pirates' faces, then they'll start sneezing, then the sailors can throw them overboard.

Jane’s comment was the conversation stopper. We all know you should never underestimate the power of a sneeze.


Ande Payne said...

AH Cali that was hysterical! I'm dying here in the library. I just had to put my head down on the desk and I started slapping the desk with my hand, kind of funny. Tears are literally coming down my face. Oh man I miss home. Everyone's comments were so typical. THAT was funny.

Neighbor Jane Payne said...

Oh ho, this IS a funny post. I hadn't thought of what everything sounded like all strung together. It was just random conversation. How funny. How very funny, to hear it replayed.

And you're so right. We DO solve every political problem when we discuss politics....and I promise, without employing monday morning quarterbacking too. We have such creative ideas (as evidenced by our pirate solution) as to how to fix our economy, social ills and security. One of us really should run for President.

Cassidy said...

Oh that is funny. I wish I were there for that conversation. Carter would have gone insane with the talk of pirates. Obsessed, that boy is. I come to Wa in 2 weeks and am there till mid june. Maybe I'll get to see you and meet Ray?????? I hope so.

HeatherM said...

I don't know which I enjoyed more - reading the post (which was quite excellent), or making myself wait to get to the comments and make sure that my Neighbor Jane started her comment out with "Oh ho"! You guessed it - it was a tie.

Rebecca said...

I love how you can recall a conversation and look at it from an outsider's perspective. I'm sure if we all did that we'd see how outrageous we'd all sound and could never take our selves seriously, at least, like would be much more comical! Thanks for sharing!