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In honor of POC: Dead Man's Chest! [Jun. 26th, 2006|02:14 pm]
[mood |giddyFantastic!]

Haven't posted in a while, and I'm not about to.  Haha.  Sorry.  But I did want to take a little time to share this.  I found it interesting!  I'll update soon, I promise!

By: Mike LaPointe
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Avast, ye scurvy scalawags and listen close, for I've a tale to tell. This here be a story that's risen straight from the depths of Davy Jones' locker, and I'll send ye there meself if ye don't heed my warnings. What I want ter tell ye about is the story of Dead Man's Chest, or more to the point, the legend behind the song ye know so well.

Many of ye landlubbers reckon it's just a song of the seas, shouted out in the drunken moonlight by persons such as meself. And while it is indeed performed in such a manner, it be far more than a simple shanty.

Time was, there was a great and famous privateer by the name of Edward Teach, but all knew him as Blackbeard. A terrible and frightening sight he was; when going into battle he would twist slow-burning coals into his great beard to put fear into those he reckoned his enemies. Blackbeard carried with him a great many weapons and dearly loved to employ them in combat. Claims of Blackbeard being possessed with nearly inhuman strength and a capacity for savagery, the legend of Blackbeard took firm root and spread terror throughout the Caribbean seas. As Captain of the Queen Anne's Revenge, Blackbeard cut a swath of terror and villainy through the Caribbean Sea, the likes of which was without equal.

Legend has it that Blackbeard once shot his first mate, saying "If I didn't shoot one or two crewmen now and then, ye'd forget who I am." Despite this, he demanded and received fast loyalty from all those who sailed under him, for they knew that there were no others under whose employ they would profit nearly as much. Another legend is that once, perhaps after having had a bit too much to drink, Blackbeard closed himself and his crew inside the hold of his ship, filled numerous pots with brimstone and other combustible materials and said, "Come, let us make a Hell of our own, and try how long we can bear it." True to form, the last to emerge from the smoke-filled hold was Blackbeard, who came out bellowing, "I'm a better man than all ye milksops put together!"

From 1716 to 1718, Blackbeard developed a savage reputation for sacking and pillaging ships and coastal settlements throughout the Atlantic Coast and West Indies, looting with abandon and murdering all who offered resistance. His notoriety was compounded by a running duel against the HMS Scarborough, a 30-gun British man-of-war.

Further legend has it that Blackbeard marooned a shipload of mutineers on an island known as Dead Man's Chest (which earned its name through its resemblance to a floating coffin and is actually little more than a rock outcropping in Deadman's Bay on Peter Island, near Tortola), leaving them each a cutlass and a bottle of rum, assuming that the traitors would murder each other in a drunken brawl. Upon Blackbeard's return a month later, he was surprised to see that fifteen men had survived the grisly ordeal, which was memorialized in verse by Robert Louis Stevenson and expanded upon by Young E. Allison:


Fifteen men on a dead man's chest Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum Drink and the devil had done for the rest Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum The mate was fixed by the bosun's pike The bosun brained with a marlinespike And cookey's throat was marked belike It had been gripped by fingers ten; And there they lay, all good dead men Like break o'day in a boozing ken Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!

Fifteen men of the whole ship's list Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum! Dead and be damned and the rest gone whist! Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum! The skipper lay with his nob in gore Where the scullion's axe his cheek had shore And the scullion he was stabbed times four And there they lay, and the soggy skies Dripped down in up-staring eyes In murk sunset and foul sunrise Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum.

Fifteen men of 'em stiff and stark Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum! Ten of the crew had the murder mark! Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum! 'Twas a cutlass swipe or an ounce of lead Or a yawing hole in a battered head And the scuppers' glut with a rotting red And there they lay, aye, damn my eyes Looking up at paradise All souls bound just contrawise Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum.

Fifteen men of 'em good and true Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum! Ev'ry man jack could ha' sailed with Old Pew, Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum! There was chest on chest of Spanish gold With a ton of plate in the middle hold And the cabins riot of stuff untold, And they lay there that took the plum With sightless glare and their lips struck dumb While we shared all by the rule of thumb, Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!

More was seen through a sternlight screen... Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum Chartings undoubt where a woman had been Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum. 'Twas a flimsy shift on a bunker cot With a dirk slit sheer through the bosom spot And the lace stiff dry in a purplish blot Oh was she wench or some shudderin' maid That dared the knife and took the blade By God! she had stuff for a plucky jade Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum.

Fifteen men on a dead man's chest Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum Drink and the devil had done for the rest Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum. We wrapped 'em all in a mains'l tight With twice ten turns of a hawser's bight And we heaved 'em over and out of sight, With a Yo-Heave-Ho! and a fare-you-well And a sudden plunge in the sullen swell Ten fathoms deep on the road to hell, Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!

Blackbeard met his demise is a naturally spectacular fashion; his ship Adventure was set upon by Lieutenant Robert Maynard of the Royal Navy, at Ocracoke Inlet in North Carolina. As a result of this epic battle, Lieutenant Maynerd emerged victorious, with Blackbeard having been shot five times and stabbed twenty more. In order to collect the 100-pound bounty on Blackbeard, Maynard was required to return with Blackbeard's head, which sailed hanging from the bowsprit on Maynard's ship as a warning to all that piracy was not a winning venture. During his career, Blackbeard claimed over forty ships, and his death marked the end of what many considered the Golden Age of Piracy. One final legend says that Blackbeard's headless body swam around Maynard's ship seven times before finally coming to rest and being claimed by the sea in an area now known as Teach's Hole.

So now, ye know the tale of Blackbeard and that cursed song. And as ye descend into the darkness to see the grim tableaus played out for your pleasure, remember this and remember well: Sometimes, dead men do tell tales.

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I have often dreamed, of a far off place... [Apr. 24th, 2006|10:41 am]
[mood |exhaustedexhausted]

Howdy, folks!

'Member me? I'm that dorky kid from years back that comes in and out of your lives on this here livejournal. Well here I am again. I miss all my friends so much. I really do. I'm so not enjoying how I don't have any free time anymore, for anything. But there's only two more crazy weeks left here at school. And lordy, that couldn't come soon enough. But I'm not going to waste an update with complaining. I guess I'm just lettin' y'all know that I'm still hangin' around. I've been keeping busy with school work, work, and more school work.

In Disney news, as a campus rep for the College Program, I have a Rep Rewards account, which is the system that Disney uses to keep track of the tactics and events that we plan and use to recruit students during the semester. For every event that we complete, we are awarded some points, and if we get to certain point levels we get prizes. So at 1,500 points we receive two complimentary tickets to the parks and get to be a Rep for the next semester. At 5,000 points we receive an exclusive College Program t-shirt! At 7,500 points we receive two more tickets to the parks. And starting at the 10,000-point level, we can choose from a list of prizes, ranging from a $50 dollar visa debit card or a backstage safari at Animal Kingdom, up to dinner for two at Victoria and Albert's at the Grand Floridian or a desert reception at Epcot with VIP viewing of Illuminations, or a 3-day cruise! Pretty sweet, huh? Anyway, so I'm up to the 20,000-point level, enough for a choice of either a Keys to the World package for 2, which is two tickets to a water park, two rounds of miniature golf, two tickets to Disney Quest, and two tickets to Downtown Disney; or a BASS fishing excursion with Disney guides; or taking 11 friends of a specialty cruise on either Seven Seas Lagoon or World Showcase Lagoon for a special viewing of either Wishes or Illuminations and complete with food and drinks!; or the dessert reception at Epcot; or the dinner for two at Victoria and Albert's; or a $250 Visa debit card. I'm leaning toward the dinner at V&A's. I figure, I'll probably never have the means to throw down 200 dollars for a meal without getting sick with guilt. So I'm excited about that.

In other Disney news, DisneyCareers.com will be posting the job openings for January '07 in May. That's next month!! So I need to start getting my resume and cover letter and such together to be ready for that. I'm going to be so nervous about that, as was Claudia. I totally understand now what she was going through a year ago. I have so much riding on getting this advanced internship. I really don't know what I'll do if I don't get it. The thing that really gets me nervous is the fact that there are only about 6 internships for the position that I'm wanting, which is Operations Management. SIX!! I mean, I don't know how many people will be applying for the job, but I'm pretty sure it will be a little more than 6. So it's hard to know what sort of experience and credentials the other applicants will have, no matter how good mine may seem. Oy. But I'm going to do my best, as that's all I can do, right? Indeed.

In non-Disney news, I'm hoping to have a lot more free time this summer. Chris and I would really like to do some traveling, and I would LOVE to hopefully come and visit everybody in their hometowns, even Dave. If they'll have us, that is. So I'll let you know how the plans go, as I'm not really sure yet about when exactly I'll have the time for traveling. So I'll keep y'all posted!

Anywho, I'm going to end the update with that, and hope to hear from everyone soon. I hope you all are doing well, which from your posts, it sounds like you are. Alright, Brown: out.
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No more bottles of beer on the wall... [Mar. 17th, 2006|02:26 pm]
[mood |complacentcomplacent]

Happy St. Patrick's day, y'all!
I think it's funny that we celebrate this holiday, an day honoring a man who eliminated all the snakes from Ireland, by going out and getting smashed. Eh, whatever.

So yesterday, more importantly, marked a year that Chris and I have been together. Magical, eh? Totally. We went out to eat at a restaurant downtown called Circa 1922. SO good!

In related news, Chris thinks he may want to now work for Disney. Yes, that's right, I got him hooked. Every day that he comes home from work he feels more and more confident that that's what he wants to do. He doesn't know exactly what he'd like to do at Disney, perhaps something in event or wedding planning, as those are very similar to funeral directing. Strange, huh? I'm excited!

Alright, well that's all for now. Have a great weekend, be safe.
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(no subject) [Feb. 16th, 2006|12:45 pm]

I hope it's MAGICAL!
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Well what if there is no tomorrow? There wasn't one today. [Feb. 2nd, 2006|01:01 pm]
Good morning campers! And a happy Groundhog's Day to all. I'm just doing my monthly update, nothing exciting. There really hasn't been a lot going on lately. School. Work. Oh, I did get a new job, at World Market? Heard of it? Well it's wonderful. You can go to www.worldmarket.com if you would like to see what they're all about. Anyway, I've worked one day so far, and my next day is this Saturday at 5am again. Yippee! I do enjoy it there. Um, that's about it.

Until next time, just think of wonderful thoughts.
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All it takes is faith and trust...Oh, and something I forgot, the internet. [Jan. 10th, 2006|01:35 pm]
Happy Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hannukah, and New Year!

I believe it's been a while since my last update. As Dave would say, I've gone 'poof!' Most recently I've been without the internet for a couple of weeks, so that was just awful. It's sad how much I rely on that for so many things.

Anyway, last semester ended well with 3 As and two Bs. Christmas was great, as I got to spend it at home with my family. And the gifts, oh the gifts, they're great. I got XM Satellite Radio, which will change your life, it's awesome. And Chris got Netflix, which is amazingly wonderful as well.

School starts back up tomorrow, and I couldn't be more excited (sarcasm). Although it will be kind of nice to have something to do every day again. I've just been sitting around a lot all day, and that gets kinda old. And as this is my last year, I'm excited and nervous. I'll be applying for my advanced internship in July, and I feel so unprepared for that.

I don't have a lot of time right now to update, just wanted to let y'all know I'm alive and well. More later!
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Haiku-na Matata! [Oct. 27th, 2005|04:22 pm]
[mood |creativecreative]

Hey y'all! I figured I'd start a post involving haiku, based on other peoples themes. Write a haiku based on a theme left by the poster before you. After that pick your own random theme and leave it for the next victim to write a haiku about. make it semi challenging.

for those of you who don't know, the form is usually

5 syllable line
7 syllable line
5 syllable line

Dorothy's red shoes
Cheap knock offs from Target sale
Still worth killing for.

I'll start by making a theme for myself. uhhhmmm ok, my theme is
"flower-loving axe murderer"

cutting through the bone
a lovely sound, ooo what's that?
such pretty flowers

Your theme: tissue paper.

And as there will only be a few of us doing this, we can keep going around, and not in any sort of order or anything. Alright, enjoy!
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LOST and FOUND?..... [Oct. 20th, 2005|01:58 pm]
[mood |contemplativecontemplative]

Alright, I'm not sure if you've thought of this yourselves, or if you've come across this in the infinite swath of blogs about LOST.  It's regarding the numbers, of course: 4 8 15 16 23 42.  I came across an idea someone had about the numbers also, perhaps, being coordinates, a location on a map.  I'm going to try this as a link.  Not sure if that'll work, but if not, go here and in the third box down (the one for Latitude with decimal values), enter the number 4.815.  And in the box under that, Longitude, enter the number -162.342.  (the - indicates 'West' on a map with decimal coordinates)  Then click on 'Get Map' right underneath that box you just entered.  When the map comes up, zoom all the way out to see where the point is in the world.  Interesting, to say the least!  Coincidence on the location being on route from Sydney to Los Angeles?  Maybe.  Maybe not.
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I'm sick, with a fever, for LOST! [Oct. 14th, 2005|12:39 pm]
[mood |hungryhungry]

HahaHA! And I'm so tired. Well, I'm not really tired tired, like I have a lot of energy, but I am just sort of passed tired maybe. Like, sort of delerious. I just need a good 16 hours of sleep, then I'll be fine.

ANYWAY, we had our Disney presentation this week on Wednesday. That went OK. Not very many people showed up, so that was kind of a bummer. And the kicker is, that we have a new recruiter this time around, and so this was her first impression of us. But she understood why our numbers were pretty low. For instance, we didn't have but a hundred pieces of collateral, and then our advertising gimicks, a.k.a. our chalking event was a wash, as it downpoured right after we finished our drawings the night before the presentation. Yeah, so that was magical.

In more exciting news, Fall Break was AWESOME! 9 of us went on down to Disney, and stayed in the cabins at Ft. Wilderness. I'll be posting the pictures soon, most likely tomorrow. I'll prolly type more about that later, but just know it was extra magical! And we got to see dave, even if it was for about .5 seconds, so that was magical as well.

I know I don't update much, but I try.

Mmkay, well, as Christmas is 72 days away, I'll give y'all a heads up to my list. Yay! This would be super nice.  And this.  And this.  Or even this.  So that's the list so far.

Alright kids, well that's really all for now.  Don't know what I'm doing for Halloween yet, but when I do, I'll letch'all know!

Later days.

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(no subject) [Sep. 20th, 2005|04:54 pm]
[mood |accomplishedaccomplished]

Productive thing for the day: Beat Minesweeper on 'Expert' in 368 seconds.
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