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Avast, Angeleno Bilge Rats! It's International Talk Like a Pirate Day!

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Ahoy, land lubbers! September 19th means it's International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Join in the shenanigans by peppering your speak with some salty sea-worthy sayings, or by taking part in some of the many area Pirate-themed events going on. The event's history tells us that TLAP Day began back in 1995 by a couple of scurvy chumbucket-enthusiasts--err, dudes--but it didn't really take off until 2002 when their chosen spokesperson, humorist Dave Barry, responded to the guys' email and wrote a column about it. The rest is as legendary as Black Beard.

This year's celebration happens to align with Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year. Lest anyone feel left out, the Jewschool blog has published a handy-dandy guide for incorporating Pirate Speak into your high holiday festivities. L'Shanah Tovah, me hearties! It's also the 25th anniversary of the annual Coastal Cleanup Day--what better time to honor the renegade sea-folk life than by being on the shore and making it a better place for all? Aye, aye!

So grab a cup of grog from the galley and enjoy the day. A list of area events as posted to the TLAP site is after the jump...Arrrr, the plank!

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Los Angeles-area events via the TLAP site:

Hollywood/Studio City/Burbank area - Mad Mary Rackham (aka Molly Shock) is hosting 130 scurvy geocachers to be solving a Pirate Themed Murder Mystery/ Treasure Hunt featuring more than 40 caches, prizes and fun.

Long Beach - The Queen Mary, that magnificent old ocean liner-turned-hotel-and-events-center, will be crawlin' with pirates Sept. 18-20. On the 18th, There Be Pirates, California's premier pirate band, kicked off the weekend with a release party for its new CD, "Pirates in the Desert," at the No Quarter Given 15th anniversary bash. And on Sept. 19-20, the Queen Mary invites all "land, sea and air pirates" to Pyrate Daze, combining the Golden Age of Pirates and the Romantic Age of Steam Punk. Read more here.

Los Angeles - R Bar, 3331 W. 8th St., is planning a "Sexy Talk Like A Pirate Day Party." A speakeasy-style bar decorated to look like the hull of a ship, it sounds like the perfect venue.The rum starts flowing at 7 p.m. and costume judging begins at 11. Read more on their MySpace page

Pasadena - The Black Tempest Merrymakers host a pirate bike ride on Sept. 19, winding up at the Old Towne Pub and they be recruitin' sea dogs t' join in. "We be retired pirates and wont be doin' any killin' o' lootin', but Aye, we still be pirates. With our cutluss an peices o' eight we will embark form Port Pasadena and go carousin' an singin' pirate songs. Bring ye bicycle and swashbuckling attire." Meet at Memorial Park, 85 E. Holly St. at 7:30 p.m., the ride begins at 8.

Farther afield:

Ojai - The annual Gold Cost Pirate Faire at Lake Casitas opens on Sept. 19 this year, a happy coincidence that won't go uncelebrated. Dress like a pirate, talk like a pirate - and bring a canned pet-food item to get $1 off the regular admission price. A share of opening day proceeds will go to the Humane Society of Ventura County (the Faire is one of the few pet-friendly festivals; animals on leashes are allowed in.)