Pirate Doughnuts: Another Story With Pictures And Words

My wife told me at some point yesterday morning that it was National Talk Like A Pirate day. “That’s weird,” I responded.

Then she told me that Krispy Kreme was participating in this holiday, and giving away a dozen doughnuts to everyone who dressed up and talked like a pirate. She had my attention…

I went to work quick, and tried to round up a crew of crazy friends who would be a pirate with me so I would not feel like that guy who dresses up in costumes to get free doughnuts.

It totally worked. Not only did we rope some friends in to going along with us so we didn’t feel like creepers, but the folks at Krispy Kreme totally went for our pirate costumes, and gave me and my wife a dozen doughnuts each!

So this begs the question: what is a “National Talk Like A Pirate Day” like at a Krispy Kreme at 8:00 on a Wednesday night? I knew you’d ask that. Because I knew you’d ask, I took the following pictures to serve as an explanation. ENJOY!

I’m not all that sure what to say about this guy. He was a Power Ranger Pirate… ’nuff said?? Probably not. I was confused. You’re confused. He tried to explain it to me, and on the outside I nodded and smiled, but on the inside I was lost because I don’t speak Comic Book.

Four words: Best. Pirate. Hook. Ever. This lady quickly became my new hero and best friend. She was a chummy pirate with a great costume, but clearly she wasn’t playing around with that hook.

Team Awesome + a Power Ranger

Nine words: who let the Power Ranger back in the shot? But seriously, this was 3/5 of our Terrible Pirate crew (not counting the red guy), and every one of ‘em wreaked of awesomeness. The fact that a few people would come out on a whim on a random night to play dress-up for some hot doughnuts made me happy. And a little bit fat, but I’m not complaining.

So, going back to my opening paragraph- Brooke, you are a genius! I would have sat on my tail watching whatever Simon Cowell was currently voting off the stage, and instead I got to loot the local Krispy Kreme of its golden glazed treasure and make some insane memories. Good times.

The Mastermind

How did you celebrate National Talk Like A Pirate day?  Backup question: What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done on a whim?

  • http://www.robshep.com Rob Shepherd

    I went to Krispy Kreme and had a blast. I didn’t dress up but I still left with some booty…er…donuts.

    • http://thebeardedidealist.com/ Stephen Haggerty

      I was quite happy about this, since you and D. Reeves made up 40% of our crew! Thanks for coming to keep my chest hairs in check.

  • http://dancarman.blogspot.com/ Daniel Carman

    Craziest thing I have ever done on a whim? Well, I once derived Schroedinger’s equation from first principles. I know, I know, talk about living on the edge wild. Oh, and one more thing. Argh! Oh, and one more one more thing, somewhere on the language settings of facebook, there used to be a setting for “pirate speak”.

    • http://thebeardedidealist.com/ Stephen Haggerty

      See, I knew you were a wild and crazy guy like Hans and Franz! ;)
      I’ve heard that about the FB language setting. Shiver me timbers.

  • http://deuceology.wordpress.com Larry Carter

    Unfortunately, the nearest Krispy Kreme is too far away.

    • http://thebeardedidealist.com/ Stephen Haggerty

      That is beyond unfortunate. That is more like okay-time-to-put-the-career-on-hold-and-open-a-franchise!

  • Monica Shepherd

    I got one of Geoff’s donuts! 2 actually. Craziest thing on a whim- while tweezing my eyebrows circa midnight sophomore year of college, my bf Shima & I decided to drive to NYC for a few days.

    • http://thebeardedidealist.com/ Stephen Haggerty

      Yeah, I’m pretty sure it’s impossible to eat only one hot Krispy Kreme doughnut. Try standing outside KK holding a box of ‘em for an hour! I might have to wager that it’s impossible not to eat more than two in that case…

  • http://www.robsorbo.com/p/welcome-from-disqus.html Rob Sorbo

    I celebrate Talk Like a Pirate day every year, except instead of talking like a pirate, I blow out birthday candles.

    Unfortunately, fake accents are my biggest pet peeve, so I can’t stand sharing my birthday with that awful tradition.

    • http://thebeardedidealist.com/ Stephen Haggerty

      Well happy birthday, matey! ;) What a curse indeed… unless you like free doughnuts on your bday.

      • http://www.robsorbo.com/p/welcome-from-disqus.html Rob Sorbo

        Can’t complain about free donuts! I may have even donned the pirate hat if I had realized the free donut deal soon enough.

  • http://www.facebook.com/seekingpastor Matt Cannon

    No–I did not celebrate it. I find it offensive to Pirate-Americans.
    Just kidding–I don’t mind offending Pirate-Americans.

    • http://thebeardedidealist.com/ Stephen Haggerty

      That’s one group you don’t ever about in the press. No one ever comes to the defense of the Pirate-Americans. I really appreciate you being such an advocate for the peg-leg kind, Matt!

  • http://www.zahndrew.com/ Andrew Zahn

    How can I like a couple I’ve never met?

    This post answers that question. Love it!

    • http://thebeardedidealist.com/ Stephen Haggerty

      :) Thanks, Andrew. Hope we can meet one day in person! Maybe when you do a book-signing tour for 10 Commandments For Creatives :)

  • http://www.endlessimpact.com jasonS

    If we had a Krispy Kreme around here, I would have figured out a pirate costume and been over there! You need to pray for us up here in Juneau, AK. We are so deprived of the finer things. :)

  • http://www.endlessimpact.com jasonS

    If we had a Krispy Kreme around here, I would have figured out a pirate costume and been over there! You need to pray for us up here in Juneau, AK. We are so deprived of the finer things. :)

    • http://thebeardedidealist.com/ Stephen Haggerty

      WHAT?! No Krispy Kreme… next you’re going to tell me there is no Chick-Fil-A- please don’t say there’s no Chick-Fil-A?

      • http://www.endlessimpact.com jasonS

        I could say that, but then I’d be lying and I heard somewhere that was bad. No, we have a decent small-town population (around 35,000) but our only chains are McDonald’s and Subway (well, we have Starbucks in a couple grocery stores). Anyway, if you want to send a few chicken sandwiches or doughnuts up our way, I wouldn’t stop you. :)

        • http://thebeardedidealist.com/ Stephen Haggerty

          Wow… desperate times, my friend. Maybe your new ministry could entail bringing a CFA up to AK? :)

  • http://www.lifeofasteward.com Loren Pinilis

    Nothing beats Krispy Kreme. My friends went dumpster diving at the local Krispy Kreme and scored a huge garbage bag full of fresh doughnuts they tossed out at night. They ate doughnuts until they were sick.
    Craziest thing I’ve done on a whim? That’s tough. I feel like joking and saying something like “Getting Married.” But it was probably something lame like a road trip.
    Interesting side trivia: my hometown is where the original Krispy Kreme doughnut location was.

    • http://thebeardedidealist.com/ Stephen Haggerty

      That’s actually a pretty sweet piece of trivia, Loren! The original Krispy Kreme is basically the heart of America if you ask me. Winston-Salem (had to Google it) is a cool place! Have stopped through a couple times.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jebatthebeach Joan Penn-Bastian

    That cup hook is off the hook! I didn’t celebrate yesterday. I don’t know if doing crazy things to win stuff on the radio or in person is exactally a “whim” but at the Gator Bowl a few years ago I won a singing game called “I know that Song” and I have the t-shirt to prove it. I’ve also won things on the radio by singing, once I had to sing the whole Brady Bunch theme song.

    • http://thebeardedidealist.com/ Stephen Haggerty

      That is EXACTLY what I was going for- NICE, Joan! So I take it you sang the Brady Bunch song extra loud a couple Sundays back when Rob had us sing it during the service? :)

  • http://bickleyhouse.wordpress.com/ Jeff Bickley

    Wow. You just went up a few notches on my “awesome” scale. I didn’t even hear about the Krispy Kreme thing until today. Which is just as well…I need KK donuts like I need a hook for a right hand.

    As for me, I wasn’t able to fully appreciate TLAPD, as there aren’t any other nerds where I work. In short…no one else here had even heard of it. I said “Arrrr,” “Avast,” and “WHY IS THE RUM GONE?” in a few emails, but that was about it.

    I don’t think the Power Ranger should have gotten free donuts…but that’s just my opinion…

    • http://thebeardedidealist.com/ Stephen Haggerty

      HAha- “Why is the rum gone” made me laugh, Jeff :)
      I turned on the Pirate language option on my Facebook yesterday and definitely got a few laughs from that.

  • http://www.ramblingbarba.com Ken Hagerman

    It has been 378 1/2 days since my last KK Donut. This is killing me. The last one I had my mom bought a dozen at the airport, promptly placed them in a plastic container and jammed them in the luggage. 20 hours later it was make-believe Hot and Now. Then, my dad ate a couple and it got ugly between he and my wife. He was going back to the land of dough ringed deliciousness and she was not. So, while they fought I snitched one for myself, ya know, as a snack while watching.

    • http://thebeardedidealist.com/ Stephen Haggerty

      :) You crack me up. Even though- lack of Krispy Kreme is no laughing matter. You’ll be in my bedtime prayers, friend.

  • http://www.facebook.com/april.garlochstalls April Garloch Stalls

    Aargh you serious? You actually did that? LOL:) Caleb and I totally participated in the pirate madness and donut deliciousness!!!!

    • http://thebeardedidealist.com/ Stephen Haggerty

      That’s arrrsome, April! I knew I could count on you guys to know what’s up :)

  • http://somewiseguy.com/ ThatGuyKC

    That is awesome! I was home for NTLAPD so my stellar portrayal as Black Beard was only appreciated by our newborn daughter. I did get a decent eye-roll from the Mrs.

    Sweet score on the doughnuts. Way to get out of the house and make a memory.

    • http://thebeardedidealist.com/ Stephen Haggerty

      Thanks, KC. I’m sorry your wife didn’t appreciate your Black Beard portrayal. I’m left to assume it was spectacular though!

  • Phil

    I actually rode pirates of the carribean at Walt Disney World on pirate day. I didn’t get a donut but I think it’s pretty cool.

    • http://thebeardedidealist.com/ Stephen Haggerty

      In-credible, Phil! I can think of no better way to celebrate Pirate Day. Do you live near Disney or were you on vaycay?

      • Phil

        I was on vacay. I live in Oklahoma

        • http://thebeardedidealist.com/ Stephen Haggerty

          Awesome. Did you play vacation around talk like a pirate day? :) If so, awesome.

          • Phil

            I wish I were that awesome, but it really just worked out that way. :)

  • http://danblackonleadership.com/ Dan Black

    Dang I missed it and I really like pirates and donuts. It’s a good combination:) Maybe next year. It sure looked like you guys had a good time.

  • http://danblackonleadership.com/ Dan Black

    Dang I missed it and I really like pirates and donuts. It’s a good combination:) Maybe next year. It sure looked like you guys had a good time.

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