19 September 2009

. . . to cross the bounding main!

greetings, me hearty kitties! an' welcome to all ye NOMS guests!!

first off this day, i commands that we all doffs our headgear an' remember wif a moment o' silence all those what has gone inta the Great Beyond befur us, not least among them our revered Cap'n Nels the Cranky, wifout whom we none o' us would efur haf stepped paw on board a sailin' vessel nor trod a sandy isle. an' th' while, be namin' in yer minds ALL those whom we remember this day, an' whom we honors wif feastin' an' carousal, as befits them what follows the way o' a gentlecat o' fortune!

***** silence *****

we seeks this day to soothe our souls wif the poundin' heartbeat o' our planet--the mighty waves what wash the shores o' the world. they scour the marks o' time from the beaches--let their sound wash clean our memories of all but the sweet reminders.

the good ship cat o' nine tails be at yer sarvice. be so kind as to notice the figgerhead. it were carved fur us by an ol' shipwright what had retired t'the Ol' Piratecats' Home that cap'n nels built wif part o'the booty from last year's adventure.
so let us away to fling oursel's on the bosom o' the ocean! if ye ha' not a ship, come aboard wi' us! if ye ha' yer own fine ship, cast off right smart, an' jine the flotilla. ah, a fine sight it is!
here be yer host crew:
nitro the nasty
xing the slice
ol' scratch's own coally wee imp -- igmu, the cabinkitt
an' i be yer 'umble cap'n, mao fang, in the glorious tradition o' cap'n nels.
belowdecks there be all manner o' amenities:

soft beds fur nappin'
the mess deck for, well . . . nommin':
an' a bountiful feast set forth from th' galley:

an' a sweet treat fur those what craves it
('specially them lads onna black furrball)
there be tuna juice aplenty fur them as likes it, as well as niptinis, fat cat ale, meowgaritas, an' the like at the sideboard. although the late cap'n nels were known to despise umberella drinks (an' we hope he ain't gonna spin up a waterspout in his wrath at this change), mao fang be master now, an' it be well known he do like his tipple! o'course, there's moo juice an' adam's ale aplenty fur them what don't imbibe spiritous likkers or be too young to do so yet.

there be plenty o' games an' toys fur playin', an' ye won't hafta work too hard t' move 'em--the ocean be doin' it fur ye!!
the latest in comfort stations be sitchyated on the orlop deck -- 'ware the ladders, there be a lot o' rungs! truth told, th' comfort station BE the orlop deck--since we kitties be but light in weight (though we be many), a load o' sand were added as ballast, an' there be plenty o' space t'accomodate us all, wif bounteous material fur scratchin'. mind the cabinkitt, howsomefurr--he likes t'get a close look at the goin's on, if ye get me drift, an' i've no desire t'preside at a bathin' party.

there be plenty o' litter sifters stationed 'roundabout, so our "head" be clean at all times. be ye not dismayed at their form. i has not clapped eye on 'em meself, but believes them t'be a sort o' fevver . . . i heered Pirate Mum say she'd engaged a platoon o' polly-tishuns t'man th' shovels, as they were 'customed t'that line o'work.

yarrrrrrr! we has sighted our furrst port o' call, the beautyous island o' meooorea.
the natives be furriendly, an' colorfully dressed, an' their beans allus has special foods ready fur kitties!
an' while we be on the island, remember that the onshore comfort stations be located inna bushes back AWAY frum the beach!
there be lots o' nappin' places fur sun an' shade.
there be plenty o' snacks at water's edge for ye what's been known
t'dabble yer toezies inna water:
when we've sampled all the goodness that this lovely island holds, why then--we shall weigh anchor an' tellyport ofur the seas afollowin' th' mighty vessel the black furrball as doughty cap'n dante an' crew leads us on a bold adventure through the perilous devil's triangle to a fabled island called "baast". we finds it not on any chart, so we be trustin' the wise master o' th' furrball t'bring us into port an' out o' it again!

we thanks ye each an' all fur yer good faith an' partycipation these three september 19ths--an' hopes ye will teach yer kits t'carry on this tradition long years after we be drydocked at the Ol' Piratecats Home!! there has been cats aboard ship (much to the detriment o' ratties) since sail first spanked inna breeze, an' we shall NOT let this custom pass from our world.

god bless ye, fair company!!


Karen Jo said...

Smooth sailin' to ye all.

Cindy said...

ARR, don't get seasick or eat too much of all the treats.

Parker said...

I'm ready to set sail!

SeaThreePeeO said...

ARR! It be bein' a pleasure 't be sailin' wit' such a fine cap'ain an crew! ARR!

Bengal Duo ~ Zulu and Deene said...

Arrr, tis a fine day for a sailin' on da briney deep. I would be honored ast' king's men te be boardn' yer ship, shiver me timbers!

ZOOLATRY said...

I'm waiting for Johnny Depp to find me... Mate Zoey.

I'm just waiting for whatever...
Mate Maggy.

Lots of good stuffs on your
sailing ship.

And we're havin' our ZH walk the plank. AYE!

Purrageous Pirates said...

Me-Arrrgggghhhh! We are here to rendevous with the most fearsome Cat O'Nine Tails. A toast to a most successful Meow Like a Pirate Day!!

The Florida Furkids said...

Aye, we hope you have a purrfect meow like a pirate day Aye, me parrot concurs. We're headed right to the galley for the foods!

Sniffie and the Florida Furkids

The Island Cats said...

Avast ye mateys! We be settin' sail with ye! We be lookin' fer buried treasure! Arrrrrrr!!!

The Creek Cats said...

We are so excited to participate in our first ever MLACD. We're ready to weigh anchor into the briny deep! Arrr!

The Meezers or Billy said...

we is on our way!!!!!!!!

Reese =^..^= said...

Wait for me!

Gemini and Ichiro said...

YOu got ham on your voyage?! I so need to be on your ship!!!

KC and the Giggleman Kitties said...

We's here too, all six of us.
Arrrr, KC's got catnip grog an warm fresh mouse cakes (yummm).
This is our furrst trip an we's furry excited.
Captain Casper should be meeting me here, an his crew....
Missy Blue Eyes
Faith Boomerang

Morgan the Pirate Gato said...

Happy Pirate's Day! My Bilge Rats are givin out Captain Morgan's Rum to all!

Congrats on being Grand Marshall on the Pirate's Parade!

Daisy said...

You all do Pirate Day right! I will always remember Cap'n Nels on this day.

Getzger said...

I love a cat who loves his tipple. Next time you're at port, I'll gladly share a niptini with you!

Fat Eric said...

Arrrrr! A furry happy Meow Like A Pirate Day to ye, me hearties! Wi' a yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!

Tiger Lily said...

This sure do be a great way t' celebrate MLAPD! We joined ye fur a wee bit 'afore we moved on t' th' Black Furrball. Thank ye fur th' grand time!

Zeke, Sushi & Tiger Lily

Skeezix the Cat said...

We're all pirates today (ixsept fur Mao hoo sez it's stoopid). And I'm sailin the USS Skeezix!


Victor Tabbycat said...

Mearrrr! Tis a fine lotta grub ye got der. I's gardin me nippy loot. Avast, me landlubbin sisfur hain't got her a pirate name! Mina? Nina Redclaws? Arrrr!
~ Villainous Victor Rackofham

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

Garrrr tis a fine spread ye have there. We got our ship the Scurvy Rat afloat just a few short hours ago. We were due to sail at the darkest hour but the wench clicked a wrong button and sunk our ship, pirates an all. She even tried to blame us. Walking the plank is too good fer her. Yohoho where's the grog.

Anonymous said...

We took our sea sickness treats, and we're ready to sail!

Jack, Persephone, Tenzing and Lancelot said...


We be comin' along wit' ye! Our boat be too small fer cats! And we be bringin' along me piRATical minions for to play with th' kits and man the riggin'!

This be a FINE day fer a sail! And a right generous feast ye prepared fer us!

We thank ye fer yer trouble!


~ One-Eyed Jack

KC and the Giggleman Kitties said...

This is grrreat... this is ours first trip... an all tha eats is grreat.
Arrrrr, matey.

pee ess: I's don't haf a Pirate Name. I'll get one afore next year.

Meadow said...

Arrrr....wessa comin over to your ship to eat matey!!

Willow said...

China Cat & myself be so pleased t' join up wit' ye, Cap'n Mao Fang!

Piratey purrrrrs, Willow
aka Calico Bess Rackham

Spike William and Angels China Cat and Willow said...

My comrade at arms, Willow & I both be so pleased to once again board th' Cat O' Nine Tails for some pillagin' - an' we heard tell that there be ham aboard!

Piratey purrrrrs, China Cat
aka Iron Charity Vane

Rocky the Gutter Cat said...

A tip o' the hat to Cap'n Nels and the Meowers!