Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Do You See What I See? Coconut Pirate

Apparently, coconut pirates are all the rage in Key West, but they beg the question... is it better to be a coconut or a pirate? Is it even possible to be both at the same time?

What other odd dualities are feasible?

And what do you think about this particular coconut pirate? Did he start his life in Key West – or somewhere else? Where’s he going now? Would you like to take him home?

Authors and characters, let’s discuss amongst ourselves!

49 comments:

Nevin said...

Don't pirates steal? I don't think that's very nice.

Vic said...

Anything's better than a coconut, Nevin.

Nevin said...

Coconuts are a healthful part of nature, Vic. You should learn not to be so judgmental.

Candy said...

He's ugly. I want nothing to do with him! I can't imagine who would make such a nasty looking thing. Maybe they thought it was art? I only try to create beauty in my painting.

Nutmeg Cross said...

Wow! You guys are pretty harsh. I think he's kind of cute.

After all, he's just a head. How much could he possibly steal with his teeth?

Indigo Cypress said...

I don't know, Meg. Pirates are pretty crafty creatures.

Olivia Harper said...

As a fellow artist, Candy, I actually find him rather curious. Like Meg, I think he's cute - not ugly - and I do believe that coconut pirates are a form of art. It took someone a lot of effort to carve him from a coconut.

Indigo Cypress said...

Besides, as someone whose people lived off the land and tried not to waste resources, I love the idea of turning something that provides sustenance into an artform. Drink the milk, remove the flesh, then turn the shell into art. Brilliant!

Samantha Harper said...

Ooh, yeah, like that time in art class when we drained raw eggs and painted the shells. That sure wasn't easy, but the results were awesome.

Aidan said...

The great thing about art is that it means something different to everyone.

Olivia Harper said...

I think I still have one of those in the closet. Protected by cotton, of course.

Olivia Harper said...

I couldn't agree more, Aidan! Art is a VERY subjective thing.

(Although sometimes, I secretly wonder how a completely green canvas could sell for so much money...)

Jesse Littleton said...

I, for one, am fascinated by pirates. I read everything I can about them.

As for coconuts, I've only eaten them twice - liked them both times. But they're hard to get where I live. We can't grow them easily in the Hollow, and I've only been to a grocery store a few times in my life.

Regarding being one or the other... hmm. Well, coconuts GIVE something to people, and pirates usually TAKE from people, so as exciting as it would have been to be a pirate - I think I'd rather be a coconut. I'd rather be something that people liked as a rule (unless a coconut falls on their heads, of course) than something that people hated and feared. But that's just me.

Daryl Harper said...

Course, coconuts make pretty good weapons, too. If you hurled one at someone's head, they'd probably feel it for days...

Olivia Harper said...

Daryl!

Daryl Harper said...

I'm just saying you COULD use them as a weapon - not that I WOULD. Pirates could collect a bunch of coconuts on an island, then shoot them out of cannons at their enemies.

And, hey, Mom, weren't you the one that told me the Krewe of Zulu used to hurl painted coconuts at Mardi Gras crowds? Before they realized it was a bad idea, I mean.

Olivia Harper said...

Yep. Just one of the many stupid things that Mardi Gras krewes have done over the years.

Gabby said...

Coconuts are good food. I spent my first years raised on their milk. Tourists like to buy the ones made into something but to me they're kind of silly.

Laura Martone said...

Well, Gabby, as Aidan said, "the great thing about art is that it means something different to everyone."

For you, coconuts are just food, nothing more. The painted versions appeal to some people, who consider them kitschy art - I happen to be one of them.

Incidentally, how do you feel about pirates?

Gabby said...

Hi Laura,
I used to think that pirates were cool, but before I came here, where we have no contact with the outside world, on tv i saw modern ones working off the coast of Somalia and they seem a scruffy, dull and mean lot. I like the old swashbuckling pirates. but not these new thugs.

Laura Martone said...

Oh, I'm in complete agreement, Gabby. I'm a much bigger fan of the Pirates of the Caribbean style of pirate... not the evil, scruffy, villainous modern ones.

Of course, swashbuckling pirates of old were a pretty unsavory lot, too. They just SEEM more romantic somehow. (Naturally, Johnny Depp helps to sell that image.)

Olivia Harper said...

Well, I think we've established a few pros and cons of being a coconut, a pirate, or a combo of the two. And since no one else has claimed him yet, I'd like to take him home.

I often find sea coconuts on South Padre Island... especially along the northern end, where the warm gulf waters drag in lots of marine debris. And I've never known what to do with them... until now.

But I sure could use this coconut pirate as a model. The possibilities are endless!

Samantha Harper said...

But, Mom, we're also supposed to come up with his story... who is he? Where does he come from?

Nutmeg Cross said...

Ooh, this could be fun!

I almost called him One-Eyed Willy, but then I remembered that was the name of the pirate in The Goonies. Oops.

Indigo Cypress said...

What about Big Teeth Billy? That could work. Or Wooden Head Walter?

Nutmeg Cross said...

Indy, please! No self-respecting pirate would be called Walter.

Daryl Harper said...

How about Sideburn Jack? That has a nice ring to it. Or maybe just Captain Sideburns.

He could've come from Montego Bay, smuggled aboard a cruise ship en route from Jamaica to Key West. He enjoyed pilfering from tourists in the Caribbean, but his dream has always been to come to America, where the real crooks live.

Samantha Harper said...

I like the way you think, big bro.

Jesse Littleton said...

All this talk of pirates made me curious, so I looked up the sordid histories of some real pirates. Did you know there was once a pirate named Diabolitio? He was a Cuban pirate - nobody knows when he was born, of course, but he died in 1823.

Just thought I'd share.

By the way, I like your story, Daryl. Sideburn Jack - very funny. You know, there was a real English pirate named Calico Jack - the one who designed the famous Jolly Roger flag - but you probably already knew that. *wink*

Ginger said...

I love coconut. It adds such nice texture to cookies and pastries.

And to Mounds bars.

Marenya said...

How horrible! Some person has been beheaded and hung in the market-place.

Is that the punishment for stealing in your country?

Laura Martone said...

I love Mounds bars, Ginger! However did you know?

My hubby believes I'm kooky, but I think dark chocolate and coconut are an excellent combination!

Unfortunately, though, I think this pirate's coconut goodness is long gone. :-(

Nutmeg Cross said...

Gee, Marenya, I hadn't thought about it that way... but, now that you mention it, seeing a whole cart filled with beheaded pirates is a bit disconcerting.

Indigo Cypress said...

Yeah, maybe we were all duped.

We assumed Laura took the picture in Key West, so we also assumed it was just a pirate-themed coconut, but what if that wasn't the whole truth? What if Marenya's right, and someone WAS beheaded for some ridiculous crime? Even in America, that could happen... and dumb tourists would just assume it's merely a coconut.

Makes me wonder about other souvenirs I've seen...

Daryl Harper said...

You're all nuts! I told you, it's just a coconut pirate named Sideburn Jack. And Mom's taking him home.

Jesse Littleton said...

I don't know, Daryl... Maybe our author's testing us, challenging our gullible natures. Marenya could be onto something here.

Laura Martone said...

If anyone's gullible, it's me. All this time, I thought it was just a picture of a coconut pirate. But what if Marenya's right? What if the cart owner was some horrible drug lord who'd beheaded his victims and decided to sell their heads to unsuspecting tourists?

Now that I think about it, there was no vendor minding the cart that day. Where was he?

Michael Harper said...

Hiding behind a palm tree, laughing maniacally.

(Hey, I can play, too.)

Faldur said...

It isn't real, Marenya. It is some type of carving. I believe it is meant to be humorous.

Daryl Harper said...

You believe correctly, Faldur! (At least, I think so - now my author has ME doubting, too.)

Lazaro said...

I wish it was real. Then I could eat its brain.

Ricky said...

That was uplifting, Lazaro. Why don't you go practice your drums?

So has anyone here been to the Keys? I went once. It was pretty nice. There was a guy down on the pier who had a show that was all cats. They jumped through hoops and did other tricks on command. I didn't think much of it at the time, but now that I have a cat hanging around my apartment, I think of it often.

Nevin said...

I don't recommend you try to get your cat to jump through hoops, Ricky. She isn't what you think she is.

Ricky said...

What are you talking about, Nevin? I know a cat when I see one.

Anonymous said...

Since he looks like he's smiling for his driver's license photo, I'd say he's taking the Overseas Hwy to Miami, where he'll pick up I-95 to I-77 N. He's headed to Pittsburgh sight unseen. Why not? He heard there were pirates there, and he's sooooo ready for a change.

Laura Martone said...

Of course, Lazaro. Leave it to you to think that way. Sheesh.

As for the Keys, Ricky, I've obviously been before. How else could I be duped into taking a picture of a beheaded pirate and unknowingly passing it off as a souvenir coconut. Sigh.

Michael Harper said...

Haha, Anon! The Pittsburgh PIRATES. Good one.

I'm not much into baseball. I'm a Saints man all the way... probably helps that my wife is from New Orleans.

Ginger said...

I visited the Florida Keys once when I was a child. It was August. It took a very, very, very, very long time to drive there. It was very, very, very, very hot. There were a lot of pretty, old buildings. I didn't like the conch soup. I couldn't even eat it. I just stared at my bowl, thinking that all those bits were just shredded snail.

That's all I remember.

I'd probably like it much better now, though. For one thing, we didn't stay there. I hear they have some very nice hotels, and that it's a lot better in the cooler months.

Laura Martone said...

The last time the hubby and I went was in April - a wonderful time to go... if you ever return, Ginger.