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Friday, 6 May 2005
Scrimshaws for Chapters 7, 8, 9 & 10
Gnomie drew a swell scrimshaw, but I am having trouble getting it in to photobucket. I will keep working on it and put it up later today, hopefully. For now, here's the rest. Again, great job and I really can't tell you all how much I enjoy these.

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BY: WENDYJO (I tried to blow this up WJ, but it made it too blurry when I did so.)

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BY: TRILLIAN (I know this is from Chapter 10, but that's okay. Now Trillian will have to send in another entry for the next chapters.(<'

Posted by captainhoof at 10:42 AM CDT
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Tuesday, 3 May 2005
Pirates of Pensacola, Chapters 7, 8, 9 & 10
1. I wonder if Keith actually went to a barbershop, had them pump the chair up to its highest, and measured. Anyone here willing to do so for the sake of experiment?

2. Who, or what, is "the Very Psychotic"?

3. What would you do with 42.7 million dollars? I want an itemization...

4. Got a favorite one-linter from chapters 7-10? If so, share.

5. Does your significant other, friend, or relative have a habit that drives you batty to the point where if you were stuck next to them on an overcrowded ship for months at a time you might consider arranging their convenient disappearance?

6. What's the most interesting tid bit you learned from Isaac's pirate history lesson?

7. If you have any questions or observations about Chapters 7-10, please post them.

8. Scrimshaws are now being accepted for chapters 7-10. Here's my pitiful attempt:
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Posted by captainhoof at 10:15 AM CDT
Updated: Tuesday, 3 May 2005 10:16 AM CDT
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Monday, 2 May 2005
Chapters 7, 8, 9 & 10 Will Be Up Tomorrow...
Be there, or be square!

Arriva derche,


Posted by captainhoof at 10:45 AM CDT
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Friday, 29 April 2005
Scrimshaws for Chapters 4, 5 & 6...As Usual, they're great
B-Mail by Rancette

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The Barber Shop By Labs

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Plantayne Avenue by Wendyjo

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I'm not quite sure by A Bastardess

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ID by Grace

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Posted by captainhoof at 12:57 PM CDT
Updated: Friday, 29 April 2005 12:59 PM CDT
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Tuesday, 26 April 2005
Pirates of Pensacola, Chapters 4, 5 & 6
1. Anybody here ever attended a Dale Carnegie Class before? I have...see kidding...really. I just wondered, was anyone else's a big crying, drama fest as well?
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2. What do you think motivated Herb to bombard Morgan with "quotes of the day"? Do you honestly think Herb lived by them as well???? Seriously. This aspect of the book has puzzled me. Keith, some insight here would be appreciated.

3. You're in heavy traffic going nowhere fast. The person in front of you zones out, falling behind the "flow of traffic", preventing you from moving your rightful 10 feet forward. Do you honk or patiently wait for him to get a clue? If you wait, do you curse him aloud in the seclusion of your car or sit in silence?

4. Have you ever dated a guy with an earring? If male, have you ever wore an earring?

5. Have you ever believed someone to be plum nuts, only to find out later they were telling the truth? If so, share. It distorts your perception of reality, does it not?

6. Scrimshaws for Chapters 4, 5 and 6 are now being accepted. I must say, this is something I look forward to every time. The entries have been amazing. Please keep them coming. The deadline is Thursday, 9:00 a.m. The more, the better. For now, here's mine...
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Posted by captainhoof at 2:50 PM CDT
Updated: Tuesday, 26 April 2005 3:26 PM CDT
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Monday, 25 April 2005
Scrimshaws for Chapters 2 & 3 of Pirates of Pensacola, and if I do say so, you girls outdid yourselves...Fantastic Job!
First, to labs. I will admit, I did not know what an aphorism was before. I had to look it up. We here in the South refer to them as "sayins".

First up is "Taco World" by WendyJo
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Second is Rancette's "School of Forbischer"
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Third is Grace's "Exhibit B"
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And last, but certainly not least, is Labsnabys' "Bottle Cap"
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OF NOTE: We will be doing Chapters 4, 5 & 6 tomorrow, Tuesday, April the whatever it is.


Posted by captainhoof at 11:02 AM CDT
Updated: Monday, 25 April 2005 11:05 AM CDT
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Wednesday, 20 April 2005
Pirates of Pensacola, by Keith Thomson Chapters 2 & 3
1. Please share with us a unique or frequently used aphorism within your own family. As for me and mine, well: "You're an adult, not a kid, hit the toilet, not the lid."

2. Use the words Forbischer and fun in the same sentence, holding true to the idea that Forbischer isn't fun.

3. What were you doing in 1989?

4. Morgan's rent was $600.00 in 1992. What was the dollar sign of the rent for your first real pad? We want details....who, what, when, where, how and why.

5.Have you ever seen the likeness of the Virgin Mary? If so, where?

6. Do you suppose Morgan bought the ship model already put together, or did he do it himself?

7. Morgan's mental tick is compulsively crunching numbers, obviously a habit of the trade and not genetic. Do you have a mental tick? I'll share mine later.

8. Morgan apparently has a penchant for the scent of _____________________.

9. Anyone have a favorite line so far? If so, which one?

10. Scrimshaw submissions on Chapters 2 and 3 are now being accepted. Please email them to The deadline is Thursday, April 21st at 9:00 p.m. CST. For now, here's mine...

11. Any questions, thoughts, or observations on Chapters 2 or 3, please share them with us now.

Posted by captainhoof at 12:18 PM CDT
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Monday, 18 April 2005
Pirates of Pensacola Scrimshaws Prologue and Chapter 1
You fill in the blanks...

_________________ by labsnabys

__________________ by Trillian

__________________ by Rancette

__________________ by Wendyjo

__________________ by Grace

__________________ by Trillian

We will be doing Chapters 2 and 3 on Wednesday. Be prepared!

Posted by captainhoof at 10:39 AM CDT
Updated: Monday, 18 April 2005 10:49 AM CDT
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Friday, 15 April 2005
Don't Forget the 7:00 p.m. CST Deadline Tonight for Scrimshaws Pertaining to Prologue and Chapter 1
Throughout our reading of Pirates Of Pensacola there will be trivia questions and scrimshaw challenges and sharing of personal stories relating to Keith's tale. Along the way, I will be keeping track of the participants, the correct answers and last, but not least, your submitted scrimshaws.

I mentioned a handsome reward yesterday and I am here to provide the details...Up for grabs? An original Keith Thomson scrimshaw of the winner's choosing, inscribed, signed and dated by Keith, and sent directly to YOU, the winner or winners, as it may be. So be sure and grab your copy of Pirates of Pensacola at the nearest bookstore or via


Posted by captainhoof at 2:56 PM CDT
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Thursday, 14 April 2005
Rubber Duckie's Book Club, now featuring Pirates of Pensacola by Keith Thomson

Pirates of Pensacola by Keith Thomson

Anything goes for discussion here as long as it pertains to the Prologue and Chapter 1. If you have a question for Keith type it on up and hopefully he'll be around to answer it.

To start things off, I have a few points of discussion myself.

1. You've received an invitation to the fifty-eighth annual Costume Ball at the Shore Havens Yacht Club. Who or what will you be?

2. Do you think the punch at the club was spiked? If so, which guest do you believe was most likely the culprit?

3. Question for Keith: Do you throw sidearm?

4. In today's reading assignment there's a scene which could be construed as symbolic, maybe even prophetic, when you consider the source (Keith) and his future writing endeavors. Do you know which scene I'm referring to? If you're not familiar with Keith's other writings, here's a clue... a "similar scene" is played out in De bijbel.

5. As a kid, the parking lot lines were balance beams to me. I would walk, stand on my hands and do cartwheels, practicing for my future reign as the next Nadia Comaneci. Am I the only one? Did anyone else out there have a unique or unusual use for parking lot lines? If so, please share.

6. Morgan inherited something from his father, perhaps unwittingly so. 10 DVP points for the first person to give me the correct answer.

7. Am I the only person who wonders why there are so many handicap parking spots and why they most always are empty and why the closest able-bodied spots are always full and more often than not, occupied by a car with handicap tags?

Please take the time to draw, no matter how simple or archaic, the most vivid image in your mind conjured up from the Prologue and Chapter 1. Either do them in paint and email them to me at, or draw them on paper, scan them, and email them to me at This is not about art, or drawing, but personal vision and sheer entertainment value. Please participate. All entries will be posted on the front page. Deadline for submission is tomorrow evening, Friday, at 7:00 p.m.CST. I can't wait. For inspiration, here's mine. What is it, exactly...

8. Morgan being left eternally in the oceanside arcade parking lot conjured up a frightening image from my childhood which I will share later. As a child, were any of you ever forgotten by your parents or were they way late in picking you up? Please dish all the juicy details.

9. And last, but not least, if you have a topic or issue or your own trivia question from today's reading material, please post it. The more, the better.

(As extra incentive, for some of the participation questions, there may be a handsome reward, so be sure and participate!)

Posted by captainhoof at 10:39 AM CDT
Updated: Thursday, 14 April 2005 10:40 AM CDT
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