Summit Up 9-21-11: Marking Talk Like a Venetian Doge Day
Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that’s just sick over our omission yesterday on Talk Like a Pirate Day. We usually try to remember this and make at least a half-hearted effort to talk like a pirate. The truth is, though, it gets a little old after a while, and it’s hard to have people go along with it after a while. In fact, we’d be surprised if even real pirates talked like, say, Patchy the Pirate on Spongebob. It hurts the throat after just a few sentences, and the effort is just too much when you’re trying to get stuff done.
That said, our hat’s off to Hendo up in Breck, pictured here, who made the commitment to put up the Jolly Roger and sport an eye patch.
We have to wonder, though, why pirates get all the love on Sept. 20. Why not Talk Like a Leprechaun day, for instance? (They’re always after me Lucky Charms!) Or how about Talk Like a Viking Day (although we’re not entirely sure what that would sound like, we’re sure with a little research and repeated viewing of films like Beowulf and The 13th Warrior we could figure something out.) We could even have Talk Like a Venetian Doge Day, which would require a great deal of research but which, we feel, would be both educational and incredibly odd.
MILLIONS OF SUMMIT UP READERS: What in tarnation is a Venetian Doge?
SU: Back in the day, long before Italy was a unified country, the place was a bunch of little countries run by guys named doges – basically Italian for “duke,” from what we understand. C’mon! Is that so hard?
Anyway, just a thought. Today is September 21, so why not talk like a Gaelic butcher or a pro wrestler or a longshoreman. Then, take it and run with it and make it a national day that everyone knows about.
What have you got to lose?
Boy, it sure is feeling like fall out there, isn’t it? It smells good, there’s a nip in the air and the great snow god Ullr seems to be just over the horizon, prepping a batch of white stuff to toss our way any day or week now. So get your season pass lined up, wax your board/s and embrace the season – it’ll be here any day now.
Just be nice for Halloween, that’s all we ask. We out.
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