Ransom

Ojai, Ca.

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And every year I manage, by sheer luck, to get a picture that just seems to be a classic. Last year at Ojai, it was Capt. Jack Sparrow unintensionally supervising the surrender of the Evil Spaniard to the Queen, after the big battle.

This year, it was this poor gentleman. It's just so wearisome, being a courtier! <_<

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We had such an awsome time!! Our first time camping and everyone made us feel right at home...Thank you Tales (TO7S) for letting us in and your hospitality..Ransom and Chainshot, Red Handed Jill and Iron Jack, Poison and Saber, Jacky Tar, Mr. Smee, Rumba Rue (She always has a smile) Arthur of Kent and finally the evasive 1st Mate Matt whom I finally met for a brief second...

It was very nice meeting Graydog and his crew Alliance of the Double Cross....I think we had a little Bromance going on there for a second...Thank you everyone for inviting us into your camps and sharing food and drink and making us feel welcomed..

The things I'll always remember are...

The best Rum cake I've ever tasted

Watching Ransom hold a Cookson Fowler that was taller than her (I have a picture of that)

One of our Ladies being kdnapped and held for Ransom by the Double Cross crew...(I really was waitng for Graydog to fire that Swivel Gun)

Freezing in the boat at 3am and having to Pee..

The Tales Duck on a leash

Mr Smee and his Navigation lessons (Geez that guy knows his stuff)

The dirtiest out houses in the west

The Rum Runners social club and being denied entrance ( Don't worry, I pee'd on there camp fence at 3am ; ) )

I hope I didn't leave anyone out!!

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The dirtiest out houses in the west

That's why we rent a private one for our camp. Next year, just use ours (we even have a sink on the outside - we be hygienic pirates...)

Hey Kenneth - did your daughters like their girly gifts?

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Oi, You guys know that you've got an image gallery to post this stuff in right?

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Oi, You guys know that you've got an image gallery to post this stuff in right?

Yaaaaaaar be busted!

=)

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Oi, You guys know that you've got an image gallery to post this stuff in right?

Yaaaaaaar be busted!

=)

Naw you're not busted and it taint that big a deal really - but it could be in the future.

By making a wee gallery and uploading your images there first - the servers won't have to look or go far every time it needs to display your pictures. In the long run the forum and the forum pictures will load faster and save a bit of our bandwidth tis all.

The last thing I want to do is be, is a party pooper - please carry on with the thread and link to your pictures whatever way you will.

beerp

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I'll be there sunday the 28th... My husband is a worker for leather rush... the young cute one... lol anyway nice pic they make me miss faire so much :lol:

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I'll be there on sunday this weekend you can probibly find me in merchants around leather rush i wouldnt wonder

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Deleted due to an apparent double post.... :blink:

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(Quote: Kenneth)

The Rum Runners social club and being denied entrance ( Don't worry, I pee'd on there camp fence at 3am ; ) )

ROTDALMAO!!!!! :blink:

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Regarding the duck,

I have never ever seen a black duck before!!!!! Everyone in our group was amazed!

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The Rum Runners social club and being denied entrance ( Don't worry, I pee'd on there camp fence at 3am ; ) )

Next time... aim for their Kegs. :blink:

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Regarding the duck,

I have never ever seen a black duck before!!!!! Everyone in our group was amazed!

Until that weekend, the rest of us had never seen a black duck on a leash being taken for a walk before!

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Regarding the duck,

I have never ever seen a black duck before!!!!! Everyone in our group was amazed!

Until that weekend, the rest of us had never seen a black duck on a leash being taken for a walk before!

I saw a Black duck on TV once, it's name was Daffy.

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what more can i say that kenny has not... a thanks to all from me and my wife

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Here are a few pictures from Ojai last weekend. I am still gathering photos and sorting them for publishing.

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Tony Swatton and his son playing a large version of jenga.

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Our Sarah aka Apple.

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Apple and Kenny Klein.

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The Captains prize.

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Hey cool. That is #2 in our Bootstrap series. That is the first one to hit the west coast. Glad it found a new home.

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Love that pic of the "Captain's Prize"!

Me first post!

My crew and I have been lurking about for a couple of years or so :ph34r: haven't really met any of you personally, but I've seen most of you through my lens ;)

I couldn't resist sharing my first faire video, from Ojai:

Had a great time watching them play (especially this song since we're a crew of Zelda addicts 'round here)

I'm currently working on my tall ship battle video from Dana Point this year. Great video, but I can't find music for it that will please the censors o'er in tubeville :rolleyes: I'll post a link if she e'er breaks through the blockade.

until next time...

`Wing ~ Squirrely capt of the Tangled Shrew

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Stynky Was tried for crimes of Piracy.....

http://www.youtube.com/user/oderlesseye

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chemical warfare?

ROTFLMAF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I almost spit out my coffee on the monitor!

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Here's three pictures (I didn't take them) that I thought were amusing:

Christa from the former reality show "Pirate Master" was there:

Boats, Christa, Huggable

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Stynky and friend

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Rumba having way too much fun!

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Stynky Was tried for crimes of Piracy.....

http://www.youtube.com/user/oderlesseye

:blink:;) Makes me wish I could have gone both weekends.

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I am reaching for my inspiration of being a well rounded experienced Pirate, so here I finally got to be a part of a battery of men to fire off a members Cannon of the Alliance of the Double Cross. Was a real hoot fer muah !... Now Eye want one! LOL

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I had to copy this from KTTC, because it was so well done. Thaddeus Stynky? LOL!!!!

PostPosted: Thu Oct 02, 2008 12:03 pm Post subject: OFFICIAL ADMIRALTY REPORT - BRITISH NAVAL EXPEDITION TO OJAI Reply with quote

To the Lords of Admiralty,

I am pleased and honoured to report the successful conclusion of the recent campaign for the Ojai Colony in the Americas. Once a wretched, lawless colony established by the Spanish in the New World, it is now prospering under the benevolent guidance of the East India Trading Company and shall in future prove a bastion of strength which ensures the security of the British Empire in the region.

We received intelligences from our most esteemed privateer, a certain Captain Martin Greydog (who was of immense assistance to His Majesty's naval forces in securing the Belmont Fortress a few months ago) that his crew of loyal rogues had made landfall in this colony which had, apparently been left by the Spanish to their own devices. Lawlessness, villany, immorality and pestilence filled the town as scoundrels and vagabonds prowled the streets in search of honest citizens to plunder. It was a state of affairs that, as good Christian Englishmen, we could not allow to continue unchecked. Knowing, however of the recent commitments that His Majesty's military forces had made to other parts of the world, I was hesitant to respond unless we could respond with a show of force that would over awe not merely the denizens of the town but this Captain Greydog and his crew. I have learned, from bitter experience, that pirates are not to be trusted particularly those who would audaciously christen themselves, the Privateers of the Double Cross.

It was then that the gallant gentlemen of His Majesty's Ship STOUT, Captain Wigglesworth commanding, offered to lend their power to the expedition. We have sailed together on many occasions including the successful attack on the Belmont Fortress and I had the utmost faith in the veteran officers under Wigglesworth's command, notably Lt.John Ash and Lt.Chaloner Willoughby. Lt.Willoughby proved himself a bold and resourceful officer, having secured the services of an excellent Bo'sun, Mister Kirke, without whom this expedition would certainly have been short-lived. Thus His Majesty's Eastern Caribbean Squadron weighed anchor and set sail for the colony of Ojai.

We knew not what to expect, only that we must be on our guard. Once HMS Stout had docked, Bo'sun Kirke set up our headquarters and we set off in search of Captain Greydog. Upon reaching the town, we discovered that conditions were not as bad as we thought, though we kept ourselves on our guard. As we made our way through the town we took note of many familiar faces in the Caribbean pirate community - this town seemed to attract more vermin than a plague ship and we would have our work cut out for us if we were to prevent this unhappy locale from becoming a second Tortuga. As we progressed to the edge of town we caught sight of a lone sailor escorting a lady of quality and her whelps. He introduced himself as a sailor from HMS Surprise, a fine and well renowned ship in His Majesty's navy and we were most grateful for his company as we approached Greydog's encampment.

We were pleasantly surprised when the crew of Greydog's ship, the Orange Marmelade, welcomed us warmly not with cutlass and shot, but with cool refreshments. While we welcomed the refreshments, for surely it was a hot day, we were prepared for sudden ambush or for the possibility that this was being done to lull us into complacency or to win our confidence. We were not taken in so easily and we were nearly proven right when a band of ruffians from the town endeavoured to assault the encampment, supported by a pirate ship. Yet, instead of betraying us to the pirates, Greydog's men beat off the villains. To further prove his loyalty, he captured a pathetic looking dreadlocked rogue who protested his innocence and introduced himself as "Larry". The scoundrel was put in the stocks to teach him a lesson and then kicked back into town.

The heat was stifling and Lt.Ash, Bo'sun Kirke and myself retired to the quarters aboard the HMS Stout for rest and refreshment, while the gallant Lt.Willoughby reconnoitred the town. We returned with promised provisions for Greydog's crew - these were the terms of his service and if I may interject, never was loyalty so readily and cheaply bought. Along the way, I was approached by some young militia in red coats who asked me if I was a certain colonial officer named 'George Washington'. I introduced myself and they readily toasted the King's health and shared their heated and sugar caramel coated corn with me. Meanwhile, Lt.Willoughby and Bo'sun Kirke maneuvered the HMS Stout to a more defensible position by Greydog's encampment - enabling us to at once protect the encampment and ensure their loyalty as they were well within pistolshot of our broadsides.

In the evening Captain Greydog and his crew provided a sumptuous feast to which we added our own fresh vegetables, recently purchased in the colonies. A raucous and enjoyable meal was had by all, though not without a great amount of rough horseplay among the crew. Following dinner, the officers, the Bo'sun and I walked about town ensuring that the revelries did not get out of hand - though there was a fair amount of drunkenness and immorality among these rogues there was no violence and we were able to walk about town without much incident. We met the militia once more and they introduced themselves as The Queen's Light Horse. This struck me as odd as our late queen, the Goodly Queen Anne, has been this many years laid to rest and King George sits on the throne now. This interesting and mysterious name would be explained on the morrow as I shall shortly demonstrate.

In the morning, we readied ourselves for the battle which was to come. The Privateers of the Double Cross were confirmed by Letter of Marque to be loyal officers of His Majesty and a plan of action was drawn up for storming the town. We approached by the shore under the guns of the HMS Stout and the Orange Marmalade while the privateers proved themselves quite handy with their musket volleys. The outlying bastions were quickly taken and it seemed like the pirates had melted away, leaving only their women, sturdy and lovely wenches as had ever graced a colony, to oppose us. We naturally behaved like gentlemen and Englishmen and this seemed to win their hearts for they did not oppose us for long. We took only a few prisoners storming the bastions and all that remained was to flush out the rest of the scoundrels. We paraded the prisoners through the streets to make an example of them and when Greydog's men recognized their erstwhile piratical companions, these were quickly put in chains as well.

We proceeded to the lodgings of the Ojai governor. At the gate we were informed that he was absent, by a most curious fellow. He was dressed in the style common to the good queen Bess, a style that had gone out of fashion centuries ago. He had the manners of a swineherd and the stench of one however and when informed about this he was cut to the quick and took immediate offense. We demanded entrance in the name of our Good King George and he replied that he served the Queen. We were shocked that this apparent Englishman would be so bold as to suggest that there be any other monarch of England than King George of Hanover and we were about to storm the gates when it occurred to me that these were the remains of Sir Walter Raleigh's tragic and doomed LOST COLONY of ROANOAKE. They had apparently set sail, when supplies had not arrived from England and starvation threatened them, and landed in the Ojai colony. While adhering to the true Christian, Anglican faith, they had also become convinced that the red headed lady who ruled over them was Queen Elizabeth of the Royal House of Tudor and by this token they had built their colony, living in a past that had long been passed by by the world. The Spanish had endeavoured to take it from them but they had managed to hold on in spite of terrible odds, guarded by their red coated horse militia, pike and shot and even Beefeaters. Being (somewhat deluded) Englishmen, we wished them well and proceeded on our way.

We were able to take prisoners and the three most notorious were tried by the Admiralty Court which was presided over by Commodore James Norrington RN. The first man conviced was a Scots-Irishman named Duncan - he was cleared of piracy by the court but, convicted of stealing the watch of no less than the judge of the Admiralty Court, Commodore Norrington. Despite his pleas that the watch had been 'planted' he was sentenced to be hung by the neck until dead for its theft. The second man, known only by the common colonial name of Joshua, was given benefit of clergy, branded on the thumbs and impressed into His Majesty's navy. An auction was held among the ladies (and gentlemen so inclined) for the services of the new 'volunteer'. Finally there was the infamous pirate, Thaddeus Stynky - with a "Y". While professing his innocence, this scoundrel did not realize that he was but setting a trap that he would fall into himself. It became clear to all that this vile and dissolute wretch had experienced unnatural relations with a dog, while at the same time endangering the public health by means of vile chemicals and poisons that secreted from his unwashed body. This utterly abhorrent and craven wretch was sentenced to be pilloried for eight hours to teach him the error of his ways.

One of the colonials, a woodcut artist, accosted the commodore and protested against what he perceived were unfair arrests and unjustly high taxes. The good commodore was unable to convince the fool of the error of his ways but such is the way of those whose radical liberalism gets in the way of simple common sense. Taxes are required to maintain good government, to protect the citizenry from the depredations of the merciless by means of fleets and soldiers and yet this simpleton could not be convinced. It would be a pity if there were more ungrateful wretches in these American colonies - perhaps one day they may even dare to dream of that gilded and ruthless cage called 'freedom'.

While the commodore walked through town he accused some honest merchants of committing a ghastly crime - the skeletal evidence of which was half buried in the ground for all to see. He was outraged that His Majesty's government, while taxing him outrageously (according to him, naturally a vastly overblown sentiment) was not taking steps to punish the criminals who had murdered this fellow. The commodore heard the side of the merchants who informed him that the man was called 'STEWART'. Now of course, the STEWARTS are the family of the PRETENDER who would seek to usurp the rightful throne of King George. Thus did the Commodore, when apprised of the death of said Stewart, instead PRAISE the loyal citizens for having rid their town of the evil agents of the pretender. The woodcut artist stumbled away, doubtless muttering traitorous imprecations, yet the Commodore, in his mercy, decided that the fool had lost his senses and was no threat to the public peace.

For his good service, the Commodore was much admired by the women folk of the town who begged him to sit for their portraitists and woodcut artisans.

Thus was the Ojai colony brought into the orbit of the Crown and Empire, and it remains a happy and civilized town to this day.

My compliments to Captain Greydog and his loyal crewe, his good lady wife Cankankerous Jan, Oderlesseye and his good lady, Dr.Arik and his good lady, Captain Wigglesworth, Lt. John Ash and Lt. Chaloner Willoughby of HMS Stout, Bo'sun Kirke and the good people of Ojai who served His Majesty with loyalty and faithfulness.

God save the King!

I am your most obedt.servant,

LORD TOM BECKETT, EAST INDIA TRADING COMPANY

COMMODORE JAMES NORRINGTON, ROYAL NAVY

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"YOU have got to be the worst pirate I've ever heard of..."

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