If any of you are interested in pirate cosplay, then be sure to check out Gentlemen of Fortune. It's a very good introductory site on the historical background of pirates and gives very good advice about pirate dress and accoutrements.
"It is folly for a man to pray to the gods for that which he has the power to obtain by himself.” – Epicurus
"Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet." - Plato