Pirates! That’s right, Pirates! Way before our traffic problems, way before our basketball team shuffled out of town, even before the Space Needle was erected, Seattle has been infested every summer with pirates. And no one has tried to stop them. Until now! And you, yes you, can help me defend our fair city when the pirates arrive! Come out to the Seafair Pirate Landing on Alki Beach in West Seattle, July 6, 2013 at 11am.
All of us at “The Boat Guy” are very excited about our relationship with Seafair. Seafair has been a huge part of my life since I was an infant. Growing up in Seattle, my parents took my brother and I to all the Seafair events. Frankly, the pirates scared the hell out of me at the parade! Now, at 59, I’m almost over my fear of pirates. Almost! When Seafair asked us to do a video about this year’s pirate landing, Sam and I racked our already “racked-out” brains trying to come up with some kind of angle on the pirates to help get the word out. For better or worse, this video is the result.
I get really excited about cooperation, in all its forms, and we got a ton of cooperation with regard to this video. We want to thank, Tom Douglas (I had the best piece of chicken I’ve ever tasted during the shoot!), the Seattle City Police Department Harbor Patrol, everyone at Mayor McGinn’s office and at the office of King County Executive Dow Constantine. Former state attorney general, Rob McKenna made time in a very hectic day to come do the shoot. The Rat City Rollergirls were so much fun. They were ready to help us with whatever we needed!
When you look at what Seafair really is, it is cooperation more than anything else. Cooperation between city agencies, between private businesses and non-profit agencies, between diverse communities and scores of individual volunteers, and between schools and clubs. I want to thank everyone who went out of their way to cooperate with Sam and I on this video.
Let’s all come together this year at Seafair! Let’s let our hair down a bit, have a sense of humor about ourselves and embrace this homegrown, wonderful celebration. Let’s celebrate this diverse, beautiful, fun-loving city, during the most beautiful time of the year in Seattle. Come on, let’s not take ourselves too serious, see you at Alki Beach on July 6!
Chip Hanauer, “The Boat Guy”