Seems there was a treasure ship on its way back to port. About
halfway there, it was approached by a pirate, skull and crossbones waving
in the breeze!
“Captain, captain, what do we do?” asked the first mate.
“First mate,” said the captain, “go to my cabin, open my sea
chest, and bring me my red shirt.” The first mate did so.
Wearing his bright red shirt, the captain exhorted his crew to
fight. So inspiring was he, in fact, that the pirate ship was repelled
A few days later, the ship was again approached, this time by two
“Captain, captain, what should we do?”
“First mate, bring me my red shirt!”
The crew, emboldened by their fearless captain, fought heroically, and
managed to defeat both boarding parties, though they took many
casualties. That night, the survivors had a great celebration. The
first mate asked the captain the secret of his bright red shirt.
“It’s simple, first mate. If I am wounded, the blood does not
show, and the crew continues to fight without fear.”
A week passed, and they were nearing their home port, when
suddenly the lookout cried that ten ships of the enemy’s armada were
“Captain, captain, we’re in terrible trouble, what do we do?”
The first mate looked expectantly at the miracle worker.
Pale with fear, the captain commanded, “First mate…. bring me my
This is my second-favorite joke. My first-favorite doesn’t really apply to this inaugural blog, so I’ll save it for another time. I’m starting a blog! Bring me the brown pants!
A bit about me: I’m a wife and mom. My husband, Mark, and I have three kids, Blair, Andy, and Josh, ages 19, 16, and 9. We have dogs and horses. We used to have sheep, chickens, and a llama, but now we’re down to a career low of just the four animals.
Mark is a doctor, a gastroenterologist, and I am a health writer, former magazine editor, and former essayist on national public radio. For the last 19 years, I have worked from home, writing health books and writing publications for Johns Hopkins, so I could be with our kids. I homeschooled Blair and Andy for five years, and may be homeschooling Josh when he hits middle school in two years.
I hope to have chickens again, and maybe another llama, although there was only one Nelson, who was a Katrina victim and a rescued llama. We love to knit, love books, and adore our Labrador Retrievers. We live in a small town in the mountains in Arizona. That’s about it for now.
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