Day Six: Fight A Pirate

Oh. My. God.

I have actually been rendered inarticulate with joy.

Today was amazing. Or should I say Arrrrrmazing.

Today, I enlisted Kiri to dress up as a pirate and challenge people to duels in Union Court.It was fantastic. I had fun; Kiri had fun; and a whole lot of other people had fun too. Over two hours, Kiri fought about 30 pirate duels (and lost about 20 of them…); accosted approximately 50% of people passing by; and even scored some hugs.

Amazingly, the majority of duelists were people who didn’t know us; didn’t know what we were doing; but responded to Kiri’s demands for a fight. Sometimes after the fight they’d ask for details, but generally they just went happily on their way. The people who asked for details were great – I had a good chat with a few people and got some really positive feedback, and a lot of people said they’d check out the facebook group.

Speaking of the facebook group – “Fight A Pirate” was advertised on the official group as starting at 11:30am this morning in Union Court. At about 11:35, a guy showed up who told us he’d seen it on facebook and had to be there. I have no idea who he was. I have no idea how he knew about the project. I’d say he made my day, but my day just kept getting better from there. (I actually heard someone exclaim “this has made my day” while photographing his friend dueling – that was pretty damn satisfying.)

People responded really positively to “Fight A Pirate” – we only had one actively hostile heckle; a lot of people laughed; a lot of people came back for a second look. There were a fair few bemused glances and quite a lot of nervous laughter; as well as people who actively avoided us, but that was to be expected. While it was fantastic to see people accepting the challenge and fighting the pirate, it was also really interesting to see how people declined – generally with a very polite “no thankyou” or “maybe later” – even though Kiri was shouting abuse and calling them cowardly seadogs. Amazing.

I am absolutely satisfied with how today went. It has without a doubt been the best day so far, and I have no idea how I’m going to top it. The only thing that I think could have been improved on was that I was unprepared for the interest people showed in the project and so I hadn’t thought about giving them any way to follow up with it. Although I told them about the facebook group and the blog, it would have been nice to have business cards with the URL to hand out to interested parties.

The next few days are going to be pretty low key – today was intense, and I am exhausted. It was absolutely worth it though – I had so much fun, and so did everybody else.

There are a lot more photos in the Fight a Pirate set on the official Make Your Day photostream – check them out!

And, once again, a huge THANKYOU to Kiri, who was a fantastic pirate and made today possible.



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