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Friday, January 17, 2014

Nick the Pirate Commandeers BART Train

Posted By on Fri, Jan 17, 2014 at 9:59 AM

Well, you don't see that every day! Only Friday.
  • Well, you don't see that every day! Only Friday.

Strange and terrible things are seen on the curiously padded seats of the Bay Area Rapid Transit system. Strange and terrible things you cannot unsee.

So, to merely witness something bizarre and out of the ordinary is, when you think about it, a blessing. And riders were blessed today with the sight of a handsome young man in full piratical regalia: the billowing, Long John Silver cloak, the knit waistcoat, a puffy shirt, and a three-cornered hat. There was no parrot. Alas.

When asked what the rationale was for his buccaneer attire, the man glanced up from his handheld videogame device, smiled, and exclaimed "It's Friday!"

Nick, a game programmer, says he's been dressing as a pirate every Friday since his UC Santa Cruz days in 2008. People at the office don't seem to mind, he reports -- meaning he works in a very chill office, he's an utterly invaluable employee, or a bit of both.

Donning swashbuckler apparel and riding BART between Daly City and Downtown is, in Nick's words, a "fascinating social experiment."


Most people simply say "Yarrrrr" or "Captain Jack Sparrow!" But, he estimates, 10 percent declare his outfit to be "colonial" and comment on that three-cornered hat. (For the record, Nick's outfit is not particularly "colonial" as colonial Americans did not dress like Captain Morgan).

Nick has slipped on a pirate outfit for long enough that he's actually worn through his original jacket and shirt -- a rarity among non-pirates. And while Sept. 19 is Talk Like a Pirate Day, Nick says he doesn't talk like a pirate that day. Or dress up for Halloween.

"That would be a bit superfluous," he says.

Yarrr. That's so.

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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