I know I don’t really make a habit of getting into any subject that could be considered even remotely “serious” on this blog, but from time to time things come up that just need to be said. Whether or not I am the correct person to be saying these things is yet to be seen, but the point remains that recently, this topic has been causing me a lof of through and internal debate, and I just feel like I need to get it out there in the open.
What I want to discuss today is definitely a deeply personal matter, a choice taht everyone eventually comes to in their own time, for their own reasons, and bringing it up here in such a public forum may make some people uncomfortable. I totally respect that. if you want to take a day off from this here blog, no hard feelings whatsoever. Come back tomorrow, I promise to have moved on to less “heavy” topics. And for those who do decide to stay, I want to warn you – any comments that are unnecessarily inflamatory will be deleted. Let’s all just be grown ups about this, ok?
But for now, let’s just get down to it, put it all out there.
Today, I would like to talk about…
Pirates v. Ninjas
I don’t know if I’ve brought it up before, maybe in passing once or twice, but probably not much – not wanting to get into a huge issues about it – but I’ve always been firmly in the pirate camp, myself. Eye patches, plundering and pillaging, rum… yep, definitely the life for me.
And I’ve been extremely adamant about my selection. Pirates > Ninjas, hands down, no arguments, that’s it. Forever and ever, amen. The idea of even considering the other side was laughable. I mean, ninjas? Come ON. Pirates have a big freakin’ boat and shoot cannons off of it. Ninjas have bad fashion sense and rely on sneaky, weenie tactics. Not even an argument.
A cartoon. About ninjas. NINJAS.
Let me tell you, if there had been any kind of similar type of program but about pirates instead, I never even would have considered such a thing.
But what’s done is done and I’ve been watching massive amounts of these little kid ninjas running around and kicking ass. Having made fun of Doom for watching such a cartoon for so long, I was prepared to watch an episode or two, laugh it off, and go back to making fun of Doom.
But after watching one episode… then two… then three… I began to regret teasing Doom about his weirdo ninja-love because, as much as I hated to admit it, they were actually turning out to be kind of badass. I mean, not enough to make me leave Team Pirate, but it started with kind of chuckling a little, then staying up a little late to watch just one more battle, to me sitting upright in my bed, exclaiming “Holy SHIT that was AWESOME!” And Doom has been quite aware of it all, as he has received continuous text message updates, such as “I <3 Kakashi,” and “You were right, Rock Lee IS the shit!”
So all of this new ninja information I’ve been inundated with, almost too quickly to process it all, has left me at a point in my life that I never thought I’d see, asking questions I never thought I’d ask.
Are pirates really more awesome than ninjas?
Point by point, here’s what I’ve come up with so far, to help me through this time of mental and personal crisis:
Pirates… ride around in great big boats, with ropes to climb and a big wheel to spin.
Ninjas… leap through trees and skulk through shadows. Sneakily.
Pirates… Peg legs, eye patches, bandannas and such
Ninjas… weapon pouches, inexplicable bandages, scowls
Pirates… get to sing sea shanties.
Ninjas… can’t sing while travelling, they’ll get CAUGHT.
Pirates… pillage, burn, plunder, steal, etc.
Ninjas… sneak, spy, assassinate
Pirates… not for those who get seasick
Ninjas… not even for the slightly squeamish
Pirates… get parrots
Ninjas… get dogs, bugs, dragons, snakes and GIANT FROGS.
So, guys, as you can see, I’ve found myself in a tough spot. Have any of you come to this crisis of faith at a point in your lives? How did you deal with it? Any input, insights or angles I haven’t considered yet? I just don’t know what to think.