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Captain Kidd Karma, pt. 2

I finally got a hold of the insurance adjuster, after he didn't answer his phone all last night and this morning. The good news is that they're going to cover the repairs - the radiator, condensor, and bumper all have to be replaced. So instead of paying $1500.00 I'll just have to shell out $500.00.

Where that will come from remains a mystery.

The bad news is that they have none of the necessary parts on hand, and will not order them for immediate delivery, meaning it will be at least a week before they even start the repairs. So yes, I had my working, undamaged car for 20 minutes, and then turned it back in for the next 10 days.

Captain Kidd's Adventure Galley was constructed in a short five weeks, fitted out for its cruise and manned with experienced sailors - only to get as far as the Nore before being held up by an outbreak of war and embargo of civillian shipping for four months.

Let's hope the karmic similarities end RIGHT THERE. I shouldn't care to end my days doing the mid-air jig on Brighton Dock.

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elanya
Jul. 11th, 2006 10:00 pm (UTC)
I *have* read it, in fact. It is pretty much a less scholsrly more conspiracy-theory driven rip-off of rbert Ritchie's Captain Kidd and the Warr Against the Pirates, which is an excellent book.

And while there is no doubt that kidd meant to hit Moore with the bucket, he at least maintained that his intent was never atcualy to *kill* him.

I always felt bad for Kidd. He was an unhappy combination of naive, unlucky, and power-hungry. With such poor timing :/
aghrivaine
Jul. 11th, 2006 10:03 pm (UTC)
Let's not forget stunningly rude. :)

I'll have to look up that other book - you're right, "The Pirate Hunter" isn't particularly scholarly, and sometimes the explanations of why Kidd is really innocent after all strain credulity.

It seems clear to me that, at BEST, Kidd had every intent of letting pirates loot East India company ships, and then taking the loot from the pirates, thus legally acquiring the loot as a prize. How that is substantially different from the actual act of piracy I'm not sure - legal niceties aside, it's pretty damn close...
elanya
Jul. 11th, 2006 10:12 pm (UTC)
Kidd's real problem was politics. i dn't remember how much Zacks or whatever his name is goes into it, but basicaly he was branded a pirate because his (secret) patrons didn't have the sway and/or interest to help him out by the time he was into the big mess with the East Inda company. His treatment really had a lot more to do with English politics than any of his actions. I think he was really confused as to why they wouldn't help him, and why he should be counted as a pirate when so many other who'd done very similar things in other times/places were touted as heroes. He didn't understand what was going on around him well enough. Ritchie argues convincingly that he was a transitionary figue in terms of English national policy towards piracy.

Anyway, Ritchie's book is excellent and excellently researched, and extremely well written. Also still in print - I got mine from Amazon, I think.

Now I take off my pirate historian hat, and return you to your regularly scheduled sillyness :D
aghrivaine
Jul. 11th, 2006 10:15 pm (UTC)
I dunno, you're oddly sexy in that pirate historian hat... leave it on. ;)
elanya
Jul. 11th, 2006 10:19 pm (UTC)
Soon I will be working on even more pirate degrees :D Then I will be a Doctor of Pirates, though, and I have to admit that I think Mistress (or even Master) of Pirates does sound better.
aghrivaine
Jul. 11th, 2006 10:20 pm (UTC)
You're not helping. :)

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