- So what is LLAP all about?
So what is LLAP all about?
It all started in 2004 when I went to my first Jimmy Buffett concert. We got there late. The concert had not started but the party had been going on for hours. The parking lot was a sea of revelers; grass skirts, coconut bikini tops and people with stuffed parrots perched on their shoulders. Almost everyone had a rum drink in hand and a smile on their face. When the concert started The Coral Reefer Band and Jimmy Buffett were playing and singing in their bare feet. The stage and the arena were alive, and then it happened. “You got fins to the left, fins to the right, / and you're the only girl in town.” He sang it and so did thousands of his fans…all in unison…every word, like it was their song. Because the song they were singing was and is their song.
I knew at that moment that I wanted that lifestyle. I wanted that freedom. I wanted to run through life on my bare feet. I knew this wasn’t going to be easy. I had obligations, but worse than that I couldn’t sing, but maybe I could do something. In the days that followed that first concert of awakening, I came up with a basic concept for a life & a company.
This revelation I had really is no revelation at all….
Life is an Adventure
Treasure to be Hunted
The Hunt is the Treasure
So, I began to try Living like a Pirate.
It took me three years of strenuous, tedious exhausting Research & Development drinking Rum, going to concerts & traveling whenever I could. I spent as much time as I could on any boat that availed itself to me. I discovered the Caribbean, Miami & the Florida Keys. With this R&D under my belt things were beginning to fall into place
In 2009, three friends and I sailed around the British Virgin Islands on a rented catamaran. It was a phenomenal adventure. We were off of Nelson Island, (the original Treasure Island) snorkeling, swimming and enjoying the magnificent water when it happened. Somehow I almost drowned. VISAR rescued me and took me to a hospital in Road Harbor, Tortola. It was there in the hospital, while I was recovering that I borrowed an iPod…it had one song on it. Kenny Chesney’s “I’m Alive.” I don’t know if it was fate or prophetic, but that song provide me food for thought. My life in Corporate America was about to come to a screeching halt.
I returned to the mainland and instead of worrying about what might have been and what almost happened, I had a vision. The vision was to bring Living Like a Pirate to life and introduce my idea, the idea of adventure and treasure to everyone that has the same desires I have. It was time .
My world has changed. Since 2009, LLAP has sold over 50,000 items for which I am very grateful. We also have over 25 Privateers selling in the US & UK. The natural order of things has taken over and my eyes have been opened by the Parrotheads and their “party with a purpose” attitude. Enjoying life and helping others at the same time is the Pirate and the Parrot way. We give back, 5% of our sales are contributed to charity. We have given to Visar, Planet Gumbo, Red Cross, Wounded Warriors, Soldier’s Angels, along with numerous Parrot Head causes. IN 2012 we were a major sponsor of Meeting of the Minds in Key West.
What does Living like a Pirate mean and what is Living like a Pirate?
It is simple, we live by our Pirate rules. Have fun, share the spoils & work with like-minded people. Once we figured out, the rest was easy. Our products are inspired by the search for adventure, a thirst for rum and the love of the seas. We love charting our course and spending our times under the sun and the moon and stars. For others it is a song that takes them back to a favorite vacation or a time by the surf listening to the waves as they pound rhythmically on the sand. Living Like a Pirate may be as simple to some as a state of mind that guides them through the day-to-day doldrums of living, working and coping in today’s world. Living like a Pirate has you in mind if you are a boater, a sailor, a Parrothead, Pirate or just an old hippie with a free spirit and a will to live a free lifestyle.
Become a Rumskull…Keep your Toes in the Sand & a Drink in your Hand