Can You spare a Vote for an Old Buccaneer?

The Palladian raveler & the cast of Seinfeld | ©Tom Palladio Images
If, like me, you were or still are — through the magic of syndication, DVDs and online — a fan of Seinfeld, one of U.S. television’s most successful sitcoms of all times, then you probably remember the season-five episode titled “The Puffy Shirt.”

If not, let me refresh your memory.

Jerry unintentionally agrees to wear a pirate-style, puffy-white shirt during his upcoming appearance on The Today Show after nodding along to Kramer’s inaudible “low-talking” girlfriend — the designer of the shirt who hopes Jerry’s appearance on the top-rated morning show boosts sales.

seinfeld puffy shirtWell, the shirt makes Jerry look like a pirate, and he blows the early-morning interview when the Today staff can’t help but laugh at him — actually the shirt — all the way to the next commercial break. It ends up being a total disaster for Jerry.

Because of the tanked Today appearance, sales go nowhere for Kramer’s “low talker,” and she ends up giving away all of the puffy shirts produced thus far to the Goodwill. The episode ends with Jerry and the gang running into a bunch of homeless men sporting the donated puffy shirts. One of the homeless extends his hand out to Jerry and asks, “Can you spare a little change for an old buccaneer?”

Handrail to an Etruscan Hideaway | ©Tom Palladio ImagesLike the Old Buccaneer in the Seinfeld episode, I, too, have my hand out, but I’m not asking for your pocket change. I’m asking you for your vote — your vote on a photo that I just entered — Handrail to an Etruscan Hideaway — in the 5th Rodposse Photography Challenge: Lines.

Just click HERE to see my entry on the site hosting the competition. Once there, select LIKE. It’s that easy. Voting ends tomorrow, so cast yours for this “old buccaneer.”

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go and iron a puffy shirt.

©The Palladian Traveler

TPT Borsalino on Cobblestone | ©Tom Palladio Images


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Tom swapped his hometown St. Louis Cardinals' baseball cap in the United States for a Borsalino and he now hangs his "cappello" in the Puglia region of southeastern Italy. A veteran print and broadcast journalist, with well-worn passports that have got him into and out of 50 countries and counting, Tom fell in love with the "Bel Paese" years ago. As he notes, "I'm inspired by the beauty I find in all things that are very, very old, and reliving history, or at least meandering along the travertine and cobblestone that were laid down over a thousand years ago and just looking up and marveling at what occupies the space still today, really gets my 'Vespa' running." Tom has a good eye behind the lens and is a graphic storyteller, but he'll let you decide as he keeps his camera batteries fully charged and the posts flowing from his creative hideaway in the hills overlooking Ostuni. You can also follow his dispatches via and Anthology Magazine Ireland.


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