I have no clue how it started, but it seems I've always had an affinity for pirates. I believe that I'm probably descended from pirates. There were, after all, quite a few that hailed from Great Britain - the land of my ancestors. Although I do tend to get sea sick, I'm wild about travelling and love to hunt for treasure. Perhaps, given a long enough period on a schooner, I would acclimate myself to the high seas. (Probably not.)
My pre-occupation with pirates started way before the Pirates of the Caribbean had hit the theatres. Though, I must admit, I did love the first movie and was very appreciative of the way they made the pirates lovable and scary at the same time.
I have proof that I was ahead of the curve:
To be clear, I'm not talking about the type of pirates that are cruising the east coast of Africa - those pirates are mere mercenaries who have no idea of the true pirate code - at least the code that is romanticized in my mind.