Sometimes, I happen upon someone who I just can't help imagine as anything but a character in a novel. Take for example, my brother-in-law's boss who reminded me of a combination of a few of the pirates from Robert Louis Stevenson's, Treasure Island.
I didn't get a picture of him, so you'll just have to picture this guy with my verbal imagery:
He was brawny, broad chested, and noticeably short. He had strawberry blonde hair that hung mid-way down his back and a bushy mustache and goatee. Where his pointer finger used to be, was a gnarly scar. He had large tattoos all over his arms, and creeping up his neck, but most notably one on the back of his right calf (which I couldn't see, but I'm sure it was a skull and cross bones or something pirate-y). His left leg had a boot for his broken foot which caused him to limp as he walked around (as though peg-legged). His left ear housed a thick silver hoop earring (which for all intents and purposes could have been a bit larger and yellow gold). He had a gruff voice and a bit of a harsh look in his eye - arrggh! I say only eye because he was wearing a darkly-tinted monocle which made that eye less visible - his eye patch!! Ok, so I just completely made that last part about the monocle up.
I'm getting a little carried away. But if you could have met the guy, I know you would have seen the pirate in him too. ;)