Tag: jimmy buffett

Oh, Lord, it’s not hard to be humble

Oh, Lord, it’s not hard to be humble

Last week, we lost yet another music icon with the passing of Loretta Lynn, the Coal Miner’s Daughter. I’ve gotten to the age where music icons are disappearing all too regularly. Some of those icons who provided significant chunks of my lifetime’s soundtrack died unexpectedly — such as Prince, Michael Jackson, John Lennon, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Whitney Houston — while others are unexpectedly still alive and kicking like Keith Richards and Ozzy Osbourne. Of course, Richards has finally quit smoking after 55 years, while Ozzy has cut way back on eating live bats. Other deaths you could see coming […]

And I thought I was too old to be a pirate

And I thought I was too old to be a pirate

One of the most beloved Jimmy Buffett songs is a reflective, anguished ballad from the early 1970s that has nothing to do with cheeseburgers in paradise, volcanoes or margaritas — although a little bit of rum may be involved. “A Pirate Looks at Forty” is about an aging sailor who is fading into the sunset and realizing that he’s found his perfect occupation … “two hundred years too late.” Having become a writer about the time most folks decided to quit reading, I kinda know how the guy feels. Maybe that’s why it’s one of my go-to songs when I […]

Can you picture Elvis blowin’ out a flip-flop and steppin’ on a pop top?

Can you picture Elvis blowin’ out a flip-flop and steppin’ on a pop top?

More than once I’ve been told, “Enough with the Jimmy Buffett mess! You’re a Parrothead! We get it! Don’t you have a hobby or something you can write about?!” Nah, not really. Today’s article is about Jimmy Buffett. Well, actually it’s about Elvis. Well, specifically it’s about Jimmy Buffett and Elvis — two folks I rarely think about simultaneously. Elvis has gotten a lot of attention lately because of a new movie that has gotten rave reviews. My wife and mom are both huge Elvis fans, which means I’ll see it eventually. Hopefully I won’t have to watch it in […]

Enough with the enough is never enough folks

Enough with the enough is never enough folks

A lot has been made lately about golf sellouts such as Phil Mickelson, Bryson DeChambeau, Kevin Na, Patrick Reed and my 14th cousin four times removed on my paternal granddad’s side Dustin Johnson (who I always avoided at family reunions anyway because we kept arguing over whether shorts on the golf course are OK — they are, by the way) leaving the PGA Tour for the LIV Tour, where some have received bonuses over $100 million just for joining. Now, before I go on, let me assure you this is not an article about golf. I’ve applied for writing jobs […]

Though I clearly am a fashion icon myself, I don’t really understand handbags

Though I clearly am a fashion icon myself, I don’t really understand handbags

I’ve written more than once about how co-workers, friends, family, grocery store cashiers, homeless people and serial killers have made fun of my fashion sense — particularly their incorrect perception that I have none. I’m merely a nonconformist — and a frugal nonconformist at that. While I may not follow all the latest celebrities who are considered stylish, I do have plenty of famous fashion icons that I look up to and am inspired by — like Jimmy Buffett, Jeff Spicoli, Tripper Harrison, Cousin Eddie, The Dude and Crazy Jimmy down at the Possum Holler Pool Hall asking folks, “Lemme […]

Guys look at parties — and shark tootery — a little differently

Guys look at parties — and shark tootery — a little differently

Photo: My wife’s actual shark tootery tray Friday night At the risk of doing the kind of stereotyping for which the hypersensitive idiots running Facebook might ban me, I’ve noticed that guys and gals do many things differently. No, not every guy and not every girl and not every they or former guy/girl, but in general there is often a divide between the “guy way” and the “gal way.” (I apologize in advance for the above offense and the offenses that are to follow. It was completely by accident, and I will seek counseling. If you’re not offended by anything […]

The long and winding road of music hits a dead end

The long and winding road of music hits a dead end

The No. 1 song the day I was born was “The Long and Winding Road” by The Beatles. It was their 20th and last No. 1 hit on Billboard’s Top 100 in the United States. And it’s a fitting song for the beginning of my life’s musical soundtrack because (1) it’s been a long and winding road and (B) The Beatles have been at both ends of it. Recently we watched Peter Jackson’s three-part rock doc “Let It Be” about The Beatles’ final recording sessions. It was interesting but not fascinating. The main takeaway was that they had run their […]

Wishing you and yours — but mostly me — a Happy Beachgiving!

Wishing you and yours — but mostly me — a Happy Beachgiving!

On the list of my favorite holidays, Thanksgiving has never been all that high on my personal list. It’s nowhere near the top with New Year’s, Christmas and Halloween. It’s much more toward the middle, just ahead of Monkey Day (December 14) and just behind No Pants Day (officially the first Friday in May, although it can be unofficially celebrated any Friday by some telecommuters — or so I’m told. Not that I would know myself, you know. I mean, that’s just crazy. Right?) Sure, I remember Thanksgivings of the past that were rather enjoyable. It was when I was […]