Today for my Blogging A to Z post, I am writing about Jimmy Buffett! I credit my conversion to Parrothead-ism to my friends Sarah and Eric. The first time they took us to a concert with them, I was immediately taken by the fun and camaraderie of all the people in the parking lot. It was truly one big party. I always tell people when they go to their first Jimmy Buffett show, expect to see lots of coconut shell bras and grass skirts — and that’s just the middle-aged fat guys 🙂
We’ve been through a few interesting experiences going to Jimmy Buffett shows with Sarah and Eric — torrential downpours, tailgating in the parking lot all day only to look at our tickets right before showtime and realize we had tickets for a different day, road-tripping to Cincinnati for a show, taking a bus to Alpine Valley, cutting my already short shots shorter because I was convinced they weren’t short enough, having my passed out ass babysat in a parking lot by Sarah (I still have so much gratitude to her for that!), tailgating all day then deciding to skip the show and listen to it from the parking lot — all such fun memories! And then I discovered my friends Larry and Cathy are Parrotheads, too — my Jimmy Buffett circle of friends is complete!!!!!!
However, I’m not sure if I’m a good Parrothead or a bad Parrothead — you make the call. There are some songs I just don’t care about ever hearing in concert — chief among them are “Margaritaville“, “Volcano“, and “Cheeseburger in Paradise“. Plus I refuse to sit in the lawn — I think I’m just too old to do that. Save it for the youngsters!
My favorite Jimmy Buffett songs are all on Don’t Stop the Carnival — especially “A Thousand Steps to Nowhere” — but I am likely the only person on the face of the planet that loves Carnival. So to go more mainstream, I present to you, in no particular order, a few of my favorites:
I think I might need to go grab myself something with a little rum in it now 🙂