If you have not heard by now, Jimmy Buffett is coming to Frisco, TX for his annual kick off to summer fun on May 28, 2016. I’m going to be there, and I hope to see you there too. We always have a good time at the show. I have never meet anyone there but friends that I did not know I had. They were strange, but not strangers for long. I don’t think I need to remind you to bring food and drinks. Make sure you have plenty of water and all those other parent things.
1. Get to the tailgate early so you can decorate your spot. I love to have my tailgate spot decorated. We have fake tiki décor and inflatable parrot for our tent. Since you can’t stake the thing in the ground, I attach ratcheted tie downs to 5 gallon buckets with sand bags in the buckets. I saw people doing this at the beach where the sand would not hold stakes and stole the idea. We also have beach chairs and a big beach blanket for the ground.
2. Wear a costume. Come on the least you can do is wear a Hawaiian shirt. Since I wear one daily that is not a costume for me. I wear my grass skirt, leas and parrot hat. Yes, I am literally a Parrothead at the show. You don’t have to be tropical, being a pirate is fine too. I can’t really think of a time when being a pirate is problem, but you never know. I wear flip flops and have never had a problem.
3. Watch for beach balls in the front. Last year I had a party fowl and spilled beer all over the dude in front of me. I felt bad, but he did not seem to care. He did not even give me a dirty look. This year, I am going to take a cheap beach ball to throw.
4. Bring your music. I always warn the people next to us that we like Jimmy Buffett music. Most just laugh and say “us too.” However, by four or five o’clock and hearing “Margaritaville” at least three times, I think they wish I would listen to something else. Some just play the car radio. That’s cool if you have Sirius XM and put it on channel 24.
5. Learn the music. You know the man is going to play that beach song for which he is famous. In fact, I would be mad and want my money back if he did not play “Margaritaville.” Jimmy Buffett has been making great music for over forty years. There are the big eight or ten songs that he plays at every concert, some of them you know by heart. My favorite songs are not the ones you know by heart. I love those songs, but they are not my favorites with one exception. “A Pirate Looks at Forty” is my song if only for the line, “I feel like I’ve drown, but I won’t wear a frown.” It reminds me that sometimes we all feel down, but if we smile through it we will get through it. Another way to put is “You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” I wish I knew who said it, but I do try to live it. That reminds me, I hope he plays “Cowboy in the Jungle” this year. I think my favorite of the big ten is “One Particular Harbor.” That however is a topic for a whole other post.
This blog was created to promote my Real Estate business. SURPRISE! Were you actually surprised? I hope not. Yes, I am a Realtor, and yes I want to promote my business. I am more than a real estate agent, and I wanted to start a blog for a long time. I just never felt like I had much to say or promote. Now I have a business that needs promoting, but I also have other interests that are just going to be a part of the blog too. If you want real estate advice, I am happy to provide you with my experiences. If you like a good cocktail, then I might can help with that too. My plan here is to give you the reader five things to know about a subject.
So, let’s get started with five things to know about me, your humble writer, beach bum, parrothead, Realtor:
1. I live in Fort Worth, Texas, and my heart is on the water. I was born in Fort Worth, Texas at Harris Hospital just like my two youngest children, but I have the soul of a sailor. Fortunately we have some great lakes. My family keeps a boat at Eagle Mountain Lake. We are out there most summer weekends and then some into the fall. In Fort Worth, summer weather starts in May and ends in October. We are so lucky. I’m happiest on the water, even in the cold weather.
2. Maybe it just goes with the water thing, but I listen to Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney and Bob Marley music all the time. One of the biggest bummers is that I never got to see Bob Marley play. I started listening to reggae music when he was still alive, but I never got to see him play. On the positive side, I have seen Jimmy Buffett and Kenny Chesney play live. In fact, this year will make the sixth year to see Buffett at the Frisco show. I’m pretty pumped for the concert. Great tailgate scene in Frisco. If you make it to the tailgate, stop by and say hey. I would love to meet you.
3. I love Mexican food. I love to make it and eat it. I love Mexican food so much I lived in El Paso, Texas for twelve years where I taught school. When I lived in El Paso, I met the most wonderful woman in the world and married her. She makes awesome enchiladas. I mean truly cosmic. We love to eat Mexican food when we go out too. Everything from standards like Joe T’s to smaller places and taco stands. I am always up for a dining adventure. The best part of that is I don’t have to leave Tarrant County to do that. That said, I got a list of places to hit in Parker and Johnson County too.
4. Being a Realtor is my third career change. Life is what happens when you are making plans. I was a petroleum geologist until the market went down in 2015. I saw this a great opportunity to start my own business. I am a self-starter and independent thinker. I have my own ideas about how to get things done. Fort Worth has a history of people like that. Being a Realtor makes me an independent contractor representing my broker. My broker was my realtor when I returned to Fort Worth in 2003. I love the slogan at Wilco – “Grassroots starts at home.” Its got that Fort Worth proud attitude.
5. I like to look at houses. I know that I have not been doing this long, but I do like to shop for houses. I love looking at how other people live. I love seeing what others have done to their homes over time. Some people are wildly creative, and have great senses of style. I would like to think that I am like that, but sometimes I think I just like weird stuff. For example, I love mid-century modern tiki décor. The more hideous and campy, the more I love it. I am searching Fort Worth and the surrounding area for a tiki inspired rumpus room. Care to join me for the search?