Most runners I know do their long runs on Saturdays. Why not? You’re usually not at work and other people are doing it too. I usually do too. But not this Saturday. No way. No way whatsoever. Why not? This Saturday is the best day of the whole year….it’s the day of the Jimmy Buffett Tailgate Party!
If you’ve never been to a Buffett concert, you don’t know what you’re missing. It’s not about the show itself – most people at the party don’t even have tickets. It’s about the day-long (or several day-long) tailgate party. Yes it is. It’s the one day of the year when a tropical vacation comes to you. It’s the one day of the year when nobody gives a flying crap. There’s no drama allowed. There’s no politicks. There’s no jealousy. There’s no possessions. There’s no negativity. And when you remove all of that stuff, all that’s left is positivity and laid backness.
People at a Buffett tailgate are just happy. It’s almost like a big tropical hippie commune landlocked in a North Texas parking lot. “Hey stranger, have a drink.” “Thanks, you want some of our crawfish boil?” “Why yes, yes I do…Hey, that guy has an ice sculpture shot dispenser, let’s go meet them.” “Excuse me, ma’am. Can I borrow your bike – rickshaw for a while?” “Sure, when you bring it back – I’ll probably be over at that pirate ship.”
It goes on and on all day. RV’s as far as you can see. Boats. Makeshift beaches – sand dumped in parking spaces. Hawaiian shirts. Bikinis (or less). Cannons shooting out Jello shots. Motorized coolers. Kids. Elderly. It’s beautiful.
The vibe is so great. It’s like all you have to do that day is smile.
To be honest, I am a fan of JB’s music. Always have been. I know not everyone gets it. But I find most of them only know his big songs like “Margaritaville” or “Volcano”. They’ve never chilled out to “Tin Cup Chalice” “Coastal Carolina” “Pacing the Cage” or the like. But it doesn’t matter this day if you’re a fan or not. We’re just here for fun. But if you are a fan like me, then hey, bonus!
Like I said, most people there don’t have tickets. They’re just their to grill out, hang out, make out, drink out, whatever out. I stopped buying tickets years ago, but I still get in to the show every year. I get free tickets somehow. Either someone is too drunk to go in. Someone has extra tickets they got stuck with. A stranger just gives them to me. Worse comes to worse, I’ll buy one CHEAP from a scalper. And I don’t mean a typical scalper…I mean the guy who looks like a parrot threw up on him that is standing by the entrance with a ticket he got stuck with. You can usually get a good deal from those guys.
Anyways, I’ve been going to these shows annually – sometimes multi annually for the past 20 years. I can’t even count how many shows I’ve been to. I’ve seen him every where from Vegas to Dallas to Charlotte to Ohio. Each time awesome. And over the years we’ve got the system pretty well down. We know how to maximize our set up to ensure the most time is allowed to get our party on. I made the mistake this week of listening to Radio Margaritaville and they played an interview with Jimmy where he talked about all the crazy stuff he sees at his concerts. The crazy stuff he sees in the parking lots. It got me too pumped up. I have been literally shaking with anticipation. I cannot wait until we get there!!!
I hope if you’re around that you join us. Just experience it and it will blow your mind and you’ll want to come back. Who couldn’t use a tropical vacation right about now? Who couldn’t use an escape from life for a day? Come on out!