Winter Solstice - Dislike

If you have been a reader of theMangoTimes for any length of time, you know how much we love summer sunshine around here. I've blogged before about my favorite day of the year. So it goes without mention, that today being the winter solstice is my least favorite day of the year. Short, dark, and wintery cold…three of my least favorite things when it comes to enjoying life in California.


Looking on the plus side…every day get's longer and sunnier from here until June. I'm already planning on this year's "Longest Day of the Year" party. In the meantime, you will find me sitting next to the fire listening to Jimmy Buffett and Bob Marley… :)

Quietly making noise,

Live from FINland

Live from FINland - Jimmy Buffett, HP Pavilion

Last month, we surprised the Mangokids by bringing them with us to a last minute concert to see Jimmy Buffett live. They loved it and it was pretty cool for me to share something with them that I have loved doing for the past 25 years. (Has it been that long?). We took the top five with us and I enjoyed singing along with them to all of our family favorites. 

"It's 5 o'clock somewhere, and I think it's right here!" - Abby, Age 12

Jimmy's concerts can be quite a show. Some of my most memorable experiences have been sitting (and smelling) on the grass at one of Jimmy's concerts. Now that he's played for four decades, it is not unusual to see three generations enjoying the concert together. With such an age spread, the concerts are much tamer than when I first saw him back in the mid-80's on the lawn at Concord Pavilion. The kids sat amazed as the "grown-ups" walked around with shark fins or parrot hats on their heads.

"This was the most fun I've ever had!" - Caroline, Age 10
(My job here is finished - Fletch)

We had two surprise guests at the concert this year. First, my big sister (Aunt Pam) joined us for the show. You can see her in the above picture joining Caroline with big Buffett smiles as they put their "fins" up! Second, I was able to reconnect with my old college roomate. Jahn and I attended our first Buffett concert on August 14, 1987, making this our 25 year reunion of sorts. In the photo below, you can see us partying with two young babes we found at the concert.

Two Pirates, Looking Way Past Forty

The only problem with this experience is that I have created some loyalists. Let me know if you want to be part of the festivities next year. Here at theMangoTimes, we plan on going until Jimmy stops touring!

Quietly making noise,

Letters to the Editor - "What's with Jimmy Buffett?"

This is really a two part question that I am asked on a semi-regular basis.

READER: "What is with all the references to Jimmy Buffett?"
Editor's Response:
"One of theMT recipients introduced me to the music and lyrics of Jimmy Buffett during my freshman year of college (thanks Stewie!). Jimmy sings about the life I would really like to live: warm breezes, lazy days, tropical drinks, and taking life one day at a time.

READER: "I can't believe you like Jimmy Buffett?"
Editor's Response:
I assume this question comes from someone who has listened to some of the more questionable lyrics. For the most part, Jimmy writes songs that tell a story or paint a picture in my mind.  Most of those stories and pictures are of places I would love to be.  Just yesterday I told my fourteen year old, that a certain Buffett song always reminds me of when Kendra and I first met and fell in love.  Those are some of the best memories in my life - so the music tied to them is just as good.
His music is also responsible for some of my favorite quotes (examples: "Quietly making noise" - "I've had good days and bad days and goin' half mad days" - "If the phone doesn't ring, it's me").  Sure, he's written some trashy stuff, but that's the beauty of editing - and that's not the stuff we listen to anyway.  Typically, his music normally puts a smile on my face and often starts the whole house dancing...and that alone is worth the listen!

Quietly making noise,