The Legend of Jimmy Buffett ☼ How To Become an Art Dealer ☼ A Perfect Home in Portugal
PLUS one hundred ways to make your life better
Dear internet friends,
In case you didn’t hear the news, the legend that is Jimmy Buffett sadly passed away this week at age 76. I kind of got into listening to Jimmy’s music ironically with friends, before quickly finding myself captivated by a man who truly lived life to the fullest; prioritising leisure and an appreciation for the small things above all else.
From humble beginnings as a beach bum with a guitar, he rose to global fame, amassing millions of fans worldwide, acquiring himself a net worth of over a billion dollars along the way. His success can largely be attributed to his unapologetic commitment to embracing a laid-back, escapist lifestyle, which he openly shared for decades with anyone willing to listen and get swept along for the ride – me included.
Here are just a few of Jimmy’s escapades that make me question if I’m really living my life…
He acquired a 1954 Grumman HU-16 Albatross seaplane named ‘Hemisphere Dancer’ which he used for bouncing around the Caribbean with friends
In said seaplane, alongside Bono & their respective families, got shot at by Jamaican police who accidentally suspected them of drug smuggling
Turned his first hit song Margaritaville into a t-shirt store, then a restaurant, then a chain of restaurants, then a leisure empire comprising of restaurants, hotels, retirement villages, casinos, cruises & more
Gained a thriving community of fans, or ‘Parrotheads’, who do a lot of great charity work and gather worldwide to celebrate the Jimmy Buffett lifestyle – especially at the annual ‘Meeting of the Minds’ in Key West. In ‘21 we took the whole Vacation team to a Jimmy Buffett show in West Palm Beach & handed out free sunscreen & t-shirts to hundreds of 50+ year olds at the pre-event tailgate. I even had the honour of having a tequila-filled Super Soaker shot into my mouth (and eyes) by some old boy with a questionable aim.
Spent a large percentage of his life at sea
Toured the world extensively alongside his Coral Reefer Band
Was put into a six day coma by standing on a venomous stonefish
Cameo’d in Jurassic World – naturally running away from some Pterodactyls while protecting his two margaritas at all costs
And about 100 other fantastic stories which I couldn’t possibly to justice here
To round off, I leave you with two things which I hope might make your life a little more leisurely:
A song: Boat Drinks by Jimmy Buffett. I think this might be my favourite song of all time. At the peak of covid, I arrived on a desolate beach in the Dominican Republic and sat alone with my feet in the sea listening to this song, and I’ll never forget how happy and free I felt that day. I ended up staying there for seven months.
A book: A Pirate Looks at Fifty by Jimmy Buffett. The ultimate Jimmy Buffett philosophy on life and how to live it.
☼ Is there a cooler job on earth than being an art dealer to the rich & famous? In the event that you’re thinking of becoming one, this New Yorker profile on Larry Gagosian (the man who bought one of the four Shot Marilyns paintings by Andy Warhol for a record breaking $195 million) may be of interest: “The dealer has been so successful selling art to masters of the universe that he has become one of them”
☼ Discover all of the 8,291 license plate designs in America. Why don’t more countries do this?
☼ More leisurely internet discoveries below for premium subscribers for $6/m – you deserve them!
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a new kind of camping setup
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a soundtrack for your week from 1973
psychedelics & psilocybin
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