Friday, May 18, 2012


Usually this blog features a Jimmy Buffett video for your "Weekend Song", but for this short weekend before the long weekend I thought we could all use some great jazz.  This is why I am introducing you to La Cuchina in case you aren't already into them.  What can I say about a group whose motto is "La Cuchina makes people want to dance to jazz again"!   It couldn't be better for a great spring weekend, so give the video a listen.

After that I know you will want to hear more and learn more about them.  They have great songs on the website so follow the link and become a fan.  LA CUCHINA

If Jimmy Buffett can play at Jazz Fest in New Orleans, these guys should be the headliner!!!!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012


For GBE2 #52: Guilty Pleasures

Most people think of pirate pleasures as being rum, a clear sail, booty, etc.  But, these are not guilty pleasures since most pirates have difficulty feeling guilt in any case.

I, however, not being the average pirate, do feel guilt and have quite a few guilty pleasures and the most ridiculous one (at least in some people's eyes) is HGTV"s "House Hunters".  Wait, not just "House Hunters", also "House Hunters International", "House Hunters World Tour" and any other variations on this show that HGTV wants to provide.  During rough times, when I've seen then all, I might even resort to "Property Virgins" and "For Rent".

When having a bad day, many of us turn to ice cream, chocolate, RUM, etc., but all I have to do is turn on an episode of "House Hunters"and am instantly cheered up.  Why?  I've always loved looking in other people's homes even if they are million dollar homes that have amenities that I would never hope to own.  But wait there's more, where else can you watch people with an amazingly low budget get upset because the house doesn't have stainless steel appliances.

Here are the must haves for almost all house hunters including the international ones:  Stainless steel appliances, double sinks in an en suite bathroom attached to the master bedroom, a master bedroom large enough to play tennis in, and a great back yard that requires no maintenance on the part of the owners (also no maintenance fees).  Are you beginning to see why this is fun?  The newer shows have actually been showing the exasperation on the part of the poor real estate agent who has been saddled with this couple.

Overseas, it's even worse.  People moving from Texas to Germany don't seem to get the idea that they won't have huge rooms, updated kitchens (sometimes there's no kitchen), at a reasonable price in German cities and the European countryside lacks even more of the amenities they can't live without.  Don't you just want to say "why didn't you stay home".  Is this a great distraction or what?  

The hardest part about this guilty pleasure is that HGTV has actually been cutting back on the hundreds of hours of House Hunters that they used to show in favor of OTHER SHOWS.  Still though there is a new one every weeknight at 10 p.m. eastern.  Check it out!!!

Thursday, May 10, 2012


I promised on Thursdays that I would post the Jimmy Buffett song for your weekend listening and this week it is the one that this blog is named after, "A Pirate Looks At Forty".  Both Jimmy and I have are way past forty now, but it still rings true for whatever age you are.

My favorite line: "I made enough money to buy Miami, but I pissed it away too fast".  

Enjoy your weekend!!!

Thursday, May 3, 2012


Well, I'm no longer posting Jimmy Buffett everyday, but I do not want my fans to go without, so I'm going to try to post a favorite on Thursdays anyway.

"A Lot to Drink About" from Buffett Hotel  is an absolutely great song for the Cinco de Mayo weekend and the video is a great one of Jimmy and Mac MacAnaly doing an impromptu concert at the Margaritaville Cafe in Key West.  Why doesn't that happen when I walk into a Margaritaville Cafe????

So, listen, enjoy and I know you'll know all the words by the time you need a good drinking song. This one hits on everything that's happening now and just a bit more.  Thanks, Jimmy.  I need some RUM!!!