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Kala Ukelele endorsing artist Jim Mayer

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Kala Ukulele (U-bass) endorsing artist Jim Mayer

I first met Jim Mayer a few years ago at a Parrothead event (Tropstock) in Cocoa Village, FL.  While our band (the Parrot Island Band) opened the event, Jim, brother Peter, Nadirah Shakoor and Doyle Grisham (all members of Jimmy Buffett’s band, the Coral Reefers) were the musicians that everyone came to see (including me!).  There were a number of other Trop Rock bands/performers at the event and it was a thrill for me to be a part of the event that had some of “Jimmy Buffett’s band” to get to meet up close.

On Saturday of Tropstock, Jim (who also goes by “Uncle Jim” for his children’s music events) played for all of the children who had come to the event. I enjoyed seeing someone who plays for a band as big as the Coral Reefers also share another side to his music. I have since seen Jim present his IM4U Anti-Bullying program to elementary and middle school students in Alabama (organized by my friend, Derek Raulerson) and I was moved by his passion for helping young people through his message and music.

Jim Mayer can play with Parrot Island Band any time

Derek Raulerson, Bry Harris and Jim Mayer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As I looked at the list of Kala Ukulele artists, I saw Jim’s name under those who play the U-bass (a baritone Ukulele that is built to be played as a bass). I thought it would be interesting to ask a few questions and hear about his current music projects (one of which includes the Kala U-bass)…

Bio (taken from http://www.unclejimrocks.com):

Jim’s talent shines on both electric and upright acoustic bass, playing with performers ranging from jazz legend Mose Allison to James Taylor to Ringo Starr. As a member of Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band since 1989, Mayer has been writing, recording and performing worldwide with Buffett.

In addition to appearing on numerous television shows, some of Mayer’s career highlights have been: touring with and opening for The Moody Blues and Chicago as a member of PM [the Peter Mayer Group] (1989), performing as a Coral Reefer band member at President Clinton’s Inauguration (1992) and President Clinton’s White House Birthday Celebration (1995), performing with Joni Mitchell in a benefit for the New Orleans Homeless (1994), performing with Robert Greenidge, Michael Utley and Grammy winning artist Ralph MacDonald at the Trinidad-Tabago Jazz Festival (1996), and being featured on the XM Kids Rumpus Room Concert Series.

Mayer has played on over thirty studio recordings. Some recent recording credits include upcoming CD releases from Little Feat and JD Souther. And in his spare time, (spare time, what’s that?) he’s engineered and produced eleven CDs in addition to his own.
Jim resides in Nashville where he works continually to improve the lives of children and their parents with music and videos. He loves dogs, climbing trees, and chunky peanut butter.

Uncle Jim presents a compelling anti-bullying program entitled “IM4U” (I’m for you).

 

Kala Jim Mayer

 

 

 

 

 

 

1) Where is home for you at the moment?

 “Nashville, TN”

2) What were your earliest/current musical influences?

 “ Earliest: The Beatles
   Current: Brett Dennen

3) When did you start playing the Uke?

  “Four years ago”

4) What Kala Ukes are you currently playing?

   “U-Bass”

5) Any current musical projects you would like to tell us about (tours/CD’s)?

“Just finished recording the new Buffett release in Key West, FL. The Kala U-Bass was used on special songs and sounded fantastic and unique; the band was digging it. Will Kimbrough sat next to me and played an 8-string uke and rocked on it.

Personally I am working on a Bully Prevention Teaching Program for young children called ‘IM4U’.”

6) Any question that you wished someone would ask but never has? with answer of course;-)

“Q:What keeps music interesting and keeps you inspired?

A: 1) Believing that notes I play really matter and require my complete attention, dedication and focus.

2) Keeping perspective by having a sense of humor about where my notes fit into the larger scheme of things. The ocean, the sky, a forest, a lake are all amazing and inspiring.”

I have been a Jimmy Buffett fan for many years and I have also become a fan of Jim Mayer as well (both as a person and his music). Although I am not in the same league musically to Jim, it is neat for me to be able say that we are both Kala Ukulele artists. I look forward to hearing Buffett’s new CD when it comes out and I will be listening for Jim’s U-bass and Will Kimbrough’s 8-string Ukulele…

While we are certainly no Coral Reefer Band, our little Trop rock trio (the Parrot Island Band, a Trop rock/Jimmy Buffett tribute band from Atlanta, GA) is always ready to play some Buffett tunes while Jimmy and the rest of the band are filling their venues. I like to promote our little group as “Jimmy Buffett on a budget” and there are many groups like ours throughout the country who are thankful for the opportunity to share our love of Buffett music.

Thanks Jim, for taking the time to answer a few questions and always being ready to share your love for music and your infectious smile…

Beaches and blessings,

Bry Harris

www.parrotislandband.com

Article source: http://www.parrotislandband.com/2013/02/22/kala-ukelele-endorsing-artist-jim-mayer/

Happy National Margarita Day 2013

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National Margarita Day 2013 is Feb. 22!

We pay tribute and honor the margarita on this special day of celebration. We so deeply respect and value its place in our history that we have set aside Feb. 22 of every year as National Margarita Day.

Loved and consumed by millions, friends and families around the world honor this sacred tequila, triple sec and lime drink every year on February 22.

There is much debate as to the exact individual responsible for inventing the classic margarita, although it was during the 1930’s or 1940’s. Frozen margaritas were invented later in 1970’s when an inventive bartender converted a soft serve ice cream unit into a frozen margarita machine. Whether you prefer a classic margarita on the rocks or frozen, it is the most common tequila based cocktail in the United States today. Hence National Margarita Day!

Are out looking for the best margarita? Best is relative! The margarita has developed into so many different flavors and varieties, each differing slightly depending on region. A few of the more popular flavors include Strawberry Margarita, Mango Margarita, Limeade Margarita, Watermelon Margarita, Pomegranate Margarita, Raspberry Margarita and Blackberry Margarita.

National Margarita Day was started to celebrate the margarita, plain and simple. Friendship, good times and memories of somewhere warmer are all great reasons to enjoy a margarita.

 

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Southern Drawl Band visits Destin

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It has been a pretty busy week for the middle of winter. Monday was spent at home. Sunshine Cindy has been busy around the house while I did more Mambo work. Tuesday we went to Crab Island Cantina. We thought the Trop Rock band Southern Drawl was going to make it there to talk to Carlos about possibly playing there in the future. The band was on its way to Destin from New Orleans and were stopping at places along the Gulf Coast dropping off press kits. They were staying in Wayne’s condo on the island.

They were running late as musicians are prone to do. We decided to wait till Wednesday for the meeting. In the meantime Sunshine Cindy and I still talked to Carlos about some other musicians we might get to play. We are planning a Crab Island Mambo party for March. Musician to be announced soon! It will be fun.

From there we stopped in at Landshark Pizza. Barry was there as was Brian and Jerry. A decent crowd was in the place. Sue and Stephanie were working. We had some $2.50 Corona’s and ordered some food. It is always such a good vibe in Landshark. We got to talk to Sue about her recently concluded cruise. She and Brian had a great time and were able to recharge their batteries. It also looks like they might try to expand the restaurant. As busy as they are that would be good. We even talked about doing another Crab Island Mambo party there since the last one was so much fun!

Wednesday we were able to Southern Drawl and Carlos together. We got to the Cantina before them. Dave and Marilyn were at the bar enjoying Wednesday’s drink specials. Marilyn was having the “Judy” Margarita named after one of the managers who created it. The band got there and they spent a lot of time with Carlos. Shurl is their manager and she was impressed with Carlos and the whole set up. They are trying to set up some dates in April. If they can make it work we will help promote it.

The band was heading to Panama City for the night. We wished them well. Wayne was still there, Cherie showed up and we had a few beers and some food. It was a nice night and enjoyable for us to try and help an upcoming band break into the Destin scene.

It looks like we might have a rainy weekend in Destin. But no matter. We will still be out “Embracing the Chaos!” See ya Monday!

Article source: http://destinsteve.blogspot.com/2013/02/southern-drawl-band-visits-destin.html

Love Your Pet Day with Howard Livingston

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Love Your Pet Day

Hello Friends,

It is early morning as I slowly start  pressing the keys on my laptop. The espresso is by my side and the dogs at my feet. Life is good. There is a chill in the morning air by Florida Keys standards and I am wearing a sweatshirt as I sit on the porch. Wearing long sleeves is uncommon on this tropical island. However, it is a welcome occurrence to many locals here. I for one do not share that enthusiasm for the brisk air, I had enough of that in my past life. I like it hot, very hot, sweaty hot. Why do they call a long sleeve garment a sweatshirt anyway? I am cold when I am wearing something like that. I think a tank top should have been called a sweatshirt. When you’re  wearing one it’s usually hot and you are sweating. Very confusing.

 

It has been a bit chilly and very windy the last few days but I am happy to say our typical tropical weather is returning. Today the mercury will reach 80 and the winds have settled down to a slight current of air.

 

This is National Love Your Pet Day so I have to give a shout out to our Golden Retrievers Anderson and Gracie. They are looking up at me as if they know I am talking about them. I think they are smarter than us.

 

This has been an incredible week of amazing events. First and foremost thanks to everyone who attended Keystock. Despite it being a chilly and windy evening, the place was packed. Three Dog Night was nothing short of amazing and they rocked Key West. What nice folks they are, and then, a surprise visit from country music star Billy Currington. WOW!

 

The topper for me however, was receiving a proclamation by Key West Mayor Craig Cates that February 16th is Howard Livingston Day in Key West. I am humbled and honored by this. Thank you very much for all the accolades. Well, from here on out February 16th will be a party day!

 

We have a fun couple weeks coming up and hope you will come out and join us if you are in the area.

Friday February 22nd. Sugarloaf KOA Resort

Meet and greet is at 6:30 and the show starts at 7:00 PM with the Mile Marker 24 band. This is one of our favorite places to play and they have a full bar and are open to the public. Also come hungry because they will have the grill fired up serving up some wonderful food. Sugarloaf KOA 251 County Road 939 Sugarloaf Key, FL  (mile marker 20 off of US 1)

http://koa.com/campgrounds/sugarloaf-key

 

Saturday February 23rd  FL Keys Community College Community Days

5901 College Road, Key West. This event is from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM. The Mile Marker 24 Band and I will take the stage at 12:00 Noon. Free admission, academic showcases and mini-classes. There will also be scavenger hunts, children’s activities, exhibits of community partners, arts, crafts, and other vendors. Please join us for a wonderful morning and afternoon. http://www.fkcc.edu/faculty-admin/schedule.da

 

Road Trip!!!

Ok, a lot of folks have been saying why don’t you ever leave the Keys and play other places. Well we are firing up the band and going on a mini road trip so join us on the mainland for a party weekend.

March 1st 2013 Okeechobee KOA Concert For Care Camp 7:00 – 10:00 PM

4276 US Highway 441 South, Okeechobee, FL

This is the largest KOA in the country and we are so looking forward to playing in their concert hall. They are also offering special hot deals for folks who would like to spend the night with us. Either bring your own tent of camper or rent one of their cabins, all for a great cause. For details call 800-562-7748 or visit http://koa.com/campgrounds/okeechobee

March 2nd Second Annual Music On The Bay Whiskey Joe’s Barefoot Beach Bar

in Tampa, Florida. Come out and party with a purpose and support the Shriners Hospitals For Children. Our concert is from 9:30 to 11:30 PM, however this is a fantastic four-day music festival with incredible talent. Online registration ends February 24th for this event and you will need to be registered to attend. For information visit http://www.musiconthebay.org

 

Well, I think I am going to sign off and get ready for a boat ride. Today it’s not going to be on my boat but an old tall sailing ship. We are going to film for our new music video Magic In Key West. I have such a hard job.

 

 

Everyone have a great day and until our paths cross again, may the sun shine upon you and the tide always pull you back.

 

Howie

 

 

Our Schedule http://www.milemarker24.com/schedule.php

 

Our newest cd Six Pack And A Tan, along with our other cds available on our website

http://milemarker24.com/merchandise/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=1&zenid=752c13e790f1ef2fea85ce173d9d3357

Also available at CD Baby, Amazon, iTunes, Beachfront Music Hut and at retail stores throughout the Florida Keys and Key West

 

Follow us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/HowardLivingstonAndTheMileMarker24Band

 

Our Tees SELL YOUR STUFF KEEP THE DOG LIVE ON AN ISLAND now available at Koz’s Greenworld Gallery 712 Duval Street Key West, FL and online

http://www.greenworldgallery.com/products/t-shirts

 

HOLD THE DATE

MEET ME IN THE KEYS 2013 June 6-9, 2013 in Key West

Registration opens March 15th

Visit their facebook page for details

http://www.facebook.com/MeetMeInTheKeys2013

 

Coconut Castaways Friend/Fan Clubs

National http://www.coconutcastaways.com

Southernmost Chapter http://www.southernmostcoconutcastaways.com

Southwest Florida Chapter http://coconutcastawaysofsouthwestflorida.com

 

http://www.HowardLivingston.com

 

Shows added in Washington D.C. and Jones Beach

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From Margaritaville.com: Songs from St. Somewhere add dates in Washington D.C. and Jones Beach. Jimmy the Coral Reefers will be heading to Washington D.C. on August 17th, then Jones Beach on August 20th and 22nd!

08/17/2013 – Jiffy Lube Live – Washington D.C.
Tickets go on sale on sale March 1st

08/20/2013 – Nikon at Jones Beach – Wantagh, NY
Tickets go on sale March 4th.

08/22/2013 – Nikon at Jones Beach – Wantagh, NY
Tickets go on sale March 4th.

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2013/02/21/13458/

Quick Note from WFR in St Lucia

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February 19, 2013

Today we rented scooters to fnd a place someone told us about last night.  They said we head to Dennery on the other side of the island.  Fon d’ Or Bay is the secluded place we were told about .  We rode for a while, exploring all that is St. Lucia.  Then there high on a hill we found picnic table with a view.  Damn what a view.  Kat and I love this place.  We were like school kids until someone in an old three wheeled truck drove by.  We have decided to end finish up our picnic and try to make our way to the beach.  We are planning on buying some bread, some fruit and a couple of bottles of wine and water and spending the night on the secluded beach we saw from our picnic table on the hill.

If we decide to ever come back, I will tell you about it.

William Fair Roberts on island time in paradise.

On Island Time in Paradise with WFR – St Lucia

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February 18, 2013

St. Lucia

Yesterday, we spent most of the day at Spiaggia di Santa Lucia a wonderful beach.  And for this time of year it was not all that crowded.

We woke up around noon and hung around in the room for an hour or so and then went for fruit, a salt fish sandwich and a Piton beer.  A great night and a better start to a new day yesterday invigorated us and got us on the road to new places.  There are so many places on St. Lucia that I love I want to show her every one of them.  Spiaggia is a great place to do nothing on a Sunday afternoon and we did a lot of that.  The weather was fabulous and we spent the entire afternoon with our feet in the water, holding hands listening to a mix of Buffett, John Reno, Jambo Joe Bones and a little bit of Hugo Duarte.

As the sun went down we switched to Marley and we lay there on our beach sheet as the stars filled the sky.  Soon we were alone and a warm breeze covered us like a blanket.  I don’t really know how long we were there, but I do know it was long after the last person left the beach that we left.  We found a small local place to eat and enjoy a bottle of wine and each other’s company as the night went on.  Last night was not nearly as long a night as Saturday night was but it was enjoyable and very quiet.

As for today we headed north to a place I have written about before…Rodney Bay.  We went to one of my favorite places for lunch in Gros Islet. The Eagles Inn has to be the model for every Caribbean hangout wannabe restaurant along the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Coast.  It is a place to remember.  I guess you will have to forget everything I ever said about me not liking touristy places.  Eagles Inn is a tourist destination but it is still a fun and interesting place.  There is a cross section of world humanity in there. If I were a betting man I would bet more than twenty countries were represented in the restaurant  today for lunch.  Each table was its own little socio-economic micro-nation.  We enjoyed the company as usual and the food was great, though we really only ate appetizers as we watched the traffic on the water just feet from our outdoor table.   On your next trip, find your way here.  I am sure you will enjoy it.

St. Lucia never seems to be as touristy as other islands but this year it really seems less so than others.  I don’t know if the economy has slowed the travel or if people just aren’t here.  What ever the reason, I am happy to have more space and less snow birds.

We decided to celebrate a week of Valentines’ this year so we are heading to the beach to work on our tans but I think we plan on heading back to The Eagles Inn around dark to pick up where we left off with an entrée and a little more celebrating before we go to our room.

William Fair Roberts…on island time in paradise.

Spring is Coming – Loren Davidson

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We had some lovely weather last week, here in the Bay Area; today winter has reasserted itself with chilly winds and rain. Still, I’m thankful I don’t live where it snows. 🙂

 

Here’s a picture I took in the Keys just last November, to inspire you:

 

Picture of Card Sound Bridge

 

The view is from the top of the Card Sound Bridge, just after I stopped for a lovely and relaxing lunch at the world-famous Alabama Jack’s. Once I get here, I always start smiling, because I know I’m on my way into the Keys! Just looking at the picture makes me smile.

 

More Radio!

 

While I haven’t heard myself on Radio Margaritaville yet, I *am* starting to get some airplay onRadio Free Americana! This is exciting, because it’s one of the first places outside our own cozy trop rock genre where I’m getting heard. 🙂 For the week ending 2/14, I moved up from a tie from #182 to a tie for #120 on their playlist!

 

I’d love to do even better, and you can help: Send an email to dj@radiofreeamericana.com and request one of my songs from my current album, Of All the Rum Joints.

 

And if you’re feeling ambitious, do feel free to keep requesting my stuff at Radio Margaritaville byclicking here.

 

Meanwhile, if you haven’t gotten your copy yet of my newest CD (or any other), today’s a good day for it. And once you start listening, your days will get even better.

 

Buy an autographed copy direct from me.

 

Buy it digitally from the BeachFront Radio Music Hut.

 

Interesting Potables

 

I recently encountered a new liqueur at Beverages and More, called Agwa de Bolivia. It’s made with coca leaves – you know, the stuff they make cocaine out of. What will they think of next?

 

I’d love to be able to tell you what it tastes like, but I literally don’t have the words to describe it. It’s definitely a bit herbal and aromatic. You can buy it in “travel size,” so if you don’t like it you’re only out three bucks. Try it as a “topper” with rum & cola; it adds some very interesting herbal notes to the flavor, and the flavors seem to complement one another:

 

To a “rocks” glass add:

 

1 1/2 ounces rum of your choice

1/2 ounce Agwa de Bolivia

Ice

Cola (or diet cola) to fill the glass

Stir.

 

I can’t speak to any interesting pharmacological effects yet. But I’ll research those. 🙂

 

Tours, We’ve Got Tours!

 

I’m well on my way to booking my “Rum Joints of Southwest Florida” mini-tour, starting on 4/24 or 25 and ending on 4/30. I’ve got three gigs so far between Tampa and Punta Gorda; I’m looking to add one or two more. Each show will be somewhat different from the others, and I’ll have friends stopping by to guest-star as well.

 

If there’s someplace you’d like to see me play there, or if you’d like to have me in *your* living room for as few as 5-10 people, let me know

 

I’m also looking for one or two more people in that area to couch-surf with. I’m housebroken and I’ve had my shots, and I’ll play for you. 🙂

 

I’m working on some possible shows here in the SF Bay Area as well, and a couple of other mini-tours for the summertime – stay tuned!

 

Here’s looking at you!

 

Loren

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Music On The Move

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Music On The Move

Music On The Move. Last week I was invited by music teacher Cheryl Walburn (former Parrot Island Band steel pan player) to her school, Roberts Elementary, in Dallas, GA, to participate in their weeklong event called “Music On The Move”. Each day a parent or friend of the school (my category) was asked to come to the school and introduce a musical instrument to the students in their classrooms.

Music on the Move

Cheryl Walburn and Bry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During their music week, I was told there would be a mandolin, guitar, violin and even someone who would sing opera to the students. My instrument, of course, would be the Ukulele (Kala soprano) and I started off the event on Monday.  Having recently agreed to represent and promote Kala Ukuleles (they call me an “endorsing artist”, I like to think of myself as a Kala Ukulele Ambassador ), I thought this would be a great opportunity to introduce these young people to a wonderful instrument.

With Mary McDonald as my school guide, we set off to visit as many classrooms as possible. When we entered each classroom, I asked if the students knew what instrument I had with me. Answers from the younger students ranged from “banjo”, “guitar” and even “violin”. I gave the students some background information on the Ukulele and then played my song, “Parrot Island”. I was happy to see that the kids not only enjoyed the song, but really seemed to enjoy the Ukulele.

Music on the Move

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My song “Parrot Island” is a song about an imaginary island filled with palm trees, a clear sandy beach and dolphins jumping in the nearby waters. I asked the kids what they would want to bring or do on a visit to Parrot Island (I told them there would be a soda machine and all drinks were free) and they came up with some fun answers. Some wanted parrots, while others wanted to parasail. A few wanted to swim with the dolphins, while others wanted to see sharks (without teeth, of course). Only one class wanted their cell phones and video games and while I told them they could bring them to this wonderful (yet imaginary) place, I hoped once they got there, they would want to enjoy all the fun (and outdoor opportunities) that would be provided.

Music on the Move

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I did stop by the teacher’s lounge while some were on a break and they seemed to enjoy a few minutes of entertainment too. Several mentioned reminiscing of some “beachy” place they had visited. On the way to another classroom, I encountered a class en route in the hallway. I sang them a song quietly and as another class came from the other direction, I paused to let them pass. The teacher stopped and asked if I would continue and when I finished, both classes erupted in applause (so much for playing quietly!).

I left Robert’s Elementary School with a smile on my face and I feel like I left the place a little more joyful that morning. I was followed by a mandolin player on Tuesday and was told that many of the students were convinced he was playing a Ukulele!

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While I usually play for adults as part of the Parrot Island Band (a Trop Rock/Jimmy Buffett tribute band from Atlanta, Georgia), my time at Roberts Elementary was a blast. I enjoyed hanging out with the students and they were all very well behaved. I hope I have the opportunity to return to this event next year and maybe even visit another school, should the opportunity arise.

As warmer weather approaches, remember us if you are planning a community event that needs some tropical music…maybe a party for your HOA (Home Owners Association) event or even a customer appreciation outing. We also play a number of fundraisers throughout the year and I also like to play at house concerts if you would like a more intimate musical environment.

Beaches and blessings,

Bry Harris

www.parrotislandband.com

Article source: http://www.parrotislandband.com/2013/02/19/music-on-the-move/

Destin fun

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What a fun weekend we had in Destin. Thursday was Valentine’s Day so being the romantic type I took Sunshine Cindy to a Sport Bar! We went to Johnny O’s for some Sam Adams and Jalapeno Poppers. I told you I was romantic! From there we stopped in at Sago Sports Bar. A small group was around the bar. We chatted with Chef Wayne and a few others before we headed home.

Friday we met Sunshine Cindy’s parents at TGIFriday’s. Rick waited on us and he was his usual crazy self. We then decided to head to the harbor as it was going to be a nice sunset. We went to the Boathouse but it was packed with Snowbirds so we headed up to the Red Door Saloon. We had a few beers. $2 happy hour prices can’t be beat. We also watched a couple of dogs playing as one had the others lease in his month and was trying to “walk” the other.

We left there and went to Crab Island Cantina. Dave and Marilyn were there as well as Dave’s daughter Sabrina. She was home on leave from the Air Force. It was good seeing her again. Greg and Dominic were behind the bar. After a while, Carlos the owner came by and wanted to talk to me. He wanted my opinion on a possible new venture. It sounds exciting and I hope he can make it work. We talked to him and Dominic for a good while about past lives as music promoters. Carlos actually hired The Judd’s for $500 right as their song, “Mama He’s Crazy” came out. That was a good bargain!

 On the way home we stopped in at Rotolo’s Pizza. The crowd was thinning out at the bar. Blake was the bartender and Berg was there again too. Not too long after we sat down I felt someone grab me. I turned around and there was Kenny and LeeAnna. They were looking for us and happened to see BadAss in the parking lot. That was cool. We had fun catching up with them as it has been a couple of weeks.

On Saturday someone turned the wind machine on and it got a lot colder. We had to go back down to the harbor for a while and were almost blown over. Saturday afternoon we had a “Chase Away the Winter Blues” party at KC’s Sandbar in Ft. Walton Beach. We were upstairs and there was a heater to help keep us warm. Brandon Day played music and our big group had a blast. Jan and Kenny even sat in and did a few songs. When it ended, some of the crowd went to a bonfire.

We were not in the mood to sit outside in the cold and wind so we headed to the Legion for Karaoke. Judie and Kelly joined us. The place was packed with snowbirds. We had one drink and decided to move on as we were not feeling it there with the ‘birds. We went to Sago where they also do Karaoke. It was a lot of fun there. We saw a ton of friends and most had been there since early in the day so they were not feeling any pain. Kelly, Judie and Sunshine Cindy all did songs.

Enjoy your week. It’s warming back up. Spring is right around the corner here in Paradise!!! See ya Thursday!

Article source: http://destinsteve.blogspot.com/2013/02/destin-fun.html