Music
by Brandon Wenerd on June 18, 2014

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In 7th grade, I read Jimmy Buffett’s memoir, A Pirate Looks at 50, cover-to-cover in two days over Christmas break. At 13 years-old, I was weirdly into his music at the time, having just received his greatest-hits album Songs You Know By Heart in the mail via one of those Colombia House 8-CDs-for-free deals.

Devouring A Pirate Looks at 50 in a couple days, I was transfixed and amused by how Buffett beat the system and figured out how to live a damn fine life (and, hell, get rich) on his own terms. Flip-flops 24/7. Girls. Making music. Flying planes. Fishing. Writing. Chillin’ on a beach. Partying. To date, it’s still probably the single most important book I’ve ever read.

I got to meet Jimmy Buffett six years ago at a movie premiere in New York for Alex Gibney’s fantastic documentary about Hunter S. Thompson, Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson. It was a huge life moment for me.

Buffett might be the most beloved and transcendent Bro King in the Bro Universe; Your parents love him, your grandparents love him, and you love him because he excels at being himself. He’s a case-study for making something out of being yourself.

Enough of my fawning. Last night Buffett was on Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show to. Rocking Chubbies-length yellow shorts and Margaritaville t-shirt, Buffett dolled out some drinking advice.

“What’s the cure for a hangover?”

“Don’t get drunk.”

Classic.

Brandon Wenerd

About Brandon Wenerd...

Brandon Wenerd is BroBible's senior editor, guru of @brotips, and director of strategic partnerships. He joined BroBible in the fall of 2009 after graduating from Penn State. When he’s not writing, Brandon enjoys fishing, Phish, Philly sports, Dewey Beach, supporting live music, hot sauce, and beer. E-mail him with post ideas and news tips: brandon@brobible.com.