JOPLIN, Mo. —
I hate the beach balls.
For some reason many years ago, people thought it would be a good idea to toss a few beach balls around at Jimmy Buffett concerts. And it was a good idea ... for about 10 minutes. After that, the beach balls got annoying. After about 10 more minutes, the beach balls got real annoying. After about 10 more minutes, the beach balls became weapons and started knocking beers out of peoples’ hands.
I hate the beach balls.
But I love Jimmy Buffett, so I put up with the beach balls at his concerts. On Thursday night, Jimmy performed in Tulsa, Okla. My wife and I had floor-seat tickets.
I saw Jimmy Buffett in Tulsa in 1978. I remember that the concert was on a Sunday night, and at one point during the show Jimmy said a bad word. Then, because of his Catholic school youth, Jimmy immediately said, “Oh no! I said (bad word) on Sunday.”
I thought that was funny.
I figured it would be cool to see Jimmy in concert in Tulsa again.
Last Sunday, my wife was looking at some sort of weather deal on her phone. My wife is weather-obsessive, so she is constantly checking her phone for bad news.
“It says here that they’re supposed to get snow in Tulsa on Thursday,” my wife said.
“That’s nice,” I said, not really paying attention, because who worries about weather five days in advance?
“We may not be able to go to the concert,” my wife said.
“That’s nice,” I said, not really paying attention, because who doesn’t go to a Jimmy Buffett concert if they have floor seats?
On Monday, my wife said that snow and ice were still in Tulsa’s forecast.
“I don’t think we will be able to go to the concert,” she said.
“We’ll see,” I said, not really paying attention, because there was no way I was not going to the concert.
On Tuesday, my wife said it looked like there was going to be a mix of snow and ice all along Interstate 44 to Tulsa.
“I don’t think we should be driving in that weather,” my wife said.
“We’ll see,” I said, not really paying attention, because a little snow and ice wasn’t going to keep me from going to a Jimmy Buffett concert.
Did I mention we had floor seats?
On Wednesday afternoon, I started checking the weather forecast for both Carthage and Tulsa.
“Oh (same bad word Jimmy Buffett used in Tulsa in 1978), we might not be able to go to the concert,” I said.
On Wednesday night, my wife called several of our friends who also had tickets to the Jimmy Buffett concert. What she got was three or four “We are definitely not going,” one “I’m waiting until Thursday to decide” and one “Do you think we can get our money back?”
There was a time when I wouldn’t have thought twice about driving to Tulsa during a winter storm to see Jimmy Buffett. But there was also a time when I could jump up and grab the rim of a basketball goal.
I spent part of Thursday morning looking at weather forecasts, hoping to see that the prediction for snow and ice was a huge mistake.
So late Thursday afternoon I made a batch of Plaza Three steak soup. I did that because I like it and because a few years ago I met Jimmy Buffett at the Plaza Three Steakhouse in Kansas City.
Later, I lit a fire in the fireplace and watched the live version of “The Sound of Music” with my wife and 15-year-old daughter Emma.
Later, after my wife and Emma went upstairs, I turned on Jimmy Buffett’s radio station and listened to the rebroadcast of the Tulsa concert.
You know what the best part was? No beach balls.
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JOPLIN, Mo. —
I hate the beach balls.
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