Thursday, June 19, 2008

Somewhere Cruising Through Jimmy Buffett World

Well, it is Thursday, which implies that sooner or later it may be the end of the week. I wish I was in the Caribbean...I'm thinking Barbados, where I can get flying fish and cold toast a la foggy London for breakfast on the beach. Maybe Orient Beach on St. Martins, not far from a French restauant on the water. Sigh...instead, I guess I'll listen to ancient Leon Russell, Back to the Island, from one of the first albums I ever reviewed, Will O' The Wisp...does that make me ancient, too? HA! Don't answer that!

Hear the night birds cry (listen to the night birds cry)
Watch the sunset die (sit and watch the sunset die)
Well I hope you understand I just had to go back to the island

I suppose what brought this on is a couple of days in the hospital fretting over chest pains. I discovered that when you go to a clinic today and say you have chest pains, you are whisked into the maw of the heart attack machine, all deadly serious to save your butt...or at least your heart.

As it turned out, my heart didn't need saving. Thousands of dollars of necessary tests later, including a tube threaded up through my groin into my heart...yeeech...couldn't they have sent Sarah Michelle Geller instead?...I was deemed more or less okey-dokey and sent home. This is far preferable to the option, which is dropping dead on some range somewhere and causing my crew a lot of dissonance.

Still, it weighs on one. I have, as my friend Patrick Sweeney has noted repeatedly, the work ethic of rabid weasels. Makes me really good at what I do; perhaps less good at being a decent human being. When you have a dream job and an intimate relationship with a travel agency, it's hard to remember that the way of the warrior is, indeed, balance.

Okay...flip the "Overy Introspective" switch to "OFF!" I got a .50 boomer in the basement and 80 rounds of ball just waiting for me to rock...that ought to work as well as trying to reason with hurricane season, right?


Anonymous said...

Take care of yourself. We need you.

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear you're doing OK.

Anonymous said...

Michael: S-L-O-W D-O-W-N! Anxiety is not good for the heart or the soul.
Take Care, and
All The Best,
Frank W. James

Anonymous said...

Rastus' 10 point plan to health.

1) Get more money from the Outdoor Channel.

2) Hire more people.

3) Delegate & be served.

4) Relax

5) Live longer

6) Be more creative in your leisure.

7) Have more fun doing shows.

8) Relax more.

9) Do more shows.

10 Make fans happier.

On the less selfish side, start CO-Q10 and Red Yeast Rice.

Aaron Geisler said...

Glad your ticker is OK. Have fun with your .50 cal.

Anonymous said...

It is good to know you are okay. Take care.

Anonymous said...

MB ya gotta lose weight dude. Sorry but all the vitamins/meditation/raw carrots/meds aren't going to do more than losing a ton of weight. That is just the annoying truth of it. Waist needs to be less than half your height in inches.

Feel better!

Anonymous said...


Glad you're okay!!!!

At least you had a good excuse for being a day late on the Podcast!

Hang in there!

Anonymous said...

There is nothing better for the heart and soul than large amounts of ammo sent down range at a target of your choice.

Take a break and decompress. We'll be here when you get back.


Anonymous said...

Take care of yourself, buddy. We really do need you. Relax and enjoy that .50 - some of the most fun I ever had!

Not Available said...

Eat, drink and be merry (in moderation) for tomorrow we must film, film and finish FTG.

Take care of yourself MB.

Anonymous said...

MB--We and the 2A all need you!! Drop the weight, exercise, eat healthy, and stay well!! dmd

Anonymous said...



alfsauve said...

Glad it wasn't serious.

But speaking of Barbados and St Martin: How's the gun control laws there? Any good shooting ranges? Any good hunting?

I'm all in favor of a good tropical beach but I wonder how many locals are gun "friendly"?

Eric said...

Slow down! I'm not ready for you to be on the afterlife episode of Meet the Press!

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear you're doing okay.

Since fifty's will make your heart skip a beat when you shoot it, you now know you're good to go with the new boomer.

Call me sometime.

Take care.


Anonymous said...

Well, I take back all the nasty things I said when the podcast wasn't up.

Hope you feel better dude.

Jerry The Geek said...

Scary, yes. But the bottom line is positive.

Hang in there!

Anonymous said...

glad you are ok Michael

FD in AL

Anonymous said...

Take care of yourself....we've lost Grits Gresham, Jim Cirillo, and Col. Cooper....can't have you taking your gun-fu to the grave, too....