Thank you to the one who introduced me to the album Living and Dying in 3/4 Time.

It saw me through 15 years of living the life of a tropical travel stock photographer – a kind of Jimmy Buffett in transit. I did very well, being well paid as a citizen of the world from the mid ’80’s until 2001. I ended up traveling to every continent and over 40 countries.

Unfortunately, that photography job doesn’t exist anymore, unless you’ve decided to make photo-illustrations, compositing images and calling yourself a photographer on Instagram. Still, I wouldn’t trade those decades for anything.

Reportedly, Buffett wrote the song to his wife while he was on tour. At a live performance in 1974, Buffett mentioned that he had composed the song while heading out of California the previous year. The same thing happened to me 10 years later.