All right, enough with the wound licking. Cheer up, Sparky! Summertime's coming, and it's time to ice down a tub full of Mexican brew (the colder it is, the better it tastes). Put on your best Hawaiian shirt (remember, it's a sin to tuck 'em in) and hook up all the sprinklers for a backyard barbecue / Slip 'n Slide party. Rim your porch with tiki torches and plug in that big ol' boombox so the neighbors can get involved. We're thinking beaches, boats and babes now, and no one does that scene better than Jimmy Buffett.
You could go for the sprawling greatest hits collection Boats, Beaches, Bars and Ballads, but four CD's of Jimmy might be too much of a good thing. Stick to Songs You Know by Heart, one disc of all killer, no filler, good-timin' sing-alongs. Give me a can of Tecate with some salt and lime (and maybe a tequila chaser), and I'll be belting out "Why Don't We Get Drunk and Screw" so loud that they'll hear me up at Flathead Lake. Your Aunt Ruthie might disapprove, but hey, who invited her, anyway?