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July 3, 2011

Black Fly Outfitters

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted to this Blog. I’ve been spending a lot of time working on a Radio Show I started doing with my son called The Thad and His Dad Show. So, before I posted I checked how long it had been…It was March 11 of this year. Then I took it one step further, and checked what was going on with this Blog last July 4th. Boy that was a Surprise. Last July 3rd, I posted a story about Vaughn Cochran, one of Jimmy Buffett’s Wing Men during his early days in Key West. It’s ironic, because just yesterday, I finally visited Black Fly Outfitters, and got to meet Vaughn in person. He was a great guy, and willing to share many stories while I was there. I look forward to having lunch with Vaughn soon.

I of course had to buy a hat and one of their really cool Buff’s while I was there. It was then that Vaughn shared a really cool story with me. It seems Martin Kaymer was playing in a PGA Tournament early this year, and it was really cold, so a member of his team went out and bought a Black Fly Outfitter’s Buff without knowing anything about the Company or that the Buff was really mostly used by Bone Fishing Enthusiast to protect themselves from the blazing sun while out on the flats.

The commentators noticed that Martin was wearing a piece of golf clothing they had not ever seen, and started talking about it on air. By the second day, they had done their research, and informed the TV audience that it was indeed a Black Fly Outfitter’s Buff. And guess what happened? By the next day, the Black Fly Outfitter’s Web Site crashed from so many people logging in to by a buff. I’ll be wearing my cool new Black Fly Outfitter’s Hat and Buff over this 4th of July Weekend. Want to be cool like Martin Kaymer and me? Go the the Black Fly Outfitter’s Web Site and get a hat and Buff of you own.

July 3, 2010

The King of Somewhere Hot

In the heady early years of the budding romance between Jimmy Buffett and Key West, Jimmy tested his early musical efforts in the Chart Room. On many of those occasions, Jimmy was joined by Jim Croce, Chicago’s Steve Goodman, and Bone Fishing Guide Vaughn Cochran. While many of us have lovingly referred to Greg “Fingers” Taylor as the Original Coral Reefer, Vaughn also carried this prestigious moniker….at least in Key West. And where Fingers is known for his Harp playing, Vaughn’s specialty was the “Washboard.”

Anyway, I ran into a guy at an art show today, and he’s a friend of Vaughns and informed me Vaughn has an establishment right here in my new home town of Jacksonville. And you know me…I was immediately on my laptop doing my research. I even remember writing an article in the past that include info on Vaughn. For those who like to do their own research, check out Vaughn’s Web Site and his The Black Fly Outfitter Blog . While I was reading Vaughn’s Blog, I ran across this video. If it doesn’t get you in the mood to be the King of Somewhere Hot, I don’t know what will!

Be sure to stop back by, because in the true Seven Degrees of Jimmy Buffett, we’ll be learning more about my upcoming visit with Vaughn