It was a chilly night in Nashville, and I didn’t want my buddy, Little Jimmy Dickens, to get cold, so I loaned him my overcoat as I was leaving the Ryman. His statue stands on the plaza outside, reminding me every time I pass what a special friend and special entertainer he was. Another special person, my keyboard player, Ziggy Johnson, married his longtime girlfriend, Irene Kelly, backstage in the Green Room at the Opry House on Valentine’s night, and we were all there to help them celebrate. I tried to tell Mark Wills that a handshake would be sufficient, but he insisted on kissing my cheek on board the Family Reunion cruise. I guess he was just trying to thank me for all the nice things I said about him on our shows. Next time, Mark, just buy me a drink!