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Official Introductions Thread. New Members, Post your introduction here...
foamy
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Joined: Jun 15, 2004
Posts: 590
From: The Land of Pleasant Living
Posted: 2006-01-05 09:41 am   Permalink

Welcome Zrrbrrt, you'll like it here. Outside Philly? PA or NJ?

 
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hodadhank
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Joined: Dec 28, 2005
Posts: 1689
From: Mission Beach, CA
Posted: 2006-01-05 10:10 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2006-01-04 09:46, MachTiki wrote:
Welcome aboard hodadhank!



Mahalo MachTiki!

Keep me in mind if you hear about any future SD tiki pub crawls...Did you go on the Thanksgiving double decker bus tiki tour? I was out of town.

......

Hey Zrrbrrt, I went to my first over-the-top-poly-pop palace at the Philly Marriott's old Kona Kai when I was just a wide eyed kid!

[ This Message was edited by: hodadhank 2006-01-05 10:19 ]


 
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LavaLounger
Tiki Centralite

Joined: Dec 27, 2005
Posts: 81
From: The Great Plains of Kansas
Posted: 2006-01-05 11:07 am   Permalink

Hello all. Another newbie here. I hope I'm posting this correctly as I don't have a clue what I'm doing, wasn't sure if I should hit "new topic" or "reply", but did want to try to introduce myself. First off, I talk too much.

Second, I live in Kansas, talk about tiki deprived! People look at me like I have rocks for brains when I tell them I have a tiki bar in my basement.

I'm a semi-writer that writes humor columns for a teensy weensy local, bi-monthly neighborhood paper. I also work for a refrigeration company because they pay me.

I started my tiki bar because back in 1966 my parents took me to Trader Vic's at the St. Louis Bellaire East Hotel for my 16th birthday and I was hooked on the mood and eye candy of tiki stuff......and the floating gardenia. That information should tell you that I'm a senior citizen (and I get discounts!).

I started my tiki bar about six years ago and most of my tiki bar is silly stuff because authentic tiki is a tough find around here. What I couldn't find, I'd make. Even stole a Trader Vic's coconut mug from my mom and made my own slip-cast mold out of it so I could make a set of ceramic coconut mugs (I do ceramics for a hobby) because when I started my bar getting mugs was impossible and I didn't know about all the internet connections and hadn't heard of eBay....yet.

This tiki stuff has gotten so out of hand that we threw a tiki bar/luau for my son's wedding rehersal dinner and we decorated a hotel conference room that was way over the top to the point where the GM came to see it. Whoohoo! We even built a little wedding hut out of bamboo tomato stakes and grass mats. It was a lot of work, but an awful lot of fun.

I also enjoy piddling with my camera and have made my own tiki drink calendars because the ones I've bought the past few years have been pretty lame. I haven't had time to create a 2006 calendar though because we've spent the past year building a new house. Rats.

On a tender note: Awhile back I was disheartened when we showed our tiki bar at the old house to a guy that is into tiki and he said my bar wasn't tiki at all, it was only "tropical". So my feelings were crushed for awhile after all the work I did in it and I sort of lost my enjoyment of it.

Well, we just moved to the new house and baloney with the "tiki expert" guy, I'm resurrecting my tiki bar in all it's tackiness, junky as it might be, and I'm doing what I like. I'm working in my bar today even though I should be unpacking other stuff. My current project is on making a "lava lounge" in a tornado shelter/closet off the main tiki bar area and am trying to figure out how to build a wall that looks like a molten lava flow. I'll let you know if it turns out decent or if it'll be another tear-out. (two tear-outs already)

I thought I was alone in my obsessive tiki bar thoughts so I was glad to find you guys. Whew.

I've enjoyed lurking the past few weeks and have learned a lot of fun stuff and you guys make me laugh a lot. And as I mentioned, I talk too much so if my posts go on too long, hit the delete key.

LavaLounger
Cindy D (yeah, a girl, and old one)



 
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freddiefreelance
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Feb 15, 2003
Posts: 3006
From: San Diego, Ca.
Posted: 2006-01-05 1:01 pm   Permalink

Cindy, don't put yourself down, there's plenty of people out here on the Interweb that'll do it for you. You're a couple years younger than my wife, and everyone starts out with some cheezy tropical-style stuff (except Bamboo Ben, but he's special).

There's several threads on creating fake Lava Rock,
Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, and Here
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alohabros
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Feb 04, 2004
Posts: 533
From: westernus
Posted: 2006-01-05 1:31 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2006-01-05 11:07, LavaLounger wrote:

...People look at me like I have rocks for brains when I tell them...




... brains on the rocks ... ain't that a drink of some sort...


 
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LavaLounger
Tiki Centralite

Joined: Dec 27, 2005
Posts: 81
From: The Great Plains of Kansas
Posted: 2006-01-06 2:25 pm   Permalink

Thanks FreddieFreelance! I checked out the pages you sent and got some ideas.

I made a small demo of my molten lava flow with the styrofoam and spray foam insulation goo idea. I've added a "sandwich" of red acrylic sheeting, and behind that, flickering low voltage lighting, and it's pretty cool in the dark closet. I now have a unit that looks like glowing, burning molten lava, it's tacky, but "alive"....so now gonna try to make the whole friki-ing wall the same way.....as soon as I scrape this insulation stuff off my arms. Rough work because I have to walk by the tiki bar about 50 times and I gotta stop for little tiki breaks.

Is "tihi" how a tiki laughs?
LavaLounger
Cindy D toiling away in the tornado closet


 
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hawaiianshirts
Member

Joined: Jan 06, 2006
Posts: 10
Posted: 2006-01-06 7:00 pm   Permalink

Aloha everyone, we are a small Hawaiian shirt manufacture in the USA and we just joined your group so we thought we would drop in and say aloha. Our site is www.waveshoppe.com and hopefully we can all be one big happy ohana.

Charles & Peggy
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Benzart
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Joined: Jan 09, 2004
Posts: 10397
From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2006-01-07 07:15 am   Permalink

Hawaiianshirts, Welcome to TC, we're Glad to have you aboard. Your website shows some Beautiful Shirts!
Come on in and relax and stay awhile. We're All having FUN.
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TikiCaroG
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Joined: Jan 07, 2006
Posts: 2
From: Upstate SC
Posted: 2006-01-07 1:17 pm   Permalink

Hi everyone -- I too am a Tiki fanatic, and am trying to learn more. I live in Upstate SC, which too isn't exactly the Tiki capital of the world. But I do have to attempt to bring a little broader viewpoint to my teensy hometown!

Not sure what else you want to know, but feel free to ask!


 
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tikiblog.com
Tiki Centralite

Joined: Jan 07, 2006
Posts: 31
From: The People's Republic of California
Posted: 2006-01-07 10:45 pm   Permalink

Aloha. I am a first time writer, yet long time reader, who has decided it is time to join the dialogue. You can find out more about me and my tiki interests at tikiblog.com.

 
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hiltiki
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jun 10, 2004
Posts: 3947
From: Reseda, calif.
Posted: 2006-01-07 11:17 pm   Permalink

Welcome to TC tikiblog, we are happy to have you here. And what is your best recipe for mai tai anyways let us know.

 
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zrrbrrt
Member

Joined: Jan 04, 2006
Posts: 7
Posted: 2006-01-09 06:31 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2006-01-05 09:41, foamy wrote:
Welcome Zrrbrrt, you'll like it here. Outside Philly? PA or NJ?



That would be the PA side. Sorry for the delayed response.. just got back from a quick trip to Jamaica. Unfortunately didn't get a chance to go shopping for anything cool for the bar. Here's a pic from a few months ago.. need to get an updated one to show off the newer mugs.

http://home.comcast.net/~zrrbrrt/Bar1.JPG

Where on the Eastern Shore Foamy? I'm on Kent Island a lot.


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LavaCakes
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Joined: Dec 31, 2005
Posts: 8
From: Edmonton AB Canada
Posted: 2006-01-09 9:36 pm   Permalink

Thanks, everybody, for all the kind words about SDTs B-Day cake! If anyone wants any how-to info, I'm happy to share.



 
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TikiTikiBoom
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jun 14, 2005
Posts: 153
From: So Cal
Posted: 2006-01-09 11:51 pm   Permalink

Welcome welcome to all the newest members!

And hodad, as Mach said, good to see another SanDiegan about!

See you!
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KIMO
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Joined: Jan 10, 2006
Posts: 1
Posted: 2006-01-10 11:52 am   Permalink

Hi Tiki Kids!

Though my handle is Kimo, my name is Timothy F. I am a "recent" transplant from sunny Long Beach, CA to Pittsburgh, PA (moved here late in 2003). A few days ago, my wife and I decided to celebrate my 47th birthday by visiting the Tiki Lounge here in Pittsburgh for a couple of fun Tiki cocktails. The Tiki Lounge is only 3 years old but has the look of a salty and venerated tiki joint. I'll think we'll be back. I only wish they served a "rum barrel" like I remember drinking at a really stellar tiki bar, the Tiki Ti in Hollywood, CA.

I googled rum barrel recipe and found a thread on this forum. Since I enjoy most, if not all things tiki, I decided to join and while away some hours reading about the tiki life and reading what you folks have to say.

That's all for now.

Cheers,
Tim (aka Kimo)

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