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Official Introductions Thread. New Members, Post your introduction here...
RevBambooBen
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Nov 12, 2002
Posts: 7911
From: Huntikington Beach
Posted: 2006-06-22 09:56 am   Permalink

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On 2006-06-22 01:31, GROG wrote:
GROG here B-Ben.

GROG long-time lurker, artist, and likes chocolate.

It's late, screwed up my first post, and not going type all
that again tonight. Bigger introduction later.

Glad to be here, love Bungy's stories, looking forward to
posting. Mahalo.

GROG





E'Komo Mai Mr. Grog!!!


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GROG
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Joined: Jun 21, 2006
Posts: 7146
From: Tujunga
Posted: 2006-06-22 10:00 am   Permalink

E' Komo Mai Tai Mr. Ben

 
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Loki
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Joined: Nov 04, 2005
Posts: 541
From: Boca Raton, FL
Posted: 2006-06-22 10:31 am   Permalink

Kia Ora Paipo,
Welcome aboard. I've spent some time in NZ and my kid sister is currently living in Kuaotunu on the Coromandel. One of my favorites places in the world.

Hop on over to the carving section and show off your work. There is some great talent and some of the carvers have been making some beautiful Maori items.
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Rev. Griz
Tiki Centralite

Joined: Jun 22, 2006
Posts: 75
From: Distant Shores of the Great Salt Lake
Posted: 2006-06-22 11:11 am   Permalink

Hi, I'm Rev. Griz. Been lurking for a long time, figured it was probably time to step out of the jungle into the firelight. You guys have a great thing going here, thanks! If you need a description, you can think of me as the Jimmy Buffett of Utah.
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Hakalugi
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Joined: Aug 10, 2004
Posts: 3422
From: Redondo Beach, CA
Posted: 2006-06-22 12:22 pm   Permalink

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On 2006-06-22 11:11, Rev. Griz wrote:
Hi, I'm Rev. Griz. ... you can think of me as the Jimmy Buffett of Utah.




Welcome Rev. Griz.

Around these parts (...that would be TC), Jimmy Buffett is often derided as the "Anti-Tiki". Are you sure you want to be thought of as the Jimmy Buffett of Utah?


 
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tikimermaid
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Joined: Jun 22, 2006
Posts: 2
From: S. Calif.
Posted: 2006-06-22 1:05 pm   Permalink


Strange things happen.

I was reading a random Yahoo 360 blog and someone had posted a bit about their perfect porn name. So I decided to google up some name quizzes to see what mine would be, and I never got that far because this tiki central forum pops up and I'm like "Whoa, what a great forum idea." Ironically, I never found it in my tiki googling, but up it pops in my porn name googling because there is a thread here somewhere on porn names. The universe is a strange place. Soooo, my first name choice was Tikigoddess, which was taken. So I went with tikimermaid, figuring it had to be taken, but since I like to make tikis and mermaids, it was worth a shot. So here I am. I hope there isn't a Tiki_Mermaid or something...not meaning to step on any tiki toes here.

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Rev. Griz
Tiki Centralite

Joined: Jun 22, 2006
Posts: 75
From: Distant Shores of the Great Salt Lake
Posted: 2006-06-22 1:56 pm   Permalink

Quote:

Welcome Rev. Griz.

Around these parts (...that would be TC), Jimmy Buffett is often derided as the "Anti-Tiki". Are you sure you want to be thought of as the Jimmy Buffett of Utah?



Thanks, Hakalugi! Although lurking about here I've seen some anti-JB sentiment, I'm puzzled as to why he'd be thought of as the anti-tiki. In fact Buffett has very little to do with Tiki other than covering "The Tiki Bar is Open". As a musician, I idolize the man for one simple reason: he's spent his entire life doing exactly what he wanted to do: play music and entertain. Anyone else who has done the same thing can feel free to cast the first stone, but it's still something to which I aspire He's a mediocre musician, a questionable singer, a functional songwriter with occasional flashes of extreme brilliance, but he knows how to help people have a good time and he puts on a hell of a show. In between albums and concerts he flies his boatplane to exotic locales or sails his boat to far away islands. His businesses and followers do a lot of good charity work.

Now as to philosophical issues, I don't give a hoot about those. He's a shrewd and sometimes ruthless businessman. He's not above whoring his newfound popularity out to the Nashville machine that rejected him in the '70s. For money, fame, power, who knows? All I know is he flies in the face of the music industry, puts on a good show, and does his own thing like any good Beachbum. Why that would be regarded as an afront to the Tiki community, a good many of whom embrace the many tentacled and far more insidious Disney monster, is a mystery to me.

As far as me comparing myself to him, I flatter myself. I'm more of a JB in training I write and sing funny songs about beaches and palm trees and hope some day to be the performer Jimmy is and to live the life I dream of rather than the one dictated to me by the rat race. He's more Caribbean and I'm more Pacific, but there's room on the island for everyone.
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Hakalugi
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Joined: Aug 10, 2004
Posts: 3422
From: Redondo Beach, CA
Posted: 2006-06-22 2:05 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2006-06-22 13:56, Rev. Griz wrote:
Quote:

Welcome Rev. Griz.

Around these parts (...that would be TC), Jimmy Buffett is often derided as the "Anti-Tiki". Are you sure you want to be thought of as the Jimmy Buffett of Utah?



Thanks, Hakalugi! ... In fact Buffett has very little to do with Tiki other than covering "The Tiki Bar is Open". ...



Exactly!


 
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Rev. Griz
Tiki Centralite

Joined: Jun 22, 2006
Posts: 75
From: Distant Shores of the Great Salt Lake
Posted: 2006-06-22 2:18 pm   Permalink

[quote]
On 2006-06-22 14:05, Hakalugi wrote:
Quote:

On 2006-06-22 13:56, Rev. Griz wrote:
Quote:
Thanks, Hakalugi! ... In fact Buffett has very little to do with Tiki other than covering "The Tiki Bar is Open". ...



Exactly!



I just did a search and read the thread about What's Wrong with Jimmy Buffett and I understand a little better. It never ocurred to me that anyone would not see Buffett and Tiki as mutually exclusive things but I also understand the general disgust of "tiki" themed places and people mixing Caribbean and Polynesian in their ignorance. That's not Jimmy's fault, though. Whereas Tiki is specific to the South Pacific (and that's a song title if I ever heard one!) as long as there's a beach, Jimmy doesn't much care where it is. In Jimmy's music, marketing, and decoration you'll see polynesian, african, caribbean, mexican, and south american themes side by side, all places he's been and written about.
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Dissolute Missionary, Church of Jim Beam Orthodox
Spreading good news by the bottle in the jungles of Utah


 
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Paipo
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jun 22, 2006
Posts: 1886
From: Aotearoa / NZ
Posted: 2006-06-22 3:04 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2006-06-22 10:31, Loki wrote:
Kia Ora Paipo,
Welcome aboard. I've spent some time in NZ and my kid sister is currently living in Kuaotunu on the Coromandel. One of my favorites places in the world.

Hop on over to the carving section and show off your work. There is some great talent and some of the carvers have been making some beautiful Maori items.




Thanks Loki - your thread in the carving forum was one of the many I spent hours reading through last night, before deciding I should register!


 
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litlnemo
Member

Joined: Jun 20, 2006
Posts: 3
From: Seattle, WA
Posted: 2006-06-23 03:01 am   Permalink

Hello -- just posting an intro as requested. I'm a long-time tiki aficionado (I have fond memories of living almost within sight of a tiki restaurant for a while as a child). In the 80s I started having yearly "Hawaiian Nightmare Parties" which featured as much tiki decor as I could manage on my student budget. I would buy tiki mugs for a buck or two at the local thrift stores.

In the 90s I had to put my small tiki mug collection in storage, and so for the last few years my collecting bug has been mostly dormant. (It didn't help that the darn things started to disappear from the thrift stores!) But recently I got my collection back out of my mom's attic and I can feel the bug starting to hit again. I've put my collection up on Ooga-Mooga and I've got my eyes open for new stuff to add.

I think I stopped collecting right after the Seattle Trader Vic's closed... and now that the new one is open in Bellevue, I'm starting up again! Coincidence, or...?

(I have a pair of tiki salt & pepper shakers from the Seattle TV's; my mom and I went there to see the place a last time before they closed. I told her I wished I could have those shakers. Then she mortified me by asking the waiter if I could have them! To my surprise (since the restaurant still had a couple of weeks left to closing day) he said yes! So I have a little piece of the Seattle Trader Vic's in my dining room.)

Glad to be here. I'll probably mostly lurk, but this is a great board!
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Loki
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Nov 04, 2005
Posts: 541
From: Boca Raton, FL
Posted: 2006-06-23 04:57 am   Permalink


[/quote]

I just did a search and read the thread about What's Wrong with Jimmy Buffett and I understand a little better. It never ocurred to me that anyone would not see Buffett and Tiki as mutually exclusive things but I also understand the general disgust of "tiki" themed places and people mixing Caribbean and Polynesian in their ignorance. That's not Jimmy's fault, though. Whereas Tiki is specific to the South Pacific (and that's a song title if I ever heard one!) as long as there's a beach, Jimmy doesn't much care where it is. In Jimmy's music, marketing, and decoration you'll see polynesian, african, caribbean, mexican, and south american themes side by side, all places he's been and written about.

[/quote]

Rev Griz,
I'm with ya. Born and raised in South Florida, where Jimmy is infused in your blood. I love Jimmy too. Always will. Listen to what moves you. It happens that Martin Denny and Jimmy have a place in my home. Keep it real brother.
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freddiefreelance
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Joined: Feb 15, 2003
Posts: 3006
From: San Diego, Ca.
Posted: 2006-06-23 07:36 am   Permalink

[quote]
On 2006-06-22 14:18, Rev. Griz wrote:
Quote:

On 2006-06-22 14:05, Hakalugi wrote:
Quote:

On 2006-06-22 13:56, Rev. Griz wrote:
Quote:
Thanks, Hakalugi! ... In fact Buffett has very little to do with Tiki other than covering "The Tiki Bar is Open". ...



Exactly!



I just did a search and read the thread about What's Wrong with Jimmy Buffett and I understand a little better. It never ocurred to me that anyone would not see Buffett and Tiki as mutually exclusive things but I also understand the general disgust of "tiki" themed places and people mixing Caribbean and Polynesian in their ignorance. That's not Jimmy's fault, though. Whereas Tiki is specific to the South Pacific (and that's a song title if I ever heard one!) as long as there's a beach, Jimmy doesn't much care where it is. In Jimmy's music, marketing, and decoration you'll see polynesian, african, caribbean, mexican, and south american themes side by side, all places he's been and written about.


I like that JB will bring Hawaiian, Hapa-Haole & Exotica performers (his Jimmy Buffet in Hawaii DVD includes Don Ho, Henry Kapono, & Martin Denny) up on stage during shows, what I don't like is that my family & friends think Margaritaville is a Tiki Bar.

[Edit] OK, I'm done on that point. From one Rev. to another, Mahalo Aloha! Welcome Home!

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RevBambooBen
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Nov 12, 2002
Posts: 7911
From: Huntikington Beach
Posted: 2006-06-23 07:41 am   Permalink

[Edit] OK, I'm done on that point. From one Rev. to another, Mahalo Aloha! Welcome Home!

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Rock n' Roll!!!
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Tiki Bars I've designed/built. TikiCat, Royal Hawaiian, Kona Club, Frankie's Tiki Room, Pacific Seas, Don the Beachcomber,Forbidden Island, Kon Tiki Tucson, Tiki No,etc....


 
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Rev. Griz
Tiki Centralite

Joined: Jun 22, 2006
Posts: 75
From: Distant Shores of the Great Salt Lake
Posted: 2006-06-23 07:53 am   Permalink

Thank you for the kind welcome, brothers! Good to see the clergy is so well represented here. Someday we'll have to have a joint service, and you can take that any way that suits your doctrine
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