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Alnshely
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Joined: Mar 24, 2002
Posts: 974
From: Oceanside CA
Posted: 2004-10-18 10:32 pm   Permalink


Here's me and the Doc. I moved to Corona del Mar in 1969, some of the first people my family met were the Doc's clan, I have been friends with his family for 35 years. The Doc is a urologist who drives a piss yellow VW Bug with WE WE MD license plates (the DMV turned down his request for Dic Doc), he played banjo in a band called the Over-sextet and he married Doris Day's stand-in 50 years ago.

The Doc was in the Air Force in the early 60s, he was stationed in the Philippines. When he got out he bought a home in CDM and almost immediately started building this bar. He jokes that military training had taught him to prioritize:
1. Secure a beachhead
2. Dig the slit trenches
3. Build the officers club
And in 1964 he did just that.

I have been coming here since '68 and it looks exactly the same.











Much of the materials and decor was brought back from the PI. The bar was built to the Docs specifications and he plumbed and roped it himself.


The Doc knows Tropical Drinks, he has been pouring them for quite some time. He has a tradition we must honor, and, that is the search for the Mumrath. The Mumrath is a legendary rum drink, and you must seek the recipe. When you find the recipe it is cause for great celebration, however, if you do it right you are to drunk to remember the what's in the recipe the next day.



After 40 years the bar still sees plenty of action. This is Chris my friend of 35 years on the day of his parents 50th anniversary


Al

[ This Message was edited by: Alnshely on 2004-10-18 22:34 ]

[ This Message was edited by: Alnshely 2010-04-25 14:10 ]


 
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RevBambooBen
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Joined: Nov 12, 2002
Posts: 7438
From: Huntikington Beach
Posted: 2004-10-18 10:40 pm   Permalink

I like Chris's Drink of choice!!

Cool Hut too! Hanx Al!!!

Pis Doc. That's funny!!!

Old shcool is the only way!!


 
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Sam Gambino
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Joined: Dec 02, 2003
Posts: 2199
From: www.samgambino.com
Posted: 2004-10-18 11:04 pm   Permalink

Thanks, Al. I really enjoy posts like this... It's always nice to see an "uncorrupted" tiki palace still in its pure form. Sometimes, it seems like the character gets "updated" right out of a place.
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Unkle John
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Joined: Oct 22, 2003
Posts: 1217
From: Middle-of-the-Ocean, TX
Posted: 2004-10-18 11:16 pm   Permalink

you think the We We MD will adopt me? I'll work my rent off by slinging drinks and cleaning the pool.
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Gigantalope
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Joined: Aug 01, 2004
Posts: 913
From: Shinola, California
Posted: 2004-10-19 12:27 am   Permalink

Al, nice post.

...a man of vision not corrupted by foolish temptation of Southwest theme remodels, or electronic game updates in the past 35 years.

Lessons to be learned. fads like "feng shway" (sp?) pass but quality slack...is timeless.


 
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Kono
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Joined: Oct 08, 2003
Posts: 1266
From: Orlando
Posted: 2004-10-19 04:01 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2004-10-18 22:32, Alnshely wrote:





Hey Al, what are these things?

Great bar! Thanks for sharing.


 
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Mike the Headhunter
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Joined: May 24, 2004
Posts: 190
From: Wastelands of western NC
Posted: 2004-10-19 04:33 am   Permalink

I am having a bad day and this has cheered me up, great pictures of a great bar with a cool history!

 
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Trader Woody
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 2301
From: Tiki Manor, Forest of Bowland,UK
Posted: 2004-10-19 05:53 am   Permalink

Great post Al - the Doc sounds like quite a character & he has exceptional taste!

To keep an outside Tiki bar in that kind of condition over those many years deserves a round of applause, or at least the tip of a Mai Tai.

Trader Woody



 
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the75stingray
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Joined: Mar 24, 2002
Posts: 447
From: Dayton, Ohio
Posted: 2004-10-19 06:57 am   Permalink

Al, as always you bring something great to our tiki table.
Thanks for the pics...very much enjoyed them.


 
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Satan's Sin
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Joined: Jun 13, 2004
Posts: 729
From: Imperial Beach, CA
Posted: 2004-10-19 07:08 am   Permalink

Thanks so much for sharing. A fabulous bar and a fabulous man. Sometimes it is very hard to find someone who just enjoys life, but when one does it just makes your day, it really does.

 
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Rum Balls
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Joined: Oct 04, 2004
Posts: 877
From: Portland, OR
Posted: 2004-10-19 07:55 am   Permalink

Wow. Gives all us "young 'uns" something to strive for.


 
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puamana
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Joined: Aug 02, 2002
Posts: 291
From: Seattle, WA
Posted: 2004-10-19 08:05 am   Permalink

Great post, Al ! Thanks for posting those pics.

 
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Sabu The Coconut Boy
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Joined: Aug 20, 2002
Posts: 2792
From: Carson, California
Posted: 2004-10-19 08:59 am   Permalink

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On 2004-10-18 22:32, Alnshely wrote:




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Hey Al, what are these things?



Kono - I believe those are hand-carved pearl oyster shells. But I could be wrong.

Thanks for the great post, Al! Appreciate it.

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Unga Bunga
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Joined: Jun 06, 2003
Posts: 5808
From: CaliTikifornia
Posted: 2004-10-19 09:27 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2004-10-18 22:32, Alnshely wrote:
The Doc knows Tropical Drinks, he has been pouring them for quite some time. He has a tradition we must honor, and, that is the search for the Mumrath. The Mumrath is a legendary rum drink, and you must seek the recipe. When you find the recipe it is cause for great celebration, however, if you do it right you are to drunk to remember the what's in the recipe the next day.


Come on Al, we know you have the recipe. Send it to Unga so that he may Celebrate!
Your threads are the best Al!


 
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boutiki
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Joined: Jun 03, 2002
Posts: 485
From: The fly-over states
Posted: 2004-10-19 09:31 am   Permalink

Now THAT is what we should all be trying to emulate. A fine example of a proper home bar! Very nice Al, I wish we all had more family friends like yours.
-Duke
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