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An open letter to Tiki Central from Martin/Martiki
the shiv
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Joined: Feb 17, 2009
Posts: 6
Posted: 2009-02-18 1:18 pm   Permalink

I am still in shock and extremely saddened by this news. This is all very weird and it is going to be a BIG adjustment but I know all of you will be very supportive! Martin, I have to thank you for all that you have taught me over the past two years. I came to FI with zero knowledge of the tiki culture, history of the cocktails and virtually nothing about rum. You've been so amazing sharing your knowledge and being open to answer any of my questions. I also thank you for putting up with me and my "jerseyness" and always taking it with a grain of salt. You've been a good friend and a great boss and i will really miss laughing with you. I wish you the best of luck. I know you will be successful at any venture you choose. I'll miss you...and, don't ever forget THE BOSS.

As a staff member at FI I promise to continue on as always, slinging your favorite tiki libations with a smile or a jersey smile at least.
Wednesdays will never be the same, no jess and no martin but I hope that you all will still come visit ME! I will do my best to craft even the most annoying and complicated cocktails from whatever books you bring in. I'll be there tonight...sad and confused...so please come keep my spirits up.

Mahalo


 
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JenTiki
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Joined: Jun 16, 2006
Posts: 1832
From: An island in the bay
Posted: 2009-02-18 1:35 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2009-02-18 13:18, the shiv wrote:
I will do my best to craft even the most annoying and complicated cocktails from whatever books you bring in.


Now seriously, who would force you to make "annoying and complicated" cocktails?


 
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weirduncletiki
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Joined: Mar 26, 2002
Posts: 756
From: Grape Town, California
Posted: 2009-02-18 2:14 pm   Permalink

Martin, I send you a gigantic mahalo for your creative talents which made Forbidden Island the ideal. You are a man with vision and I, along with everyone here, can not wait to experience what you have in store for the world. It's going to be grand, I'm sure.

-Weird Unc


 
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tikivixen
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Joined: Aug 28, 2002
Posts: 724
From: Vallejo CA
Posted: 2009-02-18 2:59 pm   Permalink

Martiki, I'm so glad we got to see you there that recent couple of (very peaceful and happy) evenings!!!

You know, Forbidden Island is but the first of your tiki masterpieces (well, second...*ahem*...Novato Grotto, huzzah!) I know it'll always have a unique place in your heart, but I believe the road ahead looks brighter than ever. As others have said--mahalo for all the incredible work and heart and creative genius you put into FI; you are an amazing artist and the place reflected that in every aspect. You truly were, and are, the host with the most!!!

I can't wait to see what you do next. And no matter where it is, if Martin's tending bar, then as often as I can manage it (or my liver will permit) I'll be there. I know I haven't seen that much of you in the last couple of years, but believe it or not, I still consider you one of the coolest people I've ever known, and I'll always want to support whatever you do. Blessings and good fortune to you, Martiki! *hoists an honorary Painkiller* *even though it's way before five p.m.*


 
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the shiv
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Joined: Feb 17, 2009
Posts: 6
Posted: 2009-02-18 3:04 pm   Permalink

jen...
you are in luck! Martin taught me how to make a proper sazerac just last week.
Thanks Martin! Whew!


 
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Jungle Trader
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Joined: Jan 04, 2003
Posts: 3736
From: Trader's Jungle Outpost, Turlock, Ca.
Posted: 2009-02-18 3:17 pm   Permalink

Martin, I think you'll have time now to sit in the back of the bus and eat cheetos with me.

 
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croe67
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Joined: Jan 05, 2003
Posts: 1078
From: Land of Cheese & Beer
Posted: 2009-02-18 3:24 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2009-02-18 15:17, Jungle Trader wrote:
Martin, I think you'll have time now to sit in the back of the bus and eat cheetos with me.



Yep!
Back of the bus troublemakers - that's where it's at!


 
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MelWaldorf
Tiki Centralite

Joined: Nov 08, 2007
Posts: 56
Posted: 2009-02-18 3:24 pm   Permalink

We here in Alameda are so fortunate to have the Forbidden Island in our midst. It wouldn't be what it is without you Martin and we Meshuggas will miss you at our post-rehearsal trips for the Tuesday night specials (how could we pass up such a deal?)

I also want to thank you for welcoming Meshugga Beach Party into the Forbidden Island fold, first on the juke box, then in concert, and culminating at the 4th of July Parade / death march. We will miss you this Sunday!

I look forward to the continued health and tiki-osity of Forbidden Island and I also look forward to your futures endeavors.

Mahalo Martiki!

Meshugga Mel


 
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JenTiki
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Joined: Jun 16, 2006
Posts: 1832
From: An island in the bay
Posted: 2009-02-18 3:25 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2009-02-18 15:04, the shiv wrote:
jen...
you are in luck! Martin taught me how to make a proper sazerac just last week.
Thanks Martin! Whew!


Yay! I'm not gonna make it in tonight, but I'll be in next week to give your sazerac a test drive.


 
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MelWaldorf
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Joined: Nov 08, 2007
Posts: 56
Posted: 2009-02-18 3:51 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2009-02-18 13:18, the shiv wrote:
I am still in shock and extremely saddened by this news. This is all very weird and it is going to be a BIG adjustment but I know all of you will be very supportive! Martin, I have to thank you for all that you have taught me over the past two years. I came to FI with zero knowledge of the tiki culture, history of the cocktails and virtually nothing about rum. You've been so amazing sharing your knowledge and being open to answer any of my questions. I also thank you for putting up with me and my "jerseyness" and always taking it with a grain of salt. You've been a good friend and a great boss and i will really miss laughing with you. I wish you the best of luck. I know you will be successful at any venture you choose. I'll miss you...and, don't ever forget THE BOSS.

As a staff member at FI I promise to continue on as always, slinging your favorite tiki libations with a smile or a jersey smile at least.
Wednesdays will never be the same, no jess and no martin but I hope that you all will still come visit ME! I will do my best to craft even the most annoying and complicated cocktails from whatever books you bring in. I'll be there tonight...sad and confused...so please come keep my spirits up.

Mahalo



I for one appreciate your "joiseyness", but as a Noo Yawkuh I know I'm biased. If I can get my daughter to sleep early enough I'll stop by tonight.


 
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Thortiki
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Joined: Jul 29, 2006
Posts: 263
From: Maryland (Land of Pleasant Tiki Living)
Posted: 2009-02-18 3:52 pm   Permalink

Martin,

We came to FI last November for the first time.
The vibe was terrific & the drinks were superb!
Thanks for making the FI the BEST small tiki bar
in the USA!

Thortiki


 
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Boo Loo
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Joined: Apr 06, 2003
Posts: 6
From: Novato Grotto
Posted: 2009-02-18 4:14 pm   Permalink

For those of you keeping score at home, this brings my total post count to 5! I always joke that I am one step removed from even lurking on TC – I just lurk over Martin’s shoulder or, worse yet, just have him read me the “good stuff.”

I want to acknowledge how wonderful it has been to enjoy Forbidden Island with all of you. So many fond memories of Wednesday nights, lazy Sundays on the patio, events, and “quick drinks” in between. I don’t think most people could say “I’ll be hanging out at my husband’s work” with a huge, excited grin on their face.

While I had seen the build-out in progress, the first time Martin showed me the “finished product,” of Forbidden Island, with the décor in place and the lights on, I burst into tears. It was more than I had ever imagined it could be. Every time I saw Martin’s enthusiasm, knowledge, and passion convert a new tikiphile or rum junkie, or heard from someone about what an important place Forbidden Island is to them, it made me smile and filled my heart.

Your posts have made me cry on several occasions in the last 2 days, but also to reaffirm what was already a deep appreciation for this community and its support.

Before the Forbidden Island adventure began for us, tiki was a huge part of our lives, and so it shall remain. The best part of Forbidden Island has been getting to know so many more of you than would have been possible in the little ol’ Foggy Grotto or Novato Grotto, and I look forward to many future adventures with you.

Rebecca


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GatorRob
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Joined: Aug 20, 2004
Posts: 1770
From: 3 hrs 33 mins to paradise
Posted: 2009-02-18 4:38 pm   Permalink

When my wife and I traveled 3,000ish miles just to be at Forbidden Island (okay, we did other stuff too), not only did the local ohana greet us warmly, but Martin, being the supreme gentleman he is, rolled out the red carpet for us. Halfway into the evening, to our surprise, he brings out the Ohana Hut and says "this one's on the house". Then as we're saying our goodbyes at the end of the all-too-short evening, he brings out some wonderful gifts for us. Martin, your genuine warm reception did not go unnoticed nor has it been forgotten. It made a very big impression on me that I will not soon forget.

Cheers to you, and wherever you go, they will be darn lucky to have you.


 
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NOTCH
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Joined: Apr 23, 2006
Posts: 506
From: San Jose.Ca
Posted: 2009-02-18 6:20 pm   Permalink

This is Very Sad News..
I want to thank Martin for all the Awesome Time's at FI ( Mug Release Party's, Parking Lot Sales) and I'm looking forward to seeing what Martin will bring to the plate.. I'm sure it will be Awesome..
I will continue to support FI in any way I can And do the same For Martin..

Big Mahalos my Friend..

Notch

_________________


 
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Coco Loco
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Joined: Mar 21, 2004
Posts: 820
From: Exotic Isle of Alameda
Posted: 2009-02-18 7:36 pm   Permalink

Martin, the shock has subsided and I've had an opportunity to reflect on what a wonderful thing you've brought to Alameda and the tiki community. I remember when Bill and I moved (actually he moved us and I reluctantly followed )...how we were dismayed that there were so few great places in Alameda, let alone Tiki. Lo and behold, within weeks you and Michael announced your new project!! Forbidden Island (or Brokeback Island as the Lincoln Address regulars called it)

I remember running reconnaissance into Lincoln's Address with Mai Tai and Mr. Smiley, fearful of touching anything. I remember scurrying in back with Mai Tai trying to catch a peek of the construction going on inside, only to find you (and your dad) sawing away on bamboo and wood.

Then FI opened! Mana from heaven. I remember the lines, working the back bar with Humu as Bill and Scott worked the door and the lines stretched for what seemed like miles. We volunteered as friends in support because we were so excited about your new project. That seems like yesterday. One of my favorite memories was seeing you and Rebecca dancing a jig behind the bar.

We've had so many wonderful memories at FI and truly appreciate the heart and soul you put into the place. As such, it's hard to think about FI as separate from you. But FI stands as a wonderful testament to Tiki thanks to your efforts. So as long as the drink standards remain strong and the usual dj's are there, we will continue to support it.

On the same note, we will support new projects if they should pop up, hint hint. Martin, thank you for everything and we will continue to support what you built. Look forward to seeing you and Rebecca soon. I know you have wonderful things in your future.


 
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