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Has today's TC crowd lost it's original warmth?
hiltiki
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From: Reseda, calif.
Posted: 2009-08-03 2:26 pm   Permalink

Or you can do what I do when I go to a Tiki social gathering. I usually take my laptop computer with me and I usually find a place to sit and I get a nice tropical drink, some munchies and I get on Tiki Central and I get on Shout and I find someone to chat with while I am sitting at the party with all the tiki loving people. This definitely makes me feel included.




 
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KeithH
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Joined: Feb 15, 2009
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From: Portland, OR
Posted: 2009-08-03 3:45 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2009-08-03 13:43, woofmutt wrote:
In any group of people who a common interest as a "bond" there's going to be lots of variances in likes and friendliness. <edited for length>



woofmutt is 100% accurate here. I've been running an event for a group of people with a very specific interest for the past decade +. Over the years I've met some REALLY great people that I keep in touch with on a regular basis... but I've also met some others that I don't even miss after the event is over. I am very glad that everyone is not the same (with the same level of likes/dislikes etc). Imagine how boring this world would be.

Just because someone doesn't have the exact same likes and dislikes that you do isn't a bad thing. Talk to them for a while and you might even find a new like (or even a dislike) that you didn't know you had and then move on to talk with someone else.

Quote:

On 2009-08-03 13:10, palapala wrote:
I'm now feeling nervous about the upcomming Tikikon on Portland, because I'm not really known by many folks.. It can be hard to make connections in a new social environment.
Please, someone out there give me a reason to feel better about this!



palapala - I totally know how you feel on this one. This will be my first Tiki Kon too. I've not yet met anyone in the local area either. Rebecca and I are a bit nervous as we do not know what to expect from this group. You are more than welcome to join us at the "newbie table".


 
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GiantRobotTiki
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Joined: Apr 24, 2004
Posts: 69
From: Van Nuys, Ca. (Lake Balboa to the snobs)
Posted: 2009-09-25 2:37 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2009-04-19 08:41, Hau 'oli Tiki wrote:
This is regarding the awesome show we attended last night at the fantastic Don The Beachcomberís. Tikiyaki Orchestra was awesome! (love their karate PJs!) And Donís was brilliant with an essence of vintage tiki I havenít felt since the Royal Hawaiian. The drinks were great, the food was fab, the music was superb.

HOWEVERÖ.

I wasn't sure I should say anything, but maybe I'm not the only one. I'll stick this in bilge, as I'm sure quite a few members will believe it to be so.

I hate to cast a disparaging word, but not everyone was having a good time. I was really kinda surprised (and sad!) to see so many sour faces! Sitting at the tables, waiting for the music to begin. People out at the main bar, waiting for drinks looked especially annoyed. I was seated at the bar and when I tried to talk to them, I was (somewhat) politely ignored.

I had met a few new people that happened to be there (not TCers) and was filling them in on everything. They commented that we didn't seem to be a very happy group. One gal from Colorado asked if we were a bereavement group! Like cancer survivors or something! I thought to myself she was nuts. But as I really looked around, I could see how she came to that conclusion.

I went up to different people that were sitting around, not chatting, and said hi. I received lukewarm hellos, half hearted hiís and one cold stare! Two people told me their TC screen names were something outlandish and false. Very aloof and remote! My husband sat alone a few times, saving my seat as I visited the restroom or made runs to the bar for us. Usually, on my return, I would find him engaged in conversation with someone. He said not one person said hi or spoke to him as he sat there alone. This is unusual.

OK. I get that maybe I donít look just like themÖI donít wear the spiffy 50s mod clothes or the BC glasses that make me look like a cool nerd. I also donít wear the vintage bark cloth gowns, or anything vintage for that matter. I am not a rockabilly, surf punk, 40s wannabe or pretty much tiki wearing anything. But that used to never be a problem. I wasnít wearing smelly, torn clothing. I did not look like a dirt bag. I was not inebriated to the point that I was obnoxious. I didnít look any where out of the norm. Whatís up with this?

Iíve been hearing a few grumblings from people that events are overcrowded, impersonal, and somewhat snooty. Itís like a lot of people have become standoffish and inaccessible. Superior acting. Even elitist.

I was drawn to this crowd over 4 years ago because of the warm, friendly, all encompassing manner displayed by each and every one of the lovely citizens of TC. They were just happy to meet and greet any one from any walk of life, no matter what they were wearing, what there job was, or their station in life. I thought it was the mai tais and rum, at first. But as I got to know them, I found it to be a genuine affability that ran through this crowd. We always felt like we could step back to a time when people were civil, polite and welcoming to each other. THAT is swanky.

What gives? Donít get me wrong. Itís not everyone! But it sure is hard to meet new people nowadays! Is it the economy? The National mood? Is there a conspiracy I'm not aware of to curtail the welcoming of too many of the masses?
I canít figure it out. I'm kinda heart broken.




Thats interesting that you say that...My sister was always involved with TC for many years. 6 that I can remember. She's made the same comments about some of the events as well. But I guess thats normal for any evolution for a movement like this one. It just happens. People come and people go. Oh well.


 
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Atomic Tiki Punk
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From: Costa Misery
Posted: 2009-09-25 7:38 pm   Permalink

oh yes, Plenty of Dicks here, but I gota say, the good ones make up for it, Bamboo Ben & Mrs. Boo are just great people, Holden & Mike are alota fun to chat up, if they have a free moment to talk, Wes,Pua & Charlie have real Aloha! many more, but I have run into lots of rude types to, Bamboo Ben's get togethers tend to be alot of fun, even if it's a small crowd.
So when is the next shindig Ben?

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RevBambooBen
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From: Huntikington Beach
Posted: 2009-11-19 05:41 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2009-09-25 19:38, Atomic Tiki Punk wrote:
oh yes, Plenty of Dicks here, but I gota say, the good ones make up for it, Bamboo Ben & Mrs. Boo are just great people, Holden & Mike are alota fun to chat up, if they have a free moment to talk, Wes,Pua & Charlie have real Aloha! many more, but I have run into lots of rude types to, Bamboo Ben's get togethers tend to be alot of fun, even if it's a small crowd.
So when is the next shindig Ben?

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[ This Message was edited by: Atomic Tiki Punk 2009-09-25 19:39 ]



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Kon-Hemsby
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From: Andover, England
Posted: 2009-11-20 05:06 am   Permalink

Speaking from this side of the pond, I feel that the warmth and celebration at tiki gatherings just seems to get better and better. Maybe it's because we're a smaller group than our friends in the USA, but considering we're the reserved 'nation', we certianly mix well and share the fun times.
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HelloTiki
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From: Kailua, Hawaii
Posted: 2009-11-20 08:20 am   Permalink

Unlike other "God fearing peoples", I don't recall any religious wars among the Tiki groups.....yet. Although my "God of Parking" Tiki could probably kick your Tiki's knothole anyday.

 
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woofmutt
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Joined: Mar 26, 2002
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From: Seattilite Telstar
Posted: 2009-12-02 4:13 pm   Permalink

You know scientists have said that if you have lost your warmth a plain whit XL limited edition t-shirt might just be the thing to help get your warmth back. Something like these:

Hello Tiki Central Friends!
well, plenty of you have bugged,bothered and prodded me for some t-shirts
so...whilst working on some coffee mug designs with Brian at Tikitees
we worked out a deal and i got
the below four designs printed on
XL 100% white cotton tees
with a VERY soft hand
in a very LIMITED RUN
of only 9 apiece of EACH design..
This will be a litmus test to see if people actually will wear and enjoy these designs...
So, if we never print em again-you just got a low-run item from a semi-retarded artist
and that's gotta be worth something!
This will be a litmus test to see if people actually will wear and enjoy these designs...

SIMPLY shoot me a PM and we'll go from there...
The cost is $15 apiece (plus shipping)

If you order all four they will be only $13 apiece (plus shipping)
I imagine shipping will be somewhere between 2-5 bucks....

THIS SALE WILL BE EXCLUSIVELY TIKI CENTRAL for awhile
1 maybe 2 weeks
SO ACT NOW!
DON'T DELAY!

and then I'm gonna throw the remainders up on the website/myspace/facebook etc....

but for now....
These are Limited to only 9 apiece so First Come/First Serve
AND THEY MAY NOT EVER EVER BE OFFERED AGAIN!
i may find some other designs that amuse me.....

Please indicate WHICH shirt/shirts you want by title....
If you want me to title and sign the shirt
please indicate WHERE on the garment in your PM
and REMEMBER... these are ALL XL
So if you;re too small....GROW!
If you're too big....SHRINK!
and if you don't have any other complaints.....SHUSH!
:)
easy-peasy!

and Yes! We do take paypal!
Here are all the shirts laying about on my uncomfortable couch in the studio....


First Shirt... "Four Faces" (Hawaiian)



Second Shirt... "the Nervous Guest" (PNG)



Third Shirt... "the Gossips" (Rapa Nui)



Third Shirt... "the Friend Collector" (Maori)
the pic of the tee shirt got all whited out from the flash... didn't turn out....sorry!


Thanks again!






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hiltiki
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From: Reseda, calif.
Posted: 2009-12-02 8:07 pm   Permalink



 
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RevBambooBen
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Joined: Nov 12, 2002
Posts: 7445
From: Huntikington Beach
Posted: 2009-12-03 03:24 am   Permalink

can I get a black one in XXXXXXXLG?

 
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little lost tiki
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Joined: Jun 12, 2006
Posts: 7581
From: Orange,CA-right near the Circle!
Posted: 2009-12-03 07:53 am   Permalink

oh brother.....

 
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beadtiki
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Joined: Aug 24, 2007
Posts: 929
From: Bothell, Washington
Posted: 2009-12-03 10:45 am   Permalink

Well, Woof, at least you were able to segue nicely into THIS topic...unlike how you hijacked my incredibly important thread about boredom!
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Haole Jim
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From: central coast metro Chicago
Posted: 2009-12-03 6:58 pm   Permalink

'Only been e-hanging here a few months and it seems a nice enough bunch of folks.

 
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Atomic Tiki Punk
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Joined: Jul 19, 2009
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From: Costa Misery
Posted: 2014-02-13 11:20 pm   Permalink

Bump!

 
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tikicoma
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From: wakinekona
Posted: 2014-02-14 01:38 am   Permalink

Hey ATP, I would have preferred the kool aid the Pranksters handed out to the one at Jonestown. What flavor are you thinking of serving?

aloha, tikicoma


 
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