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Westside Nautical Bar Crawl - 4/30/2011 (Photos start Pg 5)
JOHN-O
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Posted: 2011-04-25 5:15 pm   Permalink

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On 2011-04-25 16:38, bigtikidude wrote:
can we get a roll call of who is going?

Jeff(btd)


Why is there someone you don't get along with ?? Ha, ha.

I'll be emailing the ship's roster later this week.


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Sabu The Coconut Boy
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Posted: 2011-04-25 5:16 pm   Permalink

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On 2011-04-21 16:41, bigbrotiki wrote:
Aaah yessss - THOSE were the hunting grounds of the MARINA SWINGER...





YES!!

Marina Del Rey: In it's heyday was the only Los Angeles city with no churches, no cemetaries, and no schools. It was tailor made for the wealthier swinging single lifestyle.

I stumbled on this 1972 Sports Illustrated article last year. It captures the ambience of the place and the era perfectly and is a darn good read:

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1085706/index.htm

"Only in fun and games does the marina abound, but this hedonistic approach has attracted, as year-round residents, a rapidly growing number of assorted Angelenos. The apartment buildings they occupy are mostly pale, low-slung affairs that rise from the water's edge like sides of a bathtub, a tub so filled with toy vessels there is scarcely room for a bar of Lifebuoy. Only one marina resident in four bothers to own a boat himself, the rest being content simply to live near the water. It is taken for granted that every apartment complex has swimming pools and tennis courts, and many of them feature luaus, Sunday barbecues and everything else one associates with Southern California living, except perhaps oranges just for the picking."

...and:

"Marina del Rey's freewheeling lifestyle is most faithfully reflected in the local chapter of the South Bay Club, a chain of singles-only apartment complexes of the kind so dear to newspaper feature writers, most of whom have proved admirably adept at sniffing out the occasional 85-year-old bachelor to be found living in such places.

There was a more serious front-page story two years ago when somebody spiked the potato chips with LSD at a party at the Marina del Rey complex, resulting in the serious illness of several people. The incident also resulted in an effort to play down the club's swinging-singles image and emphasize instead an activities schedule worthy of a Caribbean cruise, including yoga classes, south-of-the-border nights, karate lessons and an appearance ("in person," advised the sign in the lobby) of Atoris the mentalist.

Not nearly as regimented but certainly as active is the singles' scene in the lounge of the Second Storey/The Basement, another of the marina's restaurants. A younger crowd dances to hard rock in a lower-level room but upstairs it is strictly the mating minuet: the men in shirts twice unbuttoned, the women with sunglasses perched atop the head, everybody wearing suedes and leathers and available looks. Garth Reynolds, the mustachioed part-owner, calls the Second Storey "a superswinger's spot," an assessment that drew no quarrel from Ginny Miller, a curvy, hazel-eyed secretary who occasionally drops by after work in order, as she put it, "to meet quality guys."


...And finally this quote about the Warehouse restaurant:

"Up went several dozen restaurants: such places as The Warehouse, a drafty establishment carefully built with a rusty iron roof and rafters hung with a great clutter of Mexican oregano sacks, Indonesian pickle barrels and German nail kegs. Clad in a Frank Buck safari suit, Burt Hixson, the 31-year-old proprietor, explains, 'I didn't want it to be another of those corny restaurants with fishnets and conches.'"

...which cracks me up, since Burt's previous restaurant, Beachbum Burt's was one of those "corny" restaurants that served drinks in coconut monkeys. It seems he was trying to recreate his own image in the Marina.

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JOHN-O
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Posted: 2011-04-26 11:48 am   Permalink

Thanks Sabu and Bigbro, that "Marina Swinger" content provides the Nautical crawl with greater historical context. We'll be visiting places that represent 3 phases of Mid-century Nautical bar culture including pre, mid, and post.


1. The Galley (est 1934) opened around the same time the Hollywood Don the Beachcomber did. Now while that DTBC is ancient history, the Galley is still going strong !! Here's some historical background taken from their website...

"Some of the oldest pieces of history are from the 1934 movie Mutiny on the Bounty. Since many of the stars and crew frequented The Galley - it isn't surprising to see that most of the movies memorabilia made its way into the restaurant. Memorabilia includes: Two Dead Eyes used in the movie now drape the walls of the restaurant. Pictures taken on location during different scenes with stars like Clark Gable and Charles Laughton. The steering wheel used in the movie now hangs from the ceiling. A boat used in the movie now lives on the heated patio outside the restaurant.

In the early 1940's WWII propaganda posters were mailed to The Galley. The war bond posters were sent in the hope of urging onlookers to do their part in the war. The collection of 11 posters are framed around The Galley with the original envelopes on the back.

One of the collections most valuable pieces is that of the Sullivan Brothers. This piece was used after the Sullivan Brothers, five brothers that served on the same naval ship, were killed off of Soloman Island. When the President of the United States heard a mother had lost five sons in one tragedy, he created a new naval law, named after the Sullivan brothers that prevented brothers from ever serving on the same ship."


2. Chez Jay (est 1959) is firmly rooted in the JFK-era Tiki golden age. Although it doesn't drip with Disney-esque nautical kitchiness, it does ooze Mid-century history and has a colorful background as well. This was taken from a 2008 LA Times article...

"Stories of the famous who hung out at Chez Jay were often repeated: Daniel Ellsberg, who worked at the nearby Rand Corp., supposedly passed the Pentagon Papers to a reporter there. Marlon Brando allegedly waltzed off with a waitress. Henry Kissinger spent so much time in the back, a rear table was dubbed the "Kissinger Room."

Alan Shepard, commander of Apollo 14, was dining at Chez Jay when owner (Jay) Fiondella persuaded him to take one of the restaurant's trademark peanuts with him to the moon in 1971, Fiondella often said. He recalled telling the astronaut: “I want to have the first astro-nut." When Shepard returned the legume, he reportedly signed an affidavit that stated it had accompanied him to the moon. “Jay used to carry the peanut around in his pocket and put it down on the bar," Stebbins said. “One time, actor Steve McQueen put it in his mouth and Jay had to wrestle with him to get it away.""


3. The Warehouse (est 1969). Sabu, I really appreciated that 1972 reference to the place. It illustrates Nautical bar culture during a time when the convenience of the birth control pill was introduced and AIDS wasn't yet on the radar. Even though "free love" started in the Hippie 60's, it wasn't until the 70's when casual sex really became an acceptable part of mainstream American culture. I remember reading a magazine article that summed up one woman's perspective of that time...

"Those were the days if I liked a man enough to go out on a first date, I liked him enough to have sex with".

Looking for Mr. Goodbar, indeed !!

If Los Angeles was arguably the 1970's epicenter for casual sex, then perhaps Marina Del Rey was it's main neighborhood of promiscuity, and the Warehouse its last surviving headquarters. This Saturday, as we're enjoying our Mai Tai's in the Warehouse's nautical splendor, we can contemplate all of the one-night stands (and STDs) that started out there. Yes, mid-century Tiki culture may have sold the safe illusion of Modern Primitive sexuality, but it came to fruition in the early 1970's in places like the Warehouse.


 
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congawa
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Posted: 2011-04-26 11:52 am   Permalink

Don't forget folks--there are many reputable cab drivers in Santa Monica:



And many friendly fellow Tiki lovers with whom to share a cab from one stop to another:



Maybe we can even take a detour to "Santa Rosita," to visit Dick Shawn's beatnik Tiki pad:
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=9573&forum=1&hilite=dick%20shawn

See you there!

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Posted: 2011-04-26 11:58 am   Permalink

What are "Dead Eyes", and what do you mean by "contemplate"- only contemplate?

John-O, I am more and "swinging" towards joining up, Tiki Ti-damaged or not: I never get my lazy ass down there otherwise, have not been in the Galley for more than 10 years, have never been to Jay's, and absolutely could LIVE IN The Warehouse, I dig it so much.


 
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Posted: 2011-04-26 12:23 pm   Permalink

bring condoms?



 
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Posted: 2011-04-26 12:43 pm   Permalink

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What are "Dead Eyes"?





http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glossary_of_nautical_terms

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Deadeye – A wooden block with holes (but no pulleys) which is spliced to a shroud. It is used to adjust the tension in the standing rigging of large sailing vessels, by lacing through the holes with a lanyard to the deck. Performs the same job as a turnbuckle.




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JOHN-O
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Posted: 2011-04-27 6:06 pm   Permalink




 
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Mr. NoNaMe
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Posted: 2011-04-27 7:48 pm   Permalink

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On 2011-04-26 11:52, congawa wrote:
Don't forget folks--there are many reputable cab drivers in Santa Monica:
And many friendly fellow Tiki lovers with whom to share a cab from one stop to another:

See you there!
Caltiki Brent



Not gonna make it. Unless John-O gets the cabbies to drive to Valley Center.

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JOHN-O
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Posted: 2011-04-27 9:29 pm   Permalink



I may start a Tiki Central night here on Tuesdays (I think that day is available).

It's pretty close to where I live, I can ride my bike. Are the drinks any good? We'll find out on Saturday.

It's just a short walk from the Warehouse.


 
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Posted: 2011-04-27 9:51 pm   Permalink




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Mekalekahaimekahainiho
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Posted: 2011-04-28 6:17 pm   Permalink

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On 2011-04-27 21:29, JOHN-O wrote:




My dad used to take me here when I was about 10. I think virgin pina coladas and roy rogers were my usual drinks back then!


 
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JOHN-O
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Posted: 2011-04-29 1:46 pm   Permalink

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On 2011-04-28 18:17, Mekalekahaimekahainiho wrote:
...I think virgin pina coladas and roy rogers were my usual drinks back then!


Well Eric, now that you're a grown man, you can order a regular pina colada and a rob roy.

The boat is full and we're ready to set sail soon...





 
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congawa
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Posted: 2011-04-29 1:58 pm   Permalink

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On 2011-04-29 13:46, JOHN-O wrote:
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On 2011-04-28 18:17, Mekalekahaimekahainiho wrote:
...I think virgin pina coladas and roy rogers were my usual drinks back then!


Well Eric, now that you're a grown man, you can order a regular pina colada and a rob roy.




A Rob Roy is a fine upgrade to a Roy Rogers (if the bartender can make it!).

However, I think there needs to be an official adult version of a Roy Rogers--maybe call it either a Lee Marvin or a Lee Van Cleef.

Caltiki Brent


 
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Posted: 2011-04-29 3:59 pm   Permalink

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On 2011-04-29 13:58, congawa wrote:

However, I think there needs to be an official adult version of a Roy Rogers--maybe call it either a Lee Marvin or a Lee Van Cleef.

Caltiki Brent



I'd say more like a Jack Palance

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