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help to save bahooka's mascot, rufus~~~
Fez Moai
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From: Parts unknown
Posted: 2014-02-03 3:29 pm   Permalink

I will be seeing Rufus tonight and will negotiate some more with the owner. The owner would like the tank to go with Rufus as a package. I have received interest from Don the Beachcomber, Tonga Hut, and Damon's regarding Rufus. I've been dealing with the owner for almost three months now and I'm trying to find a place that would be the right fit for Rufus. He offered me Rufus last week, but my home is not the right place for him. So, as opposed to buying Rufus myself, I'm acting as the intermediary to find him a new home. Someone from Damon's has yet to contact me, so I may have to go to Plan B soon.

 
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SoCal Savage
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From: Los Angeles via Brooklyn NYC
Posted: 2014-02-03 4:23 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2014-02-03 15:29, Fez Moai wrote:
I will be seeing Rufus tonight and will negotiate some more with the owner. The owner would like the tank to go with Rufus as a package. I have received interest from Don the Beachcomber, Tonga Hut, and Damon's regarding Rufus. I've been dealing with the owner for almost three months now and I'm trying to find a place that would be the right fit for Rufus. He offered me Rufus last week, but my home is not the right place for him. So, as opposed to buying Rufus myself, I'm acting as the intermediary to find him a new home. Someone from Damon's has yet to contact me, so I may have to go to Plan B soon.



Thanks for the update Fez Moai. Please keep us updated and let us know if there is any way we can help.


 
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Or Got Rum?
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Joined: Jul 29, 2009
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From: Wisconsin
Posted: 2014-02-03 5:13 pm   Permalink

Would not the the Tonga Hut or Don's be the best location for this Tiki transmission well loved gilled icon? MHO.

 
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VampiressRN
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Joined: Nov 23, 2006
Posts: 5659
From: Sun City Lincoln Hills (NorCal)
Posted: 2014-02-03 6:08 pm   Permalink

Hope he can go to another Tiki Bar...that would be a great place for him so he can be admired by those that know and love him.

Here is more info that was posted on FB (it was a link to this an article about Rufus).

Bahooka Love Story SOSOCAL
He looks after 105 aquariums, but a fish called Rufus has stolen his heart
July 16, 2000|ED LEIBOWITZ

When the crew of "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" showed up to shoot a tiki bar scene at Bahooka Ribs and Grog in Rosemead, Bernardo Reyna saved the restaurant's prized pacu from a beta carotene overdose. The crew wanted to send Rufus, a 34-pound South American predatory fish that loves carrots, into gyrations of ecstasy by feeding him stick after stick of the veggie. "If we feed him that much, he's going to explode," warned Reyna, caretaker of Bahooka's Polynesian paradise of 105 built-in aquariums. To fend off calamity, he fastened a string around a carrot, dropped it into the tank and tugged at it off-screen as Rufus pursued. With no undue stomach upset, Rufus thrashed about magnificently as Johnny Depp's character made his frantic call to score drugs on an aquarium-adjacent pay phone.


 
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thePorpoise
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Posted: 2014-02-03 7:37 pm   Permalink

what's the lifespan for that kind of fish?

 
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SoCal Savage
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Posted: 2014-02-03 7:48 pm   Permalink

OG Rum it sounds like Fez Moai has been in contact with both the Tonga Hut and Dons.

 
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forgotten tikiman
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From: Forgotten Tiki Room. Pismo Beach, CA
Posted: 2014-02-03 8:15 pm   Permalink

It would be great to see one of those three places work out for Rufus. At least he would be at one of the Tiki establishments we love. Hang in there Rufus old buddy!! Go Fez Moai!!!!!!

 
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Fez Moai
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Posted: 2014-02-03 8:33 pm   Permalink

I've received kind messages from some with a home to offer him, but I would love to see this guy go to a tiki establishment where everyone can go see him, as I'm sure everyone else would also. The guy taking care of Rufus right now, Jorge Mastache, worked for Bahooka and is also helping the owner sell and move the fish tanks. If anyone is interested in a tank, please TEXT him at his number, 626-893-3490. I didn't see the owner tonight, as he is caught up at his restaurant.

 
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THOR's
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Posted: 2014-02-04 09:48 am   Permalink

OK...Got a message from Kari this AM.... Is it confirmed that owner is giving us ONE WEEK to get Rufus claimed now/?? Fez? Seriously , if this s the case, we need more than "interest" and an establishment to step up NOW!!! Hourglass is running out!!!!!! SERIOUSLY though....if this new owner harms this fish we need every freaking voodoo, and Tiki which Doctor from Here to The South Pacific to put NASTY JuJU on this new establishment!!! NO way is this going to lead to Rufus being thrown into the dumpster! ~~~~~

 
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Fez Moai
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Posted: 2014-02-04 11:32 am   Permalink

Nothing bad will happen to Rufus, he knows how important he is. He'll probably just be moved to the back banquet room while they start remodeling. We want to make sure that he is only moved once as it is not going to be an easy thing to do. The initial plans to keep him fell through, hence he offered him to me and as I could not easily offer what Rufus needs, the word is out for a new home. The new restaurant has a scheduled opening date of May of this year, so they're itching to get started, mainly his wife (you guys know how that is, ). There are offers to take him already, but we're trying to find a place where everyone can go see him.

 
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THOR's
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Posted: 2014-02-04 11:41 am   Permalink

Just communicated with the Manager at Damon's He feels that the board has other plans for the Restaurants future improvements and Rufus would not be part of that. Therefore...please Check off Damon's from the list. Doing all I can to get this decision making refined here. Busy as hell here at work but trying to catalyze a firm commitment. ~~THOR
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Fez Moai
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Posted: 2014-02-04 11:57 am   Permalink

Thanks Thor, I was waiting for an answer from them.

 
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Atomic Tiki Punk
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From: Costa Misery
Posted: 2014-02-04 12:02 pm   Permalink

Thanks Thor for "proactively" getting involved

I think it's time to put the cards on the table & post all the pertinent information
to facilitate finding a new home for Rufus

Just exactly what does the new owner want? doe's he or Fez Moai want monetary compensation
for Rufus? if so how much?

Is the owner willing to donate Rufus to someone whom can care for him?

Fez Moai is a new member here & does not have the contacts that many of us long time members have in the Tiki community
but since he is in contact with the owner Fez has become a go-between so posting contact info & being more forthcoming on the actual situation
would be extremely helpful to finding a new home for Rufus.

I do not believe that Don the Beachcomber will be able to take Rufus at this time, but would like to hear
if anyone else has heard any different.

Who here might like to provide a home for Rufus?



 
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Fez Moai
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Posted: 2014-02-04 12:19 pm   Permalink

Here we go again. There is ONE important contact that I have, and that's directly with the new owner. His English sucks, he'll tell you that himself. So he doesn't want to be bothered with others. I've been dealing with him for three months and he wants to keep it that way. If you don't like it, tough. I'm not making a damn cent on this, this is purely for Rufus' best interest, or have you not been reading my posts?

 
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Atomic Tiki Punk
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From: Costa Misery
Posted: 2014-02-04 12:43 pm   Permalink

I am not bringing up that other post Fez, just trying to get the info
that we need to find Rufus a new home, so let's just leave it at that.

You have been rather vague on details & your efforts don't seem to be getting anywhere
so it's time to step up & give us those details, you have not said so, does the owner or you want
money for Rufus? if so how much? or is he willing to donate him to a good home, simple question.

I am only asking for the facts, so we may be able to find a new home for Rufus,
I am not criticizing you for any of this & actually appreciate your
attempts to do something about it.


 
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