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Official Introductions Thread. New Members, Post your introduction here...
Scott McGerik
Grand Member (first year)  

Joined: Feb 23, 2005
Posts: 233
From: South St Paul, MN/Minnesota
Posted: 2018-02-26 7:16 pm   Permalink

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On 2018-02-26 15:36, coldwarspacemonkey wrote:
Ive lurked here for a few years



Welcome! I'm glad you joined. I hope you find this forum to be a warm and welcoming space.
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BerryTiki
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Joined: Feb 11, 2018
Posts: 3
Posted: 2018-03-06 8:31 pm   Permalink

Hello everyone!

Longtime lurker and after a few Jungle Birds I finally decided to participate! Thank you all for the inspiration over the past few years. I first got into Tiki about 12 years ago when I was working at Tower Records and someone put on a Martin Denny record. I loved it and delved deeper into Exotica and soon found a copy of Book of Tiki at a thrift store for $5(!). At that point I was a fan of Tiki and Exotica music but not yet ready to fully dive into the water. I was still a little gothy....you understand. Through the years I visited this site every so often and marveled at all of the home tiki bars.

Cut to about 2 years ago when my wife took me to Trader Sam's at Disneyland. As soon as I got squirted in the face, I was sold! When I got home I tried to recreate the drinks we had, bought all of the Jeff "Beachbum" Berry books and the rest is history! I currently live in Southern California with my wife in a 1 bedroom apartment, dreaming of the day when I can have a house and build my own Tiki bar. In the meantime, I have been stocking up on bar supplies - my job takes me close to Hi Times in Costa Mesa on a weekly basis which can be a blessing and a curse - I am running out of room!



Once again, thank you all for the inspiration and I look forward to joining the community!





 
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Bam Bam
Tiki Socialite

Joined: May 13, 2016
Posts: 200
From: NEPA
Posted: 2018-03-06 9:52 pm   Permalink

Welcome, Berry! Indeed, that is a nicely stocked bar you have there.

 
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AceExplorer
Grand Member (7 years)  

Joined: Apr 03, 2008
Posts: 2400
From: Deep in the Jacksonville Florida jungle.
Posted: 2018-03-07 06:26 am   Permalink

Great story, and welcome, Berry. I'm amazed and pleased that you found a copy of Book of Tiki for $5, congrats! Jump in and share your activities with us as you continue to explore and have fun with tiki. Cheers!

 
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Prikli Pear
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Joined: Jan 04, 2017
Posts: 537
From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted: 2018-03-07 07:16 am   Permalink

Welcome aboard, Berry! Looks like you've been taking your rum stocks seriously!
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Scott McGerik
Grand Member (first year)  

Joined: Feb 23, 2005
Posts: 233
From: South St Paul, MN/Minnesota
Posted: 2018-03-07 5:07 pm   Permalink

Welcome BerryTiki!

I hope you intend on drinking all that delicious rum. If not, I can come over to assist you.
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BerryTiki
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Joined: Feb 11, 2018
Posts: 3
Posted: 2018-03-07 8:43 pm   Permalink

Thanks for the warm welcome everyone! I do a pretty good job not letting the rum go to waste - as soon as I get my own Tiki Bar up, I will invite everyone over for a drink!

 
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Scott McGerik
Grand Member (first year)  

Joined: Feb 23, 2005
Posts: 233
From: South St Paul, MN/Minnesota
Posted: 2018-03-12 6:35 pm   Permalink

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On 2018-03-07 20:43, BerryTiki wrote:
[A]s soon as I get my own Tiki Bar up, I will invite everyone over for a drink!



I think my invite got lost in the mail. When is the grand opening and what can I bring as a bar-warming gift?
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Cutcarefullyplayloud
Tiki Centralite

Joined: Nov 14, 2017
Posts: 15
From: North Carolina
Posted: 8 days ago; 09:40 am   Permalink

Hi all!

I just realized after my 10th post that i hadn't found an intro thread. I've been lurking for the last year and a half or so and learning a ton! When some friends of mine started an exotica group i started diving deeper into tiki and consuming everything possible. Unfortunately NC doesn't have any actual tiki bars anymore but I'm headed out west to the more tiki-friendly Arizona in just a few weeks and I can't wait to have a new corner of the country to explore.

Thanks to everyone for being so accommodating so far!




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Prikli Pear
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jan 04, 2017
Posts: 537
From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted: 8 days ago; 09:58 am   Permalink

Welcome! Now that you've outed yourself, you are required to submit detailed trip reports for all of your tiki adventures!
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Cutcarefullyplayloud
Tiki Centralite

Joined: Nov 14, 2017
Posts: 15
From: North Carolina
Posted: 8 days ago; 11:10 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2018-06-14 09:58, Prikli Pear wrote:
Welcome! Now that you've outed yourself, you are required to submit detailed trip reports for all of your tiki adventures!




Ha! Gladly. A huge part of the success of my recent trip to the Big Island was reading through old threads here. If only people knew their trip reports from years ago would be so influential...
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Pelorus
Tiki Centralite

Joined: Jun 15, 2018
Posts: 11
From: New York Metro
Posted: 5 days ago; 6:51 pm   Permalink

Greetings! I am Pelorus and I am new to the world of tiki. I recently started practicing my hand at mixing cocktails. Naturally tiki drinks came up and I was drawn to them immediately. I knew about tiki culture but I didn't think it was still around!

I grew up watching A LOT of movies from the 30s, 40s, 50s, and 60s, and lots of film noir. I also grew up going to Disney World, and Adventureland was and is my favorite of the lands. I still retain a love of classic Disney/parks - I'll be there in August and I'm quite excited to visit Trader Sam's Grog Grotto. I unironically enjoy the pop culture of the mid-century.

I live in the New York metro area, where I work as a science professor. Recently, I've visited Dromedary Urban Tiki Bar in Brooklyn, and I've visited the brand new Polynesian. I shook the hand of Captain Brian Miller himself. I plan to visit Otto's Shrunken Head this week.

I'm interested in meeting tiki folks!


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Bam Bam
Tiki Socialite

Joined: May 13, 2016
Posts: 200
From: NEPA
Posted: 2 days ago; 07:28 am   Permalink

Welcome, Professor! As I'm sure you've discovered, this site is an excellent resource for diving deep into the guts of tiki, both classic and modern. If you're particularly interested in the drinks side of things, Grogalizer is an excellent resource as well.

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Pelorus
Tiki Centralite

Joined: Jun 15, 2018
Posts: 11
From: New York Metro
Posted: 2 days ago; 1:45 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2018-06-20 07:28, Bam Bam wrote:
Welcome, Professor! As I'm sure you've discovered, this site is an excellent resource for diving deep into the guts of tiki, both classic and modern. If you're particularly interested in the drinks side of things, Grogalizer is an excellent resource as well.



Yowzers! I was not aware of the Grogalizer. I just got a box of ingredients in the post today and was wondering a moment ago "what can I make with these now..." Perfect timing. Cheers!

Reading through the posts in the forum, I see that this place operates much differently than other forums I've seen previously. Here, threads from the past are not forgotten, but are continued for years - especially helps in the Tiki Locator area.
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Macboy
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Joined: Jun 16, 2018
Posts: 1
Posted: Yesterday; 10:57 pm   Permalink

Greetings to all from a Canadian Tiki fan. I've been a fan since way back when dad had his very own tiki bar set up in the house I grew up in. Now, some 40 plus years later I find myself wielding a chainsaw most days, carving up a frenzy. The tiki carvings continue to be among my favourites to create and as such I've lurked on this site for ages admiring and being inspired by the members works I see here from time to time. I figured it was about time I introduced myself.

I'm slowly figuring out how Instagram works and have found the #tiki hashtag so will post photos of any future tiki carvings there. I don't have a lot of photos of them because they are typically carved during demonstration carving engagements and are generally sold before I pack up for the day. I've started a series of large fish hook carvings, woven in Polynesian/Maori fashion and love the process of creating those as well so there will be many of them carved for the rest of this lifetime of mine.

I'll be sure to share some of my work here with all of you.

Now if I could only find a cheaper supply of thatch roofing I could get to work on my own "just like dad's" tiki bar......


 
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