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Official Introductions / Introduction thread! New members introduce yourself here
Hakalugi
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Joined: Aug 10, 2004
Posts: 3070
From: Redondo Beach, CA
Posted: 2014-05-17 10:14 pm   Permalink

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On 2014-05-17 21:45, EPCOTExplorer wrote:
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On 2014-05-16 08:26, PabTiki wrote:
I just saw both rides on YouTube; they were both cool. I've only been to Disney Land out here once, but my favorite ride here is the Star Trek ride.

I vaguely remember we went to a luau too, so I guess we must have gone to the
Polynesian Village.

Out front of the Journey into Imagination ride there was a guy dressed as "Dreamfinder" (I guess that was his name, according to DisneyWiki). He was holding some sort of molded rubber / plastic Figment that was like a big hand-puppet. But you couldn't "tell" it was a puppet at first because the arm holding Figment was fake (as I discovered with closer inspection). So it seemed to be animatronic, even though he was holding it. I think it even blinked its eyes.

After the ride, I bought a stuffed Figment animal, and I remember I was irritated that I couldn't get a molded plastic puppet one like Dreamfinder had, haha. I wished they'd sold something closer to that! It was pretty cool.


ah, yes. Dreamfinder. Long gone, but still beloved. And yeah, the meet and greet with him was fantastic. It was a puppet operated by a man by the name of Rob Shnieder. Great dude.



If you haven't read it already, you might want to check out Ron Schneider's excellent biography. "From Dreamer to Dreamfinder - A life and lessons learned in 40 years behind a name tag".


 
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EPCOTExplorer
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Joined: May 13, 2014
Posts: 194
From: Miami, FL
Posted: 2014-05-18 10:31 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2014-05-17 22:14, Hakalugi wrote:
Quote:

On 2014-05-17 21:45, EPCOTExplorer wrote:
Quote:

On 2014-05-16 08:26, PabTiki wrote:
I just saw both rides on YouTube; they were both cool. I've only been to Disney Land out here once, but my favorite ride here is the Star Trek ride.

I vaguely remember we went to a luau too, so I guess we must have gone to the
Polynesian Village.

Out front of the Journey into Imagination ride there was a guy dressed as "Dreamfinder" (I guess that was his name, according to DisneyWiki). He was holding some sort of molded rubber / plastic Figment that was like a big hand-puppet. But you couldn't "tell" it was a puppet at first because the arm holding Figment was fake (as I discovered with closer inspection). So it seemed to be animatronic, even though he was holding it. I think it even blinked its eyes.

After the ride, I bought a stuffed Figment animal, and I remember I was irritated that I couldn't get a molded plastic puppet one like Dreamfinder had, haha. I wished they'd sold something closer to that! It was pretty cool.


ah, yes. Dreamfinder. Long gone, but still beloved. And yeah, the meet and greet with him was fantastic. It was a puppet operated by a man by the name of Rob Shnieder. Great dude.



If you haven't read it already, you might want to check out Ron Schneider's excellent biography. "From Dreamer to Dreamfinder - A life and lessons learned in 40 years behind a name tag".

Yup! Great dude and great book. Highly recommended.


 
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joshua_w
Tiki Centralite

Joined: May 20, 2014
Posts: 13
From: Venice Beach, CA
Posted: 2014-05-20 10:50 pm   Permalink

Hey everyone.
Been lurking here a long time and finally got around to registering an account. Haven't been into forums much for years but I spend enough time here I figured it was time to go ahead and make an account. I collect anything that interests me, including tiki mugs, movie props, and especially Disney. I've enjoyed Tiki anything since I was young most likely due to a combination of Adventureland at Disneyland, and Gilligan's Island, which was my favorite show growing up. But it really took off a few years ago when I finally turned 21 and was able to actually GO to the tiki bars I've always been so fascinated with. Currently living in Venice Beach, CA. I've been photographing for years, slowly working toward doing more professional work (portraits and weddings primarily), and I'm finally working on sculpting which I've wanted to do for years (not just tiki, anything that interests me, really). I've got lots of project ideas in the works. I'll get around to them sooner or later and post anything relevant here on the forums.

Some of you probably know me on
Instagram. I post some of what I've done/am currently working on, as well as pieces of my collection. I don't post a ton, but feel free to follow if you're into that kind of thing.

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Roadtiki
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Joined: Jul 15, 2011
Posts: 6
From: NJ
Posted: 2014-05-21 10:41 am   Permalink

Hi all.

My name is Dave and I have been a member since 2011 and just recently needed to post a question. This was my 1st post and was called out on the fact that I have been on here since 2011 and never posted. My apologies but frankly I didn't have anything to say that I felt would be a contribution. The amount of information to read on here is just so much fun that I have been reading and learning.

I have been a fan of Tiki, Poly Pop, African art and general Mid Century Modern since the mid 1960's. I grew up with older brothers and was exposed to most of the cool stuff that existed back in the day. I still think life was better overall back then. It just seemed that everyone was happy with their situation in life.

Today I am semi retired, I say semi because I still work a little but only at what I like. Currently I am a contributing Photo Journalist for a national Nostalgia Drag Racing magazine. I fill my days with writing, wood & metal work, Airbrush art and pinstriping. Right now there is a 26' single rowing shell in my basement being repaired. There is a 19' Double rowing wherry in my yard that is for sale and a 17' all wood kayak also in the basement being built.

Thats about it for me. I have yet to realize my dream of publishing a magazine and writing a book but God willing those will happen soon.

Dave


 
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shovinoff
Tiki Centralite

Joined: May 14, 2014
Posts: 15
From: Riverside
Posted: 2014-05-21 2:05 pm   Permalink

Hi everyone! My name is Jay Hesselgrave and found TC while mourning the loss of BAHOOKA. My story is on the Rufus thread on page 16. Looking forward to experiencing more in the Tiki world and to meet other members soon.. I;m in Riverside or Long Beach when at my boat, Shambala. Peace!

 
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Atomic Tiki Punk
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Joined: Jul 19, 2009
Posts: 6106
From: Costa Misery
Posted: 2014-05-21 4:27 pm   Permalink

Hey shovinoff, since you spend time in Long Beach, have you been to Don the Beachcomber yet?
as a member of TC now, you know this is mandatory.


 
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Mickey2go
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Joined: May 21, 2014
Posts: 1
Posted: 2014-05-22 10:11 am   Permalink

Aloha, my name is Mickey and after visiting Hawaii for the first time in 2009 I fell in love with the culture and everything Tiki. I am so glad I found this forum. After years of googling every word but "Tiki" I had poor luck in finding any meaningful information on where to connect and learn about the Polynesian culture. I am so excited to dive into the information and cannot wait to start hunting Tiki bars as I travel and collecting some great Tiki memorabilia!


 
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AceExplorer
Grand Member (3 years)  

Joined: Apr 03, 2008
Posts: 999
From: Deep in the Jacksonville Florida jungle.
Posted: 2014-05-22 10:44 am   Permalink

Hi Mickey, where are you from? You may be able to find tiki places near you here on Tiki Central. Happy hunting!
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shovinoff
Tiki Centralite

Joined: May 14, 2014
Posts: 15
From: Riverside
Posted: 2014-05-25 11:02 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2014-05-21 16:27, Atomic Tiki Punk wrote:
Hey shovinoff, since you spend time in Long Beach, have you been to Don the Beachcomber yet?
as a member of TC now, you know this is mandatory.

Looking forward to it


 
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Cosmogrrl
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Joined: May 29, 2014
Posts: 2
Posted: 2014-05-29 9:36 pm   Permalink

Aloha! my name is Peri, I'll just start with saying that I've always liked Tiki and Polynesian themed stuff. I'm a native of SF, so there was always Trader Vic's and the Tonga Room nearby. I've also visited Hawaii and was enchanted by it. I wasn't really aware that Tiki had a strong underground culture until I heard about Forbidden Island, and then later about Tiki Oasis from a friend of mine in '12. I went to my first TO in '13 and loved every minute of it (at least the ones I can remember!). I had so much fun there and met so many new friends, as well as meeting new people at other events since.

So, here I am at Tiki Central, to learn more about all things Tiki, especially the history (I am a history nut). I'm a moderator over at reddit/r/tiki (a very low traffic subreddit, please come one by!), and this site should be a great resource for both.

Mahalo!


 
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tikiskip
Grand Member (8 years)  

Joined: Nov 26, 2005
Posts: 2834
Posted: 2014-05-30 06:08 am   Permalink

Welcome Cosmogrrl, can you post a link to reddit/r/tiki?

 
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mattchicago
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Joined: Jun 07, 2014
Posts: 1
From: Chicago
Posted: 2014-06-07 09:06 am   Permalink

Ahoy!

I am new to tiki culture, but feel myself being pulled in this direction.

I came to Tiki via a rather roundabout path - especially considering that my decorating aesthetic is Victorian and I don't expose myself to direct sunlight if I can in any way avoid it.

Last year, while idly browsing the food and drink section at a big chain bookstore, I randomly discovered Ted Haigh's "Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails". As a history geek, who regularly hosted dinner parties for friends, this appealed to me immensely - I would make such drinks as the Aviation, the Golden Dawn, the Monkey Gland, the Corpse Reviver, as an opportunity to bring back the feel of the 1920s.

Problem was, I generally preferred beer. My liquor collection was meagre - about ten dusty and neglected bottles, some a decade old, in a cabinet inconveniently located behind an armchair. A few bottles of absinthe (which appealed to the Victorian eccentric in me), a bottle of gin with Queen Victoria's face on the label (same reason), one bourbon and one scotch, and some industrial-grade vodka. Rum? That would be a half-empty handle of Bacardi bought during the Bush administration and a bottle of Malibu Coconut (I have always loved coconut).

I started to expand my collection, with the goal of making the recipes from Doctor Cocktail's book. Next time I hosted a dinner for friends, we drank Aviations (gin + lemon + maraschino + violet), and I spoke of how the drink dated to 1916, and was named for the hottest new technology of the day, but the ingredient that made it sky blue had been unobtainable for the last forty years or so, until this book had inspired a movement that brought it back... etcetera.

I maintained a list of all the different cocktails I'd made (current count is one hundred and thirty). As I got deeper into mixology, my collection of spirits quickly outgrew its inconveniently-located cabinet.

So I built a bar, using the sort of wire shelving you see in restaurant kitchens or internet startups' server rooms. The work surface is a hardwood shelf, sold as part of this modular shelving system; on the lower level is a mini-fridge (for citrus, syrups, juices, vermouth, etc.). Upwards of sixty bottles of liquor and fifteen bottles of bitters now crowd its every horizontal surface.

As I progressed through the recipes, something unexpected started to become clear: I was someone who enjoyed rum-based and tropical drinks most of all.

My first Mai Tai attempt was awful - I had the wrong kind of rum (that decade-old Bacardi), a seven-dollar bottle of bottom-shelf curacao, and some nasty chemical goop that masqueraded as orgeat; and I didn't even know what a Mai Tai was supposed to taste like, having only once had something by that name in a chain restaurant. I made a Singapore Sling shortly after and this turned out a bit better; and after picking up some more rums I was able to mix a perfectly adequate Planter's Punch.

In February of this year, my neighbourhood cocktail bar - Scofflaw, considered one of the best in the country, is three blocks from my house - hosted a tiki night. That's not their usual style; this was just one of a series of themed events they did to drum up business and lift patrons' spirits during the coldest, bleakest winter that Chicago has experienced in the past hundred years.

I had a Pusser's Painkiller, topped with grated nutmeg, and a Zombie, garnished with mint and a cinnamon stick. Both were phenomenally good - and that's how I came to discover I liked tiki drinks.

By the end of the week, I'd made a Jungle Bird at home (finally finding a use for that nearly-full bottle of Campari I had), and a Voyager, and a Zombie. I bought some proper orgeat, falernum, Don's Mix. I made Hurricanes, Royal Bermuda Yacht Clubs, Ancient Mariner (Navy Grog), lots and lots of Painkillers (for I have always loved coconut). I went back to the Mai Tai and made it again, properly, with rhum agricole.

In April during a software engineers' conference, Groupon hosted an after-party and recruiting event. They rented out the main room of Three Dots and a Dash, a new tiki bar in Chicago that you've all probably heard of - the place is fantastic, with two hundred rums, a menu of a dozen or so tiki drinks (classic and modern), served in traditional mugs. Every drink was heavily garnished with flowers and fruit; beautiful waitresses in floral dresses circulated constantly with platters of crab rangoon, steamed buns, pork ribs, satay...

I returned to three dots a week ago, after attending a meeting downtown, and had a banana daiquiri, garnished with half a banana cut to resemble a dolphin, studded with leaves as fins.

So, now I'm hooked; I'm a tiki addict. I have friends from out of town arriving in a few weeks, and hope to be a good host by artfully presenting a well-made drink.

I bought Beachbum Berry's books yesterday (Kindle edition) and will be working my way through the recipes. I've ordered some tiki mugs from awesomedrinks.com. I have thirteen kinds of rum now, a top-shelf curacao, pineapple and passionfruit juice, fresh bananas and oranges and blueberries; and now it's time to start researching, mixing, and tasting.






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Atomic Tiki Punk
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Joined: Jul 19, 2009
Posts: 6106
From: Costa Misery
Posted: 2014-06-07 12:41 pm   Permalink

mattchicago, Thanks for taking the time to introduce yourself
and welcome to Tiki Central!


 
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AceExplorer
Grand Member (3 years)  

Joined: Apr 03, 2008
Posts: 999
From: Deep in the Jacksonville Florida jungle.
Posted: 2014-06-07 4:33 pm   Permalink

Matt, welcome to TC! You're on the right track - history and good research - all in the books you have mentioned, and all supported by the material here on TC. I, too, have a big appreciation for history, and I also love discovering cocktails from the past.

Have fun and start posting so you can plug in here!


 
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Malibu_Lizard
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Joined: Jun 08, 2014
Posts: 2
From: Kerry, Ireland
Posted: 2014-06-08 3:28 pm   Permalink

longtime lurker, thought i should register! Married, two kids, live in SW Ireland. My interest in tiki stems from surfing, and particularly surf history. Aloha.

 
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