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  • Tiki Lounge Exotica Music added to the pages

    Posted on April 26th, 2009 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments

    Tiki Say, "Listen good toons"

    Want to know the right music to play behind your Tiki Bar? Click Here or on the Tab above! Get info on Exotic Music by Martin Denny, Les Baxter and More!

  • Jazz 101 – A Guide To Smokin’ Retro Riffs

    Posted on April 25th, 2009 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments
    Dexter Gordon, Tenor Sax

    Dexter Gordon, Tenor Sax

    You can’t have a retro party or live in the retro moment without the proper tunes to back you up. And no, the Beatles and Led Zeppelin don’t count. If you want to do it right, it’s got to be Jazz, or Exotic. But there’s soooo much to learn, man! Well don’t blow a gasket, baby, because ol’ Mack has laid down the basics for you.

    Click here or up top on the page navi that says “Jazz 101” and get a short but sweet shot of all you need to know to get in the groove.

    In the not so distant future I’ll dedicate a page to Exotic music too…Tiki bar stuff, Polynesian, Tahitian, Island, Calypso, Etc…

  • Friday Night in Sunny South Florida

    Posted on April 24th, 2009 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 1 comment

    retro-drinks-cocktails-hi-and-lowIt’s Friday evening, the weather is perfect. What do we do…Believe it or not, we’re going to spend the evening at home, at the Tiki Bar, just my wife Colleen and I with some roast turkey and cocktails. An intimate, romantic evening 🙂 I’m sipping 35 year old Wild Turkey with Coke. She’ll be drinking wine, or maybe some flavored ice tea. So enough with writing, I’m going out by the pool!

  • Tiki Bar Talk on a Thursday Night

    Posted on April 23rd, 2009 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments
    Converstaions at the Tiki Bar

    Converstaions at the Tiki Bar

    First, Welcome Captain Steve to! The Captain will be writing about his adventures in Jacksonville Florida and abroad. Which broad he’ll be writing about, I don’t know.

    Talking at the Tiki Bar

    What a rough, stupid and annoying day I had. Broken computer, co-workers whining, yucky lunch. I suppose it could have been worse, but it was still pretty bad. At least I’m not in New Jersey.

    Then I came home, and everything was better. My wife, Colleen, showed off a pretty new top she got (cheap!). Then we had drinks outside on the Lanai, at the Tiki Bar, and things got better from there. We talked about books mostly ( I just finished reading Duma Key by Stephen King, and she’s just begun to read it), plus a few other subjects as they lilted on. I enjoyed a Chivas Regal low-ball, I believe she had some wine. It was nice to relax in our little surreal getaway. Our Tiki Bar looks like something crossed between the Pirates of the Caribbean ride in Disney World and old town Key West. No matter how rough things get, we have our place to forget. Looking forward to the rest of the evening now!

    BTW: I’m not sure if this is true everywhere, but in Florida, you can buy hard liquor at Sam’s Club, BJ’s, and Costco without a membership card. Their prices are about 15% to 30% cheaper than any liquor store around, and when you’re drinking 12 year old Glenlivet, that means a lot!

  • Pain in the asteroid computers!

    Posted on April 23rd, 2009 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 1 comment

    So yesterday, my main work computer, a G5 Mac that looks like something out of Darkman (It’s been banged around a little) decided to go belly-up on me. It crashed, and on restart it just started blinking at me like a stripper that thinks I have a bankroll to spend on her. Couldn’t do anything with it. First I tied restarting it. Then I tried using the disc utility. Then I screamed at it. Then I hit it with a shoe. Nothing worked. Then I gave up and used another computer for a while.

    Today I got a new version of DiskWarrior from our tech guy, Peter. I ran that puppy, gave me hope. Then on restart it began blinking again, even faster and more annoyingly than before. Errrrrr! It was at this point I started ranting and screaming how much I hate computers.

    So tonight I at least managed to get my data off of it. Luckily, 19 years of using Macs (and seeing others use and cry over PCs), I’ve been smart enough to back up 99% of my stuff anyway. The important stuff…like my book, Behind the Closet Door…lives on two computers, two back up drives and a jump drive.

    So there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. Worst case scenario, I’ll have to wax the hard drive and reload everything, or buy a new drive. I think the computer itself is least I hope…uh, is that smoke  coming out of it???