Posted on August 31st, 2009 4 comments
The great thing about having a blog is you get to write about all the wonderful things you dig and want to share with El Mundo.
The downside is you actually have to sit down and write!
Sometimes life gets to be so much fun (or so krazy bizy) that I have to throw in a filler.
This is a filler!
Tomorrow, hopefully, will be a little blog about our trip to Fort Lauderdale beach, and the 50′s hotel we got to stay in, the Tropic Cay. Tonight, you get a cocktail recipe, a joke, and a photo of the sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean.
From the Great Tiki Drink Book, here’s a TROPICAL MOMENT:
1 1/2 oz white rum
1/2 oz peach schnapps
1 oz Midori
1 oz pineapple juice
1 oz sour mix
Shake it all up in a vintage shaker with ice, pour over rocks in highball glass and garnish with lime. MMM MMM damn good!
From Playboy Party Jokes, 1959
Harry stepped out of his office building and bumped into a group of his advertising agency friends.
“Join us for lunch, Harry boy?” asked one of them.
“Sorry,” was the answer, “I’m on the wagon.”
Sunrise in Fort Lauderdale. My camera’s not that great and I was sleepwalking when I took the picture.
Posted on August 28th, 2009 No comments
The great thing about living on the East Coast of South Florida is that no matter where you live, you’re never more than about 15 miles from the Beach.
The bad thing is, between the traffic and unpredictable weather, unless you live on the beach, you hardly ever go.
So this weekend Colleen and I are taking a little “stay-cation” at the old-skool beach hotel, the Tropic Cay, located in the heart of Fort Lauderdale beach on historic A-1-A.
I’ve not yet been able to find a lot of history on the hotel, but it’s obvious by its construction and architecture that it’s from at least the ’60s, and possibly (probably) from as far back as the ’30s. The look is definitely old-Florida Art Deco-ish Mid-Century Modernish, for lack of a better description. The “ish”es come from at least 50 years of changes and remodeling. Remember, that style was strictly out in ’80s and ’90s, and even though Retro is chic and hip now, the owners don’t seem to want to exploit the charm of its roots. No matter, it’s literally across the street from the beach, has a mini fridge in the room, and a Tiki Bar on the patio. I’m hip.
I’ll be sure to take plenty of pix of the Tropic Cay. Word is the old Spring Breaker hangout is in its final days…as the owners plan to plow it down to make room for a new, upscale hotel with $400 a night rooms.
Yes, just what we need…more upscale hotels that no one can afford to go to. Anyone check the vacancy rates lately?
Posted on August 23rd, 2009 4 comments
There’s been a lot of buzz about the hit show “Mad Men” and the gloriously egocentric style of the era. But the show only touches on some of the coolness of gadgetry associated with the time; The ’60s was a decade of new, fun stuff made to fill your office, car and home, from electric cigarette tables lighters to pocket-sized spy cameras. With all the technology and all the groovy gadgets that’ve come up in the last 20 years, there’s nothing to compare to some of the simple, clever novelties of the second half of the 20th century.
Case in point: My favorite book, How To Get Along With Your Mother-In-Law, by Hugh R. High.
This relic of the swingin’ ’60s was saved from a box of junk destined for the flea market, way back in the late 1980′s. My parents, who were antique dealers in the ’70s, still had a few boxes of goodies left over in storage when I was in high school. I made it a point to raid those boxes and grab anything that was too cool to sell off. This book, along with a bunch of other retro fun stuffs, was among them.
Of course I had no idea what it was when I first saw it. Imitation leatherette bound, and closed with a snap, it looked like a plain vintage book at first glance. Then I realized it wasn’t a book at all, but a box. At first I figured it was one of those hide-away boxes people used to keep their valuables in to fool stupid burglars. Man, was I pleasantly surprised when I opened it up!
What a find! This was one of those things you see in old movies, or read about in gag magazines from the old days. For it wasn’t a hiding place for valuables…it was a hiding place for a little hooch and a couple of shot glasses! No kidding…built into the chamber of this fantastic tome were straps holding down two metal tumblers and a hip-pocket sized (unfortunately empty) bottle of whiskey. Fannntastic!
This immediately took up a place of honor on my bookshelf, and became quite the conversation piece. When I go a little older, I refilled the bottle with Canadian Club, and even used it as the centerpiece of one of the best scenes of one of my favorite Dinner Theater Shows, “One Crazy Mystery”, a show I wrote and produced when I had my StarDust Productions Mystery Theater. In the scene I (a crazy jazz-playing hipster) and my nurse, (the young & sexy live-in kind) play a drinking game using this book as part of the gag. Of course in the show, I replaced the booze with water…except for one show where I switched it back to booze without telling the nurse! Lemme tell ya, that wasn’t just One Crazy Mystery, it was one crazy show!
I’m always on the look out for crazy fun stuff like this…if you have any, send your story and pix to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll post it!
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Posted on August 17th, 2009 1 comment
The September 2009 Issue of Playboy Magazine Gets the Vintage Look
If you’re into finding retro goodies and don’t subscribe to Playboy Magazine, I recommend getting your hands on a copy of the September issue right away. Maybe it’s because of this season’s premier of Mad Men, or maybe it’s because they’re featuring a graphic novel version of Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds; whatever the reasons, the already hip (and hep) kats and kittens at Playboy Magazine have returned to their Rat-Packing roots and gone retro for the issue.
It starts with the cover…unusually old-style typefaces seem out of whack yet ultra-hip next to the photo of a very dirty Heidi Montag. The promise of a previously unpublished work by Kurt Vonnegut adds to the vintage flair. Inside, the 50’s/60’s cool continues with a pictorial on Mid-Century Modern furniture, complete with pricing for the originals (ie, through the roof) and well-made knock-offs (ie, cheaper than half the price), plus some beautiful dolls to accent the furniture’s curves.
Then there’s the men’s fashion section. This section, usually occupied by trendy-looking male models in $5000 wardrobes, kicks off with a vintage photo of Cary Grant, dressed to kill. The section is full of vintage pix of celebrities, including Jack Kennedy in a pair of Ray-Bans, and features tips on buying like-style threads in the modern world. (Here’s the online version).
There are subtle retro hints throughout the magazine, from the more-classic-than-usual party jokes to the cartoons. But just when you least expect it, you get slammed in the face with Quentin Tarantino’s graphic novel version of Inglorious Basterds. Set in WW2, the panels look like they were hand drawn in 1943 and sealed in a time capsule. The colors, style, typefaces all scream 1940’s…or at least the way they would have done it in the 40’s with better printing technology and no censors.
I’m sure the art director would have loved to have the entire issue go retro, keeping the theme throughout. Last month they magazine even featured a new twist on the old Playboy Bachelor Pad, and there’ve been numerous spreads showcasing the magazine’s covers and models of the last 50+ years over the last few months. Unfortunately advertisers can’t always accommodate a theme, and pictorials of the models are shot way in advance. They might consider coordinating an all-retro issue in the future, as a special limited edition issue. I’m sure it would be at home on Tiki Bars bachelor pad coffee tables all over the world.
Posted on August 17th, 2009 No comments
No joke kids, I was all set and ready to lay down some phrases with a very kool new post, scanned in the pix and all. Then I remembered Mad Men was coming on tonight. Had to take break, pour a Scotch on the rocks and sit back in the lazy boy to watch my favorite gang of Rat-Pack aspire-ees live life like an A-bomb was gonna level Manhattan any second. So keep your jets cool and check back Monday afternoon for something you’ll really dig!