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  • Enjoying A Pirate’s Wench at the Tiki Bar

    Posted on November 5th, 2009 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 1 comment

    pirates-wenchIt’s a perfect night in Tropical South Florida. A cool breeze, temperature lilting around 70°, palm trees swaying to the jungle rhythms of Bali Hai. I’m in a good mood tonight, celebrating a small but important accomplishment. Today I had the luck to be able to acquire the domain name, in addition to Tiki Lounge Talk. Hopefully this will help me spread the good word of the hip little place we all like to gather ’round for exotic cocktails and a taste of the retro good life.

    I;m celebrating with a tall shot of my own concoction, the Pirate’s Wench. It’s a nice little twist on the Cuba Libre…a shot each of dark, coconut and spiced rum, 2 teaspoons grenadine, a few cherries and coke. To make her a Drunken Wench, add a 151 floater! A little lime adds a nice sting, too.

    So it’s back to the Tiki bar, to have some Tiki Lounge Conversations (now also officially Tiki Bar Talk)  with my lovely wife Colleen.

    Cent’anni, and Mahalos!


  • Back to the Sax!

    Posted on November 4th, 2009 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments
    That's me, playing Tenor Sax

    That's me, playing Tenor Sax

    Well, Halloween is over and so are the 8+ weeks of decorating and preparing for my krazy Halloween Party. Now I’m taking things down a little at a time, which gives me back the time to do the other things I love…writing, having drinks and conversation at the Tiki Bar with my wife Colleen, catching movies, working on the ’53 Chevy Belair, and playing the sax.

    I’d say I went from blowing notes every day in September to about once or twice a week in October…just to keep frosty. Last night I picked her up for the first time in days, and it showed! I was rusty as hell, my fingers tripping over the keys like a high school freshman. The reed wasn’t right, and my breathing was labored (too much Halloween candy, or not enough). So I backed up a few steps, took a deep breath, and played something I know inside & out…Duke Ellington’s “Take the A Train”.

    Sax on the bar, too much (or not enough) Bourbon

    Sax on the bar, too much (or not enough) Bourbon

    I’ve always loved the way A Train sounds on a solo tenor sax. It can be played low and moody, with a sort of bluesy darkness. Or it can be play crisp and light, filling in the gaps with lots of pretty notes. It can sound swingin’, reminiscent of the 30’s big band soloists. It can sound upbeat and boppy, like Bird. Or it can be played as a slow and easy ballad, almost mournful. I like to play it as a story.

    I like to start out bluesy, kind of slow in the lower octave, the subject of our story just hangin’ out, waitin’ for the train to come. It’s late, and he misses his lady…the one who lives in Sugar Hill way up in Harlem. Then the train pulls up, he steps on, and the A Trains takes off out of

    Duke Ellington's Orchestra

    Duke Ellington's Orchestra

    the station swingin’, movin’ a little faster. His mind fills with images of his beautiful doll, and as the train rolls faster so does the tempo. Third time around the tune really takes off, progressing into an up-tempo modern jazz style going way out into space and coming back in for a three-point landing around 125th Street. Then, suddenly, it slows down again to a nice, easy ballad as he sees his lovely lady waiting for him at the door.

  • “The Greatest Generation”

    Posted on November 2nd, 2009 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 2 comments

    usarmy1945From Captain Steve:

    It is a shame that the few left of the greatest generation are dying off, two days ago my Great uncle Harry Joel Conover passed away at the age of 99 in a nursing home in Jacksonville. Uncle Harry was a part of a generation much different from the generations of the last four or five decades. He first joined the Army in the 1930’s and then returned home to Atlantic City NJ, after WWII started he again joined the Army and served in Italy, in his service he was wounded (SHOT) in action and continued to serve after he recovered from his wounds he also suffered from malaria that he caught in Italy. I thank him and honor him for his service to our country, he was a great man… As many of his generation were…

  • Day after Halloween, and the Stuff Starts Coming Down…

    Posted on November 1st, 2009 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments

    disco-of-death-signToday is November 1st, and Halloween is officially over. Wah. I’ve had my Halloween decorations up since the last week in September, and I still don’t want to take them down. But, since the city will probably Baker Act me as a loon if I don’t get the tombstones off my front lawn soon, I guess I’ll get cracking on removing 12 boxes (a collection of 15+ years) of Halloween props, decorations and partyware from my walls, tables and Tiki Bar. skeleton-on-gaslamp

    The question I most get a this time of year is, “Do you go this nutz for Christmas?” Well, the answer is a flat out hell no. Not that I don’t love Christmas, but this krazy kat just ain’t got the time, the bread or the energy to take down all this stuff and put up Santa’s Florida Workshop at the Tiki Bar. Plus, you don’t usually get hot chicks dressed in skimpy outfits flashing at Christmas parties, so what’s the point, right??? HAPPY DAY AFTER HALLOWEEN! Next stop, Turkeyville.