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  • A Tiki Gift from a Good Friend

    Posted on February 28th, 2010 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 7 comments

    tikifountainSometimes it’s the little things that can really make your day.

    A few weeks ago, I was following a thread on Twitter among some Tiki fans who were discussing a cool Tiki desktop fountain they found at Walgreens up North. My good friend Matt (twitter @k9radiotiki) posted a photo of it, and of course I had to have one. I motored the Caddy down to the nearest Walgreens, and nope! They didn’t have em.

    I checked out two more in the area and they didn’t have em either. So I reported back on Twitter that couldn’t find one, and a week later I got one in the mail from Matt, no charge. Just goes to show there are still some very groovy people out there! Thanks again buddy, the little Tiki fountain has found a place of honor on the Tiki Bar!

  • Beautiful Sunrise Photos from Fort Lauderdale Beach, daily

    Posted on February 26th, 2010 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments

    tiki-sun-god-tikiloungetalkI came across a very interesting profile to follow on Twitter.

    Who takes photos of the sunrise off Fort Lauderdale Beach daily, and uploads them to Twitter and

    I won’t post any of the photos here, (because that would be stealing) so you’ll have to click the links or follow them on Twitter to see these beautiful photos every day. Let me tell you, they really are great photos, and they’re taken using an iPhone. Amazing stuff.

    Sure, I live a few miles from the beach and can see the sunrise myself whenever I want…but the only time I ever see a sunrise is when I stay up all night! So getting to see these great photos daily is very kool.

    -Tiki Chris Pinto for Tiki Lounge Talk

  • Tiki Lounge Talk nominated for BOB (Best of Blog) Awards!

    Posted on February 23rd, 2010 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 1 comment

    bob_logo_horizThanks to the cool cat or kitten who nominated The Tiki Blog for a best of blog award with the South Florida Sun Sentinel! We’ve been nominated for three categories…Pop Culture, Travel, and ‘defies category’ which is kinda funny,.

    You can vote for us here:

    Please vote! If you like what we’ve done here, give us a little smile by casting a vote. You can vote once in each category EVERY DAY, plus you can vote for us for Best Overall Blog.

    We seem to be doing best in Pop Culture. I don’t know why we’re in Travel, and I think the other blogs in that category are better suited to that award…but We’d love to get that first place in Pop Culture, and hell, even defies category! So please log on daily (through March 5) and vote! It would be a real gas if we swiped the jackpot, baby!

  • The Groove Tube, 1974 – Mod Movie Monday at The Tiki Blog

    Posted on February 22nd, 2010 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 2 comments

    groove_tube1One of the craziest, funniest, raunchiest movies of all time, the first major motion picture ever to use the sketch comedy format made famous by Saturday Night Live and Second City TV, here’s this week’s Mod Movie Monday Feature

    The Groove Tube, 1974

    Starring Ken Shapiro, Chevy Chase, Richard Beltzer and ensemble.

    In the 60s and early 70s modern ‘sketch’ comedy was still new, and Channel One Theater in New York was one of the groups pioneering this off-beat sort of comedy. From that was born The Groove Tube, written and directed by Ken Shapiro of Channel One.

    As always I won’t give anything away, but I can give you a basic idea of what you’re going to see. The viewer is to believe they are not watching a movie, but TV in a world where nudity, adult themes, far-out trips, cursing and unbound comedy is uncensored. After the opening credits (which spoofs 2001-A Space Odyssey and features music by Curtis Mayfield) the viewer seems to be watching a TV that someone else is controlling…changing stations, watching commercials, etc. (much like Robot Chicken does today (except with real people instead of toys)). (wow, that’s a (lot of) brackets!) Each sketch is a full commercial or part of a TV show, and include such greats as Koko the Clown, Brown-25 from The Uranus Corporation,  a commercial for “Geritan”, Chevy Chase singing “I’m looking over a four leaf clover”, and “Channel One Evening News.”grvtube21

    Although Shapiro played the anchor on the Evening News, the skit and its tagline, ‘Good night and have a pleasant tomorrow,’ were taken along to Saturday Night Live with Chevy Chase, and live on today as Weekend Update.

    This movie pulled out all the stops, using full-frontal nudity, drug use, prostitution, and silliness in a truly funny way. I also believe this was the first and only time a grown man in a suit, hat and brief case danced through the streets of New York singing “Just me, Just You” and lived to tell about it.

    Seriously, this movie is funny as hell. I waited 25 years to see it and wasn’t disappointed. Back in 1975, when it was playing at the Towne-4 movie theater next to the Searstown Mall in Pleasantville, NJ, my family wanted to see it. The TV commercials made it look like a straight-up comedy (without the raunchiness), and the newspaper ad showed it as being rated “G” (it’s actually rated R). When we got to the movies, and I still remember this clearly, the pretty young girl at the ticket counter told my my parents “Aw, you don’t want to take him in there”, to which they said, “But it’s rated G”, to which she replied, “Oh no, sorry about that. The paste up guy at the newspaper didn’t do the ad right and the “R” slipped off the ad, if you look at the paper again you’ll see the “R” overlapping the ad under it.” How about that, huh? So I didn’t get to see it. Considering I was 7, it’s probably a good thing.

    grvtube41It wasn’t until the early 2000’s when I finally found the DVD available on the internet that I was able to see it. I gotta tell you, even after 35 years it still is funny, and has some shock value.

    This is some pretty low-brow comedy so for a drink & snacks I’d say cheap beer and chips all the way. Miller High Life and Doritos would be very 70s. If you’re not a beer drinker, then Jack on the rocks, and Herrs potato chips. Some New Yawk style pizza too. Watch it by the glow of a Lava Lamp and a Spencer’s Gifts fiber-optic tree for full effect, man. Yeah.

    -Tiki Chris for Tiki Lounge Talk

  • Tiger Woods…who flips a beat?

    Posted on February 20th, 2010 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 4 comments

    Converstaions at the Tiki Bar

    Converstaions at the Tiki Bar

    A perspective, ala Beatsville

    This riff is a little off topic for Tiki Lounge Talk, but it has been a conversation at the Tiki Bar between my old lady and I, so it gets laid down on the score, ya dig?

    Who the hell gives a flip what scene Tiger made, except for maybe his old lady?

    Oh sure, we all dig ripping on some cat who got caught with his paw in the cookie jar. And dig it, Tiger Man did bust up on one of the 10 Commandments: Thou shalt not swing with another hip chick while the hen is roosting in the coop, unless of course thy old lady riffs to that krazy scene.

    So the flipsters and spinners that hit the airwaves are making big bones about this cat’s high-infidelity. Soakin’ up the green, that’s all they’re in it for, no matter that it splatters the cat’s rep like a frog in a blender.

    As the Big Man once said, “let ye who has not blown a sour note or riffed a bad scale cast the first stone, baby.” I say, if the man wants to goof on golf balls and knock around with some chicks, that’s nobody’s jazz but his own. Leave the cat alone and let him swing, both with golf club and kittens.

    Are you hip?

    – Darrin C. M. Buckley, for the Tiki Lounge Tiki Blog