Monthly Archives: January 2009

Barflies Lament; From The Art Of Drink

Check out this find by Darcy O’Neil over at the

I’s actually a reprint of a Boston Globe article from 1885, lamenting the loss of superior quality bartenders. It reminds me of another article I wrote which described a great bartender as possessing the last of old-fashioned.

I hope that my customers rank me towards the superior side. I try to be very conscientious without taking any guff from my customers. In other words, I smile pretty when I tell them they are cut-off. I go out of my way to respectful of their conversations. Of course that works both ways, because I never hesitate to politely ignore customers who walk in with a phone in their ear until they finish their conversation.

What I try to do is be polite & professional, but also fun and crazy. At the same time, I try to expose my customers to a new experience when they are at my bar. I am always happy to make suggestions based on what they usually drink. It usually works out, which they love.

Anyhow, just a little morning commentary.

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Tiki Loves To Twitter!!

  • 08:10 good morrning world! #
  • 11:14 @jeffisageek I suggest eating, closely followed by napping #
  • 12:09 finally caved and posted the "25 things about me" survey that has been making the rounds on facebook #
  • 12:12 Reposted my "25 things" on my main blog #
  • 12:17 @snoloha it’s true, I find ironing clothes to be very Zen. Better than a sand garden! #
  • 12:49 Listening to: C&C Music Factory – Gonna Make You Sweat. I have hung out with the drummer #
  • 12:52 Just took my 6th mugshot! #
  • 12:52 So who hit the crappy weather button? #
  • 12:59 did you know that I created a drink for @snoloha, the coolest company you have never heard of? #
  • 13:00 @TwitterBerry LOL…great idea for a drink name, I will use that!! no the drink is called "Snoloha" of course @snoloha #
  • 13:00 @sfinney1 i totally want to read it when you are finished #
  • 13:12 is trying to think of a drink to call the "Off-KILT-er". Scotch for sure… #
  • 13:21 @jeffisageek tell her to watch out for a swollen face lol #
  • 13:30 @altonturley bummer I will be at work #
  • 13:31 I am shivering while walking Marley #
  • 13:34 @altonturley home right now #
  • 14:55 Listening to: Green Jelly – Electric Harley House (Of Love) #
  • 15:56 that was the weirdest phone call i have received in a while #
  • 16:07 RNC….i thought we gave up on tokens years ago #
  • 16:32 I’m at Golden Lion Cafe – #
  • 16:34 Off to work see you there! #
  • 00:33 Just finished at work. Would have finished earlier but the bar was so sticky!! #snl #
  • 00:37 @snoloha aww man I was so busy tonight I didn’t even see this until after I was closed #
  • 00:59 I’m at Poor Walt – #
  • 02:12 I’m at Flagler Beach – #
  • 02:24 @kariwrites you really must stop visiting my beach without telling me. Boooo! #
  • 02:27 @kariwrites fair enough x #
  • 02:28 Damn girl you realize I only live about 4 minutes from work right #
  • 02:35 Is going to fall asleep soon. Goodnight twiiter #

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25 Random Things (A Facebook Joint)

Rules: Once you’ve been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. (It’s really not as hard as it sounds). At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it’s because I want to know more about you.

To do this, go to “Notes” under tabs on your profile page, paste these instructions in the body of the note, type your 25 random things, tag 25 people (in the right hand corner of the app) then click publish

1. I miss my friends & family in Kansas City more than I let on.
2. There are about 125 caps, hats, and visors in the room with me right now.
3. I love ironing clothes like a fat kid loves cake.
4. I cry like a baby every time I watch “Field Of Dreams”.
5. Some call it being a pack rat, I call it nostalgia. Every one of the 300 cassette tapes I keep around has a story.
6. Before moving to Florida, I worked as a counselor in a maximum security juvenile detention center. I loved it and hated it at the same time.
7. I remember dates and places like Rainman.
8. Sara and I had our first date at the Golden Lion on October 20, 1998 (long before I worked there).
9. I consider it a blessing that I only had to work during the summer time when I was in high school.
10. Speaking of high school, I won’t say it was the best time of my life, but it was pretty fucking cool.
11. I say fuck too much.
12. Ben Folds lyrics make my toes curl.
13. Listening to music is my favorite pastime. It’s that nostalgia thing again.
14. Let’s talk about music. Not many people know that I started college on a vocal performance scholarship as a classically trained tenor. I also played the trombone for about 10 years. If you ask me to sing a song, I would probably say no. If I did say yes I would probably sing “Poor Wayfaring Stranger” or “Bright Is The Ring Of Words”. i sang in public for the first time at age 5 in my Grandma’s church in Rich Hill, MO. I went back at 18 and it seemed so small! i found out later that Stephanie Courtney and Valerie Ensor were in the congregation that day. I ended up graduating from high school with them. Okay so that was about 6 facts.
15. I do love karaoke, but that is silly not serious.
16. FACT: Hotels are one of the last businesses that you can start at the bottom and work your way up. When I moved to Florida I started as a bellman and withing two years I was in charge of 25 people and a $600K budget.
17. I love volunteer work and miss being a Boy Scout leader every day. But since most activities are in the evenings and weekends, my job doesn’t allow me to do it anymore.
18. Can you believe I was actually paid for two years to sit at a desk with an ocean view and talk golf on the phone all day long? Yeah I can’t eaither.
19. Sometimes when I get frustrated at work, I go back in the beer room. When I walk back out towards the front of the restaurant I see the view of the ocean as my customers see it, then I tell myself to suck it up you have a fucking dream job.
20. When i look back on the decisions i made in my life I realize that they brought me to Florida and to Sara, so it is impossible for me to consider them bad decisions.
21. Speaking of Sara, what a lucky day it was when I met her. I was actually out for drinks with a woman with whom I worked. A group of people came into the bar and she said “I think that’s my daughter’s kindergarten teacher”. I feel bad for her, because I blew her off the rest of the night and talked to Sara instead. I still have the shirt I was wearing when we met.
22. On the first night I met Sara, I wrote my number on a matchbook and handed it to her instead of asking her for her number. Single guys, I highly recommend this tactic. Fact is, girls get asked for their numbers all the time.
23. I secretly think it’s cute that Sara has to pee within 30 minutes after the start of a trip in the car.
24. I have seen the original Star Wars trilogy at least 150 times.
25. I don’t wanna sound like Al Bundy or anything, but I scored four touchdowns on Homecoming my junior year of high school.

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Soundtrack To My Life

I have done this a few times, but it is always fun!!!!

Soundtrack to Your Life?


So, here’s how it works:
1. Open your music library
2. Put it on shuffle
3. Press play
4. For every question, type the song that’s playing
5. When you go to a new question, press the next button

Opening Credits:
Hotel California – Less Than Jake

Waking Up:
Classic Girl – Jane’s Addiction

First Day At School:
Hey You – Pink Floyd

Falling In Love:
Now That We Found Love – Heavy D and The Boyz (totally random I swear!!)

Losing Virginity:
Check It Out – Beastie Boys

Fight Song:
Let’s Go Crazy – Prince & The Revolution

Break up:
World Wide Suicide – Pearl Jam

Blood And Roses – The Smithereens

Wave And The Water – Gordan Gano & The Ryan Brothers

Mental Breakdown:
Drunk Skitzo – Fishbone

Virtual Insanity – Jamiroquai

My Back Pages – The Byrds (Again, totally random)

Getting Back Together:
Baby Got Back – Sir Mix-A-Lot (LOL)

Wild Horses – The Rolling Stones

Birth of Child:
Blackbird – Carly Smithson

Final Battle:
Amsterdam – Guster

Death Scene:
Roxie – Renee Zellweger (Chicago Soundtrack) Well…this is way to upbeat for a death scene!

If I Had $1,000,000 – Barenaked Ladies

Sequel Teaser:
All In My Head – Shawn Mullins

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Tiki Loves To Twitter!!

  • 09:24 Good morning world! #
  • 10:05 On my way to volunteer #
  • 10:05 Sprinkles in Flagler Beach #
  • 10:14 I’m at Lewis E Wadsworth Elementary – #
  • 10:47 RT @dbnewsjournal: FHP is reporting a fatal accident in Palm Coast. Check back for further details. #
  • 12:20 Mmmm rain #
  • 12:29 RT @dbnewsjournal: Flagler Palm Coast High School student killed in single-vehicle car accident this morning: #
  • 12:37 Just took my 5th mugshot! #
  • 13:21 E Komo Mai to new followers @darthstorm528 @RustyJay @testandkeep @bullieeoo @secrettweet #
  • 15:06 OH as a class walked past me today at Wadsworth Elementary "Hi Tiki". LOL #
  • 15:08 Looks like it will be a little slow at work due to weather… #
  • 15:11 Just reminding everyone that Bud Light bottles are $1.50 tonight at the Lion (bar only) #
  • 15:32 – Yummy schoo lunch! #
  • 15:44 – Yummy schoo lunch! #
  • 16:31 I’m at Golden Lion Cafe – #
  • 20:21 Sloooooooooooow! #
  • 22:27 Was a slow rainy night at work #
  • 23:21 I’m at Poor Walt – #
  • 00:47 I’m at Flagler Beach – #
  • 08:10 good morrning world! #

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Palm Coast Restaurant Owner Says "This Ain’t Burger King, B@tch!"

Palm Coast Restaurant Owner Accused Of Assault

Deputies: Patron Who Complained About Calzone Was Hit With Gun

POSTED: Wednesday, January 28, 2009
UPDATED: 3:11 pm EST January 28, 2009

Flagler County authorities said a restaurant owner pistol-whipped and beat a customer who complained that his takeout order was incorrect.Joseph Milano, the owner of Goomba’s Pizzeria, has been charged with aggravated assault and battery with a deadly weapon and released on bail.According to a police report, security footage from the pizzeria shows that Milano struck Richard Phinney with a gun. He then jumped over a counter and started to assault Phinney and his roommate.

Read the entire article….

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Tiki Loves To Twitter!!

  • 10:18 @TwitterBerry i will try! #
  • 10:35 Spotted on Facebook: "Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint you can on it." ~Danny Kaye. #
  • 10:36 Good morning world….slept in a little today. On my way to volunteer with the seens! #
  • 10:45 I’m at George Wickline Senior Center – #
  • 11:01 Calling bingo at the senior center #
  • 11:50 These seens are a tough crowd!! #
  • 12:07 – Spotted at the Senior Center #
  • 12:30 That was fun! #
  • 13:11 To kilt, or not to kilt? That is the question. #
  • 13:22 The sun is shining, the beer is cold, and the air is just right for kilting #
  • 13:36 Rabbit is gone farewell mr. Updike #
  • 13:39 @three8six fanboy, it will start with him taking over your free time #
  • 13:40 Is doing dishes and mopping the floor? Talk about sexy! #
  • 13:51 – Damn I look good in an apron #
  • 13:59 – Damn I look good in an apron #
  • 14:06 Just took my 3rd mugshot! #
  • 14:12 @twitterberry I enjoy them yes #
  • 14:14 Enough of this housework, I am going to the Fisherman’s Net (in my kilt) #
  • 14:36 I’m at Fishermans Net – #
  • 16:20 – Foggy at the beach this afternnon #
  • 16:48 I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride my bike… #
  • 16:58 @redindaytona totally thought about you when I saw the aaa billboard on the wall of the speedway #
  • 18:01 I’m at Flagler Beach – #
  • 18:06 @redindaytona saw it on tv #
  • 18:21 Off to the shower with me. I have a bit of a sore muscle in my back. #
  • 18:55 I’m at Giuseppe’s Steel City Pizza – #
  • 20:19 Enjoying listening to some douchebags make asses of themselves at Giuseppe’s #
  • 00:00 hows the twitter world? #
  • 00:09 @jeffisageek wow 63 here #
  • 00:57 Jacksonville peeps!!! Another chance to see me!!! #
  • 01:08 I’m at Giuseppe’s Pizza – #
  • 01:09 I’m at Flagler Beach – #
  • 01:18 let me be the first to wish you "Happy Hump Day!" #
  • 01:54 Is awake. It is almost 2am. Entertain me #

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Jacksonville (North) Area!!! Thursday Feb 5th!

Do you like live music? Have you always wanted to meet me? Are you within a reasonable drive of Yulee, Florida? Join me on Feb 5th in my support of my friend David Lane, who will be opening for Nashville Star finalist Jared Ashley. David will be joined on stage at 9:30pm by Shawn Pruner. The two are bandmates in Taylor Lane.

The show will be at The Mill in Yulee, FL. $15 at the door.

That’s 48 miles from Brunswick, 42 miles from Orange Park, 38 miles from Jax Beach.

Google Map of 16032 Victoria’s Place, Yulee Florida. Click for directions.

Hope to see you there!

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Tiki Loves To Twitter!!

  • 03:23 Bedtime in Tiki-land #
  • 08:51 Good morning world! #
  • 09:15 @TwitterBerry well…have to run to the bank, pay my water bill, and have a meeting at 10:30 #
  • 09:15 actually had to set an alarm this morning! WTF?! #
  • 09:59 I’m at Flagler Beach City Hall – #
  • 10:00 – Who invited the fog this morning? #
  • 10:12 I’m at RBC Bank – #
  • 10:18 @twitterberry I prefer rain #
  • 10:22 I’m at George Wickline Senior Center – #
  • 10:48 Is now an official Wickline Center volunteer. Gonna hang with the seens on Tuesday mornings. Wooo! #
  • 10:56 The noisy kids next door are moving out. I think I will miss them… #
  • 11:22 Another damn phone book was just delivered to my house. Do they really think I need three each year? #
  • 11:52 I’m at Flagler Beach – #
  • 12:36 Just took my 2nd mugshot! #
  • 13:48 @jeffisageek will the Sprint job cuts effect you? #
  • 15:02 Nap, check. Shower, next. #
  • 15:16 thinks everyone should come see me at work tonight #
  • 15:19 @vampress198 i would totally buy your drinks #
  • 15:29 @vampress198 well i wouldn’t offer if i thought you would actually come LOL #
  • 15:52 I’m at Golden Lion Cafe – #
  • 17:02 Quick send me a funny joke #
  • 21:24 @orngblsms mmmm ice cream #
  • 22:55 @vampress198 kidding I would totally buy you drinks #
  • 22:56 RT @darthvader The bad news is we had to let go of about 8,000 clone troopers today. The good news is it really only counts as 1. #
  • 00:26 I’m at Poor Walt – #
  • 01:04 I’m at Flagler Beach – #
  • 01:06 Headed home. Foggy out here! #
  • 01:43 napping , the experts guide #
  • 01:54 Welcome to my new followers: @lonniehodge, @IMCartist, @2drinksbehind, @bbtweet, @Orrin_Woodward, and @jaxdotcom. Thanks! #
  • 01:59 signing off the desktop. who am i kidding, I know I will be on the crackberry #
  • 02:00 speaking of crackberry, I need a new name for this one. my previous blackberry was named Sancha. #blackberry #

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Napping: the expert’s guide | Life and style | The Guardian

so funny that this is on the front page of the guardian online today….i was just earlier telling a friend about my power naps, particularly my strategy of drinking a cup of coffee before a catnap!

Napping: the expert’s guide | Life and style | The Guardian

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