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Adventures With SuperBroad At Texas Frightmare Weekend

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Last weekend I headed to Texas with Superbroad to check out the Texas Frightmare Weekend movie festival & convention.     Texas Frightmare Weekend is a horror movie convention.   Horror movies are really Christa’s jam, but I am a general movie-buff so I was also super stoked to meet the guests and enjoy the general weirdness.    Read on for some photos and commentary.  

After an early start filled with mishaps, we landed in Dallas and arrived out our hotel.  We were early so had some time to kill.  The last time I had a Shiner Bock in Texas was Spring Break 1993!   Continuing the gastro-fun, we headed across the street for our first ever Whataburger.   This place is a Texas fixture and did NOT disappoint!   

 

We took a few minutes to chill, then headed over to the convention hotel.   This was the 14th Texas Frightmare Weekend and it was immediately obvious even to first-timers that the event is started to outgrow the Hyatt Regency DFW.  As Floridians and theme-park visitors, we didn’t mind the lines so much.  But the sheer number of people essentially hanging out in the basement of the hotel was shocking.   Of course, the best part of waiting in line was checking out the costumes!

 

We had a great time people-watching and meeting some movie icons over the weekend!  

Posing with Traci Lords

The great Traci Lords

Joe Bob Briggs

Joe Bob Briggs of Monster Vision & The Last Drive-In.  He even had a funny anecdote about Daytona Beach!

Tim Curry

The Legendary Tim Curry

Quick Selfie with Tom Savini

Quick Selfie with Tom Savini. He is known for his makeup & special effects work on such films as Dawn Of The Dead, Creepshow, Friday the 13th, and more!

Posing with Felissa Rose

Felissa Rose, most well known as Angela in Sleepaway Camp!

Amanda Wyss

Amanda Wyss from Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Better Off Dead, and Nightmare on Elm Street.

Barbara Crampton

Ahhhhh! Barbara Crampton from Re-Animator!

Heather Langenkamp and Robert Englund

We were absolutely giddy to meet Heather Langenkamp and Robert Englund from Nightmare On Elm Street!

 

We were such nerdy first-timers, but had a great time.  Lots of merch, autographs, Whataburger,  and photos.   10/10 would do again!

 

 

 

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Celebrate Repeal Day!

12647240_10154293106467923_4895970920695363372_nSince 2006, I have been recognizing Repeal Day.  I was inspired by my bar brother in the PNW, Jeffrey Morganthaler.   When I first started, people thought I made it up.  But it caught on over time.  Today, people will be celebrating from DC to Chicago to LA

We will be celebrating tonight at The Humidor Cigar Bar & Lounge in Palm Coast,  beginning at 7:00pm with a ceremonial reading of the 21st Amendment.

The Humidor, located in European 1235349_10152354813937923_271916993_nVillage, is a classic space boasting leather, dark woods, and a fantastic vibe.   Guests are encouraged to dress in the attire of the era (1
0% Discount On EVERYTHING for those dressed for the occasion).    In addition, Anchor Steam Beer will be $2 all day.  Anchor Steam is a pre-prohibition brew from San Francisco.

Wherever you are, I encourage you to celebrate your constitutional right to have a drink.   Cheers!

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TikiTender: Purveyor of Good Cigars? [Big News In Tiki Land]

Because I sometimes seem to be everywhere, people often ask me “How many jobs do you have?”  My answer is always the same: “I have one job.  I just do it at more than one location!”   My profession, Purveyor Of Good Times, has taken me to tiki bars, backyard weddings, radio studios, upscale salons, office space at the beach, five star resorts, swanky lounges, and Irish pubs.  My likeness (in words, voice, photos, and recipes) has been seen on websites for brands such as Mad Gringo, Pango Rhum,  and  Snoloha, in print from local newspapers and as far away as Omaha, and over the airwaves in Flagler Beach, Florida and Cleveland OH.  I am the social media “man behind the curtain” for many restaurants, musicians, and more.  I sit on the board of the Flagler Beach Chamber Of Commerce.   I founded Fun Coast Bartending in early 2012 and am slowly working towards my goal of making Fun Coast Bartending the only company you see pouring drinks for private parties between Daytona Beach FL and Brunswick GA.  For the past 8 years, I anchored the bar staff at the Golden Lion Cafe and recently joined the staff of Surf 1700 in Flagler Beach as an on-air personality.

You might be asking yourself “Why am I reading Tiki’s resume?” This is where the news comes in.  I’ve been waiting to make this announcement, so here it is.  Just after the July 4th weekend I, along with Ky Ekinci (co-founder of Office Divvy, a local business incubator and co-working space), quietly assumed operations of The Humidor Cigar & Wine Lounge in Palm Coast.    The Humidor, located in European Village, is a small cigar lounge that has been in business since 2006 and offers wine, beer, coffee, and cigars in a comfortable lounge environment.   Since we are only licensed to sell beer & wine, I have been working up some delicious beer cocktails and wine fusions.  We are also creating a more welcoming guest experience and planning some fun event nights.   That noise you hear from European Village is us.  🙂

Changing Of The Guard From L-R: Ky, Sim, Mark, Neil

Changing Of The Guard.  Ky & Mark posing with previous owners Sim & Neil.
From L-R: Ky, Sim, Mark, Neil

You might have noticed posts from there and thought I had a new temporary gig (much like my 6 month long “McCharacter’s Mondays”).  Fact is, my partner and I are now the owners of the business.      You will see alot of my face at European Village and less of my face at the beach, but I am still holding on to my Sunday Funday shift at the Golden Lion Tiki Bar.   So now I have one more subtitle on my business card, because I didn’t have enough to do.    Mahalo for reading and for your continued support.

One Love,

Tiki

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Tiki Photo Bomb

Remember Karla from Hurricanes & Hangovers? In case you didn’t read the original post and can’t be bothered to click over to it now I will recap.  Three nice peeps sat at my bar recently and we had a nice conversation.  Turned out one of them, Karla, is a fellow blogger.   She took some photos and sent me some.

Fast forward to today.  I received an email a couple of hours ago from Karla.  Turns out that before they sat at my bar they were roaming around taking photos (the Golden Lion is riddled with great photo opportunities).  As they were looking through photos from their trip they found this great photo bomb that they wanted to share with me for some reason.

And this is the photo of us in front of the Tiki Bar. It was a pretty cool…What the hell is that guy doing in the picture?

Funny thing is I remember saying to the busser “Watch me photobomb these tourists.” Then they sat down at the bar and I had to keep my straight face.  We had such a fun conversation that I totally forgot about it until this photo hit my inbox tonight.  So much fun!

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Life Is Full Of Cycles (Excuse Me While I Whip This Out)

 

Enjoying a hot whiskey – January 6, 2012

 

When I received my Timehop email this morning I realized the symptoms I’ve had the past few days were the same ones I had a year ago today.   The other similarities of  365 days ago are amusing.   Many big things have changed since this time last year, but I like to believe in the small things that make us who we are.

Facebook Status Updates from January 6, 2012:

  • Sniffles and a sore throat this morning. Is it too early for a hot toddy? 9:24am
  • Where’s all the white women at? (from Blazing Saddles) 3:52pm
  • See photo to the left

 

Facebook Status Updates from January 5, 2013:

  • What in the wide wide world of sports is going on here? I hired you boys to try and get a little track laid, not to dance around like a bunch of Kansas City faggots. (also from Blazing Saddles) In the wee hours of am
  • Congestion and chills Thursday and Friday. Now I have a really annoying dry cough. Oddest progression ever. 10:44am
  • See photo below
“The flower that wilted last year is gone. Petals once fallen are fallen forever. Flowers do not return in the spring, rather they are replaced. It is in this difference between returned and replaced that the price of renewal is paid.

And as it is for spring flowers, so it is for us.”
Daniel Abraham, The Price of Spring

Enjoying A hot whiskey – January 5, 2013

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Hurricanes & Hangovers

Had a trio visit last week at the Tiki Bar and I caught one taking photos of me.  After we chatted for a bit, I learned she had a blog called Hurricanes & Hangovers and we traded information.  Here are a couple of the shots, with me in my full bearded & rasta cap glory.  Thanks Karla!

 

Caught me pouring

Stopped to pose

When leaving, they asked me for a dive bar recommendation. I pointed them to the Iron Boot Pub in Beverly Beach.

 

 

Thanks to Karla Bailer for these shots.  Check out her blog at www.hurricanesandhangovers.com

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TikiTender: Zombie Killer?

Dying Days:  The Siege of European Village

Dying Days: The Siege of European Village

TikiTender is all of these things: Promoter,  Award Winning Bartender, Entrepreneur, Fearless Karaoke Singer, Brand Spokesman, Trainer, Blogger, Twitter Legend,  Radio Personality, Consultant, Writer.  As of this week Zombie Killer can be added to the list, at least in the fictional Dying Days universe created by author Armand Rosamilia.  Armand & mystery writer Tim Baker recently began a collaboration.   The result, Dying Days: The Siege Of European Village, was released in digital format this week.  Print versions of the title should be available before Christmas.

The book, set in European Village, features many local personalities including a goatee wearing bartender named Tiki. 

His goatee was long and straggly and the wind tunneling through the openings around European Village was playing havoc with it. His faded Chicago Cubs jersey had seen better days, but he didn’t care at this moment. Mark Woods, affectionately known as Tiki to his friends, had bigger things to worry about.
There was the dull sound of another gunshot and he pointed, dramatically, in the air. “Yet another call to the zombies to feast on us.”
“But what can we really do?” Bethany DeVore asked, sipping from a straw jammed into a bruised plastic fast food drink cup. “It’s safe here.”
Tiki shook his head and gently took the cup from Bethany, staring into her striking blue eyes. He lowered his voice so the others gathered around them in the center of European Village couldn’t hear. “Have you been drinking?”
Bethany smiled, her face lighting up. “It’s my birthday, silly. Of course, I’m drinking.”
Tiki sniffed the straw. It was vodka. He had no idea where she’d come up with the alcohol, and right now it didn’t matter. What he needed to do was convince her that his plan would work, and get her to talk to some of the other diehards who followed Ky without a thought. Bethany was the go-between. “Can you stop long enough so I can talk to the crowd?”
Bethany laughed and looked around. “Crowd? There are six of us. And I’m not even close to being drunk, honey.” She grabbed the cup back and grinned. “I’ll be good.”
Tiki turned back to the other four members of the group, all sitting around the covered bandstand which, in happier times, would house free concerts, special events and book signings for local authors. Now, it was one of the few places not destroyed or filled with debris. Ky had decreed that no one could sleep under it or pitch a makeshift tent because there were too many people fighting over it.
Now they used it to hang out during the day when there weren’t specific jobs to be done. Even with so many survivors, they were spread out across the grounds and in the apartments above.
Tiki turned to Ariane Vinci, a tall, pretty blonde with an arresting smile. She was the only member here paying attention to his exchange with Bethany, and she, clearly, looked amused. The other three sat on the steps of the bandstand and were talking softly among themselves: Carole Faletti, Sue Thompson and Doris Ryan were loyal to Ky but had inquired about the intelligence of leaving the Village before they ran out of supplies or were attacked.
“I think we need to get the general feel for the rest of the survivors. It is obvious Ky will never let us get to Saint Augustine, where I just know there is a better life for us.”
“Then why not send a team to see? Why wouldn’t he do that?” Bethany asked. “It’s obvious we’re running out of food and water. We haven’t added any new stragglers in weeks, and Palm Coast itself is a burnt out mess. Pretty soon our scavenging teams will be going into Ormond Beach or close to Saint Augustine anyway.”
“If there is a thriving city still alive – and I think there is – you don’t think they’ve already cleaned out anything worth taking?” Tiki said, as he casually gathered everyone into a group and put on his positive face. “I say we do what needs to be done before it’s too late. With those idiots shooting from the roof, the undead will be walking over the bridge within hours and surrounding us.”

If you want to read more, you can download the book for your Kindle at amazon.com or in other formats (Ipad, Nook, Kobo or good old-fashioned PDF) at smashwords.com.   I found it to be a quick and entertaining read, especially the parts with that roguish bartender.

“Tiki” and the authors at a recent Entrepreneur Night in Palm Coast. From left to right: Mark Woods, Armand Rosamilia, & Tim Baker. The beauty in front is Camicia Bennett, co-founder of  “The Well-Written Woman”. Click below  to follow them on Twitter, but only if you truly enjoy being entertained.  Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Carol Photography

If you think the group in the photo above looks fun, you are dead right.   They can all be found all over the web, but are especially active on Twitter.  @tikitender, @armandauthor, @blindoggbooks, and @sistersadist.

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Sunday Funday With TikiTender!

Sunday Funday With TikiTender!

Good Times On A Sunday

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