Monday, January 28, 2008

Today's Drink Recipe: Tampico Trauma

Tampico Trauma

1 1/2 oz tequila
1/2 oz 151 rum
1/2 oz amaretto
Lime wedge garnish

Fill shaker with ice. Add ingredients. Stir and strain into a double-old fashioned glass filled with ice. Garnish with the lime and enjoy. Don't be surprised if you find yourself asking "Un vaso de aqua, por favor"

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Today's Drink Recipe: Palm Tree

Palm Tree


1 oz Absolut® Ruby Red vodka
1 oz Parrot Bay® Mango rum
OJ to balance

Pour all ingredients in a Collins glass filled with ice. Stir and enjoy!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

My Birthday So Far (with Photos)

As I am writing this, I can't even keep up with birthday wishes via text message, myspace, facebook, & email. I have already received cards via snail mail. I just want to thank everyone for the love. It just makes me want to skip & go naked!

I was given an exemption from my "chores" today by Mrs. Tiki. It is a good thing because I am slightly hungover! Isn't it fun when other people are going to work and you are getting a ride to where you left your car the night before!?

I am officially on the other side of 35...reaching toward 40. How bizarre is that?

First, the gratitude:

  • Mahalo for all the birthday wishes from around the United States and beyond.

  • Mahalo to Kim & Bill for rushing up from Miami in to make it to my pre-pre-party at the Golden Lion and for the red snapper that started my night off right.

  • Mahalo to Dennis for the Red Stripe, Hooray Beer!

  • Mahalo to Sara for whatever is to come tonight and for being a good sport last night when I was howling at the moon

  • Mahalo to my mother for hatching me LOL

  • Mahalo to all the people said "No Way!" when I told them i was turning 36

  • Mahalo to all who came to my Birthday Eve bash last night at Finnegan's

  • Mahalo to those who couldn't make it, but were there in spirit

  • Mahalo to Jenny and the girls for keeping it fun!

  • Mahalo Harry for being a great host.

  • Big mahalo to Damon for getting me safely home!

  • Mahalo nui loa to Jenn for coming. It means more than you know.

  • Aloha nui loa to Allen aka Boo, who was celebrating his birthday too!

  • Mahalo to all who endured my drunken and hoarse rendition of Over The Rainbow, I swear I normally sing it much better. Thanks to Boo for the assist too!

  • Mahalo to Joelle, Melanie, and all the crew at Finnegan's



By now you are no doubt saying "Okay Tiki, enough of that sentimental crap. Where are the embarrassing photos?!?"

So I present to you, the pictures:




It's All About Me!!


The night started out innocently enough....


Having a bite to eat at the Golden Lion with Bill & Kim


This will from now on be referred to the "before" pic.
Allen & me


Hooray! Jenn is here!!


Sevanah & Justin


Tiki says: "I am what Willis was talking about!"


They just kept appearing out of nowhere...


I love me some Jason!


Owen, one of regulars


It's Linda, fresh from work!


Damon wasn't quite with it, but still a great pic!


Here is something you don't see very often..Jason singing karaoke. LOL


My new friend Jenny giving me a birthday spankin'


Remember that before picture? We're on stage and everyone is singing to us. Allen is almost smiling.


The King & I. It is purely an illusion, but it looks like Jason has a mouthful of boobie!


These next few will seem repetitive, but there is a story to be told

I think we are doing the cupid shuffle. Check out Miss Crazy Eyes at the edge of the picture...


Still dancing. Miss Crazy Eyes still watching..


Look! Crazy eyes is dancing! (in the denim skirt)


Okay..she is back to watching (her hand is right there on the lower right)


There she is again! PS Jenn you sure are shimmery!


Me singing a love song by the Femmes..."Why can't I get just one screw...."


There was something going on out in the crowd while I was singing....


Naturally I had to investigate...note my hand holding the mic


Jason is proud of himself for taking the pics...


Getting the birthday boy treatment...


Life is pretty good...


Never met a Jenny I didn't like LOL


It's all in fun


Damn right i am dancing in my flip flops!


Jenny getting spanked. Karma!


Emily & Jason getting their dance on


Behind the bar with Joelle & Melissa


Allen & I are singing together on stage, but Jason was distracted when shooting the picture...


Sevanah is rocking out


The party goes on. I should have camera tested the pattern on my shirt. HA!


This almost looks posed but it isn't. The rest of the bar is nearly empty at this point.


The girls love Tiki & King!


For those that haven't seen it, this is Emily's drunk face!


Stephanie just turned 21. Isn't she cute?


This is for Sandee *wink*


Kimmy stopped in just to give me birthday love!


Shazzaam!


Again I say...remember that "before" picture? This is us just before last call.




Last, the nostalgia:

Even as I have been writing this blog I have received dozens of messages from friends around the globe, emails from family. I am truly blessed.

So yes, 36 years ago I was born. It was about 10:30pm and I didn't even wait for the doctor or the maternity ward (that's what they called them back then). I was born on a gurney in an elevator, as a nurse cut off my mother's pants.

So what was going on when I was born?



Here are some of the stories from that week's Time Magazine:

THERE'S STILL A WAR ON
WITH the next-to-final phase of the U.S. withdrawal from Viet Nam in sight at last, the war suddenly appeared to be not dwindling down but rapidly building up again...

THE WORST IS YET TO BE?
The furnaces of Pittsburgh are cold; the assembly lines of Detroit are still. In Los Angeles, a few gaunt survivors of a plague desperately till freeway center strips, backyards and outlying fields, hoping to raise a subsistence crop. London's offices are dark, its docks deserted. In the farm lands of the Ukraine, abandoned tractors litter the fields: there is no fuel for them. The waters of the Rhine, Nile and Yellow rivers reek with pollutants. Fantastic? No, only grim inevitability if society continues its present dedication to growth...

DOES YOUR PAYCHECK SEEM SMALLER LATELY?
Millions of Americans are in for a shock when they open their pay envelopes this month. Despite the well-publicized tax relief voted by Congress, take-home pay will be reduced in many instances...




36! The average life expectancy for white men in America is 73.6. I don't need a calculator to tell me that that I am halfway there! Think about that and go out there and live, love, & laugh like there is no tomorrow! I sure did that last night..and I have the hangover and a randomly throbbing foot to prove it!


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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Today's Drink Recipe: Tainted Love

Tainted Love

2 oz Absolut® Ruby Red
1 oz Absolut® Peppar
1 oz Cranberry Juice
Splash Lime Juice

Chill a cocktail glass by filling it with ice and water. In a shaker half filled with ice, add all ingredients. Stir until the shaker becomes frosted. Discard ice and water from the glass. Strain mixture into the glass.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Actor Heath Ledger is found dead

Actor Heath Ledger is found dead

NEW YORK (AFP) — Actor Heath Ledger, 28, who skyrocketed to fame in his role as a gay cowboy in the Oscar-winning movie "Brokeback Mountain," was found dead in a New York residence on Tuesday, police said.




Police sources told US media that prescription pills were found in the apartment and said signs pointed to either an accidental overdose or suicide. An autopsy on the Australian native was scheduled for Wednesday.

"Heath Ledger was found dead at 3:26 pm (2036 GMT) this afternoon," a police spokesman said, saying he was found in an apartment in the posh district of Soho.

New York City deputy police commissioner Paul Browne said a masseuse and a housekeeper discovered the actor's body after the masseuse arrived for an appointment.

They were "waiting for him to come out of the bedroom. When he didn't come out, they checked on him and found the body at the foot of the bed," Browne told reporters.

He added that reports that prescription medications were scattered around Ledger's body were not true, and stressed that police were waiting the medical examiner's report before commenting on the cause of death.

"There were prescription medications that included sleeping pills that were taken from the apartment. The reports that they were scattered around the body were untrue," said Browne.

"The police department has made no determination as to the cause of death."

Expressions of sorrow poured in from Hollywood, as colleagues mourned the young actor's passing.

"The studio is stunned and devastated by this tragic news," Warner Brothers chief Alan Horn and Warner Bros Picture Group president Jeff Robinov said in a statement.

"The entertainment community has lost an enormous talent. Heath was a brilliant actor and an exceptional person. Our hearts go out to his family and friends."

Ledger, who was nominated for a best actor Oscar for his portrayal of a gay cowboy in the 2005 film "Brokeback Mountain," had separated from his former fiancee Michelle Williams in September. The pair, who met on the set of the Ang Lee-directed drama, have a two-year-old daughter, Matilda Rose.

Ledger had been working this month on his latest movie, "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus," directed by Terry Gilliam, which was due out next year. He also portrays The Joker in the upcoming Batman movie "Dark Knight."

Lee had hailed Ledger's performance in "Brokeback Mountain" as a "miracle" of acting, reminiscent of a young Marlon Brando.

Ledger lost the Oscar for best actor in 2006 to Phillip Seymour Hoffman for his portrayal of author Truman Capote in "Capote," but "Brokeback Mountain" won three Academy Awards, including for best director.

The flaxen-haired heart throb first came to prominence by acting as a homosexual athlete in little-known Australian soap opera "Sweat" in 1996.

The creator and writer of the series, John Rapsey, once said it was clear even then that Ledger, then a 16-year-old sports champion and high school dropout, possessed an unusual talent.

"He himself had absolutely no problem playing the role. He handled all of that with great aplomb," Rapsey told AFP.

"What was noticeable about him was he was concentrated, very quiet, and you could see that he was really observant of other people."

Ledger, who never attended acting school and who left his home state of Western Australia for Sydney as a teenager, credited his instincts with his success.

"The one thing that's got me to where I'm sitting is my instincts, you know, and I'm impatient. I didn't want to wait for years to work. I wanted to just get out there and do it," he said in an Australian television interview in 2001.

At 19, Ledger left Sydney for Hollywood, where his standout talent was spotted by Mel Gibson when auditioning 500 actors for the role of his son in "The Patriot" -- a big-time break that led to his leading role in "A Knight's Tale."

"I had such great hope for him," Gibson said in a statement. "He was just taking off and to lose his life at such a young age is a tragic loss. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family."



Monday, January 21, 2008

My Birthday is coming up!!!

My 36th Birthday is Thursday!!! I will be off that night and Sara and I will be spending it together, which will be super fun for me.

For those that have asked (and the secretly inquisitive) "Tiki!!? When can I give you a gift, spank you, buy you a drink, etc", I will be pre-celebrating Wednesday night at Finnegan’s. Would love to see you there!

Hosted By: TikiTender
When: Wednesday Jan 23, 2008
at 9:00 PM
Where: Finnegan’s Beachside
101 North Oceanshore
Flagler Beach, Florida|10 32136
United States
Description:
Tiki’s Pre-Birthday

Click Here To View Event

I will also be available to receive gifts and well wishes all day Wednesday & Thursday, and of course all weekend at work.

The pre-pre party will be at the Golden Lion Wednesday night about 7:30 (aka as me going there to remind everyone to come up to Finnegan’s later LOL)Gifts aren’t expected but if you need ideas (wink), you can visit my wish list at kaboodle.com.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Today's Drink Recipe: Mango Madras

Mango Madras

1 1/2 oz Parrot Bay® Mango rum
equal parts OJ & cranberry juice

In a highball glass filled with ice, combine all ingredients. Stir. Serve.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Today's Drink Recipe: 7th Heaven

7th Heaven

1 1/2 oz Parrot Bay® Mango flavored rum
7 UP® lemon-lime soda
club soda

In a highball glass 3/4 filled with ice, add rum. Top up with equal parts 7-Up® and club soda. Throw in a cherry to make it pretty.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

History Minute: Prohibition takes effect

January 16, 1919 : Prohibition takes effect

The 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, prohibiting the
"manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors for
beverage purposes," is ratified on this day in 1919 and becomes the
law of the land.

The movement for the prohibition of alcohol began in the early 19th
century, when Americans concerned about the adverse effects of
drinking began forming temperance societies. By the late 19th century,
these groups had become a powerful political force, campaigning on the
state level and calling for total national abstinence. In December
1917, the 18th Amendment, also known as the Prohibition Amendment, was
passed by Congress and sent to the states for ratification.

Prohibition took effect in January 1919. Nine months later, Congress
passed the Volstead Act, or National Prohibition Act, over President
Woodrow Wilson's veto. The Volstead Act provided for the enforcement
of prohibition, including the creation of a special unit of the
Treasury Department. Despite a vigorous effort by law-enforcement
agencies, the Volstead Act failed to prevent the large-scale
distribution of alcoholic beverages, and organized crime flourished in
America. In 1933, the 21st Amendment to the Constitution was passed
and ratified, repealing prohibition.





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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Today's Drink Recipe: Cafe de Cuba

Café de Cuba

1 oz dark rum (some suggest Myers', but that would make it a Jamaican coffee eh?)

¾ oz dark crème de cacao

coffee to balance

whipped cream (optional)

In a coffee glass, pour all ingredients. Stir. Top with whipped cream if desired.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Today's Drink Recipe: In The Blue

In The Blue

1 1/4 oz Absolut® Ruby Red grapefruit vodka
3/4 oz blue curacao
Sprite® lemon-lime soda

In a tall glass 3/4 filled with ice, pour in vodka and blue curacao. Top up with sprite. Stir. A lemon garnish looks nice against the blue color.





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Sunday, January 13, 2008

Today's Drink Recipe: Absolut Easy Breeze

Absolut Easy Breeze

1 1/2 oz Absolut® Ruby Red grapefruit vodka
cranberry juice to balance
lime wedge

In a highball glass filled with ice, add vodka and cranberry juice. Stir gently. Garnish with the lime wedge.





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Today's Drink Recipe: Banana Rum Punch

Banana Rum Punch

1 1/2 oz Mount Gay® Silver rum

½ oz crème de banane

OJ to balance

dark rum float

In a large glass (16 oz is perfect) filled with ice, pour in the silver rum and creme de banane. Add the OJ and shake it like a polaroid picture. Float about one ounce of dark rum and garnish with an orange wedge and flagged cherry.





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Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Today's Drink Recipe: Dirty Blonde

Dirty Blonde

2 oz vodka
1 oz creme de banane
1 oz pineapple juice
1 tsp sweet vermouth

Pour first three ingredients into a shaker half-filled with ice. Shake & strain into a cocktail glass. Sprinkle sweet vermouth over the top to make it dirty.






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