Wednesday, April 30, 2008

one more night

one more shift and my 7 day stretch is over. i usually have a bottomless pit of energy, but am starting to fade out.... viva le weekend!!!!

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Virginia friends! Hope all is well!!

The Associated Press: 3 tornadoes rip through Va.; more than 200 people hurt: "SUFFOLK, Va. (AP) — Weary residents and business owners, some awakening in emergency shelters, braced themselves to see what was left of their homes and livelihoods Tuesday after three tornadoes smashed houses, piled cars on each other and injured more than 200 people.

One twister in this city outside Norfolk cut a zigzagging path 25 miles long through residential areas, obliterating some homes in sprays of splintered lumber while leaving others just a few feet away untouched."

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Hot Tamales-A Playlist

Blind-Planet Smashers
Give A Little Love-Pato Banton
Sideways-Citizen Cope
Gimme Little Sign-Hepcat
Someday-Jason Castro
Beautiful World-Colin Hay
Why Don't We-Pati
One Love-Jason Mraz
Pressure Drop-The Specials
Enjoy Yourself-Prince Buster & The All-Stars
Out All Night-The Pietasters
Upside Down-Jack Johnson
Friend Of The Devil-Counting Crows
No Worries-Hepcat
Salvation-Westbound Train
I Will Dare-The Replacements
Jah Love-Jah Roots
Dragonfly-Ziggy Marley
Over & Over-Prince Buster

Wanted Man

Wanted Man
-The Slackers

if you see me hanging round, you don't know me
don't stare at me for too long

i'm a wanted man in colorado, wanted man in buffalo
wanted man in kansas city, wanted man in ohio
wanted man in california, wanted man in old cheyenne
whatever you may look tonight you might see this wanted man

i might be in alabama or georgia by the sea
working for some man who don't know who i may be
if you should see me comin and you know who i am
don't grieve into nobody cause you know i'm on the lam

if you see me hanging round, you don't know me
don't stare at me for too long

i'm a wanted man by lucy johnson, wanted man by lucy brown
wanted man by suzy thompson, wanted man in this texas town
see i had all that i wanted of a lot of things i had
and a lot more and i need it some things that turned out bad

i got sidetracked in el paso, had to find myself a map
i took a wrong way down to juarez, with the needle of my lap
went sleeping _____, woke up in new orleans
wondering how i wanted some town halfways in between

wanted man in tallahassee, wanted man in syracuse
wanted man in cincinatti, wanted man in baton rouge
somebody sent to grab me anyway that i might be
and wherever you may look tonight you might catch a glimpse on me

if you see me hanging round, you don't know me
don't stare at me for too long

i'm wanted man in california, wanted man in buffalo
wanted man in kansas city, wanted man in ohio
wanted man in alabama, wanted man in old cheyenne
wherever you may look tonight you might see this wanted man
wanted man in alabama...
wanted man in buffalo....

Kicking me while I'm down...

Nieves' first career homer sinks Cubs in 9th inning --

WASHINGTON - The brand-spanking-new Nationals Park has just about everything you could ask for in a modern ballpark.

There's a Sony Playstation Pavilion, a karaoke station, a Build-a-Bear workshop, a jungle gym and a high-definition, Jumbotron scoreboard that's billed as one of the biggest in the world.

With all those diversions, it's easy to forget Washington is the worst team in the National League, entering Friday night's game against the Cubs with 16 losses in its previous 20 games.

But the Nationals still found a way to beat the Cubs, handing them a 5-3 loss on Wil Nieves' two-run, walk-off home run off Bob Howry...

Friday, April 25, 2008

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Today's Drink Recipe: Mt. Gay Smash

Mt. Gay Smash

1 1/2 oz Mt. Gay® Silver rum
1 oz Parrot Bay® Coconut rum
orange juice
pineapple juice

In a tall glass filled with ice, pour in rums. Fill with equal parts orange juice and pineapple juice. Shake until frothy. Garnish with a cherry and enjoy!

Griffin Investigations - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Griffin Investigations - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Griffin Investigations

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Griffin Investigations was once the most prominent group of private investigators specializing in the gambling industry. The company was founded in 1967 by Beverly S. Griffin and Robert R. Griffin.

The company maintained dossiers on card counters, serial jackpot winners, and other individuals, chiefly professional gamblers using legal techniques to gain an advantage in casino games; these profiles were regularly published in the Griffin Book, and distributed to subscribing casinos. Griffin Investigations was instrumental in ending the MIT Blackjack Team’s winning streak....

Grateful Dead – Brokedown Palace (Remastered LP Version) – Listen free at

Grateful Dead – Brokedown Palace (Remastered LP Version) – Listen free at

Since I posted the lyrics a few days ago, figured i would post a link at which you could hear the song...

and for those that enjoy covers (and the dead songs do lend themselves to covers)

Adrienne Young & Little SadieBrokedown Palace

p.s. are you a user? add me here or just check out my playlist there if you want to know to what I am listening when I am not feeling tropical....

The Office-"Fun Run"

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Two Good Days Off In A Row

Now this is getting scary ;-)

Mrs. Tiki had a dentist appointment in Daytona today so left work at noon. I am happy I went along!!! Let me jsut say I made a total pig of myself all day long, so if you see me walking to work on Thursday it's not because the Tiki-Mobile broke down!

After the very brief dentist appointment, we commenced to do two of our favorite things: shopping and eating! I wanted to look for some new shoes for work. I wear all black Skecher slip resistant sneaks when I work. I used to wear canvas vans, but once I got used to not sliding around every time I hit the tile I could never go back. Anyway, when I am nearby I always stop in to Shoe Carnival in Daytona, because they occasionally have them on sale. UGH! The ones I like are $65 a pair now. I blame the French. I was a little bummed, because mine are getting worn, but damn that's alot of cash. So, I bought some new insoles for $15 and cleaned up my old shoes when I got home. Sara was looking too, but we decided it just wasn't a good time to by shoes...

We went to Old Navy next, which is always fun. Saw my friend Amanda at the checkout, and ran into Carrie White (of Carrie's Undercurrent). Sweet!!!!

Carrie & me getting our drink on at Mother's; Fall 2006

With Amanda when she was here on Spring Break in 2007

Also got a pair of kick ass jeans and a couple of ringer-tees.

Next we stopped in at Lane Bryant for some under-items for Mrs. Tiki. I love Lane Bryant because, well, I love curvy women and they usually hang out there. It can get a little uncomfy in there though because the only chairs they have sit right in front of the changing room so when the women come out from trying on clothes, there I am just sitting and looking . LOL!!!

Did I mention we went to one of our fave restaurants? Daytona Ale House...yummy!!!!!!

p.s. I have to admit, Sara beat me in a game of nine-ball. boooooooo!!!!!!

We came home, Sara went to the gym. I drank vodka gimlets and we watched American Idol. Farewell Carly, I will miss you!!!!!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Free Is Good - Earth Day 2008 : Yahoo! Green

Free Is Good - Earth Day 2008 : Yahoo! Green

A couple days late, but check out the reuse groups. I love freecycle, but they all have the same concept. Put the stuff you don't need back to work in someone else's hands, rather that send it to the landfill....

A Terrific Day Off!!!

I had such a great Tuesday off!!!! Life is truly good...

  • Daytona Cubs: Went to watch the Daytona Cubs play at 10:30 this morning with Jason. Jason hadn't been to a baseball game in a long long time and he loved it! We bought box seats. Front row, about 10 feet from the on deck circle and about 20 feet from home plate. I knew I had made someone's day when Jason started calling family and friends during the game to tell them how much he enjoyed it. It was field trip day so the place was loaded with grade school kids (including a group from Sara's school), but that only added to the noise and excitement. I also fell temporarily in love with a pony-tailed redhead wearing a mini skirt, wife beater, and a backwards Chicago Cubs cap. "How you doin?" Sadly, the Cubs were not in love with the ball. They committed 4 errors and lost 2-1.
  • Caribbean Jack's: We stopped after the game for a quick round of drinks at Caribbean Jack's, located at the Loggerhead Club & Marina. Tasty drinks at the open air bar overlooking the marina and pooldeck. While there, a semi-regular from the Lion walked in. Small World!
  • Fisherman's Net: After a drive of Scenic A1A, we found ourselves sitting across the bar from John at Fisherman's Net in Flagler Beach. After some tasty cheesburgers, we decided to end that portion of the day.
  • Flagler Beach: When we were pulling into Flagler Beach, the last thing Jason said to me was "I haven't seen Nikki (a bartender from Finnegan's) at the beach in a while. At that moment, she drove up next to us. Crazy! So before he took me home, we walked over to the beach to check out her bikini (well worth the walk by the way). While we were there we saw Julio, the GM of the Golden Lion, with his wife. Small world!!
  • Back home for me: Sara and I arrived home just moments apart from each other and almost instantly fell into naps. We woke up a couple hours later. After violating the 5-minute rule, we set into a pretty good night. I worked a crossword. We watched American Idol & SVU, she chatted online, and I brushed and trimmed Marley's coat. Then I walked Marley a couple of times and did the drink specials for the Golden Lion.
Now that is a day off!!!

Now playing on Windows Media Player: Cyndi Lauper - Time After Time
via FoxyTunes

Today's Drink Recipe: Charleston Cooler

Charleston Cooler

1 1/2 oz vodka
1 oz amaretto
2 oz gingerale
2 oz sour mix

Combine ingredients in a tall glass. Stir to combine. Drink recipe courtesy of John Noble, a long time customer.

my feeds are back!!!!!!

I am excited to say that my feeds are back! i am repopulating my blog, preparing for the big shutdown of my original myspace account. the blogs there are a piece of me, so I am converting them all over to this blog.

meanwhile, my new myspace is

Now playing on Windows Media Player: Augustana - Sunday Best
via FoxyTunes

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Random Lyric

Brokedown Palace
by The Grateful Dead

Fare you well my honey
Fare you well my only true one
All the birds that were singing
Have flown except you alone

Goin to leave this Broke-down Palace
On my hands and my knees I will roll roll roll
Make myself a bed by the waterside
In my time - in my time - I will roll roll roll

In a bed, in a bed
by the waterside I will lay my head
Listen to the river sing sweet songs
to rock my soul

River gonna take me
Sing me sweet and sleepy
Sing me sweet and sleepy
all the way back home
It's a far gone lullaby
sung many years ago
Mama, Mama, many worlds I've come
since I first left home

Goin home, goin home
by the waterside I will rest my bones
Listen to the river sing sweet songs
to rock my soul

Goin to plant a weeping willow
On the banks green edge it will grow grow grow
Sing a lullaby beside the water
Lovers come and go - the river roll roll roll

Fare you well, fare you well
I love you more than words can tell
Listen to the river sing sweet songs
to rock my soul

Happy Earthday: Put Some Green In Your Pocket

12 proven ways to improve your gas mileage

  1. Keep your engine tuned up. Incorrect fuel ratio, bad spark plugs and incorrect spark timing can have a big effect on gas mileage.

  2. Don't use your air conditioner (A/C) unless you really need it. The A/C compressor puts an extra strain on the engine.

  3. Make sure your tires are properly inflated. Under inflated tires cause more resistance to travel.

  4. Avoid stop and go traffic by taking alternative routes or less congested travel times.

  5. Ask other people with the same type of car what kind of gas mileage they get, it may alert you to a problem with your car.

  6. Use a good engine oil, preferably a synthetic or standard oil treated with a friction reducing oil additive. These have been known to improve fuel economy by as much as 12%.

  7. Reduce the weight in your vehicle as much as possible. (Good excuse to get the mother-in-law out of the car....)

  8. Use your cruise control whenever possible.

  9. Keeping your highway speed at 55 mph can improve you gas mileage by as much as 25%, compared to 75 mph. (I personally have pledged to set the cruise control at 65 on the interstate. You should see the looks I get.) As a rule of thumb, you can assume that each 5 mph you drive over 60 mph is like paying an additional $0.20 per gallon for gas. Observing the speed limit is also safer.

  10. Avoid trying to increase speed while climbing a hill, your engine is already working hard trying to overcome gravity.

  11. Keep your windows closed when possible. Open windows actually reduce gas mileage compared to using the A/C.

  12. Remove accessories, such as luggage rack, etc. that lower the aerodynamics of your vehicle.


Sunday, April 20, 2008

Cubs do as Lou says, get off to fast start --

Cubs do as Lou says, get off to fast start --

Cubs' manager Lou Piniella sermonized all spring about the importance of getting off to a good start.

Does an 11-6 record—which includes Sunday's 13-1 pasting of the Pirates and victories in 10 of the last 13 games—qualify?

A lyric that could be about me!

“I used to wear a three piece suit and wing tip shoes

I’d watch CNN and catch up on all the news

I don’t do that anymore, and my life is so complete

I traded in those leather shows for these flip-flops on my feet.”

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Improved Hill pitches Cubs to win --

Improved Hill pitches Cubs to win --

One problem solved, maybe. The second is still a work in progress.

Rich Hill became the first Cubs left-hander to win a game this season...

Friday, April 18, 2008

Lilly struggles as Cubs lose to Reds --

Lilly struggles as Cubs lose to Reds -- "The theory that the Cubs are in dire straits if their two left-handed starters can't turn their seasons around is one few in the organization will speak of openly"

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Cubs win game, but may lose Soriano --

Cubs win game, but may lose Soriano --

Alfonso Soriano hurt himself during a hop while catching a routine fly ball in the first inning Tuesday night at Wrigley Field and appears headed to the disabled list with more leg problems.

Soriano was taken to Northwestern Memorial hospital for an MRI on his strained right calf, and manager Lou Piniella said it would "probably be a while" before he returns.

"If he's out for an extended period of time, obviously it will hurt us," he said.

The Cubs went on to beat Cincinnati 9-5 to spoil Dusty Baker's return to Wrigley Field...

Tuesday, April 15, 2008


Without a doubt, one of my all time favorite poems


      HIS quiet morning light
      reflected, how many times
      from grass and trees and clouds
      enters my north room
      touching the walls with
      grass and clouds and trees.
      trees and grass and clouds.
      Why did you follow
      that beloved body
      with your ships at Actium?
      I hope it was because
      you knew her inch by inch
      from slanting feet upward
      to the roots of her hair
      and down again and that
      you saw her
      above the battle's fury--
      clouds and trees and grass--

      For then you are
      listening in heaven.

----William Carlos Williams (1883-1963)


random song lyric

"Go find a leading man who wants to play
I can't be your hero today"

History Minute: The Unsinkable Molly Brown

April 15, 1912

Molly Brown avoids sinking with the Titanic

A 20th century version of the strong and resourceful women of the Wild West, Molly Brown wins lasting fame by surviving the sinking of the Titanic.

Molly Brown was an unlikely candidate for fame and fortune. Born Margaret Tobin in 1867 in Hannibal, Missouri, she was the daughter of an impoverished ditch-digger. When she was a teenager, she went west and joined her brother, who was working in the booming silver mining town of Leadville, Colorado. She caught the eye of James J. Brown, the manager of a local silver mine, and the couple married in 1886.

Not long after the marriage, James J. Brown discovered a fabulously profitable deposit of gold. Almost overnight, the Browns became enormously rich. The couple moved to Denver, bought a beautiful mansion, and tried unsuccessfully to become a part of the exclusive high society of the city. A flamboyant woman with a forceful personality, Molly appears to have been too much for Denver's bluebloods to handle. Apparently, she was also more than her husband could handle, and the couple soon separated.

Supported by a sizeable income from her estranged husband, Brown abandoned the narrow social life of Denver to travel the world. Whereas the Denver elite had dismissed her as a coarse upstart, socially prominent eastern families like the Astors and Vanderbilts prized her frank western manners and her thrilling stories of frontier life.

Brown's rise to national fame began on this night in 1912, while she was aboard the Titanic, returning from a European trip. After the ship hit an iceberg and began to sink, Brown was tossed into a lifeboat. She took command of the little boat and helped rescue a drowning sailor and other victims. To keep spirits up, she regaled the anxious survivors with stories of her life in the Old West.

When newspapers later learned of Brown's courageous actions, they promptly dubbed her "the unsinkable Mrs. Brown" and she became an international heroine. Eventually, Brown's money ran out and she faded from the public view, dying in modest circumstances in New York City in 1932. However, the Broadway musical The Unsinkable Molly Brown revived her fame for a new generation in 1960.

Monday, April 14, 2008


If you are not following this show, you really should. I am enjoying the 1st season DVD that I purchased last night!!!

Went to a movie last night...

We saw "21" last night and I found it very enjoyable. As an added bonus we queued up behind Carol & Worley for snacks, then sat with them during the movie. I recommend this flick wholeheartedly....and have also decided that I can't wait to see Forgetting Sarah Marshall...

Friday, April 11, 2008

A Busy Week

I can't believe it is Friday already. It feels like I have done so little, but in fact was quite productive. The in-laws left Monday morning, so it was nice to stretch out in the house again. My regular weekend was broken up because one of the other bartenders had a swearing in ceremony as a city commisioner. Still managed lunch and a couple of beers with Jason at the Fisherman's Net. Wednesday I went to Daytona twice. In the morning I went with David to do a site inspection for his Thursday gig at Keiser University, then stopped at Chili's for some lunch. Brought Mrs. Tiki home some yumminess, then had a short nap. Back to Daytona again to watch my first Daytona Cubs game of the season. Had a great time, keeping score and chatting with Sara. We have a great time at games because, unlike movies, I actually tolerate (even enjoy) explaining to her what is happening before us. Also had some good conversation with our neighbors in the seats, Lance & Wendy. They come to Daytona every year from Georgia, where Lance is a high-school baseball coach. Mrs. & decided that we are going to every Wednesday home game for the rest of the season. On a side note, the Tuesday Afternoon Social Club will be going to a 10:30am game next Tuesday!.

Thursday morning was spent accompanying David to his gig, getting back home, then updating his web site before going to work last night.

This morning I slept in until almost 11, and here I am thinking about food and looking forward (sorta) to going to work last night.

In an interesting chain of events last night, I did have a female customer leave me her bikini top as security while she went around the corner to her house to get money for her tab. That made the night go a little quicker. ;-)

Mahalo and aloha!!!


Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Cubs Win! Cubs Win!

Our First Daytona Cubs game of the season and they rocked!!!!

Beer always tastes better at the ballpark!

Of Course I keep score....I am a baseball geek!

Another Movie Quote

"Maybe I didn't really know you. Maybe you were just a mirage."--Lloyd Dobler

A Movie Quote

"I believe in the soul, the cock, the pussy, the small of a woman's back, the hanging curve ball, high fiber, good scotch, that the novels of Susan Sontag are self-indulgent, overrated crap. I believe Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. I believe there ought to be a constitutional amendment outlawing Astroturf and the designated hitter. I believe in the sweet spot, soft-core pornography, opening your presents Christmas morning rather than Christmas Eve and I believe in long, slow, deep, soft, wet kisses that last three days."
--Crash Davis

Going to watch the Daytona Cubs tonight

Ready to watch some baseball...minor league but still some kick ass fun at Jackie Robinson Ballpark!!!

Below is last nights summary...

For more info about "The Jack" and the Daytona Cubs in general, visit

Cubs Shutout in Opening Game of Homestand

Cubs Shutout in Opening Game of Homestand
Daytona Bats go Cold in Loss to Cardinals

By: Seth Millhoan (Darwin Barney photo/Scott Jontes)

The Daytona Cubs came into to tonight's game with Palm Beach as the league leaders in overall hitting. Tonight they couldn't chip the ice off their bats with a jackhammer.

The Cubs were only able to muster up four hits off Cardinals pitching tonight as they were shut out by visiting Palm Beach 9-0. Palm Beach pitcher Brad Furnish was nearly un-hittable as he churned through the Daytona lineup early in the game. He left after only four innings of one-hit baseball.

But the Cardinals dominance didn't stop there. Palm Beach used three pitchers out of the bullpen to complete the shutout and move another game ahead of Daytona in the Florida State League standings.

Esmailin Caridad struggled in his second outing of the year. He gave up four earned runs on five base hits. He left the game after four innings pitched. The bullpen didn't fare much better and Cubs pitchers Ryan Meyers and Darin Downs gave up a combined five runs. Caridad (0-1) suffered his first loss of the season. Cardinals pitcher Marco Gonzalez (1-0) got the win out of the bullpen.

On a positive note for the Cubs, right-fielder Jim Adduci reached base for the sixth straight game. Adduci walked twice in the contest.

The Cubs host the Cardinals again at 7:05 p.m. on Wednesday night in game two of the three game series. For ticket information please call (386) 257-3172.

History Minute: Mark Twain receives steamboat pilot's license

April 9, 1859
Mark Twain receives steamboat pilot's license

On this day in 1859, a 23-year-old Missouri youth named Samuel Langhorne Clemens receives his steamboat pilot's license.

Clemens had signed on as a pilot's apprentice in 1857 while on his way to Mississippi. He had been commissioned to write a series of comic travel letters for the Keokuk Daily Post, but after writing five, decided he'd rather be a pilot than a writer. He piloted his own boats for two years, until the Civil War halted steamboat traffic. During his time as a pilot, he picked up the term "Mark Twain," a boatman's call noting that the river was only two fathoms deep, the minimum depth for safe navigation. When Clemens returned to writing in 1861, working for the Virginia City Territorial Enterprise, he wrote a humorous travel letter signed by "Mark Twain" and continued to use the pseudonym for nearly 50 years.

Clemens was born in Hannibal, Missouri, and was apprenticed to a printer at age 13. He later worked for his older brother, who established the Hannibal Journal. In 1864, he moved to San Francisco to work as a reporter. There he wrote the story that made him famous, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.

In 1866, he traveled to Hawaii as a correspondent for the Sacramento Union. Next, he traveled the world writing accounts for papers in California and New York, which he later published as the popular book The Innocents Abroad (1869). In 1870, Clemens married the daughter of a wealthy New York coal merchant and settled in Hartford, Connecticut, where he continued to write travel accounts and lecture. In 1875, his novel Tom Sawyer was published, followed by Life on the Mississippi (1883) and his masterpiece Huckleberry Finn (1885). Bad investments left Clemens bankrupt after the publication of Huckleberry Finn, but he won back his financial standing with his next three books. In 1903, he and his family moved to Italy, where his wife died. Her death left him sad and bitter, and his work, while still humorous, grew distinctly darker. He died in 1910.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

You Call That Health Food? - Men's Health

You Call That Health Food? - Men's Health: "Just because the label says it's good for you doesn't mean it is. Here's how to read beyond the marketing hype"

Monday, April 07, 2008

Beer's 75th Re-Birthday.

Fun fact: Seventy-five years ago today, April 7, 1933, marked the beginning of the end of Prohibition in the United States. New to office, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt pushed for legislation to loosen the definition of "intoxicating liquor," defined as any beverage containing more than 0.5% alcohol by weight (ABW). By late March, Congress had signed the Cullen-Harrison Act to allow the production and consumption of beverages up to 3.2% ABW (or about 4.0% ABV). When the law changed at 12:01 a.m. on April 7, beer flowed legally from taps for the first time in 14 years. These low-alcohol brews would tide the nation over for the next seven months until Prohibition was altogether repealed on December 5. Some states still have 3.2% alcohol content beer laws on the books today, including Colorado, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma and Utah.

Sunday, April 06, 2008


"And that completes my final report until we reach touchdown. We're now on full automatic, in the hands of the computers. I have tucked my crew in for the long sleep and I'll be joining them soon. In less than an hour, we'll finish our sixth month out of Cape Kennedy. Six months in deep space - by our time, that is. According to Dr. Haslein's theory of time, in a vehicle travelling nearly the speed of light, the Earth has aged nearly 700 years since we left it, while we've aged hardly at all. Maybe so. This much is probably true - the men who sent us on this journey are long since dead and gone. You who are reading me now are a different breed - I hope a better one. I leave the 20th century with no regrets. But one more thing - if anybody's listening, that is. Nothing scientific. It's purely personal. But seen from out here everything seems different. Time bends. Space is boundless. It squashes a man's ego. I feel lonely. That's about it. Tell me, though. Does man, that marvel of the universe, that glorious paradox who sent me to the stars, still make war against his brother? Keep his neighbor's children starving?" - PotA

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Having some feed troubles....

had to delete some posts until i figure out the problem.