Friday, October 31, 2008

Ancient Origins of Halloween

Halloween's origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in).

The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom, and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1. This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31, they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. In addition to causing trouble and damaging crops, Celts thought that the presence of the otherworldly spirits made it easier for the Druids, or Celtic priests, to make predictions about the future. For a people entirely dependent on the volatile natural world, these prophecies were an important source of comfort and direction during the long, dark winter.

To commemorate the event, Druids built huge sacred bonfires, where the people gathered to burn crops and animals as sacrifices to the Celtic deities.

During the celebration, the Celts wore costumes, typically consisting of animal heads and skins, and attempted to tell each other's fortunes. When the celebration was over, they re-lit their hearth fires, which they had extinguished earlier that evening, from the sacred bonfire to help protect them during the coming winter.

By A.D. 43, Romans had conquered the majority of Celtic territory. In the course of the four hundred years that they ruled the Celtic lands, two festivals of Roman origin were combined with the traditional Celtic celebration of Samhain.

The first was Feralia, a day in late October when the Romans traditionally commemorated the passing of the dead. The second was a day to honor Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruit and trees. The symbol of Pomona is the apple and the incorporation of this celebration into Samhain probably explains the tradition of "bobbing" for apples that is practiced today on Halloween.

By the 800s, the influence of Christianity had spread into Celtic lands. In the seventh century, Pope Boniface IV designated November 1 All Saints' Day, a time to honor saints and martyrs. It is widely believed today that the pope was attempting to replace the Celtic festival of the dead with a related, but church-sanctioned holiday. The celebration was also called All-hallows or All-hallowmas (from Middle English Alholowmesse meaning All Saints' Day) and the night before it, the night of Samhain, began to be called All-hallows Eve and, eventually, Halloween. Even later, in A.D. 1000, the church would make November 2 All Souls' Day, a day to honor the dead. It was celebrated similarly to Samhain, with big bonfires, parades, and dressing up in costumes as saints, angels, and devils. Together, the three celebrations, the eve of All Saints', All Saints', and All Souls', were called Hallowmas.


Drum Roll.....I am revealing my Halloween costume

So...the time has come to reveal my costume, but first a little mythology lesson....

Loki the Trickster

THE most unpredictable and certainly the most dangerous god in the Northern pantheon was Loki. His activities ran from the merely mischievous to the blatantly malicious. Supremely clever, Loki ensnared everyone in complicated problems, to which he always supplied a remedy - through his solution often engendered even greater troubles. Loki relished every opportunity to exert his contrary nature.

Loki is an immensely powerful magician, and shares with Odin the ability to sex- and shape shift at will. His parents were both giants (the perpetual enemies of the gods) and Loki had some unusual children, including the huge wolf Fennir, borne from Loki's brief dalliance with a giantess.

Loki was fair of face, and took many lovers, despite his constant criticism of goddesses who did the same. His wife was the faithful and hapless goddess Sigyn, whose fidelity surely he did not deserve. After Loki had been bound in a cave with a venomous snake dripping poison upon him as punishment, Sigyn sat by her husband's side and held a bowl over him to catch the drops before they hit him. When the bowl filled, she had to rise and empty it, and then the stinging drops fell directly upon Loki. It was said his twisting to escape the pain was the cause of earthquakes.

The Trickster:

In mythology, and in the study of folklore and religion, a trickster is a god, goddess, spirit, man, woman, or anthropomorphic animal who plays tricks or otherwise disobeys normal rules and norms of behavior.

Frequently the Trickster figure exhibits gender and form variability, changing gender roles and engaging in same-sex practices. Such figures appear in Native American and First Nations mythologies, where they are said to have a two-spirit nature. Loki, the Norse trickster, also exhibits gender variability, in one case even becoming pregnant; interestingly, he shares the ability to change genders with Odin, the chief Norse deity who also possesses many characteristics of the Trickster. In the case of Loki's pregnancy, he was forced by the Gods to stop a giant from erecting a wall for them before 7 days passed; he solved the problem by transforming into a mare and drawing the giant's magical horse away from its work. He returned some time later with a child he had given birth to--the eight-legged horse Sleipnir, who served as Odin's steed.

The Trickster is an example of a Jungian archetype. In modern literature the trickster survives as a character archetype, not necessarily supernatural or divine, sometimes no more than a stock character.

In later folklore, the trickster is incarnated as a clever, mischievous man or creature, who tries to survive the dangers and challenges of the world using trickery and deceit as a defense. For example many typical fairy tales have the King who wants to find the best groom for his daughter by ordering several trials. No brave and valiant prince or knight manages to win them, until a poor and simple peasant comes. With the help of his wits and cleverness, instead of fighting, he evades or fools monsters and villains and dangers with unorthodox manners. Therefore the most unlikely candidate passes the trials and receives the reward. More modern and obvious examples of that type are Bugs Bunny and The Tramp (Charlie Chaplin)

Tricksters In Popular Culture:

Ferris Bueller from the movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Bre'r Rabbit from the Uncle Remus stories
Tyler Durden-Chronically ambiguous trick-player from Fight Club
Bugs Bunny
Felix The Cat - A transgressor of boundaries
Captain Jack Sparrow - from Pirates of The Caribbean
The Pink Panther

So there you have it. I am dressing as Loki this year for Halloween. Anyone think I can pull of "The God Of Mischief?" Come visit me tonight to see for yourself!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Today's Drink Recipe: Tokyo Tea

Tokyo Tea

3/4 oz gin
3/4 oz Midori® melon liqueur
3/4 oz vodka
sour Mix

In a tall glass, pour all ingredients over ice. Use equal parts of Sprite® and sour mix. Garnish with a couple of cherries, if desired. Enjoy!

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Just in Time: Halloween Drinks


Pumpkin Pie
1/3 oz Kahlua® coffee liqueur
1/3 oz irish cream
1/4 oz Goldschlager® cinnamon schnapps

Shake all ingredients and strain into a large shot glass. Sprinkle cinnamon on top.

Flaming Pumpkin Pie
1/2 oz Kahlua® coffee liqueur
1/2 oz irish cream
1/4 oz Goldschlager® cinnamon schnapps
151 rum

Prepare as a regular pumpkin pie shooter, combining the first three ingredients in a shaker and straining into a shot glass. With cinnamon-sugar at the ready, top with 151 and light. As the rum is burning toss cinnamon-sugar in, creating fun fire effects.

*Please be very careful when dealing with flaming shots. They are intended for party hosts and bartenders only, not for you to show your friends when you are already hammered from a night of drinking.*

Bloody Brain
1 oz peach schnapps
1 oz irish cream

This is a visual shot. Pour the peach schnapps into a shot glass. Slowly pour the irish cream over the schnapps. DO NOT LAYER. Allow the irish cream to sink into the schnapps. It will clump together quite nastily. Drop in a few drops of grenadine from a bar spoon.
Depending on the will look something like this


Green Demon
Equal parts:
Midori® melon liqueur

Combine all ingredients in a highball glass. Stir and garnish with a cherry.

Devil's Advocate
1 1/2 oz Bacardi® Limon (or substitute lemon flavored vodka)
3/4 oz triple sec
splash of sour mix
dash of grenadine
cranberry juice

Combine all ingredients over ice, balancing with cranberry juice. Stir and serve.

Warm Apple Pie
1 oz Hot Damn® cinnamon schnapps
1 oz Apple Pucker® apple schnapps

Pour over ice in a rocks glass and stir. Enjoy!

Purple Devil
1 oz amaretto
1 oz triple sec
cranberry juice

Combine all ingredients over ice, topping with a splash of Sprite® to make it bubbly.

Note: The original recipe is very complex. Here is a cheater recipe that you can make in bulk.

1 oz light rum
1/2 oz amaretto (or creme de almond if you have it)
1/2 oz triple sec
equal parts orange juice & sour mix
1/2 oz 151 proof rum

Combine all but the 151 in a tall glass and stir. Top with the 151 and garnish with a cherry.

1 oz vodka
1 oz Chambord® raspberry liqueur
1 oz cranberry juice

Shake ingredients with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Hang a set of vampire teeth on the rim of the glass

For my signature drink, Voodoo Koolaid, visit my drink recipes page.


Sparkling Harvest Punch

2 cups chilled cranberry juice
2 cups chilled apple juice
1 1/2 cup chilled orange juice
2 cups chilled club soda
Orange slices
Frozen cranberries

Mix together everything in a punch bowl.
Add a bottle of vodka for an alcoholic punch.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

History Minute: The Volstead Act

Celebrate Repeal Day with me at the Golden Lion on December 5th!!

Today in History

October 28, 1919

Congress passes the Volstead Act over President Woodrow Wilson's veto. The Volstead Act provided for the enforcement of the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, also known as the Prohibition Amendment.

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 national liquor abstinence. In December 1917, the 18th Amendment, prohibiting the "manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors for beverage purposes," was passed by Congress and sent to the states for ratification. In January 1919, the 18th amendment achieved the necessary two-thirds majority of state ratification, and prohibition became the law of the land.

The Volstead Act, passed nine months later, 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. On December 5 1933, the 21st Amendment to the Constitution was passed and ratified, repealing prohibition.


Sunday, October 26, 2008

At Arm's Length

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I consider myself a pretty good self portrait photographer....check out some of my faves in my flickr photostream

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

To ease the mood, some bipartisan election humor...

from my friends at &

Today's Drink Recipe: Pillow Biter

Pillow Biter

1 oz bourbon whiskey
1 oz peach schnapps

Pour over ice in a shaker. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled cocktail glass to sip or into a rocks glass to serve as a shot. Sweet and hard at the same time. Hurts so good. ;-)

Today's History Lesson: The Gimlet


n. A cocktail, usually consisting of gin and lime juice
—Oxford English Dictionary

A Gimlet is one of those drinks where its beauty is in its simplicity. And since it has some historical significance, I thought I’d share it with you.

According to various sources, Sir Thomas Gimlette – a British surgeon, who was looking for a way to prevent scurvy in British sailors and later became the Surgeon General, invented the drink in the late 19th century. The Merchant Shipping Act of 1867 to require all ships of the British military and merchant fleet to provide sailors with a regular dollop of lime juice—leading to the nickname “limey” for English immigrants in the early British colonies. What made this possible was a now-ubiquitous cocktail mixer. By the time the act was passed, Lauchlin Rose had patented a method for preserving citrus juice in a sugar syrup without alcohol—Rose’s Lime Juice.

All of which leads us to the beloved Dr. Thomas Gimlette, who supposedly joined the Royal Navy in 1879. It took him eleven years, but Gimlette finally hit on a solution for encouraging sailors to drink their daily dose of lime juice—adding gin. The now infamous surgeon cum bartender was subsequently knighted and eventually retired as the British Surgeon General in 1913.

The gimlet, like the ubiquitious martini, is made with gin. Many, including me, enjoy a vodka gimlet. If you want a vodka gimlet in my bar, you better order it that way. Otherwise you will get gin and lime juice on ice.

According to Raymond Chandler, that there’s only one proper way to mix a proper gimlet, as Terry Lenox explains to Philip Marlowe:

“A real Gimlet is half gin and half Rose’s Lime Juice and nothing else. It beats Martinis hollow.”

Most drinkers today prefer 1 1/2 oz gin and 3/4 oz lime juice over ice.

I make my "gimlet" with 2 oz Smirnoff® vodka and half a fresh lime, over ice.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Florida Voters: Vote No On Amendment 2

Voting is upon us in Florida. Between now and November 4, please vote no on amendment 2.

1. Vote No On 2 because it Takes Away Benefits
Amendment 2 would take away important family protections, including health care insurance and hospital visitation from all unmarried Floridians. The Florida Legislature's own analysis warns that this amendment: "... could place (domestic partnerships) at risk of losing specified rights and benefits, such as those related to health insurance."

2. Vote No On 2 because it Hurts Seniors
Amendment 2 would hurt Florida's large senior population by taking away partnership rights of widowed seniors, like health care and end-of-life decision making. The AARP and Florida Alliance for Retired Americans have spoken out against these kinds of dangerous amendments.

3. Vote No On 2 because EVERY Major Florida Daily Newspaper is Opposed to Amendment 2 - Newspapers across the political spectrum whose editorial boards rarely agree on politics have come out strongly opposed to Amendment 2. (read them)

4. Vote No On 2 because Discrimination Doesn't Belong in the Florida Constitution
The constitution should protect all of us from government intrusion and discrimination. This amendment would embed discrimination against unmarried people into our state constitution for generations to come.

5. Vote No On 2 because Hurting Families Doesn't "Protect" Anyone's Marriage
Despite the name "Marriage Protection Amendment" this measure does NOTHING to help curb the divorce rate or strengthen marriage. It only scapegoats unmarried partners and strips them of vital health benefits.

6. Vote No On 2 because it Permits Massive Government Intrusion
Amendment 2 puts the government where it doesn't belong - regulating the personal relationships of Floridians. Government should not make it harder for people to take care of their loved ones.

7. Vote No On 2 and Avoid Hiring Expensive Lawyers
Amendment 2 could force unmarried Floridians to hire expensive private lawyers just to be able to see each other in the hospital.

8. Vote No On 2 because It's Already Hard Enough for Families
At a time of economic crisis the last thing we should do is put government-enforced obstacles, big legal fees and more red tape in the way of people getting access to vital health care and family protections.

9. Vote No On 2 because Florida is Better Than This
When Florida voters understand the real harm to real people the Amendment will cause, they will vote no. Everyday more and more Floridians are standing up to this divisive, harmful amendment. The Fairness for All Families' Vote No On 2 campaign consists of over 260 civic, faith, and social justice groups working together to protect Florida's families. Help spread the word. Volunteer and donate today.

10. Vote No On 2 because of It Harms All of Us
People have already lost benefits in states that have passed similar measures. In Michigan, health insurance for domestic partners were repealed at every state university that offered them. In Kentucky, amendment backers had promised they were only "banning gay marriage". Now they are working to eliminate domestic partner benefits for state and university employees. In Ohio, justice for domestic violence victims was impeded because lower courts ruled that their "marriage" amendment" prohibited applying domestic violence laws to unmarried couples.

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Help Tammaye Save The Tatas!!

I am walking this Saturday in the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, and I hope you will join me by making a donation in support of my effort.

This year I'm walking in celebration of a friend who is a brand-new survivor, and in memory of a friend who fought as hard as she could with grace and courage.
By raising money to support the American Cancer Society fight against breast cancer, we help fund groundbreaking research, public awareness campaigns, efforts to ensure all women have access to mammograms, and free programs and services that improve the quality of life for patients and their families.

All you have to do is click the link below and follow the few easy steps. Last year, 450,000 Making Strides participants raised $45 million ... and they did it one donation at a time. So, whether you're able to give $5 or $500, every bit truly does help. Hope starts one dollar at a time.

Thank you in advance for any support you may be able to offer.


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Monday, October 20, 2008

These lyrics haunt me as Super Tuesday approaches...

From Kris Kristofferson's "In The News"

Burning up the atmosphere and cutting down the trees
The billion dollar bombing of a nation on it's knees
Anyone not marching to their tune they call it treason
Everyone says God is on his side

See the lightning, hear the cries
Of the wounded in a world in Holy war
Mortal thunder from the skies
Killing everything they say they're fighting for

Broken babies, broken homes
Broken-hearted people dying everyday
How'd this happen, what went wrong
Don't blame God, I swear to God I heard him say

"Not in my name, not on my ground
I want nothing but the ending of the war
No more killing, or it's over
And the mystery won't matter anymore"

Watch on

Today's Abs Diet Lunch

A customer asked me Saturday night if I have been working out, so I am encouraged!

Today the pickings are a little slim (groceries tomorrow!), so here is what I had for lunch.

3 slices of turkey topped with mozzarella cheese on a hogie roll. Toasted in the toaster oven, then topped again with spinach, tomatoes, and yummy balsamic vinaigrette dressing. Had a handful of raisins on the side and my "drugs".

1000 mg flaxseed oil softgel
one GNC megamen vitamin
one ginseng complex tablet
one horny goat weed complex
one 450mg Damiana leaves capsule

yummy! Calorie count is irrelevant because the abs diet requires no calorie counting :-D. The important thing is that I had three "power foods" (lean meat, low fat dairy, and spinach). Be well!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

New Halloween Clues

Sunday Morning Playlist

Random Selections from my Pandora radio station "Morning Rain"

Silver Lining by Cheryl Wheeler
These Days by Fountains Of Wayne
Suppose by Todd Thibaud
Home by Jack Johnson
Rain King by Counting Crows
Beautiful World by Colin Hay
Something Broken by John Hiatt
Hand In Hand by Dire Straits
True Love Will Never Fade by Mark Knopfler
Campaigner by Neil Young
Lost and Found by Casey Chambers

Saturday, October 18, 2008

First Clues for my Halloween Costume

I am trying to keep it a big mystery this year because it will be all new (I have been a pirate for three years).

So here is the first clue.

Pictures can also be seen on my myspace, facebook, and flickr pages.

Friday, October 17, 2008

The All New UDiscoverMe is online!!!

The new look is up and running!!! A few of the artists profiles are still being entered but the site is up and ready for you to listen to and rank new artists.

This is a venture I have been involved in for some time and would love to see these artists heard!!!

Fed Ex - Coffee Commercial

I freaking cracked up when i saw this!!

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Tuesday Morning Playlist

Approximately 70 minutes of music from my Pandora station "Morning Rain":

In a weird coincidence Romeo & Juliet, which I had never heard before yesterday, played again on Tuesday. This time it was a live cover by Matt Nathanson. How can a person not love internet music sites for such serendipitous discoveries? For a special treat, visit the I Still Miss Someone entry on foxytunes (link below) to see backstage video of Cash & Dylan singing.

Willin' by Little Feat
She's No Lady by Lyle Lovett
My Buckets Got A Hole In It by Van Morrison
Never Know by Jack Johnson
Beloved One (Live) by Ben Harper
Romeo And Juliet (Live) by Matt Nathanson
Someday by Matt Strief
Tangled Up In Blue by Bob Dylan
Clocks and Spoons by John Prine
In The News by Kris Kristofferson
I Still Miss Someone (Live) by Johnny Cash
Farewell, Angelina by Bob Dylan
Dust Down A Country Road by John Hiatt
The Only Living Boy In New York by Simon & Garfunkel
Hand Me Down by The Wallflowers
Creep (Acoustic) by Radiohead


Monday, October 13, 2008

short and stubby!

i think not! ;-)

Some photos from the Golden Lion on Sunday, listening to David Lane play his guitar!

Monday Morning Playlist

Some groovy and mellow tunes from my Pandora station "Morning Rain":

Selected Lyrics:
  • Make sure the fortune that you seek
    Is the fortune you need.
  • I'm losin' my faith
    In most of that stuff those wise men said
  • And the summer comes marching in
    With his heavy boots on
    Kicking along the blacktop
    Sidewalks of A1A
  • Can't you see that its just raining
    Ain't no need to go outside...
  • Maybe the star of Bethlehem
    Wasn't a star at all.
  • If heaven was a town it would be my town
    On a summer day in 1985
  • "You and me babe, how about it?"

Thursday, October 09, 2008

10 years ago today....

I met Mrs. Tiki for the first time.

We looked something like this....

Photos from International Pirate Day

Today's Drink Recipe: Pink Heart

Number 7 in the Pink series:

Pink Heart

1/2 oz creme de cacao
1/2 oz Chambord® raspberry liqueur

Pour the chambord and creme de cacao into a rocks or old-fashioned glass filled with ice. Fill with cream or milk.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Today's Drink Recipe: Pink Flamingo

Number 6 in the Pink series...

Pink Flamingo

1 1/2 oz vodka
1/2 oz Cointreau® orange liqueur
dash sloe gin
orange juice to balance

Shake all ingredients and pour over ice in a Collins glass.

Tiki's Tasty Tuna Salad

Tasty, easy, and healthy! I made this from what I had on hand. Yummy!!!

Tiki's Tuna Salad

  • 2 cans tuna
  • 1 snack size box of raisins (would have liked more but only had one left! LOL)
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 granny smith apple (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp. chopped scallions
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise (i use smart balance. it is loaded with omega 3's and non-hydrogenated)
  • 1 tbsp. ground flax seed (i put that in about everything)
Mix all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice (just kidding!!!), folding in mayo last. Be sure to coat all ingredients with the mayo. Good on it's own, or on a bed of greens.

I ate mine today on whole grain toast, with a little salad of baby spinach, Amish gorgonzola cheese, and some yummy balsamic vinaigrette dressing. I also had a handful of grapes (the last in the bowl).


Man shot three times in street by racist gunman - for wearing Barack Obama T-shirt | Mail Online

Man shot three times in street by racist gunman - for wearing Barack Obama T-shirt | Mail Online

A man told today how he was shot three times in a London street for wearing a Barack Obama T-shirt.

Dube Egwuatu was buying a mobile telephone top-up card in an off-licence when the gunman confronted him and glared at the top, which carries an image of the Democrat US presidential candidate underneath the legend 'Believe'....

New Magazine Article about me!

Thanks to the folks over at Backstage Pass Magazine for a nice write-up in their October issue. Click the link and head to page 32 to check it out!

Monday, October 06, 2008

margarita madness tonight!!

$3.25 'ritas....$2.50 coronas tonight at the GL

I will be making my famous Apple Pie Margaritas!!!

if that's not enough incentive...i will be there!!!

Today's Drink Recipe: Pink Panties

#5 in the Pink series:

Pink Panties

3/4 oz vodka
3/4 oz creme de banana
3/4 oz amaretto
1 oz sour mix
1 oz pineapple juice

Shake with ice and pour all into a large rocks glass. Enjoy!

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Transferring my old blogs today...

My original myspace account, created in fall of 2005, is inactive but has hundreds of blog entries sitting in it. I am a little proud of the just over 50,000 blog reads I had on that account in 2.5 years. I created my new account in March of 2008. Anyhow, I am NOT transferring them to myspace..i am moving them to Most of my blogging then was done on myspace. So far I have moved all of 2005. So, for a kick check them out. :-D. Here is the address for the 2006 archive

The results will be in reverse chronological order. Scroll on down to the bottom and check it out. My first blog ever on was abotu starting at the Golden Lion. There are some cool photo blogs. I really should do more of those.

Anywhere in the blog, you can access the archive section in the left sidebar. Enjoy...and leave a comment now and then :-D Heck you might even want to sign up for blog alerts! If you are a myspace reader, I don't always repost everything there...think what you might be missing!

Death Of A Florida Dive Bar

On Tuesday September 30 Mother's Beachside Bar closed its doors forever. In operation for 12 years, Mother's was the ultimate dive bar. I called it the "anti Cheers", because sometimes you wanna go where no one knows your name. It was rundown, the AC didn't always work, and there was no hot water in the bathrooms. I started making a habit of Mother's on Monday nights to sing karaoke with Harryoke. I spent a few Tuesday afternoons quite drunk there with Jason. Long live the Tuesday Afternoon Social Club!!! Mrs. Tiki's first apartment was just a few steps away. It slowly became a part of my life & habits. I used to always say on Monday nights at my bar "Last Call...see you at Mother's!!", and drank with many a customer there after closing the Lion. Eventually, my "anti-Cheers" became a place where everyone knew my name. Mondo of Mondo & Julie began the tradition of playing "The Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Room" (from The Enchanted Tiki Room at WDW) when I walked in. When Teresa was working, I only had to indicate short or tall and she always knew I wanted Beam on the rocks or a Bud Light.

If you visit and click the "Featured Singer" box, you will see a video of me singing "The Bird". Not my best performance but still fun!!

For some photos from the last few nights at Mother's visit my myspace page
or my flickr photostream. I am working on a compilation of photos from the past few years to post later.

Farewell Mother's...i will miss you.

Today's Drink Recipe: Pretty in Pink

#4 in the pink series....

Pretty in Pink

2 oz Stoli® Vanil vodka
1 oz Bailey's® Irish cream
1 splash grenadine syrup

Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with cherry.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Today's Drink Recipe: Pink Iguana

#3 In The Pink Series....

Pink Iguana

1 oz vodka
1 oz coconut rum
1/4 oz lime juice
1 oz cranberry juice

Combine ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a thin disk of lime floating on top.

Friday, October 03, 2008

New Links at

Check out some new links. Tell 'em Tiki sent ya!

Now playing on Windows Media Player: Matchbox 20 - Bright Lights
via FoxyTunes

Follow My Life Stream (aka what is friendfeed?)

FriendFeed enables you to keep up-to-date on the web pages, photos, videos and music that your friends and family are sharing. It offers a unique way to discover and discuss information among friends.

Sign up for FriendFeed, invite some friends, and get a customized feed made up of the content that your friends shared — from news articles to family photos to interesting links and videos. FriendFeed automatically imports shared stuff from sites across the web, so if your friend favorites a video on YouTube, you get a link and a thumbnail of the video in your feed. And if your friend likes a news story on Digg, you get a link in your feed. FriendFeed makes all the sites you already use a little more social.

It’s also fast and easy to start discussions around shared items. On FriendFeed, you and your friends contribute to a shared stream of information — information that you care about, because it's from the people that you care about.

You don't need to install anything to use FriendFeed. But if you already use Facebook, you can add our Facebook application to connect your Facebook profile to all the other products you use around the web. You can also view your FriendFeed in your iGoogle homepage or read it in a feed reader. If you make your FriendFeed publicly visible (kind of like a blog that writes itself), you can embed your feed in your home page or blog.

Check out my friendfeed here:

I just watch the Olympics for the articles....,0,3524177.photogallery

Check out this slideshow from the Sun Sentinel down in South Florida

Today's Drink Recipe: Pink Blossom

Drink #2 of Breast Cancer Awareness Month (or as i like to call it "Save the Boobies" month)

Pink Blossom

1 oz amaretto
1 oz Tequila Rose® strawberry cream liqueur
2 oz milk

Fill a glass with ice and pour everything in. Stir and remember the days of strawberry Quik®.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

New character on "Heroes"

I must admit I am quite smitten with one of the new characters on Heroes. Daphne the Speedster, played by Brea Grant, is the new nemesis to time shifting Hiro. Besides being ridiculously cute, she has been given some terrific lines. One more reason for me to tune in to Heroes, of which I am already a big fan.

Grant graduated from the University of Texas before moving to Los Angeles to pursue acting. Last season, she played sassy high school student Jean on NBC's "Friday Night Lights." The 26-year-old actress' short bleach-blond dreadlocked hairdo has become her signature. "Heroes" producers only trimmed her bangs for the role of Daphne. "It's mine. It was like this," said Grant. "Basically, I dyed my hair for 10 years and at some point it turned into a big pouf, so I started dreading half of it and just letting it go. Every once in a while, I'll dye it to get rid of my roots. People hate it or love it."

Grant said she's been a "Heroes" fan since the show debuted in 2006 and cried tears of joy when she was called to audition. However, she said the strangest part about being on a show about ordinary people with superhuman abilities has been the images required for the series' intricate computer-generated effects.

"I had to go to this place and stand on a platform in my underwear," said Grant. "They turned it around and took photos of me. It felt like some sort of weird experiment. I imagine those pictures will end up on the Internet at some point."

One can only hope...

For more info about Brea, visit her website

Today's Abs Diet Breakfast

4 slices turkey bacon
1 egg & a slice of lowfat cheese on a toasted whole wheat english muffin
1/2 cup of grapes
8 oz Tropicana OJ + Calcium & Vitamin D
1 GNC Mega Men multi-vitamin
1000 mg flaxseed oil

All prepared in the microwave and toaster oven. Prep time, about 6 minutes. No time for breakfast? psshaww!

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