2008-12-31

The LAST Final Tiki Update of 2008?

Stop the presses! The mail came today.



My friend Dan (of Ultimate Solitaire fame) sent me a birthday present! It's a wahine mug from Harvey's Lake Tahoe. There was a tiki bar called Top Of The Wheel there in the 60's-70's. Someone blew it all up in 1980.



It's a bit hard to read as the paint is almost washed off (definitely a well used mug) but it says "Sail With Harvery's" on the sail of the outrigger. This style seems to be more rare than some of the later ones with more ornate logos out in the whitespace of the mug.



It's stamped JAPAN on the bottom and is probably from the Otagiri Merchantile Company. Definitely an early one.

I have a couple of Tiki Farm reproductions of similar mugs but this is my first and only REAL wahine mug. Thanks Dan!!!

2008-12-30

Final Tiki Update of 2008?

I'm way behind on tiki postings. I doubt I'll cover them all but will post a few highlights just to finish up for the year:



In November I finally ordered my Intergalactic Island Hopper decanter from Tiki Farm. I'd been trying to get this one for years it seems. When it was first announced it wasn't available. Then its release was delayed... and delayed again. I quit looking for it. Then it finally came out and sold out before I managed to snag one. They came across one last box of them somehow and I finally got mine. What tiki wouldn't want its own spaceship?



Along with this shipment I picked up Sam's Seafood Maori and Marquesan. Sam's is gone now but its spirit lives on as Kona. I particularly like the squareness of Sam's Maori. It might make it hard to drink out of but it looks pretty neat.

Then in early December I finally placed my order for the Queequeg Chapter of the Fraternal Order of Moai's MS Society Tiki Mugs. This was a very limited run of 200 mugs made to raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. I squeaked in at #186 of 200. The swirly bits (hair?) on this one are great.





Then for Christmas, Heather got me a Trader Vic's Los Angeles Limited Edition Tiki Mug. Check out those cheeks!

Then to top it off she also gave me a game called Tiki Topple. It's very nicely designed and has very cool tiki pieces.







It's quite fun and requires a little more strategy (and luck) than you might first think.

I also got some more Tiki Fountains from folks (Thank you everyone!!! Really!!!)

2008-12-15

Otter On Ice

video

We went to the Georgia Aquarium today.

Otters love ice.

2008-12-11

Tiki Wars

I made a tiki map for Weewar:



Yay.

weewar.com

Beary Good!!!

Dave and Danielle have a Christmas party ever year where everyone brings a bear to donate to the local fire department.

This year the turnout was awesome:



Maybe I need to do something like this one year with stuffed tikis... but I'd have a hard time giving them away :(

2008-12-06

Brrrrr.... It's Stupid Cold

But I'm out here anyway. I'm going in there where its warmer.

2008-12-04