I didn't take as many pictures this year --because I decided I'd bring my little old school video camera instead.. Here are few of the photos I got and some of my favorite moments from 2014 not covered in my previous blogs. Favorite band I heard and didn't see: Davey Allen and the Arrows played some great instrumental surf while we were having dinner Friday night. Pleasant Surprise We caught The Rosalyns in a room crawl on Friday night.. This all girl band rocked out and was a pleasant surprise.
The Unclaimed took the stage put on a good show --despite the advanced age of several of the band members.
The Lampshades were great once again....Only got them on video this year.
Here are a few highlights from our shopping.
Some naughty Disney inspired stuff.
SHAG of course.... I wore Shag shirts all weekend so we had to stop by the Shag booth.
I loved this 2015 Tiki Calendar ad
Here is some Tiki Art work...
The Pool Scene was wild as usual with good music and dancing
A Quick stop at the Car Show is a must
The Coolest looking shop Grider Trading Post looked like something straight out of Adventureland
My favorite moment of the weekend (besides how hot my wife looked in a vintage dress that I bought her that I hope she wears to Tiki Oasis 2015) was my very first symposium.
I'm a huge Disneyland fan and as I've posted in a previous blog the Tiki Room and my 1980's Adventureland necklace are what got my into Tiki in the first place. Getting to see and listen to Disney Legend Rolly Crump talk about his career was a true delight. His symposium was entertaining and makes me want to dive right into his book (which I'm holding in this shot below). One of the coolest things about this that was actually kind of surreal was sitting at the back of the room watching a Disney Icon talk about creating the Tiki Room, while sitting a few feet away from Art icon Shag who was standing at the back of the room watching Rolly talk as well. Watching my favorite artist listen to a Disney legend that he has done artwork based on was really cool.
SEE you all again next year! We absolutely can't wait for next years theme....
Nothing starts off a great Tiki Oasis like a little Sip and Stroll right after you check into your room. It was big hit last year and even more free rum was ready for tasting this year. With Rum from Appleton Estate, Mount Gay, Deadhead, Tiki Club Liquors, Angostura Rum and Bitters and Papa's Pillars the people were lining up.
Of course free Rum can lead to Shopping
Too much free Rum and you can start seeing strange things.
All of a sudden people turn into Tikis
Giant Tikis come to life and start playing bongos...
The only cure for this hallucination is of course to drown it with more rum.
Pineapples try to shake your hand
You see things like Shrunken Heads
Or Dogs wearing Sunglasses
You stumble up to your friends room to catch some bands and a few Mai Tai punches and by the time you are ready to room crawl
Things really get CRAZY
Next thing you know you are surrounded by Bastards playing guitars in a dimly lit room with half naked women
The Rum is truly taking its Revenge on you at this point as glowing color orbs begin to float before your eyes.
I've even heard stories about a room where the bartenders were monkeys....but that can't be...I'm afraid we have been submerged in rum for too long.....Better head back to shore for Saturday's fun
Usually when you hear someone say they are “Going to Hell” it is generally a bad thing. At Tiki Oasis… Hell isn’t exactly as bad as it sounds.Sure it is hot , but the music and the drinks are great.Who knew going to Hell could be so damn fun.Hell has an evil Beatnik Demon Baby, and bartenders with horns and laser lights.Here are a few evil pictures from our journey into Tiki Hell.
Welcome to Hell
Ron Jeremy offering up a contract for your soul
The Rum of choice in Hell.
Here was a cool Party promo that Tiki Hell put together this year before all the fun started
Every year I write about how I always feel like no matter how much fun I have at Tiki Oasis –that I missed out on something. I talked about how I needed to Clone myself so that I could be everywhere at once. Then my clones could come back at the end of the trip and I could download their memories and basically turn my 3 days at Tiki Oasis into a week and a half of fun and great memories. Tiki Oasis always goes by way too quickly. You spend months anticipating it and get Tiki on the brain the week before it happens---then like a Rum dream it is over. So my Clone idea seemed like the best solution. 5 Clones should cover it… But Cloning is not a cheap endeavor. I saved up enough money and bribed the right folks. I created 1 Clone a few months before Tiki Oasis and unfortunately he escaped the lab –before all the programming could be completed. Well I really miscalculated with this concept. The theory was that my Clone would go and see the room crawls and parties that I wasn’t in and I could download his memories at the end of the weekend. Well, since the programming never took place and he escaped into the world to live on his own my plan could never be set in motion. I had all but forgotten about my Clone until he showed up standing right next to me in the Swank Bastards room. Wearing the same clothes as me and holding the same drink cup as me. My Clone had aged, but was in better shape than me (maybe it he has a quicker metabolism along with the rapid aging). He was even wearing the same kind of shoes (although they were a different color). I wanted to ask him what he had been up to since he had escaped the lab. How he had ended up at Tiki Oasis? (since he had escaped so soon after being Cloned) But the loud pounding sounds of Thee Swank Bastards drowned out any attempts at a conversation. Someone took a picture of us and then I turned for a second and he was gone……Was it just some Rum induced dream? It couldn’t be… I had photographic evidence of the encounter.
Lessons learned from my Cloning experiment:
1. Make sure to use a Cloning lab with plenty of security so your Clone doesn’t escape without the proper programming.
2. A Clone without programming will still have the same great taste in clothing and drink ware….Clearly this Clone has good taste….Apparently great minds think as one.
3. The plan to have my Clones visit places I didn’t go would really backfired…. My Clones good taste also included his taste in music otherwise he wouldn’t have ended up in the exact same room party as me at the exact same time.
4. A Clone should be implanted with a tracking device……I may never see my Clone again and I will just wonder like every other year ------what experiences he may have had and think again about all the stuff I missed out on.
Up next: Tiki Oasis 2014: An Unexpected journey to Hell and Back Again
Followed by : Tiki Oasis 2014: Wraith of the Rum or Revenge of the Fireball