Saturday, August 22, 2015

Why Tiki Oasis is a lot more than just a 4 Day experience!

I’m sure you are saying to yourself –What the hell is he talking about.   Let me quote Steve Martin's The Jerk " I know we've only know each other for four weeks and three days, but to me is seems like nine weeks and five days"

If you get there on Thursday night (which we have never done) and stay through Sunday night Tiki Oasis is  actually 4 days, but Tiki Oasis goes beyond the event itself.

Let me explain.   
Before Tiki Oasis even starts there is the Pre Tiki Oasis buzz.  The anticipation kicks into full gear as you watch people posting online in preparation.    Looking at pictures and videos from previous years.   You start to plan what drinks, clothes, mugs and room decorations you are going to bring.

The excitement builds as Room Crawl posters appear online
driving you into a Tiki Frenzy at the thought of the bands you want to see after the main stage shuts down for the night.  
The second I saw this poster for The Hula Girls and The Jimmy Psycho Experiment --my plans for the start of each night were set

Tiki Oasis is like 2 weeks of total Tiki overload.   
Those days at work the week of the event are like torture. 
 You sit at your desk wondering why you don’t have a Mai Tai in your hand.   You can’t wait to pack your Tiki mugs and gear.

For many people the journey to Tiki Oasis is a part of the experience.  Depending on where you are traveling from it may involve a stop in Vegas, or a Tiki Bar or maybe just your favorite traditional restaurant (our tradition is Norte Mexican Restaurant in Carlsbad by the beach).

Then there are the actual days at Tiki Oasis itself –What is a blast! -

It Looks like the Aliens have landed

Costume Contests

The Bands on the main Stage

The Bands in the room Crawls


Then the sadness when you have to leave to head back home to the really world.  

But Tiki Oasis however doesn’t end there.   
 After Tiki Oasis –you still have Tiki  Oasis on the brain for days afterwards as the flood of Tiki Oasis pictures and videos hit the Internet.   You soak it in.   You want to forget about work to see what has been posted online.  You start watching You Tube videos to relive the show.     Like this clip of the Outta Sites which we only saw from our balcony which was behind the stage.

I'll probably spend a good amount of time today... Catching things on videos today...Still can't let this years Tiki Oasis end yet.

You start getting excited about planning for next year.  
 I call this the Tiki Oasis Hangover and for me it lasts at least a week until –my mind slowly drifts to other non-Tiki things.  
 The thought that Tiki Oasis is now a year away is too difficult to deal with.   You start planning a trip to Trader Sam’s or Don the Beachcombers to get a little taste of Tiki.  
  You start dreaming of visiting that new Tiki Bar in Vegas that you have a Golden ticket for( we will be heading there in Dec.).

So Tiki Oasis is more than just the weekend itself…….It is kind of a state of mind that lasts both before and well beyond the event itself.  Tiki Oasis doesn't really end until the last picture is posted.

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1 comment:

  1. " I call this the Tiki Oasis Hangover and for me it lasts at least a week until . . .
    The thought that Tiki Oasis is now a year away is too difficult to deal with."

    Hits me every year (for the last 14). If you want full blown, non-stop Tiki, Tiki Oasis 16 needs be be planned for now!