Mondo Exotica!

August 20, 2007 at 1:09 pm 3 comments

tiki godMy personal experience with the world of exotica came at a very tender age. The Polynesian craze which was popular in the late 50’s and early 60’s touched even my small Texas city. The Tiki Club at the Tradewinds Motel provided adults with an escape from the pressures of everyday suburban life.

The Tiki Club was part of the motel restaurant and had a very foreboding and dark entrance. As a young child I wondered exactly what kind of mysterious and wonderful club the adults had devised “in there”. I knew it had to be really cool because they were given little plastic animals to put on the sides of their drinks. Many of my intrusions into the alcohol laced adult world of the time were based on the aquisition of these colorful little animals. Not only was the Tiki Club one of my targets, I was even run out of the Officer’s Club at Kirtland AFB as well! Well, I just had to have a red plastic monkey or an orange giraffe, so I decided to venture into this forbidden zone. Much like a spelunker I cautiously marched into the dark cavernous entranceway into the Tiki Club. After just a few feet inside I suddenly came face to face with a huge carved tiki god with menacing ruby eyes that reflected the dim light. Needless to say, I froze in terror! After a brief staredown with this wooden sentinel, I decided to beat a hasty retreat back into the restaurant only to hear the roar of laughter by the adults seated there. This club wasn’t in any danger of being invaded by kids on this day! The tiki totem had done its duty, the gods were appeased, and life went on.

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Clackers Patio Culture’s 10th Anniversary!

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  • 1. TERRI TYNDELL  |  April 21, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    HELLO GREG! I COULD NOT HELP IT…AND SO I WENT TO THE STORE AND BOUGHT 2 MARTIN DENNY CD’S I DIDN’T HAVE. CAN’T WAIT TO LISTEN & ENJOY THE POLYNESIAN SOUNDS. CHEERS!

  • 2. patioculture  |  April 21, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    Looks like you’re ready for Patio season! Just add the tiki torches and you’re set.

    Greg

  • 3. TERRI TYNDELL  |  April 22, 2009 at 7:04 am

    YES GREG I CAN’T WAIT TO ADD TIKI TORCHES TO THE HOUSE I CURRENTLY HAVE A CONTRACT ON IN TYLER. I HAVE LONGED FOR A 1950’S MODERN RANCH HOUSE, AND WOULD ACTUALLY BE CONTENT IN ONE IN PALM SPRINGS. INSTEAD I HAVE FOUND A 1976 HOUSE AND WILL BE BRINGING BACK IT’S ATOMIC LUSTRE IN NO TIME. IT HAS LOADS OF CHARACTER TO INCLUDE THE BRICK FENCE SURROUNDING IT, AND 2 COURTYARDS IN WHICH TO PLACE THE TIKI TORCHES AND EXOTICA MUSIC, AND I MUST NOT FORGET THE GRILL. WHO KNOWS I MAY EVEN USE MY PINK FLAMINGOS IN THE BACK YARD. HAVE A SWELL DAY!

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