Sunday, June 26, 2011

How do you get a better day?

Sure, I've got some "Real World" type things to deal with today...but no worries. The core of my day is about all you could ask for.

Hot summer day sitting in the shade, the Pit's smokin'..

Brisket's on, ribs are coming...

Mr. Blackhart is at the ready...

And my handy, dandy sketchbook...

Can it get better?

Have Fun!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

A Few Pix from The Road Trip

My favorite shots from this trip were mostly Hipstamatic shots from my phone. I wasn't real comfortable throwing my DSLR around in the bars, and restaurant. (I need to get over that...)

One DSLR shot turned out pretty good from the hotel window...

Have Fun!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Days 3 & 4...

Most of the day Saturday was spent lounging. Egads! More relaxing? Yes.

We hopped a shuttle to the Mai Kai around 4:30. Saw some of Ft. Lauderdale we hadn't seen yet, more of the stupid money bits...then a more "reality" based version of the city. Not a bad Burg...but we don't plan on leaving Texas, so don't roll out the welcome wagon.

How does one describe the Mai Kai? Adult Disneyland? A throwback to a "Classier" time? A wallet gouging pit of high octane fruity drinks and hula girls with tramp stamps? A little bit of all the above. It was a spectacle to be sure. But we were over it pretty quickly. After the "show" we were ready to bolt. It was gonna be nearly an hour before the shuttles started running again. The decision was made to hop a cab and get the hell out of Dodge. It was cheaper than waiting.

After arriving safely back at the hotel, we strolled over to the Bahia Cabana bar. Legend has it that actor Nick Nolte had them institute a 7 a.m. Happy Hour. This is a fun place. The people watching is epic. It's the kind of place where the filthy rich mingle with just the plain filthy...and all points in between. Good times.

It's now Sunday morning as I type this. We're packing up and getting ready to head home to Tejas. Another cab ride, another trip through airport hell, then home. Ready to go, but not too.

Hukilau. Would we do it again? Maybe. The people we met, and the relaxing we scored, made the trip for us. The event is very well organized, and from our vantage point went off without a hitch. I could probably make it the rest of my life without going back to the Mai Kai. Overcrowded, overpriced, and over the top...the schtick is just a little too thick.

Thanks to anyone that read through this self indulgent travel journal. Maybe there will be more down the line. I'll try to do better if there is a next time.

Have fun.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Day 2 is in the books...

There's a stupid amount of money in Ft Lauderdale. $15 million yachts parked at the "curbs" of $40 million homes. People that own more than a couple of these homes, and pay over $40K a month in property taxes on each one. Crazy, stupid amounts of money, and no matter hard I looked...I couldn't find piles of it anywhere. Maybe next trip.

Don't weep for me though...the good times keep rolling.

I wanna be this guy when I grow up...

Didn't get his name or know anything about him, but he is obviously a profound and worldly gentleman of the highest order. We should all have a little "him" in us.

Monkey masks? Check. Flight suits? Check. Surf guitars turned to 11? Check. The Disastronauts will rock your lame ass!

Will grown women hula hoop to the cheers of more grown people for cheap prizes? Yes they will.

We're having a hoot of a time, with more projected.

Saturday night brings dinner at the The Mai Kai a 50 year old Tiki bar/restaurant. Awesome!

Have Fun!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Day 1 is done...

Imagine going to a Trekkie convention after only seeing one episode of Star Trek (if you're not old enough to get my graying pop culture reference, blame your parents,or grandparents, for not procreating sooner). That's sort of what going to a Tiki festival is like if you only have an entry level interest in things Polynesian...minus, of course, Vulcans, Klingons, and Phasers set on "Stun".

We've met some cool people, and seen some cool stuff, but we're definitely the neophytes in this festival of floral patterned polyester. The lovely Mrs. MMS and I, are big fans of Mid Century Modern design/style. The Tiki thing, to us, is an offshoot of that. To be honest, the devotion of our fellow festival goers to this little sliver of pop history is either Saintly, or maybe a bit kooky. To be equally honest, I've never understood zealots no matter their preferred kink. A little goes a long way for me.

But damn...these Technicolor Tikiphiles party HARD. There were "after parties" scheduled long after we called it quits...and that's just for today...the whole thing is over Sunday.

Check out The Intoxicators. They're a nitro-charged Surf band with one of the best song titles of all time..."Prostitutes in a Clown Car". We met Adam, the bass player, and his family (some of the aforementioned "cool people") earlier in the day. Good times.

Friday brings more opportunity for fun!!

Have Fun!

Relax? What's that?

This is completely insane. We have nothing to do, nowhere to go. We are, in fact, relaxing. Laying about poolside, listening to an oldies mix courtesy of the hotel...watching old people slather on sunscreen...relaxing is hard work.

Have Fun!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

In Flight Doodle...

Fort Lauderdale. Made it! The Hukilau (the Tiki festival we're going to) starts tomorrow. We're getting the lay of the land and figuring out what's what...

Here's a doodle I did on the plane...

Have Fun!

And so it begins...

I reckon no news is good news...and yet that still manages to make me nervous. We made it away from home good. We made it to the airport good. Everything has been good. Weird.

But wait...

Ahhh...the human cattle line that is security. As long as there's not a big sweaty fat guy at the end with a bolt gun I guess we'll be ok.

No bolt gun.

But we are in Group C for boarding...which roughly translates to "No, you can't actually sit WITH your wife, but there is the distinct possibility you'll recognize the top of her head from your seat!"

The couple next to me ordered doubles. It's the little things that mean the most.

Next to some of our other trips, this one is shaping up to be nothing but cake thus far. I'm, guardedly, optimistic about our chances for extreme merriment.

Time to sit back, relax, doodle, and listen to my schizophrenically shuffling iPod.

Have Fun!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Road Trip!!!

Me and the Mrs. are taking a little trip.

Stay tuned for details from the road.

Various forms of gadgetry will likely come into play, as well as visual documentation.

I'm also gonna go ahead and apologize for any possible damage to those with delicate sensibilities.

See ya in the funny papers...