Saturday, August 20, 2011

Miles Away CD giveaway by The Rockabilly Socialite

Miss Dollie Deville is giving away a copy of Chris "Sugarballs" Sprague's new CD, "Miles Away". It's full of killer, Truck-Driving, Western Swing, Rockabilly tunes & I'm pretty stoked about this giveaway, cuz Sugarballs is coming to Boston, next month, with Deke Dickerson & I can't wait to see the show. You can sign up for your chance to win here:
Thanks, Dollie. I've got my fingers crossed.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Tiki-Ti Mug Arrives

Thursday, May 26
Not much of an adventurous day, but I did receive two packages today.
The first item to arrive was the Hi-Qs Hop & Bop CD I scored on ebay. A couple of years ago, I discovered the Rockabilly Revival channel on YouTube,, & was I hooked! I must have watched each video a hundred times, by now! HaHa! Since then, I've been trying to add as many of the bands featured to my music library. The Hi-Qs are the latest addition & I highly recommend them.
Package number two contained my Tiki-Ti 50th Anniversary mug, personalized by my friend, Sven. He also included some swizzles, stickers & brochures, as well as, a coupla matchbooks. In case you didn't know by now, I'm Big Kahuna on Tiki Central. Tiki-Ti,, is a small, neighborhood Tiki bar that was opened in Hollywood, in 1961, by master mixologist Ray Buhen. It is still family-owned & one of the gems of Tiki Culture. I didn't make it to Tiki-Ti on my trip to California, but you can bet I will when I return in November.

Milltown 5 Rod & Kustom Show

This is where I'll be peddling my wares this weekend. Weather looks good & the quality of the cars seems to get better every year. Hopefully, I'll make some dough & maybe find some cool stuff, too. If you're in the area stop by.

Pago Pago Auction

Tuesday, May24

Man, this whole thing happened so fast! By the time I found out Pago Pago was closing, it was already closed. I work about a mile from this place & at about 11:45, one of my employees says: " Hey, Rick. I just drove by the Pago Pago & they're having an auction!" CRAP!!!! I jumped in my truck & headed down there. The auction started at 11:00, so I missed the Tiki over the door, (I really wanted that), & the Tiki swag lamps. The two, amazing, tortoise shells were taken home by Paul, the owner. He told me the story of driving to New York to buy them. He said they were made by Otagiri. I came away with five high-back, rattan chairs, two tables, seven faux bamboo wall sconces & a couple of menus. Paul said the sconces were original to the restaurant, which opened in 1972. It really was a bitter-sweet day for me. I'd much rather still be able to "Hit the Pago" whenever I wanted, but at least, I'll always have a piece of this place. When I returned to pick up my stuff, I made sure to shake Paul's hand & thank him for his hospitality. On my way out, he gave me a couple of glass candle holders for the tables I bought. I really am not sure how I'm going to incorporate these things into my lounge, but I just could not walk away empty-handed. Three of the sconces are for sale for $50.00 each. If you're interested, please contact me. I'll also be posting them on Tiki Central.

Sigh! R.I.P. Pago Pago

Pago Pago Closing

Monday, May23
Found out, via Tiki Central, that the Pago Pago in Milford was closing. Another sad day for New England Tikiphiles & Poly-Pop lovers. I had some good times here, back in the 80's. My only hope, now is to somehow save a little piece of this place for my lounge.