“I don’t want to live back in time, I just want to be able to touch it.”
– Charles Phoenix
Truer words were never spoken. I couldn’t agree more. I don’t know if living back in the ’50s and ’60s would be any “better” than living in the present, but damn, did it look great!
I’ve always felt that Kodachrome pictures are the closest thing you can get to a time machine. The colors are so rich and the pictures have so much depth that they make you feel like you were the one behind the camera taking them. Charles Phoenix collects Kodachrome slides and puts on presentations showing off his collection. Words can’t describe how fun and entertaining Charles’s slideshow is. You just have to go see for yourself!
I had a chance to chat with Charles while he was driving his car around sunny California. Here is his story…
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This is the day we all have been waiting for…
I have to admit that getting up early Sunday after ALL the action from yesterday was quite a task. My hotel bed never felt better, but you know what’s better than sleeping in? Checking out a bunch of home Tiki bars!
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At some point, my love of scooters and Tiki was going to overlap…
Every year, my scooter club hosts a ride. This year, I thought it would be a cool to make it Tiki/Hawaiian-themed. So Day One of our rally was spent rolling around Seattle eating at Hawaiian places and drinking at Tiki bars! Kickstands up…let’s go!
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And with the sound of the gong, the entire room fell silent…
Justin DuPre and Greg Clap got married at Tiki Kon 2017 and we all got to be part of the celebration! Here’s how they did it…
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If you left the banquet dinner hungry, it was your own fault. The Caribbean food was incredible and there was more than enough for everyone. Now it was time for some Tiki drinks!
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If someone is going to teach you about the wide world of rum, that person should be Martin Cate. I believe Martin’s bar, Smuggler’s Cove, touts having the largest collection of rum. Martin came up to Tiki Kon to talk about rum…
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Day One of Tiki Kon was jammed pack with Tiki drinks, live bands, and even more Tiki drinks. As much as I would have liked to have slept in Saturday morning, I knew I couldn’t. The Island Marketplace was going on and the good Tiki stuff sells quickly. They say the early bird gets the worm, so I got up, got dressed, choose my aloha shirt for the day, got some Starbucks (hey, I’m from Seattle!), and headed to the Island Marketplace…
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The third and final act of the night of day one of Tiki Kon 2017 was The ‘Verb. Seattle representing again! The ‘Verb busted out some awesome surf rock that had everyone dancing, including me! The go-go dancers came back on stage to show the crowd how it’s done!
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Next up was not The B-52’s but The Wanna Be-52’s!
This incredible B-52’s tribute band features Tiki Kon’s own Justin DuPre! They rocked the house and played all the hits including Love Shack, Planet Claire and last but not least Rock Lobster! To quote Fred Schneider…. Let’s Rock!
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Kicking off the live music for Day One of Tiki Kon 2017 was Seattle’s own the Delstroyers! They rocked out with full-throttle surf rock with go-go dancers to boot! The crowd loved it!
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