Monday, November 29, 2010

In Honor of Leslie Nielson: Airplane! 1980, For Mod Movie Monday

In Honor of Leslie Nielson: Airplane! 1980, For Mod Movie Monday

Over at my Tiki Lounge Talk: "If I were to list all the movies and TV shows Leslie Nielson appeared it, I’d have to have my ISP increase my bandwith. Leslie Nielson started acting on-screen in 1950 and never took a break. For 60 years he’s been entertaining us, first as one of TV’s early tough-guy actors, appearing in just about every TV show that was on the air from Rawhide to The Untouchables, The Fugitive to Route 66, and later Love Boat to Fantasy Island to The Golden Girls and everything in between. He was the Commander in Forbidden Planet long before Airplane! changed his career, exposing his hidden comedic talents...."

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Chris Pinto's Murder Behind The Closet Door makes a great Stocking Stuffer

Buying a copy of Murder Behind the Closet Door at is a great way to save some holiday shopping time. You can have it sent to you, or directly to someone as a gift. If you know someone who loves to read, loves mysteries and loves ghost stories, MBTCD is for them.

Written in an original style with influences by Micky Spillane, Stephen King, Dean Koontz and John Dunning, Murder Behind The Closet Door masterfully mixes the genres of mystery and paranormal with a touch of nostalgia. The action takes place in Wildwood and Ocean City, New Jersey, set mainly in 1978-79 with flashbacks to the 50s and 30s. Anyone who's lived in that area will love the cues to the local Jersey Shore culture. Anyone who hasn't will easily get pulled into the world of Heather and her friends as they try to discover what's been torturing them.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

At Tiki Chris Pinto's Tiki Lounge Talk: Who Cares About The Tonga Room? I do

 If you know me at all you know I'm a big fan of Tiki Bars and mid-century Poly-pop culture. I'm lucky enough to be 15 minutes away from the World Famous Mai Kai, but it kills me whenever I hear of one of the old, original Tiki Bars getting the axe in the name of "progress". The Tonga Room, situated in the basement of the Historic Fairmont Hotel in San Fransisco, has been delighting guests since the 1920s, first as a ship-themed restaurant, The SS Tonga, and later the Tiki bar. The new owners of the hotel want to demolish the tower in which the Tonga Room sits in order to make room for a new, modern tower with additional hotel rooms and Condos.

In the last 30 years, the word "condo" has become a four-letter word to me. It seems that all developers want to do is find places that people love, then bulldoze everything that make people love it and build condos. I've seen it in Wildwood, NJ, in Key West, and in South Florida. It's happening everywhere, and pretty soon there won't be anything left for the people in Condos to enjoy.