Sunday, January 18, 2009

In the Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Room

In the Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Room
all the birds sing words
and the flowers croon
in the Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Room!

When I was a kid, and to this day, I was entranced by the "talking" birds in Disney's "Tropical Serenade." This was the attraction in Adeventureland where you'd go into a theater modeled after a Polynesian long house and see talking animatronic birds, singing flowers, and drumming Tiki statues. I loved it. The entire setting was beautiful, especially the birds. It still exists, except that in 1998 Disney added a component from their succesful movie Aladdin to the mix. Now, what a Persian boy has to do with Polynesian kitsch is beyond me -- the premise is that Aladdin has taken over management of the Enchanted Tiki Room. Guess I'll have to go see it some time to find out.

Anyway, last night I went to my friend Danese's 50th birthday party. While there I ran into some other friends who had just come from a Tiki bar in Alameda, and suggested that a bunch of us go back for some tropical cocktail fun. So, Kim, Jengo, Cliff, Kara, and I headed over to Forbidden Island Tiki Lounge. It was an adult-drink paradise!

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