Existential Fodder

Hawaii Place Songs Kealakekua

Seeing the road sign for Kealakekua puts this song in my head “My Little Grass Shack” by Alfred Newman and Ken Darby featuring Mavis Rivers. How have I never heard of Mavis Rivers???

Akaka Falls by Ray Kinney

Planning a first trip to Hawaii and seeing so many places on the maps that I know from songs. As I travel the islands, these are the songs I’ll hear in my head at different places.

Amazing Asian Themed Mid-Century Time Capsule in Iowa

  Sure, it’s a great Asian themed mid-century home, but, it is also over the top! The dimensions are huge. The flag stone walls, the huge open rooms with those amazing ceilings. It is so over the top! I am…..

Mai-Kai Black Velvet Rescue

From the early days after we moved Hukilau to the Mai-Kai, I had heard about a black velvet painting of Mireille Thornton. The painting had been vandalized and the description of the damage made it sound horrible. Mireille was current…..

Etiquette for Young Moderns

Gay Head. Just sayin’.

Swank Pad’s Mini Mai-Kai Mystery Bowls are here!

I am excited to announce what I hope is the first of my “Mai-Kai Memories Series”. This is an individual sized Mystery bowl designed after the 1950s original. They are on sale now at the Swank Pad Productions website and…..

Swanky – Knoxville’s “Tiki King” in Metropulse

¬†We were a bit shocked to find that Knoxville weekly indepenant paper Metropulse had made me the cover story this week. And I was very pleasantly surprised to find they did a really great job on the article that captures…..

Mai-Kai Derby Daiquiri and Mariano Licudine

This image is from the June 1959 issue of Esquire magazine. It says: “The fabulous mixologist Mariano Licudine of the famed Mai-Kai Restaurant in Florida creates new ways with rum in his Derby Daiquiri. The secret: one ounce of fresh…..

Cancun is in Ruins

I have been to Cancun many times. I considered it my favorite vacation spot. I worked hard to get Stephanie to make it our honeymoon spot. I had not been there in 8-10 years. Unfortunately, Cancun is greatly changed. So…..

An Old Testament Christmas

I don’t often post links to blogs on my blog, but, after this wasn’t posted on any other major blogs, I felt I owed it to all of you to share what may be one of the singularly best posts…..

Home Investment Building – 1400 Central Ave.

Looks liek a very Deco design on this sign on Central.

C and S Cleaners – Central

I think this sign is still doing it’s groovy flashing thing at night. I need to go get some movies of the good stuff soon.

Lusk Body Co. – Off Central

Lusk Body Co. refurbished their sign I think. Great sign regardless. Happy Hollow, well, holler, is an infamous area of Knoxville and is rapidly gentrifying. I am trying to document some of it’s “glory” before it is gone.

Chicken City – Hillbilly Pride – Central

Hillbilly Pride! Don’t be using the “H” word unless you are from the Hills. I got the pride.

Knox Glass Sign – Central Ave. Pike

Knox Glass sign on Central. Looks like it could have gas tiki torches.