Friday, May 29, 2020

Friday Night Videos

Friday Night Videos

With the events unfolding in Minneapolis, "For What It's Worth," this song's been running through my head.

Previously on Friday Night Videos... Waitiki.

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Friday, May 22, 2020

Friday Night Videos

Friday Night Videos

As we head into the Memorial Day weekend here in the U.S., how about some chill, tropical sounds to get you through the pandemic-plagued holiday? Here's Waitiki performing "China Fan" on Hawaii Public Radio, a relaxing antidote for the over-crowded local rivers that will be overrun with COVID-spreading tubers this weekend. Stay safe, y'all!

Previously on Friday Night Videos... The Moody Blues.

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Friday, May 15, 2020

Friday Night Videos

Friday Night Videos

The Moody Blues may be one of the few bands to score top 10 hits in three different decades, but they're also one of those bands that seem to have far fewer hits than their talent and output would warrant. I mean, they have some inspired work, and although gems like "Nights in White Satin" found a wider audience from time to time most of their work seems to have flown under the radar. Here's one you've probably heard at one point or another, but not for a very long time, "I'm Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band)." I like it because it poses that age-old question, "Who is the artist? We gotta agree!"

Previously on Friday Night Videos... Bruce Springsteen.

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Monday, May 04, 2020

A Moment of Tiki episodes 5 & 6

"A Moment of Tiki" returns for your viewing pleasure with two new, hand-crafted, artisanal episodes! First up is episode 5, in which I take viewers on a step-by-step how-to for caring for and preserving rattan furniture. Remember, rattan is essentially a wood, and is subject to all the pitfalls of wood furniture: drying, cracking, splitting, mold and insect damage. A little effort up front can help protect your investment for the long term! In episode 5, I share my process for building a suitably tikified frame from scratch using wood and bamboo, with which to proudly display your tropical and tiki-themed art works. It's a simple build I've perfected over quite a bit of trial-and-error, requiring no upscale woodworking techniques (don't worry about rabbets or dovetails here), so I thought it'd be a simple, easy video to edit. Wrong! The editing process proved to be far more challenging than expected. Fortunately, I finally beat it into submission and hope the result is a clear and straightforward instructional video. Plus, you get to learn what to do with all that bamboo we torched way back in episode 1!

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Episode 5: Rattan

Episode 6: Framed!

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Friday, May 01, 2020

Friday Night Videos

Friday Night Videos

Believe or not, I was never much of a Bruce Springsteen fan. I liked a few individual songs, sure, but overall, I was in the take or leave it camp. Blasphemy for an 80s kid, I know. But you know one song of his I liked? "I'm Goin' Down," which kinda feels like an anthem to how 2020 is treating us in general.

Previously on Friday Night Videos... Blue Öyster Cult.

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Thursday, April 23, 2020

Chicken Ranch anniversary: Happy birthday, Dolph!

On this date in 1923, Dolph Briscoe, who would go on to become the 41st governor of Texas, was born. He would've been 97 today. Briscoe, a long-time Uvalde rancher, is generally remembered fondly from his terms as governor for being a decent guy. But his administration did earn some dubious distinctions. Briscoe was the last Texas governor to serve a two-year term and the first to serve a four-year term. He undermined two efforts to rewrite Texas' abysmal constitution (which remains a trainwreck to this day). Briscoe once appointed a dead man to the State Health Advisory Commission, and if what I've heard is true, called a press conference in the aftermath to reassure the press and public that he hadn't lost his grip on sanity.

But what most people remember him for--and which doesn't appear in most official biographies--is that he is the governor who ordered the closure of the infamous Chicken Ranch brothel in La Grange. Ironically, Briscoe had no actual legal authority to order the Chicken Ranch (or any other brothel, for that matter) closed. But he did, hoping nobody would call his bluff. Fayette County Jim Flournoy certainly knew the governor had no authority to do so, but acquiesced to Briscoe and effectively ended a surreal two-week media circus that captured the attention of Texas as well as the rest of the country.

Governor Briscoe died June 27, 2010, after ignoring my interview requests for the better part of a year. He's have been 93 today. Happy birthday, Dolph!

Inside the Texas Chicken Ranch: The Definitive Account of the Best Little Whorehouse is available from both Amazon.com and BarnesAndNoble.com. It's also available as an ebook in the following formats: Kindle, Nook, Google Play, iBooks and Kobo.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

A Moment of Tiki: Episodes 3 & 4

Hey folks, I'm back with two more episodes of "A Moment of Tiki" for your viewing pleasure. First up is episode 3, in which I review Smuggler's Cove by Martin and Rebecca Cate. It's an excellent introduction to the ins and outs of tiki culture, rum and cocktails without ever becoming too nerdy or overwhelming. Plus, it's got some excellent cocktail recipes within its pages as well. In episode 4 I shift gears a little bit and actually build something (making a video how-to-build a home tiki bar series was my original concept, but my projects aren't linear and take longer to complete than ideal for ongoing installments). In this case, I replace a shabby, makeshift window cat door with one that's more aesthetically integrated into my home tiki bar as a whole.

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Episode 3: Smuggler's Cove

Episode 4: Cat Door

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