When the yacht showed up at our island the first time, we thought, Hurray, we’ve been saved! And then out came the cameras. And the microphones. “You’re going to be even more famous than Elvis,” one of the producers told us.

That’s how this very funny piece starts, a modern view on Gilligan’s Island.

Check it out! https://www.newyorker.com/humor/daily-shouts/my-name-is-gilligan-and-id-like-to-get-off-this-island-now

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Welcome to The Future of Yesterday’s Tomorrow!

by Smoke Monkey on June 28, 2018

The future of yesterday’s tomorrow… that is indeed where we choose to live. Those of you out there in intarwubs land who’ve also chosen to live La Vida Tiki, choosing to recreate the fantasy worlds our grandparent’s generation enjoyed will find this article to be no surprise.  Tiki Culture is back.

Vintage photograph of a tiki bartender with exotic drinks in the 1960s. (Photo by Found Image Holdings/Corbis via Getty Images)

There are no TV screens inside the Polynesian, the giant new tiki bar that opened three stories above Times Square over Memorial Day weekend. That means no news crawls, no Fox & Friends, no jaw-gritting headlines—nothing to break the illusion of a rum-fueled tropical oasis.

The Polynesian’s splashy opening signals the arrival of more than just another themed bar serving $15 drinks in skull-head tiki mugs. It’s the manifestation of a certain mood in America: the escalating need for escapism. (The over-the-top drinks are just a bonus.)

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Secret of the Incas

June 28, 2018

Hey kids!  Ready for some Yuma Sumac and proto-Indiana Jones? Here’s an enjoyable film that’s got all the historical veracity you’d expect from the era (HINT: none).  Ok, it’s not a history lesson, but I do think these old films are fun to watch while we understand the context they were made in. Meanwhile – […]

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Found at the Oregon Zoo

April 1, 2018

Outside of the penguin exhibit at the Oregon Zoo in Portland you’ll find this: …and if you take a closer look at the plaque, you’ll find this: Our friend Vic Bergeron one step ahead of us, as always!

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Hey, what time is it?

February 14, 2018

Got your time machine handy?  Well… let us point our Hasselblad and Polaroid Land Cameras at these fine meals: What’s going on?  Some of our wacky chums threw a Mid-Century Potluck. Pull out those cookbooks from the 50’s and 60’s! mmm… the salmon mousse… The funeral beans… Hey, here at The Federation of Eagles, we get […]

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Portland TikiKon 2017

July 6, 2017

TikiKon 2017 – Portland. Here’s some things you may have missed if you were square and not there: Let’s keep going with the surf music… Gimmie Cabaña Suit!  (yes, Joyce hand-made our matching Cabaña suits) Respectable citizens: Breakfast at The Alibi – always an adventure! After bacon and spam … can you say Hale Pele? […]

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The Green Lady

July 4, 2017

In about 1997 I stopped at a thrift shop in Longview, WA and for about $4 bought this curious print of a green-faced Chinese lady.  On the back a previous owner had documented some $250 in insurance coverage bought in the 70’s.  She’s been hanging on my walls ever since. For years puzzling viewers about […]

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Palm Springs, 2017

February 26, 2017

Listen up Sea Scouts!  While Portland is indeed a lovely place to live it’s a damn fine thing to get the heck out for a few days in February.  This year we’ve escaped to Palm Springs to stay at the Del Marcos Hotel and enjoy a bit of Modernism Week to boot. The Del Marcos […]

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BTU Brasserie – Lounge!

February 5, 2017

And here’s Joyce posing in the lounge room of the BTU Brasserie here in Portland, which is a place you should visit but definitely not move to. What is this place?  From their web site: BTU Brasserie is a Modern Chinese Restaurant and Tap room. Our seven barrel in-house brewery produces beers naturally paired with our […]

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Why Tiki?

February 2, 2017

A lot of Americans vowed to leave the country if Trump won. That isn’t actually feasible for most of us, but a night in a dark bar with a strong drink certainly is. From the LA Weekly: http://www.laweekly.com/restaurants/tiki-is-popular-again-because-we-all-need-an-escape-7845280

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