Found at the Oregon Zoo

by Smoke Monkey on 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?

by Smoke Monkey on 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!

salmon mouse

mmm… the salmon mousse…

The funeral beans…


mystery food

Hey, here at The Federation of Eagles, we get Eagle Art.

Made from costume jewelry.


(does anyone know why mayonnaise would pair with aspic???)

food like objects

From here the Weird Turn Pro:

Joyce throws down a fine rendition of Cherries Jubilee


Doctor Peters’ contribution was a re-creation of a Swanson Chicken TV Dinner

Including a simulation of Leave it to Beaver!


TV Dinner

My entry was sufficiently weird enough that I won a prize!  The Booby Prize, in this case!

While made of jello, mayo, hot dogs and spaghetti-o’s – most of these dishes turned out to be pretty dang yummy.


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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:

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November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Well this simply deserves to be reblogged: Tired of the same ‘ol, traditional Thanksgiving dinner menu year after year? Mix it up giving the menu an exotic twist! What a great way to make Thanksgiving fun. If you think about it’s our most boring holiday – all we do is eat – […]

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Ain’t That Sweet?

October 26, 2016

I frequent paw my way through garage and estate sales.  Sometimes you get lucky and find something great.  Other times you dig through dusty crap you can’t imagine why anyone bought in the first place. Sometimes you find a story.  This past weekend I was perusing the detritus and debris of an elderly couple’s life. […]

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Mai Kai bonus shots

October 9, 2016

Here’s a few bonus shots of the Mai Kai: …and now a very fancy Tiki men’s room: hallway to the gift shop and restrooms… entrance to the Samoa room Menu!  The dinner menu is actually “Chinese-American”.  It was pretty good too. let’s make some funny faces, shall we? blurry photo of the gardens

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