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Michael Contos and Theresa Contos, with their hand-painted tiki coolers. Michael and Theresa Contos found these tiki coolers, and he used colorful model paints to decorate them festively. Michael remembered us from AniZona earlier this year. (right)

Someone, somebody, and someone else. Thee Swank Bastards. People were ready to start partying again Saturday afternoon... )



The Devil-ettes. Saturday evening, down on the lawn, the Devil-ettes were dancing on stage... )

Saturday night was the last night to party. A number of rooms were open for "after parties" meaning after the music and burlesque show is over for the night. So they opened at 10:00 pm or so. (In sci-fi or anime convention terms, think "after the masquerade.")

Rebecca Cate, Martin Cate. At the Smuggler's Cove party I met Rebecca Cate and Martin Cate... )



Kari Hendler (''Tangaroa-Ru'') and the Mai Tai Jell-O she's created. Tangaroa-Ru had a party, on the ground floor, that I'd wanted to check out, and I'm glad I did -- she was serving up Mai Tai Jell-O... )



Tana the Tattooed Lady. ''It's okay, I'm a mermaid.'' ''It's okay, I'm a mermaid'' (and other elevator snapshots)... )



The newly-built ballrooms at the Crowne Plaza. They haven't finished getting the access ramp ready, so if you're on wheels you'll need to go around to the other side. They also haven't added any new tiki decorations. On Sunday, I took a look at the newly-built ballrooms at the Crowne Plaza. They haven't finished getting the access ramp ready, so if you're on wheels you'll need to go around to the other side. They also haven't added any new tiki decorations. (left)

Dixie Von Trixie at the ''Wear It Again Sam'' booth. Wear It Again Sam is a San Diego store in Hillcrest. Dixie Von Trixie was in the indoor dealers room with the "Wear it Again Sam" booth. (right)

King Kukulele. King Kukulele was on the phone, and had swapped shirts with Otto. Kukulele is the convention's toastmaster. "Otto Von Stroheim" is the chair of the whole convention. (left)

Interviewer, Otto Von Stroheim, and photographer. Framed by the tiki fence. Otto had Kukulele's shirt, because he wanted to look sharp for an interview. I didn't catch the name of the photographer or the interviewer. (right)

And shortly after that I ran out of battery juice. Rather than fish a fresh set of out my luggage, we opted to head for home.

Next: preview of our Guests of Honor and a picnic in the park.

hazelchaz: (ears)

Michelle Bergdahl and Kim Bergdahl. Photos online:

Dinner with Maria at Ruby's in Fullerton (20-May-2009)
Tiki Oasis 9 part 26: Things I brought home (18/19-Aug-2009)
Michelle at the Office (17-Aug-2009)
The picture of [livejournal.com profile] snobird's daughter was taken at work, in the cubicle formerly occupied by [livejournal.com profile] colleency.


Anyone out there want to help me track my postcard mailings, please?

Basically this means that a few times a year, a postcard shows up in the mail; you send me an e-mail at the address printed on your address label to let me know you got it. (It also means you'll get colorful "Animé Los Angeles" postcards you can use to decorate your fridge or cubicle.)

The idea is that every 100th postcard will result in someone letting me know it arrived safely. It'll increase my costs by 1%, but it'll help me improve the reliability and promptness of the mailings.

I'm especially looking for USA addresses that are not already on my [livejournal.com profile] animelosangeles mailing list. Drop me an e-mail (or send it to chaz@postcardart.info) with your mailing address, if you're willing to volunteer for this.


For breakfast Saturday and Sunday during Tiki Oasis... )



''Mai Tai Fine'' bus with its happy face flag. In the Crowne Plaza parking lot, there was an encampment... )

Magrock and Megan Levan. I'd promised Hukilau I'd be available to volunteer anywhere he needed me... )



Pool is a busy place. The pool area was the main ''floor'' of the convention... )

Most of the hotel's lawn next to the pool was covered with the stage and with booths from all sorts of vendors... )



Melissa De Mello. Melissa liked the Hula Girls Hawaiian Shave Ice. She had banana, bubble gum, and cotton candy flavors. (right)

hazelchaz: (ears)

Charlie from House of Tiki, and Chaz Boston Baden. Photos online:
Tiki Oasis 9: Friday Afternoon (14-Aug-2009)
Tiki Oasis 9: Saturday (15-Aug-2009)
Tiki Oasis 9: Sunday (16-Aug-2009)


I drove down from Anaheim to help out at check-in, getting there just in time.. )

Most of the evening activity at this laid-back convention revolves around drinking and parties. You can think of it as a weekend with a thousand amiable drunks.

Chris Sanders and Chao Sanders. I walked into the "Limoncello Lounge" Friday night and was handed a little black souvenir tiki shotglass with limoncello over crushed ice. Limoncello is a strong lemon-flavored liqueur. Drink all you like, your breath will smell like Lemon Pledge. A lot of people were already carrying a drink -- you can see that Chris "Colonel" Sanders and Chao Sanders here have three drinks between them.

The Martini Kings started playing, right there in the party room... )



Kitty Cat and Scarlett Letter at Pele Utu party. I met bartenders Kitty Cat and Scarlett Letter at the Pele Utu party. (left) They had a little bar menu, showing three or four alcoholic drinks on one side, and a similar slate of virgin drinks on the other.

Tiki Todd with Blood of a Voodoo Priest drinks. Eyeballs are leechee nuts with blueberries. I got a "Blood of zombie tiki priestess queen" or something like that. It was a pink drink. As Tiki Todd can vouch for, each drink came with a leechee nut/blueberry eyeball as garnish (right).

Everything's better in a tiki mug. Or with an umbrella in it. Or both... )

At the check-in desk, I had heard Otto Von Stroheim's name mentioned all evening... )

Someone, someone else, somebody, and somebody else. People were making music in the Pele Utu party, next to the volcano. There were a few other parties that night, too. Not a lot -- I missed the afternoon room crawl (I was still on the freeway) -- but as it happens, I think I drank more on Friday night than I had in the previous eight months put together. (And that's including Christmas and New Year's.)

Stuart Johnson with ''Martini Kings'' tiki martini glass. As I headed down the elevator to mosey back to my little motel room, I met Stuart Johnson who clearly was a Martini Kings fan who wasn't done for the night. I was.

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Tiffany (Neo_Serenity) and Arianna Unciano study the menus. Photos online. And most of them have captions. Help me fill in the gaps!
LASFS/Aftermeetings part 354: Coral Cafe (18-Jun-2009) et seq.
LASFS/Aftermeetings part 356: Coral Cafe (25-Jun-2009) et seq.
Irvine Cosplay Picnic at Mason Park (20-Jun-2009)
Anaheim Gardenwalk and the Anaheim Marriott (21-Jun-2009)
Napmobile and a fenderbender (21-Jun-2009)
Anime Los Angeles 6 meetings part 2: Exec Dinner/Meeting (26-Jun-2009) et seq.
Anime Los Angeles 6 meetings part 6: General Meeting (27-Jun-2009) et seq.
Moving Melissa (28-Jun-2009)
Victoria's Picture Gallery: Anime Expo 2009: Saturday (04-Jul-2009)
Melissa and the Fan Gallery cases (11-Jul-2009)
Anaheim Marriott Tour (16-Jul-2009)
La Verne Cosplay Picnic at Las Flores Park (18-Jul-2009)
The picture of [livejournal.com profile] neo_serenity is from the exec dinner.












Losing my camera at Anime Expo really rocked me back... )

Oh, there's more going on than just my emotional state, of course. I've taken more photos since Anime Expo, but the photos in the queue have been on hold because of other non-photo, non-blog reasons. Family health issues and household management issues, and if I can be discarding and shredding old papers any of that comes before puttering around on my website.

I've just spent a few nights (in my copious free time) captioning some of the backlog. I think I've got to stop taking so many group photos -- they slow me down so much in the captioning phase!

I've been putting a few inconsequential updates on my facebook. Nothing major, but I wanted to repeat here the bigger items that I've mentioned there.

The Potluck Party Room at Costume College was a big success, so we'll do it again at PMX... )

Between now and PMX: I'll be at Tiki Oasis this weekend (just for fun), Anime Vegas (in a convention center), and a small anime convention at CSU Northridge. So PMX is the next opportunity to do any kind of hospitality beyond giving away granola bars and candy at our table.

For [livejournal.com profile] loscon, I'm hosting a Confirmation: Westercon 63 party. "Poofy dresses (especially white ones), shirt and tie, or school uniform" will be the dress code. We're toying with the idea of using a "Confirmitzvah" theme, stay tuned for that.

Some small convention news... )

I mentioned last month that I've purchased a new camera. I haven't found the "sports" setting yet, but I've started playing with the High ISO option for available light shots. You can see I've started posting the first crop of photos from the new camera.

hazelchaz: (ears)

A week later, I went to Tiki Oasis 8. It was at the Red Lion Hana Lei, excuse me, I guess it's the Crowne Plaza San Diego-Mission Valley now, in any event it's got lots of tiki decorations so it's perfect for this kind of convention. I couldn't find my bear ears -- they turned up the next day -- so I borrowed [livejournal.com profile] library_lynn's smaller set, and was prepared to tell people who knew me that they were a lighter "summer weight" pair. Lady with cherry dress

Man with ''The Toastin' Tiki'' cap. Note the fire-dancing Burning Man figures on the side. How to encapsulate Tiki Oasis? Rum drinks, live exotica music (think Arthur Lyman) and surf music bands playing for the audience on the lawn, more rum drinks, go-go dancers, a little burlesque, fezzes, tiki art, aloha shirts, rum drinks in beautifully ugly tiki mugs, '40s and '50s hairstyles and clothing styles (left), ''Voodoo Vacation on Zombie Island'' theme, and did I mention the rum? Imagine a weekend full of five or six hundred amiably happy drunks... )

Big tiki lanterns for sale, and small wooden tiki jewelry. Before I headed home a bit of shopping was in order. On this table you can see some tall tiki lanterns for sale, along with jewelry (right). I found some tiny wooden tiki jewelry for Lynn and bought the tiki lantern on the left. It's carved from a big fat piece of bamboo, and I'll be putting a little light fixture in it so I can hang it up as a lantern. When I brought it home, I showed it to [livejournal.com profile] neo_serenity, and she looked at it... and finally asked me "Did you win it?"

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