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Aloha, dear friends!
Many of you have wondered why Critiki hasn’t been updated as much in recent months. I’ll skip to the ending you want to know: updates are coming this week. I’m ready now to start tackling my hefty backlog.
So here’s what happened: as it is for you, Tiki is my great escape. And Critiki is my most favorite escape playground. I’ve been running this site for fifteen years now, and I only love it more each year. But also, I am a grown up, with grown up concerns, and most importantly, a family. My family comes first, and my family has needed me. I could have continued with the Critiki updates while handling things needing my attention in my personal life, but Critiki is one great big dessert to me. I didn’t want to risk using it as an unhealthy escape. It pained me to do it, but I made Critiki hands-off so I could ensure that my attention was fully on the really hard stuff that needed tackling.
The hard stuff is still happening (don’t worry, we’ll all be okay—if we’re old in-person friends I’ll catch you up over a drink the next time I see you), but I feel like the risk of Critiki being an unhealthy distraction has now passed, and we can start to find a normal balance again.
There are plenty of new tiki spots that have opened, or are about to (three in San Francisco alone, it’s crazy), a huge number of exciting home tiki bars folks have submitted (please accept my apologies, I know exactly how exciting it feels when you’re sharing your home tiki bar, and it must have been frustrating to not see yours appear right away), and a massive backlog of photos (I’ve been trying to tackle them through all of this, but that’s only happened in little spurts, it’s time to get ’em all approved). Expect to see all of that happen over the next few weeks.
(But I’m still not going to be adding plain bars that happen to serve tiki drinks, because they are a dime a dozen and aren’t inspiring enough to oh, say, dedicate fifteen years to running a website about them. Life is far too short for me to bother with them.)
Also on the horizon: I’m giving a talk at this year’s Tiki Oasis in San Diego! It’s happening Saturday, August 11 at 10am, and it’s called Tiki Morning Coming Down. You’ll likely be nursing a hangover, so the idea is that we’ll all be taking it easy together, with a relaxing hour spent looking lazily at some of the most incredible bits of classic Polynesian Pop imagery, straight from the 10,000+ strong archive of images in Critiki, shared by Critiki members like you. Roll in wearing your tiki pajamas and dark glasses, carrying your coffee (spiked with some hair of the dog, I won’t judge), and I promise I won’t make you think or follow a plot or do anything. Just sit back, ooh and ahh, and start your tiki day right. Get your tickets now (Deluxe & Cocktail Tiki Oasis wristband holders, you’re already set, it’s included), and learn more at the Tiki Oasis website!
Anyway, I’ve missed you. Let’s get back to tiki-work!