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johnny dollar's vault

retro pop culture and various local observations and ramblings.

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Location: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
johnny dollar's vault resides in the basement of stately dollar maisonTM, amongst the wine cellar, tiki bar, and finicky electrical panel. from time to time i will unearth various artifacts from either there or from the random crevices of my mind.

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NOTE: this blog will NOT deal with any recent pop culture (i.e. since about 1990) or topical issues, so if you're looking for discussion about britney baracko jacko flacco, look elsewhere, lol

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

off to lederhosenland

so i been in training for the past month to go to the o.g. beerfest in munchin' this upcoming weekend.

ya know i'm hitting the trader vic's munich while there... perhaps to have a 'leidender bastard' or a 'nebelscherblock.'
there's always pusser's painkiller too...

and hey, 'tis not all about drinkin, nay, nay. i plan on keeping abreast of all the cultural nourishment proferred.
and don't forget, whatever nationality you are, after a couple hours in a beer tent, european.

Saturday, September 08, 2007

tiki road trip 2: spiel this book

the genesis of this work was back in the gay 90's, when The Author's interest in both midcentury and anthropoligical culture resulted in Tiki Awareness. realizing that there were still vestiges of this culture present on the planet, he traveled the globe and documented these locations on a now-decommissioned website.

this website manifested itself as a softcover book in 2003, and now we have the new-n-improved tiki road trip 2!!! buy it here or here. i highly recommend the latest edition... the pop cultural laffs have amped up, from betty grable to dr. zauis.

james is my pal, lol.

here's the little local tie-in... peep the discussion about tiki steak and sub here in baltimore... seems he drove to see if this fine establishment actually had any tikis on it. seems tiki steak and sub is in tha HOOD in franklin square over west baltimore.

oops. well, he lived to tell the tale.

Friday, September 07, 2007

signs, signs, baltimore signs

ok, that was a lame title. and this post will be fairly short, it is merely to hip you to the site of a local feller who cares about certain things probably more than others.

his name is norm, and he seems to be bent on documenting and restoring primarily vintage neon signs from the metro area. check out his site, your heart cockles may be warmed.