Baseball + Tiki Road Trip

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Between the months of May and September, Mr. Baseball and I are going to Vegas, San Diego, Chicago and San Francisco. Most of those vacations were, surprise, baseball-inspired—we’re going to see the Cubs lose! I mean win. Sorry, honey 🙂 —but since I picked up Tiki Road Trip: A Guide to Tiki Culture in North America, I’ve started selecting sites drag him to. The book organizes the destinations by state, with black and white photos to accompany the text.

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So I was excited when I came across the baseball equivalent at work—Roadside Baseball: The Locations of America’s Baseball Landmarks (2nd Edition), same format and all. I guess it’s no surprise that they’re by the same publisher: Santa Monica Press.

Maybe Mr. Baseball will start a blog, too!

Welcome to My New Obsession

The other day, Mr. Baseball asked me why I liked tiki so much all of a sudden, and I didn’t really have an answer for him. Because it feels like I’ve always had a passion for this kind of kitschy stuff, but it had nowhere to manifest itself. I think James A. Teitelbaum captured this feeling in his introduction to Tiki Road Trip: A Guide to Tiki Culture in North America:

“For children growing up in California, Tiki style has always been a part of everyday life. Even with the amount of Tiki we have lost in the past 30 years, Tiki still permeates California.”

So, you might say it’s in my So-Cal soul. Add to that a penchant for retro style, a slightly obsessive personality and my fairly recent discovery of Tiki Central and Tiki Farm, and my affinity has taken root and grown like a palm tree on steroids. I’m very much a noob, but I think that just makes discovering all things tiki that much more new and exciting.