If you have been to San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf anytime in the past 30 years or so you probably came across the World Famous Bushman. The Bushman (his real name is David Johnson) has scared tourists on the Wharf since 1980. He hides behind a clump of eucalyptus branches and when unsuspecting tourists walk by he shakes the branches and growls in his deep, gravelly voice causing his quarry to jump, squeal, scream, and otherwise go a bit apesh*t. Of course this is to the enormous delight of all those who are in the know and watch from afar. Sure it’s a bit juvenile, but it is very funny to watch and compared to some of the other street entertainment at the wharf, it’s good fun.
It was an absolutely gorgeous weekend in San Francisco. Now, as Kongo pecks away at his iPad at 35,000 feet on the way to MSP with Moby in his earphones the memories still linger. Kongo grew up in the Bay Area and comes back to visit two or thee times each year. All visits are great but the crystal clear weather, the warm days, and the ever beautiful San Francisco light was something special.
To those who really know and love the City it is always called San Francisco. Never ‘Cisco, Frisco, or San Fran. It’s a lady. It’s always San Francisco. When you are in the Bay Area and someone asks you where you are staying, you can respond with, “The City.”. There’s really nothing else. While Oakland, Berkeley, San Jose, and others have their charms, there is only one “The City.”
Is that a bit of snobbery? Absolutely.
Enjoy. Travel safe. Have fun.
Kongo is off early tomorrow morning for a long weekend in San Francisco but what was he thinking? He hardly ever flies Southwest but when he does he always remembers to check in early to get that A Boarding Pass for the Southwest cattle call. Today he forgot so it looks like he will be flying in the back of the bus. Oh well, no matter since it’s only an hour flight and any monkey can handle that.
Do our personalities change when we fly? If you score an upgrade are you suddenly superior to the poor schmuck with the same mileage status who ended up in a middle seat when his earlier flight was cancelled?
Watching people on airplanes is always a favorite pastime. I am always amazed at the levels of cluelessness, arrogance, humanity, panache, obnoxiousness, and just plane rudeness I see on my frequent travels.
The following are a few observations I’ve learned to avoid being plane stupid in the sky.
OK, here is Kongo’s last Jerry 87th birthday video. It’s great. Continue reading The Last Birthday Video