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The Cabaret Monkey joined a thousand or so of his best friends last night to take in the high kicking, dazzling, amazing, funny, and altogether over-the-top venue at the famous Moulin Rouge (Red Mill) in the heart of the Paris red light district.

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Along the San Diego Bay embarcadero between Seaport Village and the Midway Carrier Museum, Bob Hope continues to give non-stop performances to his favorite veterans.  This time Bob and the veterans are memorialized in bronze statues and a recording plays famous one-liners from many of his shows over the years. like “One sailor told me the pretty nurse on his ward really knows her job. She takes our blood pressure and then deducts twenty points for ‘white dress’ syndrome.” 

In Kongo’s monkey brain no trip to San Francisco is complete without spending a few hours at The Buena Vista located at the corner of Bay and Hyde.  Kongo has been coming here for more than 30 years and it ranks as one of his all time top bars in the world.  Some say that the Irish Coffee was invented at the Buena Vista.  It wasn’t.  The Buena Vista stole the recipe from the lounge at the airport in Shannon, Ireland and made it famous but over the years the Buena Vista and Irish Coffee have pretty much become synonymous.

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.