Fifty years ago this year the Beatles came to America and nothing was ever the same. Of course, for those of us who came of age in the 60s nothing was ever the same. Kennedy, MLK, Vietnam, the moon, Haight-Ashbury, flower power, peace, draft lotteries, Kent State. If you weren’t there you really don’t know what all that means and if you were there then you do. You can’t explain it although CNN is trying hard to do so in their latest new series THE SIXTIES. So those of us who remember watching the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show in black and white or maybe seeing them on tour when they visited Cow Palace in San Francisco will have a faint smile on their face as they visit Del Mar because this year’s San Diego County Fair has the “Fab Four” as its theme.
So, Kongo is still working his way through the goodies that Santa left in his Christmas stocking and came across this cute little tin. Shaking it revealed that there was something for his simian sweet tooth inside. Continue reading “Scrumptious Simian Surprise”
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.
Kongo’s home town, San Diego, is a major, year round tourist attraction many reasons. First, there’s the weather which is pretty much recognized as the most perfect in the country. On the day after Christmas, for example, it was 75 degrees with a crystal clear sky and low humidity. While the nights are cool the days this time of year are spectacular.